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Sunday July 3, 2016 6:38PM PST
Such a great article about my very special friends and clients Jock & Erin!! Read the whole thing here.
“A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other… maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.” – 500 Days of Summer (2009)
In Erin and Jock’s case, the timing was just perfect and they have fallen for each other forever. The two of them met in 2008 at The Resort at Pelican Hill when Erin joined the wedding team. Jock worked in pre-opening Sales for Pelican Hill, and they were at opposite ends of the pre-opening office. After a lot of small talk, mostly about fun restaurants in and around Orange County, soon enough they started to frequent these restaurants together. They kept things casual throughout their fun adventures together and soon enough, conversations began to expand and become more personal. Jock explains “We were having a ton of fun; however along the way I started to feel differently. I really liked this girl. I enjoyed everything about her.” Erin enjoyed her time with Jock, but was not quite sure if the timing was right for her. After a year of Jock courting and attempting to impress Erin, she gave him a shot. They spent the next four years continuing their restaurant adventures while expanding their palates, attending black tie parties, experiencing more of SoCal, hotel hopping on the weekends, and most of all, getting to know each other.
On May 16, 2015 they wed at Hotel Bel Air, which was one of Erin’s longtime dreams since she was only 15 years old after attending a Mother’s Day Brunch at Hotel Bel Air. Erin shared “I remember looking at my parents and telling them that very first day that “”one day, I would LOVE to get married here””. It was so magical to me from my very first visit 16 years ago, and on May 16th, 2015 my dreams came true.” Personal touches were a very important aspect of this couples wedding day, especially for Erin, who had worked in the wedding industry for years. Starting with the Save The Dates with a classic and formal photo of the two on the beach, all the way to the programs and menus that had a custom monogram the two had created together. “Oh Happy Day” and LAX-JFK were two subtle themes of the wedding day, seen on items such as Welcome Bags, cocktail napkins, and Jock’s shoes! Quotes from some of their all time favorite movies were seen throughout, as well as some of their favorite foods that reflected them as a couple. Some butler passed hors d’oeuvres at the cocktail reception included miniature Chicken Tacos paired with miniature Patron Margaritas, Sangria Infused Watermelon, Pigs N’ a Blanket, and Ahi Tuna Cones, the couples favorite Spago classic. Wolfgang Puck and his team created a phenomenal menu for this affair, which included items such as Campania Artichoke Tortelloni, Chilled Shrimp and Crab Louie Salad, Liquid Bon Bons, Sauteed Black Bass, and Mesquite Grilled Wagyu Flat Iron Steak. Guests were sure able to get a taste for Erin and Jock’s foodie favorites!
Read more and see all of the images here!
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of covering Claire Pettibone’s 20th Anniversary and grand opening of her new flagship salon in Beverly Hills, CA. It was a fun night mingling with old and new friends. I’ve known Claire and her husband/biz partner Guy Toley for many years now. I first met them on a plane coming from New York and just happened to be sitting next to them. They are great people and so down to earth. I really enjoyed shooting this event for them. Congrats Claire and Guy on 20 years of success in marriage and in business! It was an honor to shoot your event!
Special shout out to my team Brandon Aquino, Daniel Cruz, JC Guzman, & Stewart Uy for all the help shooting that night! #LTFL
Special thanks to Art Scangas and Inside Weddings for the love in the Fall 2014 Issue.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 13, 2014
RUMER WILLIS & ANGELA KINSEY CELEBRATING THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF CLAIRE PETTIBONE
IN BEVERLY HILLS AT THE CLAIRE PETTIBONE FLAGSHIP SALON
(Images Courtesy of Photographer: Mike Colón, images available upon request)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA: Claire Pettibone had much to celebrate on June 11, 2014. On this perfect Summer evening she and husband, Guy Toley, welcomed family, friends and celebrity fans to the Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon in Beverly Hills to celebrate their 20th Wedding Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of the renown Claire Pettibone bridal label.
Among the celebrity fans that came to show their support was, Rumer Willis, who proved that her sister is not the only one in the family to command attention! Rumer wore a showstopping white crochet and mesh cocktail dress, that, while was not as risqué as her sister, Scout Willis’ ‘free the nipple’ statement in New York last week, was nothing short of a provocative fashion statement (that we loved)!
Also in attendance was, Angela Kinsey, who was as charming and lovable as she looks in a photo hugged up with celebrity wedding photographer, Mike Colón, who shot the weddings of the huge talent including Usher and Timbaland.
Like the success of their matrimony, Claire’s business has grown exponentially over the last 20 years; she not only has she become one of the top bridal designers, but is now forging on the path to designing for the red-carpet, dressing celebrities like Carrie Underwood. Could Rumor Willis and Angela Kinsey be added to the list of Claire’s designs for red-carpet gowns this season? We can only hope and can’t wait to see what Claire Pettibone brings us next!
WHO: Designer, Claire Pettibone, Actress, Rumer Willis, Actress, Angela Kinsey.
