When Anthony and Michelle informed me that their May wedding and reception would be held at Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate in San Marcos, California I have to admit I was pretty freaking stoked. The reason was because as a Temecula wedding photographer the majority of the venues I photograph are in the wineries. But as awesome and classy as day drinking in the vineyards can be, as an artist it is important to have a change of scenery at times to keep the competitive juices flowing. Mixing it up is good for the soul and churns creativity like a hairy Amish chick churning butter. But this wedding blog post isn’t about day drinking or hairy women but rather Anthony and Michelle.
Anthony was a roadie for Ricky Martin in the early 2000s and would sub in as a backup dancer if one of Ricky’s regulars twisted an ankle or burned themselves in a tanning bed. Anthony was a talented dancer but honestly he just wasn’t able to secure a full-time position due to an arthritic pelvis that would flare up occasionally. Although Anthony would never hold a spot in the big leagues as a full-time backup dancer to Ricky Martin he did meet Michelle at one of the concerts. The two would eventually swap numbers and stories of romance over margaritas. Anthony quickly decided that he would stop chasing the dream of being a dancer and began chasing Michelle. The two got engaged and recently got married. Below are the wedding photos from their incredible day at Twin Oaks House & Garden Estate.
Unfortunately, Ricky Martin was unable to attend the wedding due to a scheduling conflict. However, he did send a lovely gift basket filled with exotic body oils and European swimwear. Anthony said it was the perfect gift.
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For years I have received emails and Facebook messages about family photos, but I have never really been inspired to be a family photographer. When I thought of family photos I basically imagined people in some field dressed in similar outfits and colors. The whole thing just felt emotionless and empty to me. But since my daughter Vienna was born last year I found myself constantly taking photos of her and documenting the details of her life. I have truly enjoyed photographing her and the photos I have of Vienna and my wife are the most important images I have photographed. So I began to understand why people were reaching out to me for family photos and decided I would offer this service on one condition: that the photo shoot was real, authentic and genuine. I did not want all sorts of lame poses. I wanted to photograph real life. Kids dressed in their normal day clothes and simply having fun being young. I wanted to capture the interaction of a family with their children.
Shanon was one of those people who reached out to me within days of me announcing I would start taking on family photos. As a photographer herself, Shanon has been documenting her daughter Alex’s life since day one but she did not have many photos of her with her daughter. Shanon and Alex are from Dallas but were going to be in Southern California for the 4th of July so while on this little break from Texas they came over and visited this Temecula photographer and we put together a quick little family photo lifestyle session at the Splash Park. After the Splash Park we stopped by a nearby hill/nature area about a mile away where we were lucky enough to come across a lady who was walking her horse. Alex loves horses so this was a pretty big deal. Then we finished the photo session off with another short stop at a different park until it was dark.
These photographs of Alex, Shanon and their interaction together made me smile the entire time while editing. I love these photographs and hope they do too.
The above family photos were captured at the Temecula Splash Park located off Margarita Road in Temecula, California. This park is actually really cool because it offers stuff for disabled kids to enjoy, is located near some tennis courts with other cool things going on and of course is 100% free! I would totally recommend anyone with kids to check it out but be warned that the place can get a little crowded so mid-week is probably the best time to go for a visit!
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When I think of Trevor and Rachel I think of two people who are winners. A young, energetic, intelligent couple with a love for travel, life and education. These are the type of people who give me hope that the world isn’t going to turn into a reality television loving, McDonald’s eating, basket of human waste. Engineering genius fueled by champagne, Trevor and Rachel are two people who basically get it. Their wedding was perfect in its simplicity, and the only thing that sucked about their Lake Oak Meadows wedding was that I lost my sunglasses on a trail at their wedding venue during the portrait session. And I’m the type of guy who needs sunglasses and good lighting to look decent in public. So below are the wedding photos of Trevor, Rachel and the entire wedding fiesta at Lake Oak Meadows in Temecula, California. Thank you Rachel and Trevor for allowing me to document the start of your lives together as husband and wife. That’s a lot of trust you bestowed on this Scotch drinking, animal loving, photo taking man. I hope I told the story of your wedding in a way that is authentic and real. Cheers to you both!
Once again, CHEERS to Trevor and Rachel for being awesome people! I wish you both the absolute best from good times, good health to good cocktails. May the force be with you two!
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