Maria & Miguel’s Wedding at La Jolla Ballroom

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This wedding featured a really beautiful bride and some really difficult conditions. Sometimes because of church scheduling or whatever a wedding gets pushed back to the point that it starts after sunset and every picture you take has to be lit by you and only you because the sun’s asleep. That was the case here. It wasn’t so bad in the getting ready room or the church – I’m used to those conditions – but when every portrait features 100% photographer made lighting AND you have the normal extreme wedding rush to get them done because the receptions about to start . . . well, it can be stressful. To say the absolute least.

Fortunately for the couple, I’m really experienced and really awesome at this job so we got it done. You’ll see my night portraits below and please consider that all the background light is mine as well. So there. I’m so amazing.

Shot with Michael Alonso of Michael Alonso Photography

Karishma and Anthony’s Wedding at the Jacaranda Golf Club

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Indian weddings are every photographer’s favorite (stylistically speaking anyway; they’re really tiring). Colors, baby. Details. Intricate pieces of art worn by the ladies in attendance.

That’s not to knock American weddings; they provide a lot of love, laughs and warmth. So when Karishma and Anthony came to me describing a marriage between the two (nice pun Ricky!) I was more than intrigued. My excitement was paid off in spades.

The wedding was a really lighthearted, super fun event where everyone was there to have an awesome time and celebrate. Sign me up, again and again!

Hillary & Sam’s Wedding at the Delray Beach Marriott

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Since I am a human, sorta, I typically work best when I can relate to the couple and the crowd. I am really, REALLY good at fitting in and relate really well to almost everyone, but when presented with a big Jewish wedding, with a couple of total sweethearts for a couple . . . it just feels like home.

Hillary and Sam could have easily, no problem been my friends at summer camp, so I had an incredibly good time laughing with them, witnessing their total love and setting up awesome photos. Their whole wedding was excited for them, genuinely, and their photographer was as well. I even got to squeeze all the beauty out of the Marriott! Reflective floors! Get it!

Shot with my sister from another mister, Michelle Feingold-Vila from

Miami Beach Family Photographer at the Bass Art Museum

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I love this family. I’ve shot them before and mentioned previously that Warren is a full fledged, globe trotting photojournalist (or at least used to be) and an excellent one at that. So it’s always a lot of good pressure to shoot his family because I know that he knows that I know that he knows quality photos.

I insanely, stupidly brought my Leica for this session without thinking it through and was forced to chase a two year old around with a manual focus camera. Doh! I did it though :)

Janelle & Charlie’s Wedding at the Palms Hotel in Miami Beach

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I had such a great time at this wedding because the bride and groom were so incredibly nice and up for photos, it made my life very easy. A beautiful day on the beach, ceremony in a lovely gazebo, parrots, blue skies . . . tough life I lead, let me tell you. It’s pretty amazing that I just so happened to live in a location that is a destination all on its own and decided to be a wedding photographer because it really does lead to gorgeous photos, as evidenced by this awesomely tropical wedding.

The way Janelle and Charlie incorporated the natural beauty of Miami into their big day was inspiring for me, which is hard considering I live here, shoot here and am more or less immune to tropical beauty – but this time it worked through my jaded filter and I was impressed – always good for photos. So is generalized silliness, and they thankfully provided me with that as well :)

Katie + Alfie’s Engagement Session at Vizcaya

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Katie and Alfie are a VIP couple of mine – not because they’re an attractive couple (they are) and not because they are close friends with a prior couple who was awesome (they are). No, they’re VIP’s for the same reason any couple of mine becomes a VIP – they’re FUN. I don’t prefer couples that are gorgeous and bland to a couple that’s not as photogenic but super fun tp be around. I have a zillion pictures, what I want in my life is happiness, laughs and fun. When the two come together as they do with Katie and Alfie, hey all the better!

Shooting at Vizcaya isn’t as easy as everyone assumes. The architecture and gardens are obviously wonderful but their hours aren’t exactly conducive to great photos. The majority of the time you spend there is in harsh, bad light. So I took the opportunity to play around and try to use the harder light to my advantage for some truly breathtaking results. Yay Ricky!