WHAT: The Celebration of the 20th Anniversary for Claire Pettibone
WHERE: Claire Pettibone Flagship Salon in Beverly Hills, CA
WHEN: June 10, 2014
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CLAIRE PETTIBONE, PLEASE CONTACT:
Bow Tie Problems
Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:22PM PST
Celebrity, Fashion, Wedding
I’m sitting here trying to figure out why I like this scene so much… I guess I just like the fact that his son’s girlfriend feels so comfortable around him. I think it’s sweet that she’s helping him with his bow tie. I really like the tones and balance of color in this image. Other small details like the Coca Cola “light” and the iPhone on the table help to set the scene.
I timed this image to make sure I could see the bow tie dangling there so the viewer knows what’s happening at first glance. I don’t think second image wouldn’t work by itself since it might be confusing without the first image but paired I think they tell the story well.
I shot this with my Nikon D4 and AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G. ISO1250 f2.8 at 1/200 sec. No fill flash or reflector… just exposing to naturally see detail in subjects without completely blowing out background. I used Aperture and a film filter VSCO Kodak Portra 160(-) with VSCO II film grain 100 to edit the image. I’m a huge fan of “less is more” when it comes to editing my photos. I try not to over correct or perfect my images when editing since my goal is to tell a story that is believable. I will crop, retouch, or remove distractions that take away from the moment if necessary… but I left this scene pretty much as is.
Location: The St. Regis Singapore Presidential Suite
Please comment below to tell me your thoughts on the image. I read and appreciate all feedback and try to answer all questions!
This year’s Benefit Shoot (at WPPI-3.2.2014), is certain to impress! Old Downtown Las Vegas (Fremont Street) will play host to an amazing afternoon of shooting, with leadership and training from some of the best photogs in the industry (incl Mike Colon, Zach and Jody Gray, Trevor Dayley). Then, finish the evening off with great eats, drinks, and private concert (you won’t want to miss) at one of the raddest spots on Fremont Street (The roof deck at Commonwealth). It’s a day (and night) you won’t want to miss.
Transporation provided from the MGM Signature and will return post-Dinner.
*CHECK-IN FOR BENEFIT SHOOT: 2:30PM – 3/2/3013, MGM SIGNATURE TOWER 2 LOBBY
Dinner (and Concert) Only tickets are also available for those who can’t make the Shoot itself.
*DINNER: 6PM-9PM AT COMMONWEALTH (525 E Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101)
*Transportation not provided for Dinner Only tickets
***CLICK HERE NOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!***
Dark churches getting you down? Off-camera lighting throwing you off your game? Family formals killing you? Trust me, you are not alone. The reason wedding photography is one of the most dreaded (and highest paying) professions in the photography world is simply because it’s not easy! Mixed lighting, harsh shadows, blown-out backgrounds, fast moving subjects in low light, tall brides next to short grooms, five minutes to shoot fifteen different group shots while the sun goes down… the craziness has no end! And the scary part is, you can’t make excuses when it comes time to deliver images to your client.
I once heard a commercial photographer relate wedding photography to Russian Roulette. He said “You’re bound to get unlucky eventually and then it’s all over.. you’re finished.” He’s right… there are no re-shoots in wedding photography, and a scorned bride is not someone you want hanging around your Facebook fan page.
So here’s the good news: I’m not just writing all of this to give you more anxiety about shooting weddings. I am dedicating myself to a new workshop series called “The Uncomfortable Workshop“. I’ve teamed up with Andras Schram, a photographer in Calgary who I deeply respect as an artist in our industry. This workshop has been a long time coming and a long time planning. It’s not my regular “set up the students with insane portfolio material” workshop. If you want that go to my Vegas Shooting Workshop next month. This workshop addresses the difficult and uncomfortable aspects of shooting a wedding. It’s specifically designed to prepare you for the worst case scenarios. We intentionally booked one of the darkest churches in Calgary to do one of our live shooting demonstrations. We’ve also scheduled an outdoor night shoot for the group.
This workshop will not be easy, and will most likely stretch you far beyond your comfort zone. But nothing worth doing is easy, and discomfort forces us to find a better way. If you are ready to patch those holes in your game and become a more able and confident wedding photographer, come to The Uncomfortable Workshop.
Wednesday February 13, 2013 10:52PM PST
I love photographing babies. Especially when they cooperate and stay asleep :) This is one of my favorite shots of Archer, Jessica Claire & Jeff Norwood’s newest addition to the family. I just love the symmetry, the smooth tones, and the mixture of the cold, hard chair with Archer’s warm, soft skin and blanket.
Ines DiSanto is quite possibly the sweetest person in the world. If I could adopt her as family, I would in a heartbeat. She makes everyone around her feel at home. Her creativity and design skills are second to none. Here’s a quick in-between shot I grabbed of the beautiful Ines during a photo shoot in NYC for Wedding Style Magazine.
Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2012 Runway collection is filled with lace, pastels, and great color blocking. Several weeks ago I was thrilled to shoot the Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 Runway Collection in Los Angeles. Enjoy the images as well as some fun behind the scenes shots of the event!