Monthly Archives: June 2015

So after I shot Daniel and Jennifer Destination Wedding, I had the opportunity to explore the amazing little town Port Douglas and surrounding area. Imagine the quaintest little beach town you can imagine and put it right on the edge of a dense rainforest and you’ll get an idea of what Port Douglas looks like. It was one of the more unique areas I’ve ever been to full of amazing floral and dangerous fauna. The mangroves, basically a salt water swamp, were home to salt water Crocodiles and giant jellyfish.  The rainforest was FULL of plenty exotic animals and birds. We got to the Cairnes Wildlife Zoo and got to see all the Australian animals including dingos, salter water crocodiles, parrots, snakes, and my 2 favorites, Koalas and Kangaroos.

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After exploring the local land animals, it was time to head out to ocean and see one of the natural wonders of the natural world, The Great Barrier Reef. Now why I’m quite happy with these photos, they are merely A GLIMPSE of what I actually saw while snorkeling. There’s no real way to describe visually what I saw. The closest thing I could say it was like was flying over an alien world. Just seeing all the different types of coral was a experience, much less their surreal colors. But again, instead of describing, I’ll just show you.

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Almost everyone I see or talk to has been asking, “When are you going to post photos from Australia?” Well everyone, the wait is over and I finally have edited my photos from my trip to Australia! First up on the blog is wedding I shot in Port Douglas, AKA the whole reason I got to go to Australia. Jennifer is an old friend from the days when I used to work as a janitor at a Supermarket. We have since moved FAR away from retail jobs and pursued our dreams. Jennifer left and became a world travel. During her world travels, she met a guy named Daniel who lived in Australia. They started dating, then Daniel proposed while on a visit to the states. Before long, Jennifer moved all the way from California to Victoria, Australia. She then started planning her dream wedding which would take place in the tiny town of Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. She then emailed me and asked me to photograph her wedding because, in her words, she “could not imagine anyone else photographing her wedding.” I don’t think I ever responded to an email faster in my ENTIRE life and agreed to do a wedding. So in April of this year, I boarded a plane at LAX and made the long 20 hour flight to Port Douglas. When I got off the plane, I was too struck by the beauty of Queensland to really realize how tired I felt. EVERYWHERE I looked, I kept thinking, ” I wanna shoot there.” I was lucky enough to end up at some of these spots on Daniel and Jennifer’s wedding day. Since it was a small intimate wedding, I got a TON of time to photograph them in so many of these amazing spots all around Port Douglas and the coast of Queensland. This wedding was such an amazing honor to be a part of and I feel so privileged to have visited such a beautiful city in such stunning country. There are going to be more photos of my “vacation” portion, but for now please take a look at just a few of these amazing wedding photos. Enjoy!

 

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I love my hometown, but I also love traveling and visiting new places. So when Kelsey told me she wanted to do her engagement session in So Cal because that’s where she and Jordan met, I was more than down. She told me that she wanted to go to Seal Beach where Jordan and her had their 1st date and then they were up for any other locations I had in mind. I have ALWAYS wanted to do a session at Griffith Observatory and I asked them if they were down and they were so thrilled I suggested it. So on a overcast Saturday, we went all around So Cal and took some great engagement portraits. Enjoy our results!

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