I recently photographed a series of images for Novel Expression, the owners over there are dear friends of mine (Hi Sheridan and Ellen!), and it was so much fun collaborating for this project. Novel Expression is a stock photography collection specializing in romance and genre fiction for book cover art. This project really sparked a lot of creativity, it was fun to come up with the couples back story; who are these two? What period of time do they live in? Is this a break up story? A forbidden love story? I had to keep in mind that there would most likely be copy space and that most books are vertical. I’m excited to see where these end up and what their stories might be. Go over to their BLOG and check out the Q&A they did with me. Here are a few of my favorites…
Melody and Ted met for the first time at a work training seminar where they sat by each other all day. It wouldn’t be until a year later that they went out on their first date, after being reintroduced by a mutual friend. She had a sudden revelation that they were perfect for each other. They went on their first date a few weeks later. Melody says she fell in love on their second date, which was at Perch. Perch became their special place, they had their first kiss there, and after that many birthday dinners and special occasions. So when Ted suggested they get Married there, Melody said it was a no brainer!
The each got ready in different rooms at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Then we headed to Perch for their rooftop ceremony and reception. It was such a beautiful location, with perfect weather, unbelievable clouds and the most amazing sunset overlooking the city.
Big thanks to the team that brought this all together!
Venue: Perch Los Angeles
Coordinator: Debra Meadows of Meadows Events
Florist: Paul Goldman of Allens Flower Market
Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero
Videographer: Leonardo Mendoza
DJ: Minh Pham of HMS Sounds System
Photographer: Steph Fowler
I was so happy when Zoe and Yun told me they were getting Married at the Walnut Grove at Tierra Rejada Farms, its one of my favorite locations! The weather was beautiful that day, and they were surrounded by their close friends and family.
I love hearing how people meet! They met online on OKCupid in 2013. Zoe emailed Yun first but Yun had just gotten off the website. A year later, Yun saw Zoe’s profile and emailed her without ever seeing Zoe’s initial email. They went to kaiten sushi (conveyor belt sushi) on their first date. Zoe said she was afraid of little round food, so they got brick toast instead of boba drinks. Many delicious meals later, they got married.
Zoe and Yun, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!
This wedding was so much fun to shoot! Melisa is my childhood friend, we were best buddies in the 6th grade, and we were obsessed with the movie The Outsiders, we would watch it over and over, “stay golden pony boy!” I watched my first MTV video at her house, Madonna! And her big sister Tina, was so cool, she would give us makeovers. We lost touch over the years, so I was so excited when she contacted me to photograph her wedding! I asked her how she met Bill, she had this to say, “Bill and I met through a mutual friend, he courted me for about three months. Would come over and make me and the kids wonderful dinners. Finally when I decided I would accept his date proposal we were set to go to dinner and a movie on a Wednesday night. He called me from the hospital and had to cancel because he had fallen while running along the river. He had broken his wrist in two places and needed surgery. About a week later he called and with his broken arm he mended my heart and took me to a wonderful dinner and made me laugh and smile.”
Melisa wanted a garden theme, and she transformed a friends backyard into the wedding of her dreams. She put so much work into all of the little details. Her cake was a bucket filled with flowers, amazing! Thanks to all of her friends and family for making me and my husband feel so welcome.