Southern California Wedding Photographer/ Husband/ Father/ Vegetarian/ Beer Drinker

Temecula wedding photographer that some people would describe as a mix between Channing Tatum and a honey badger, pound-for-pound one of the most ferocious animals on the planet. I enjoy writing sweet poetic love songs on my banjo for my lady, walking my dog Sinatra, sculpting my guns at the gymnasium (I'm not sure if you heard me counting, but I did over 1,000) and of course photographing weddings throughout Temecula, San Diego and Orange County. I’m truly blessed to do what I love and only hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them. CHEERS! - Ryan

March 25, 2015

Luke & Emily Bring The Wedding Awesomeness To The Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles! Boom!

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Natural History Museum Wedding In Los Angeles, California

 

One of the reasons I book a handful of weddings every year in Los Angeles is not because I like adding at least 3 hours of drive time to my day, but because the city has so much art and culture that it really allows a photographer to be more creative. I find it very easy to be inspired in the wasteland that is Los Angeles, but that is probably because I totally love seeing walls all tagged up, artistic design on seemingly every corner and homeless dudes offering out BJs for meth money. Wedding photographers in Los Angeles can pretty much place a couple on any corner and as long as the lighting works can capture some awesome stuff. Yes Los Angeles is where people become movie stars, wedding photographers never run out of inspiration and actors who lost it all chasing a dream to be famous instead become homeless people that barter sexual favors for cash to buy meth. Gorgeous city! So needless to say, I was totally stoked on heading up north to photograph Emily and Luke’s wedding at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and anxiously awaited the opportunity to photograph some cool s***.  Emily and Luke got ready at a rad little spot called the LA Athletic Club that had tons of awesome spots. We knocked out the getting ready shots, wedding party shots and first look there before heading off to the Natural History Museum for the wedding ceremony. I could seriously go on and on about how amazing this wedding was but you probably aren’t reading this anyhow so I will just let you check out the photos at the LA Athletic Club and Luke + Emily’s wedding at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles.

Oh and a quick muchas gracias to Justin Martens for helping me kick this wedding’s ass. He is a true gentleman for tagging along with me and taking photos when I am sure he would much rather have been playing frisbee golf.

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Once again, an extra special thank you to Justin over at YourInnerSong for cruising all the way up to Los Angeles to help me photograph Emily & Luke’s wedding. This wedding blog post would be considerably lacking without his many contributions and kick ass photos. Go check his work out as well!

March 7, 2015

Jason & Cari Elope In Joshua Tree, California

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Elopement In Joshua Tree, California

 

As a photographer in Southern California, I’ve been lucky enough to photograph some pretty rad locations up and down the west coast from Yosemite to Catalina Island. Southern California has so many awesome spots that many times I forget how spoiled I am that I get to live in a area where the weather is pretty much rad all the time and the landscape is quite diverse (mountains, urban, wineries, beach, desert and so on). It’s honestly a treasure chest full of awesome for anyone, especially a wedding photographer. However, there was one location lately I had been dying to photograph but the opportunity had not presented itself. See I love photographing the desert and frequently find myself in Palm Springs sitting poolside with a cocktail in hand or in both hands. Yet I simply never end up making the trek to nearby Joshua Tree (the spot I had found myself eager to photograph of late). However that all changed when Jason & Cari contacted me from San Francisco and told me that they were looking to elope at Joshua Tree.

The day of the elopement Joshua Tree was about 65 degrees. So it wasn’t bad at all, but there was one tiny little problem. And that was Mr. Wind and he was blowing pretty hard for us. Jason & Cari were seriously kick ass though. Even with some frigid air and messy air the day couldn’t have been more amazing. No details. No Pinterest inspired signs. Just two people in love with the gorgeous desert backdrop that had us all enamored. Everything about Joshua Tree is magical and maybe that is what brought Jason & Cari there. Below are some photographs of Jason & Cari’s Joshua Tree elopement.

Oh and on a special side note, I have photographed more weddings than I can remember, officiated one wedding for a couple close friends and after Jason & Cari’s wedding have now been an official witness. How rad is that?

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Joshua Tree Elopement

 

Photographs are copyright protected under Rock This Moment, a Palm Springs Wedding Photography company. Steal my images and my bodyguard Kevin Costner will come after you.

February 23, 2015

Engagement Session In Downtown Fullerton With Jeremy & Cat!

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Fullerton Engagement Session

 

Jeremy and Cat are awesome. When first discussing what location they wanted to choose for their engagement session I loved how they wanted to mix it up: a little outdoors with some greenery and a little city with some beers. We started the engagement at the Fullerton Arboretum which was really a rad location. It was small but packed with diversity and color, making it a rad spot for a photographer to be creative. Jeremy also kept things entertaining by singing the entire Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet” album. Like most people, I was familiar with the band’s top hits such as “Living On A Prayer”, but Jeremy introduced me to some B side material with songs like “Wild In The Streets”. In fact, Jeremy plays bass and sings backup for a Bon Jovi cover band out of Cypress called Jon’s Bon Bon’s. They are actually a really terrible band but it gets him out of the house and he seems to enjoy it so who am I to judge?

After the Arboretum we hit up downtown Fullerton which ended up being a pleasant surprise. The trees were in bloom, the bars were serving cold beers and Jeremy finally stopped singing Bon Jovi. I could keep going on about the day but I will let the photos tell the story from here on out. Thanks Jeremy and Cat for hanging out and making the engagement session rad. Cheers!

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All photos on this wedding blog are copyright protected by Palm Springs Wedding Photographer and all around kick ass wedding company Rock This Moment. I am totally cool with people using my photographs but all I ask is that you ask me first if it is cool. If you just take my images I will put dog poo in a bag, take it to your front door, then light the bag on fire, and lastly ring your doorbell. When you come to the front door and see the burning bag you will step on it to prevent a larger fire from occurring. This is when you will step on poo. With poo on your shoes you will be forced to wipe them off in the grass, put them under a hose and eventually feel defeated. You will then be left with sensations of anger and sadness, especially if you were wearing new shoes. I don’t want you to feel this way, but this is how I feel when you take my photos without consent. It sucks. I write about in my journal. I draw sad faces and tears fall from my eyes onto the journal paper. Let’s just all be adults and do the right thing. Don’t steal my photos and I won’t leave bags of poo at your door.