Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Wedding at the Trump National Golf Club

I met Chris and Bo last year at Sanjeet and Tommy's Halloween party. They were dressed as Christine and the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera. Already a fan of my work they decided that evening that they wanted to hire me for their wedding.

The ceremony took place at the most incredible church in Palos Verdes -- the Neighborhood Church. Then a couple of hours later the festivities continued at the Trump National Golf Club.

The weather that whole day was spectacular and so was the sunset. Because it was a full moon we also got some incredible shoots of the bride and groom with the moon.

Click here to view the slideshow or below.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Daisy The Puppy

I was hired to shoot this most adorable puppy, Daisy. I have a particular soft spot for chocolate labradors and Daisy was no exception and if you can believe it she was very cooperative especially for a puppy.

I even found a very appropriate song for the slideshow entitled "Daisy"

Click here to view the slideshow or below.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Helen and her Brood

I graduated from Loyola Marymount University and I acquired a great friend while I was there. Helen has two adorable sons and every year their cousins come to spend the month of July with them from Manhattan. And every year they hire me to shoot the whole extended family.

The littlest one, Miles, was a little uncooperative that day but he's so cute you couldn't even get mad at him.

Click here to view the slideshow or below.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Kristofer and Ali's Engagement Session

When I was a talent agent I had the pleasure of representing Kristofer McNeeley as an actor and he was always one of my favorite clients. Talented, gracious and just fun to be around.

Kristofer is getting married to a lovely girl named Ali Spuck and I feel so honored that they asked me to shoot their wedding in Rosarito, Mexico this coming November.

Kristofer and Ali decided to take a couple of days of R&R at the beautiful St. Regis Resort, Monarch Beach and it turned out to be a beautiful place to shoot.

Click here to view their slideshow or below.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Sarah Jean Guthrie

I've known my friends Reb and Cathy for almost 13 years now and I've watched their beautiful daughter Sarah grow up before my eyes. They recently hired me to do a photo shoot of her and I think the photos turned out incredible and she was really, really good at posing for me. Certainly made my job a lot easier!!

Click here to view the slideshow or click below.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Metropole Hotel on Catalina Island

I was so impressed with all of the work Jessica put into her wedding details and she created most of them herself. I just love how the slideshow of their wedding turned out. It was a very small wedding but also very memorable.

The wedding took place at the Metropole Hotel on Catalina Island and because of my special connections I got to up to the top floor of the Casino Ballroom for some very special shots.

Click below to view their slideshow or here.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Dog Portraits by April Rocha Book

The opening for Buster and Sullivan was fantastic.

Click here for sneak peek of inside of the book of my Pet Portrait work that they currently have in the Malibu store.

Click below to view the slideshow from the evening or here.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Dog Portraits Book

The incredible pet boutique Buster and Sullivan has asked me to create a book of my work for their stores. I just got it back from the printer and it looks fantastic! The grand opening party for their new Malibu store is this Thursday night and I'm covering the event for them and I can't wait.

Here's a sneak peek of the cover the book. I'll post images from the inside of the book on Thursday.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Mike and Deborah's Wedding

I met Deborah Obad in 1994. We shared an office together the size of a shoe box at the Shapiro-Lichtman Agency and thank goodness we got along so well. She has since become my best friend and I was honored to shoot her wedding last year to the lovely man in her life, Mike Kampler. My good friend Laurie Bailey also shot that day and we both love how the photos came out. She's been married now just over a year and I never shared the images of her wedding until now. These are my four favorites from the day.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Sneak Peak - Jessica and Paulo

I had never met Jessica and Paulo until their wedding day and what a lovely couple. They got married at The Beach House at the Metropole Hotel on Catalina Island and it was a very appropriate venue. It was sweet, intimate and Jessica is incredibly talented and thought out every and I mean every detail of the wedding. I only have these photos back from the lab and I thought I would share them with you. They were shot with infrared film and with my ever trusty Diana camera. My next entry about this wedding will be about all the wedding details that Jessica so cleverly thought up.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Our Very Own DVD Launch Party

I met Cameron Watson in 2000 when I was still a talent agent. We hit it off immediately and kept running into each other at openings of plays at the Taper and the Ahmanson. My friend Scott Musgrove often went with me to those openings and as it turns out they did summer stock together in Alabama in their early 20's. Talk about a small world.

Not only is Cameron an incredible actor but a wonderful writer/director and his first film is finally out on DVD, Our Very Own. It's a lovely tribute to his hometown of Shelbyville, Tennessee. The play takes place in the 1970's and partly revolves around the rumored return of actress Sondra Locke to her hometown of Shelbyville. The movie stars Allison Janney, Keith Carradine, Cheryl Hines, Beth Grant, Jason Ritter and Autumn Reeser.

