Each year I photograph roughly 25 weddings. The whole process of documenting a wedding is something I truly enjoy and therefore try and keep the number of weddings I photograph each year to a limited number, as I totally don’t want to over-saturate myself. I do not like packing in 3 photo sessions in a weekend or feeling overwhelmed with work. I firmly believe too much wedding photography in a short period of time stunts my creativity and has the potential to lead to burnout. But even in a busy May wedding season I found time to squeeze in Bernard and Tina’s elopement in Palm Springs, California. I was only out in the Palm Springs desert for two hours with them but our time together was amazing. The intimacy and energy of an elopement is invigorating. No Pinterest details, wedding parties or overly meticulous timelines. Just two people whose only plan was to 1) get married and 2) go get drinks. This day was completely refreshing and it is weddings like this that keep my fire going. Not to mention, a break from the Temecula wedding photography scene is always a welcomed change of pace!
All of the above photographs were shot in Southern California in the city of Palm Springs and are copyright protected by Palm Springs Wedding Photographers Rock This Moment. I absolutely love shooting in the desert and drinking cold beer in the desert so if you are ever interested in either one of those please feel free to contact me!
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. Read the rest of this entry …
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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