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

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.

February 9, 2015

Chantelle & Kurt In Carlsbad, California

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Carlsbad California Engagement

 

When the Temecula valley gets way too freaking hot in the Summer, one of my favorite places to visit and cool off is Carlsbad Beach. What I like about Carlsbad is that the crowds are not too bad, the people are more laid back than the hipster trend followers in Orange County and the waves are pretty decent. That is why I was stoked when Kurt and Chantelle flew in from their hometown of Seattle and decided upon Carlsbad as the location for their engagement photos. The weather was sunny and beautiful but since the water was cold I was unable to put on the zebra print speedo and get some sweet salty Pacific Ocean water all over my slightly overweight body (the cold water causes significant shrinkage so unless the water temperature is above 70 degrees I stay out). But that was okay because midway through the engagement session we stopped at Pizza Port off Carlsbad Village Drive where the photo session turned into a drinking IPA session. From Pizza Port to the beach and everywhere in between this Carlsbad engagement session was an absolute blast and I can’t wait for Kurt and Chantelle’s Temecula wedding later this Fall! Here are some of the images from our time together. Party on!

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All images from this Carlsbad engagement session are of ownership of Palm Springs Wedding Photography company Rock This Moment. So do not steal these images unless you want me to find you while you are sitting on the toilet and snap photos of you in your uncompromising situation and have those poo photos posted on my blog with the caption “Mr. Poo Face The Photo Thief” under the image. Just ask if you are interested in using any images!

September 25, 2014

Wedding Photos At Hidden Oaks In Ramona, California With Pieter & Rachel

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Ramona Wedding: Hidden Oaks

 

What can I possibly say about this awesome September wedding in Southern California? Rachel looked amazing, Pieter was dressed like a true gent and the venue was absolutely stunning in its simplicity. I actually had never photographed a wedding at Hidden Oaks: Private Weddings & Events or even heard of the place until Rachel gave me all the details on our first meeting. This is probably because this gem of a venue is deep in Ramona, California, the venue does not even have a website and of course the property owner/wedding coordinator Deb only takes about 20 weddings per year. Hidden Oaks was a great change of pace from the Temecula wedding venues I am used to photographing but in all honesty a venue can only provide so much because at the end of the day weddings are about people not places, and I must say Pieter and Rachel are two amazing people. The intimate wedding ceremony was officiated by Rachel’s father, guests came from places all over the world like South Africa and the good times penetrated the evening air like the smoke from the fire pit (Seriously venues that offer fire pits and couples who provide free cigars to smoke near those fire pits rock). Below are the wedding photos I captured of Pieter & Rachel’s wedding day. Enjoy!

 

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