As I may have mentioned before, my brother, accountant and second photographer, Rex, got married in San Diego a week ago. The wedding was in La Jolla, Califonia and the reception in San Diego itself. I was only there for a few hours, because I was needed at home (our little baby girl was just born). So I flew in for the wedding and flew out before the reception was over. It was quick, but it was a beautiful day and such an honor to photograph my brother’s wedding. He’s a great friend and his wife is a fantastic person.
The wedding portraits were shot on the beaches of La Jolla, California.
My favorite images are below as well as a slideshow. Enjoy.
The sky was blue and the sun was perfect, but sometimes, color, even as beautiful as it can be, is a distraction from the shapes and form of the photograph. So, I removed the color and the image just sang to me.
The flowers were a subject unto themselves, so I couldn’t have the flower girl hold the flowers near her dress. The needed to be on their own, against the horizon, just like she was. She was already holding them up and out a bit, so I asked her to pronounce what she was already doing and for heaven’s sake, don’t look at me… I think there is something wonderful in this photo. I see a young flower girl who is just about to grow up.
Kacey really wanted to do a few shots in the gas lamp district. We were running out of time, but we did it and I am so glad we did. I loved the images we got down there. And I think the effect here on the photos goes well with the feel of the streets in the area. I make some pretty quick decisions (some not consciously) while shooting and editing images, but they usually end up being the right decisions. I think that is what photography is all about. Making decisions. We make a lot of them in split seconds and have to live with them. I am glad I make those decisions well. I suppose if I didn’t, I would need to find a different career.
Can you believe the perfect luck on this photograph. I couldn’t have planned it any better. We got them into position and put the light on them to help equalize the exposure between the bright sun and the couple and then… cue the bird! That bird just makes the photograph. Jonathan Livingston Seagull, anyone?
The La Jolla coast line is full of absolutely beautiful and strange beaches. It is one of my favorite places to photograph wedding portraits. No matter what time of day it is, there is a spot for some pretty magnificent photographs.
The next photo reminds me of a photograph I have by George Bernard Shaw (the author). I found the photo in the archives at the London School of Economics where all of his films and prints are kept. It is quite a treasure trove of images and I think the strangest place for a photographic collection. The color effect makes it feel a bi more like BS Shaw’s Photo, albeit his is scratched and full of dust and poorly printed. The LSE staff is not great at printing. I suppose they would be the first to admit that the principles of division of labor preclude them from being good at anything artistic. Anyway, as I was shooting this photo I was thinking about Shaw’s photo in my modest collection of old obscure photographs, which is one of the few little sentimental pleasures in my life.
This one Kacey broke out of her shell and started hamming it up. That is always a good sign, when your bride and groom forget about being cool and just start having fun.
Love these shots! Do you only use Lightroom?
I use Lightroom in 90% of the cases exclusively. I will go into Photoshop for a few more extensive retouching situations. If I have to get rid of something in the photo, or need to spot out a bunch of dust of something like that, I will go into Photoshop. Lightroom can do almost everything I need to do to the majority of photos though.
Wow, Jared, just unreal! Stunning!
(And when did Rex get old enough to get married, anyway??)
Send my congrats to him. And a baby girl for you? Uber-congrats!!
Much love to you and yours, old friend 🙂