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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.

Claire Pettibone 20th Anniversary Published in Inside Weddings

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.

Rumer Willis photo by Mike Colon

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.

Angele Kinsey Celebrity Photographer Mike Colon

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:

CLD Contact info

Bow Tie Problems Tuesday February 18, 2014 5:22PM PST Celebrity, Fashion, Wedding

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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!

Ines DiSanto – New York City 2012 Thursday November 1, 2012 5:33PM PST Celebrity, Fashion, Wedding

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.

Ines DiSanto by Photographer Mike Colón

Last summer I hosted a San Jose wedding photographer workshop.  This wedding photographer workshop inparticular was small and intimate with photographers from San Jose and some surrounding cities.  After spending the day talking about life, photography, technique, marketing, pricing, etc. we walked the streets of downtown San Jose and photographed Alana in a lovely Amy Kuschel wedding gown.

To view more images from this San Jose wedding shoot CLICK HERE.

A special thanks to Marin Kristin for doing hair and make-up, to my assistant Kat Harris for styling this shoot, and Amy Kuschel for providing us with a wonderful gown.  Thanks to my amazing sponsors for helping make this workshop come to life, and for the rad giveaways:  Pixel2CanvasLeather Craftsmen.

To learn more about my workshops and other educational opportunities CLICK HERE.

Pictures of Tamra Barney from Real Housewives of Orange County (OC)

Left image: Canon 1D Mark IV 85mm f1.2 wide open / Right image: Canon 1D Mark IV 200mm f2.0 wide open

A couple of weeks ago, Dr. Milind Ambe, a top plastic surgeon here in Newport Beach and friend of our family, left me a voicemail asking if I could put together a last minute photo shoot for ‘Ambe Aesthetics’ a new line of skin care products that he and his wife Heidi Ambe developed.   They had been invited to an exclusive celebrity PR event at the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills and needed images for a huge banner and new brochure.  Tamra Barney from Real Housewives of OC uses and loves Ambe Aesthetics skin care products and agreed to be the model for this shoot.

The shoot took place at Milind and Heidi’s house in Newport Coast just down the street from my house.  I spent about two hours with Tamra, who made this one of the easiest shoots ever, shooting in different rooms throughout the house and in the front courtyard.  Heidi and Milind’s house is so amazing and gorgeous with great natural light bouncing everywhere.  I brought a ton of lighting, but ended up leaving in the car and shooting this one 100% available light.

A special thanks to Tamra Barney‘s boyfriend Eddie Judge who helped out during the shoot.  This guy could probably be a stylist or a photographer if he ever wanted to quit his day job.

Pictures of Tamra Barney of Real Housewives of Orange County for Ambe Aesthetics

Both images shot with Canon 1D Mark IV 85mm F1.2