You Finally Found Me! Now, Are You Ready To Rock?

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

April 9, 2014

My Wife, Sunshine, Ace Hotel & Palm Springs. Of Course This Was Going To Be A Great Little Getaway!

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Maternity Photos At Ace Hotel & Palm Springs

 

With the baby due in less than 3 weeks (OH MY GOSH!), Corissa and I made the decision to take a little overnight trip to Palm Springs while we still had the freedom to come and go as we please. We figured a short getaway to the desert would give us an opportunity to do another round of maternity photos (here are my abandoned house maternity photos from a couple months back), enjoy a little time together, talk baby stuff and simply relax before the endless nights of non-sleeping come to fruition. We booked a room at one of our all-time favorite locations in Ace Hotel, snapped photos, swam in the pool and ate so much I literally thought I would barf….I blame the vegan chicken wings from Native Foods for that. It was the type of relaxation that both of us needed and deserved after putting a nursery together, reading books about how to be awesome parents, going to doctor’s visits, taking classes and doing all of the things necessary for a child to come into the world ready to rock. The pool was cool, the weather was hot and the gay dudes were making me feel insecure about myself as always so everything was just about perfect. Here is a brief look at our day together yesterday told in the medium of photography. Enjoy!

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Below are a couple snaps I took on my iPhone 5. More of my iPhone photography can be found on my Instagram account. For my iPhone photos I typically edit using VSCO Cam and AfterLight. However, there are a lot of great mobile apps for post processing now so Mextures and all those other ones are great too. I am just not that familiar with them!

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Palm Springs Wedding Photographer

April 6, 2014

Mountains, Fresh Air, Trees and Cold Beer Made This Mt. Baldy Engagement Session AWESOME!

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Mt. Baldy Engagement Session

 

Living in the Temecula Valley I am pretty much used to it being hot all the damn time so when Tommy and Meghan began discussing a short trip to Mount Baldy as the destination for their engagement photos I was more than delighted in the change of scenery and some cool mountain air. Being a Temecula Wedding Photographer basically means that most of the weddings and engagement sessions I tend to photograph are either in the wineries or often in Old Town Temecula so any opportunity to work in a different environment certainly is a welcomed change of pace. Not to mention, I spent much of my childhood growing up in Southern Oregon so I absolutely love being surrounded by trees, fresh air and the type of wild animals that will literally tear your face off if you try to mess with them! I was a little familiar with Mt. Baldy as it was a spot I went snowboarding at a couple times back when I did not worry about things like going fast, getting hurt or investing in health insurance, but I had never went their with the plan of taking photographs. This past Thursday was the day that all changed! I packed up my photo gear, drove up to Mt. Baldy with Meghan and Tommy, then we took photos until it was dark. However, darkness did not mean we were done taking photographs. Nope. Instead, we went to the bar, grabbed a couple cold beers and snapped a few more photos. I always enjoy the simple setting of a tavern when talking with my future brides and grooms whether it be for an introduction, before a photo session or after a session. Getting people to be themselves in front of basically a stranger can be difficult, especially when that stranger is also pointing a camera in their face and pulling the trigger of the shutter over and over and over again. This is the true challenge of photography, capturing people as their true and unique selves. Anybody can put two people together then guide them through pose after pose, but a pose can many times look just like: a posed photograph. Natural smiles, a tender look a loving giggle, those are the things of gold when it comes to photography, and getting that gold is impossible if the subjects feel uncomfortable with you as a photographer.

