Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Sanjeet and Tommy's Halloween Party

When I left the Villa Bellefontaine after photographing Juan and Kim's wedding I knew I would probably return. Well it happened sooner than I thought. Sanjeet and Tommy have an annual Halloween party at their beautiful estate and I was asked to shoot it for them. It was a great party that included 3 Britney's, 3 Clark Kents and 2 K-Feds. A special thanks to my team who made the event go so smoothly -- Laurie Bailey, Deborah Obad and Scott Musgrove. Like an idiot I forgot to get a photo of them that night.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Sarah and Ken's Wedding

When I was a talent agent Sarah Schroeder was my assistant. She was the best assistant I ever had and I was so honored when she asked me to shoot her wedding.

The ceremony and reception took place at Duke's Restaurant in Malibu and it was such a fun event to attend and to photograph. My old associate Kevin Turner and I are so proud of her and all of her accomplishments. She is currently the Director of Alumni Relations and Development, West Coast for her alma mater Columbia College Chicago. Ken also graduated from Columbia College Chicago but they actually did not meet and start dating until they both moved out to Los Angeles almost six years ago.

The only photos I have back from the lab are the creative ones. These images were shot with infrared film and the last two were shot with a toy camera called the Holga and some quasi-infrared film from Rollei. Thank goodness for Rollei since Ilford has stopped producing their version of this film (Ilford SFX 200, which is rumored to return to the film market).

The light leaks on the last image are part of the fun and creativity you can have with a Holga.

Sarah is being interviewed today by a online radio program called "Your Dream Wedding" on Big Media USA

As a side note, I have been waiting for the Pixtivity program to come out for about a year and it was finally released. The above "Photo Wall" as they call it was created by this program and I absolutely love all of the different things it can do. Click your mouse over any of the images from the wall to get the full image. I will continue to be used by me on this blog when sharing photographs from various events with you.

Friday, October 13, 2006

My First Newsletter

I just created my first newsletter and I am really proud at how it turned out. I sent it out to 250 people and I'm already getting an incredible response to it. I hope to able to create a new one every couple of months (especially after the holiday season).

Thursday, October 12, 2006

It's Holiday Portrait Time

It's that time of year again. I designed the card yesterday and it will be going out in the mail next week.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Boston University

Boston University's Today magazine (their online magazine) hired me to shoot their Semester in LA Students for a week. The students mostly live in Park La Brea and have internships at various entertainment companies around Los Angeles. We visited students at Lion's Gate, CBS and Raleigh Studios. It was a week long feature in BU's magazine and my photos appeared in four of the articles (esp. in the slideshows at the end of each article).

The photo above was when the acting students in the Semester in LA program found out they were all getting featured roles this season on SCRUBS. The reaction when they found out was priceless.

Wednesday's Article

Thursday's Article

Friday's Article

Monday's Article

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Serpa Family

Fiona and I have known each other since we were four years old. We grew up three doors down from each other. She now lives in Forest Hills, New York and every time I see her (either in NY or when she comes back to Santa Monica) I shoot her kids Shane and Aidan(and sometimes her and her husband Perry.

Every time I walk into her house there are photos that I've taken framed in every room. Always makes a photographer feel good.

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Juan and Kim at the Villa Bellefontaine

Before I shoot any wedding if I am not familiar with the wedding site I scout it a couple of days before the big day.

Juan and Kim's wedding took place at a friend's 5-acre estate in Duarte (a gated community called Bradbury Estates). The Villa Bellefontaine Estate was a wedding photographer's dream and the minute I drove up I knew I had to rent a Hasselblad X-Pan camera for the big day. This incredible panoramic camera was a great addition to my repertoire as the three panoramic photographs below attest.

I somehow can't get the images any larger on my blog. However, if you click on the images you can a larger view of them. The square image is from my ever reliable vintage Diana camera.

Juan and Kim were a lovely bride and groom and it was a really wonderful wedding. Kim looked like a princess in a castle with Juan as her prince.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Family Portraits in NYC

This is a test about space

this another test about space

Heroes Among Us

My best friend growing up was Jana Weintraub. Her father, Richard, was recently honored by University Synagogoe of Brentwood, CA in their first annual award "The Heroes Among Us". Richard has been the synagogue's Religious Confirmation teacher there(volunteering one night a week for more than 30 years) and it is a richly deserved honor. Many of his former students were there to help congratulate him and to share the impact he had on their teenage life.

I was privileged to attend the event with Jana, her brother Larry and his wife Denise and Richard's wife Nina, among others. Jana, her husband David and their daughter Jessie all came out from NYC for the big event.

Larry, Nina, Richard and Jana
Three generations of Weintraubs
Jessie at the Event
The Whole Weintraub Clan
Jessie in NYC a few weeks before the Event