Friday, September 28, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
We jumped on the opportunity and asked him to turn on his lights as he passed. He not only obliged with that request, but he then got out and handcuffed Chris and Karly to each other while motioning for them to get into the car! What an awesome cop! Needless to say, Chris and Karly will have some of the most unique engagement shots around.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Saturday, September 8, 2007
I love this picture that I got a few weeks ago in Florida while shooting at the Club Med. This is the bride's daughter, and when I caught her looking at me through the slats of the chair I had to snap a shot.
Thanks for all the comments on the last post. Check out our new slideshow which is a compilation of all the work we have done so far this year.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
WOW! I've gone to some great lengths during my career to get the best shot possible, but never before have I had so many things thrown in my way to get the shoot.
I had a "red-eye" flight out of San Diego with Delta last Friday to fly to Pensacola Beach, Florida to shoot a wedding. My flight was going to arrive in Florida at 8am on Saturday morning. The wedding for Anthony and Jordan started at 7pm, but I planned to arrive at 5pm to start shooting the pre-wedding shots. My day started off with the hotel losing my dry cleaning, so I had to no clothes but the ones I was wearing, no problem I thought, I'll just buy some clothes when I get into Florida....
I get to the airport, check in, and just as I get to the gate....Delta announces they are cancelling my flight that leaves at 10:30pm, and another flight won't leave until next morning...
I do the mad dash with about 300 other people to the ticket counters, and then opt for the telephones to the Delta reservations center. They tell me the earliest flight won't get me into Pensacola until 6pm....way too late!
I sit down on the airport floor, pull out my laptop with wireless internet, and book a ONE WAY flight to Pensacola through Continental for $400 that will get me into Pensacola at 2:30pm on Saturday. I go back to the hotel, stay the night, and return to the airport 5 hours later to catch the one way flight leaving at 6am. I go to check in and the Continental employee marks my ticket as needing additional security screening.
My bags are pulled, and due to having so much equipment, it takes forever. He pulls everything out, even takes the lens off my camera...and then leaves everything on the table and says, "Have a good shoot," and walks away. I pack everything up, run to the plane, and get on with 5 minutes to spare as they call my name over the P.A.
I'm on the plane and think..."okay, it's been rough, but now I've made it." That was short lived. We fly from San Diego to Houston for a connection flight and I change planes to a small commuter plane. We get on the plane and they tell us things are going to be hot because one of the two AC units on the plane is broken. We take off and start the bumpiest plane ride of my life. It's unbelievably hot and bumpy...but I don't care as long as I get to Florida....
The pilot then announces that the second AC unit on the plane has just gone out...no problem except for the fact that the AC units are also the pressurization units for the plane! We are going to make an emergency landing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana...as we make our landing, the plane goes up and down causing constant groans and moans from the passengers...
We land, and they tell us to get off the plane. I don't know if you've ever been to the Baton Rouge airport, but it's tiny, and Continental doesn't fly out of there, they only landed there due to necessity. Since it's a commuter plane, we actually deplane onto the tarmac, and then I ask for my luggage. They won't give it to me, and say they have no idea if the plane will fly again because they don't have mechanics at that airport. I refuse to leave the tarmac without my luggage because I need my camera, and I need to make other travel arrangements. The pilot won't give it to me, and refuses to do anything until I guilt him by saying, "I just want you to know that when you go to bed tonight, just realize that you will be responsible for ruining a brides wedding." He then gives me my luggage.
I decide I've had enough of flying, and just don't trust the airlines anymore. I rent a car from Avis and start the over 300 mile trek to Pensacola....it's 3pm, and I have 4 hours before the wedding starts to make it through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and then into Florida. I start moving faster than I should admit to (my wife reads the blog), and go through thunderstorms, etc. to make it there...
While driving I hook up on the phone with a photographer named LESLIE ROARK who completely SAVES me. My wife found her as a local Pensacola photographer, and Leslie runs to the shoot at 5:30pm to take the pre-wedding shots. I literally arrive in Pensacola at 6:59pm, just as the bride and her Dad are walking from the beach house towards the beach to walk down the aisle...
I haven't shaved, I'm wearing the same black slacks, and white dress shirt I have worn for two days....and just start shooting. It turns into one of the best shoots of my life....We took the wedding party down into the water...but then later on in the evening we took the bride and groom down to the beach, and they got into the water HEAD to TOE. How cool is that?
Thanks Anthony and Jordan....you made the trek COMPLETELY worth it. And it serves as a lesson well learned..never give up on what you want. The harder it is to get it, the more valuable the reward will be.