Allison Janney, Cheryl Hines, Sondra Locke, Peri Gilpin, the legendary Ann Rutherford, the OC's Autumn Reeser and Ugly Betty's Octavia Spencer all attended the party.

Click here to view the slideshow (or see below) from the event I shot last week at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica. It is set to the theme song of the movie "Our Very Own" sung beautifully by Nanci Griffith and Keith Carradine.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Wasn't I Cute?

My Uncle Gil, an incredible photographer in his own right, recently sent me a cd of images from when we were kids that he shot. Included on the cd was this image of me when I was probably about six years old. I had never seen this photograph of me before!!

You'll see a strawberry patch in the background which we grew every year in our front yard. Wasn't I cute?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Scott and Ashley's Wedding Slideshow

As promised, I created a fantastic slideshow from Scott Butler and Ashley Weber's wedding day. Click the slideshow box below to view.

Scott is a fighter pilot with the US Air Force and in the fall will be going to Germany. A special thanks to Linda Sturgeon of Fenyes Mansion at the Pasadena Museum of History.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Spinning the Bride Around

I attempted this set of images for the first time with Ashley and Scott on their wedding day at the Fenyes Mansion at the Pasadena Museum of History. I just love how they turned out and created this flash show of the images in sequence. More images to come (including a slideshow!) of Scott and Ashley's incredible wedding.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Brian and Erin's Wedding

My friend Louise Sorel has these two fabulous friends the Pauls (both named Paul). They are the kind of friends you want to have at every party you throw. They were kind enough to refer me to Brian and Erin for their wonderful wedding over Memorial Day weekend.

It was a Hawaiian-themed wedding with 50 guests in the backyard of their home in Thousand Oaks with a very big surprise after the wedding ceremony. You'll know who are the Pauls when you watch the slideshow. They are only two boy bridesmaids in dresses. The look are Brian and Erin's face is totally priceless and worth watching on this slideshow.

Click here to view the slideshow of Brian and Erin's Wedding Day.

Friday, May 18, 2007

What Makes Me Unique

For the last few months I've wanted to make some sort of presentation explaining what makes my photography unique.

Well I finally put a slideshow together and I just love it.

Pay special attention to the Pentax camera. It's the camera I got in high school and I shoot all of my infrared with that camera.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

2006 Book Published

I've published an April Rocha Photography 2006 10x8 book. If you would like a copy you can purchase it for $37.95 (hardcover with a dust jacket) or $29.95 (paperback.) Click the image above to view the cover of the book.

Click here to view the first 16 pages of the 100 page. The preview is all my wedding photography but included in the book is also kids, events, families, animals and headshots.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Ricardo and Veronica

During my teenage years I belonged to St. Monica's Youth Ministry and it was one of the most positive experiences of my life. After the group disbanded I organized a bunch of camping trips and reunions and I always had the best time with this group of people. Kathy Torre Sexton, who was one of the adults who went on retreats and such with us, has kept in touch over the years and when her son decided to get married she called me. I felt so privileged to shoot their son's wedding. It took place near the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Click here to view the slideshow.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Noah and Heather were married on Catalina Island at the beautiful Casino Ballroom. It was such a festive and beautiful event supervised by the wonderful Cathy Machado of An Event Two Be with flowers by Tracy of Bloom Floral Design Studio.

Click here to view the slideshow of this wedding.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Halle Berry

I had the opportunity to shoot a Q&A session for the film Perfect Stranger with Halle Berry, Giovanni Ribisi, James Foley and Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas that was held for students of the Semester in LA program for Boston University. The kids I think got a real kick out of it.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Walter Declan's Christening

I have always credited my friend Andrea Baker with getting me into shooting weddings. She was the very first person to ask me to shoot a wedding.

Every time there is an important Baker family event she calls me and this one was their son Walter Declan's christening. When I shot their daughter Fiora's christening a couple of years ago I shot this photo in the doorway of the church. Well this time it was a different church so I had to attempt to recreate the photo and I think it worked pretty well (Declan's photo on the Left, Fiora on the Right).

The christening gown that Declan is wearing is from the early 1900's and was James great, great uncle's. It is such a beautiful gown and is still in perfect condition.

Monday, January 08, 2007

2006 Slideshow - A Year in Review

I put this slideshow together today of all of my photography work for the 2006 and I just love how it turned out.

A recap of it in filmstrip form is above. But to see if set to a great song, click here.

Happy New Year to everyone.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Laila and Daisy - Part Two

While shooting Stephanie's dogs I decided to shoot using film processed with dr5. I just love how these images look and it's completely different but just as beautiful as traditional black and white film.