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March 27, 2014

Samantha & Danny get hitched at Wien’s in Temecula wine country

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Temecula Wedding Featuring Samantha & Danny

 

The weather is getting warmer, the vines in the Temecula wineries are beginning to sprout and my thirst for margaritas is growing with each passing day which can only mean one thing: wedding season! Samantha and Danny were my first local Temecula wedding photography clients of the year and I couldn’t have had a more energetic and fun couple to photograph. Samantha had all of her fellow nurses at the wedding and I must say those chicks can have a good time. In fact, there is something that makes you feel quite safe knowing you are in a room full of nurses, even if they are getting blitzed off champagne! In all seriousness this was a relaxed, small and intimate wedding of two families coming together and it was a wonderful event to be a part of and document. This was my first time photographing Wien’s Winery and it was a good location for this type of small wedding ceremony. We arrived, we took photos, we ate, we danced and we documented the awesome that was Samantha and Danny’s wedding. Here are about 100 of the 1,000 images captured that made the final cut from the wedding. Look at them. Let the images burn into your body like a Roman candle or a Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper.

 

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I would like to send out a special thanks to my friend Reuben Castro, a wedding photographer in Orange County, who helped me immensely by second shooting with me. This wedding blog post would not be as complete without his assistance.

 

February 10, 2014

Daniel + Diana: Downtown San Diego Engagement Session At Gas Lamp District.

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Gas Lamp District San Diego Engagement

 

Every time I hold a camera I instantly begin to sweat. I’m not sure if it is because Temecula wedding photography means most of my photo work occurs in the vineyards during the warmer part of the season, making my body conditioned to get hot when I begin clicking the shutter, or if I am simply a guy getting older and fatter. I find myself wearing black more often so I think it is safe to say it’s probably just fat guy problems. I will blame it on my pregnant wife who has turned our home into a regular Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Two people who don’t sweat all the time are Diana and Daniel. This is because they are young, good looking and cross fit junkies. That means they lift heavy objects purely for recreation. I would not be surprised if they also juiced and enjoyed the earthy taste of beets. Regardless of our conflicting diets and philosophy toward working out, I was lucky enough to photograph these two in down town San Diego at the historic Gas Lamp District. If you have not been to this area of San Diego you really are missing out on some seriously awesome stuff so plan a date night there if you have not. The engagement session started with us 3 getting some stiff cocktails then venturing out and about. We hit the streets of San Diego, the Hard Rock Hotel and snapped, laughed and drank away. It was absolutely great. Not to mention, Harvard studies have shown that your wedding photographer is 63% more likely to take better photos, be more enjoyable and generally kick more ass with the consumption of two drinks. I had a pre-game long island iced tea and a Stone IPA halfway through. Therefore, these engagement photos are kick ass. Enjoy !

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February 5, 2014

Maternity Photos Of Corissa At The Burned Down Mill In Murrieta, California.

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Murrieta Maternity Session

 

As most of my friends and Temecula wedding photography blog followers are already aware, my wife Corissa is pregnant and we are expecting our first bundle of screaming, pooping, why won’t you ever stay asleep bundle of joy at the end of April. In all seriousness, we both could not be happier and are very much looking forward to this new chapter in our lives. Naturally, my wife wants me to document as much of the story as possible which created some challenges for me because I have NEVER done a maternity photography session in my life! I do not know much about pregnant ladies other than they eat more, sleep a lot and pass flatulence like a frat guy after a full day drinking Budweiser and eating pizza (Just kidding about the last part!). I have seen a lot of other photographers post maternity work and to be honest I am simply not a fan of the heart on the belly or blocks that say “It’s a girl!”. That type of photography is like the bad side of Pinterest so I certainly knew for my first maternity photography session I would not be doing anything like that. Therefore, Corissa and I jumped into the car Dukes of Hazzard style and drove to a burned down mill in Murrieta that is a pretty popular location for couples taking engagement photos. The location has broken glass everywhere, used condoms on the dirt and rusty nails popping out everywhere just itching to give visitors tendonitis. So obviously I thought this would be the perfect place for our maternity photos! THANK YOU to my lovely wife Corissa for being a good sport and looking so darn sexy in these photos!

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All photos were captured with my Canon 5D mark iii. For this photo session I only used a 50mm and 45 Tilt Shift lens. All photos were post processed in Lightroom using VSCO actions.