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The Mitten Building | JimKat Redlands Wedding

Any California wedding photographer will tell you Southern California is full of beautiful places and beautiful faces.  Kat and Jimmie, the couple you may recognize from my earlier post, are a perfect example of what California does best.  They brought me out to their Redlands wedding and showed me a fantastic time. We started off in their homes, got to spend a few short minutes at the Redlands Train Station (see below) and finished up the day at The Mitten Building.  It was a whirlwind tour but they definitely showed me how spectacular a Redlands wedding can be.

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Celebrating at the Redlands Train Station

One thing I will always remember about this wedding is the emotional speech Jimmie gave.  He took the time to tell all of the people in the room what they meant to both him and Kat and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house by the time he finished.  Yes, even wedding photographers get emotional.  It was a great gesture and the love in that room was palpable.  Thanks for making me part of such an awesome day, JimKat.

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As a way of saying thank you for the fantastic referral, I’d like to introduce you to the Maid of Honor and sister of the bride: Jackie.  She writes a blog called What Your Girlfriend is Thinking, which she describes this way: The ultimate guy’s girl gives a great description for what your uninterested girlfriend is thinking about all of your sports news.  So, if you wish to bridge the gender gap concerning sports, you should head on over and check it out.  You could learn something.

And finally, a very special thanks to Jerry Giles, my second shooter for the day. He always makes the day more fun for me and for everyone else.

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LA Headshots: Renee Dorian is CLUED-Less

LA headshot photographers get to work with some of the craziest, kindest, most inspiring clients in the world, and Renee Dorian is right up there with the best of them.  Renee and I have had three headshot sessions together now and we always spend most of the time laughing.  As a result, I end up with some great behind the scenes shots to include in her proofing gallery.  For this last shoot, Renee brought her sister, hair and makeup artist Laura Dorian.  This was my first time working with Laura and she proved to be fantastic.  Talent definitely runs in the Dorian family.

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Renee always has something new going on. Her latest passion project is CLUED-Less, a web-series based on True Events told by a real life murder mystery entertainer. In Hollywood terms, think “Party Down” meets “Clue.” You can keep up to date with the project by heading over to the CLUED-Less on Facebook and clicking that like button. Want a sneak peak? Here’s a behind-the-scenes teaser for you:



Renee is always engaged and present in front of the camera.  I know because she recommended me for a unit stills photographer gig on the movie Awaken, directed by Daric Loo.  Renee plays a supporting lead and I think she steals every scene she’s in.  The entire team behind Awaken was fantastic and it was a true pleasure to be on set doing what I love.  If you’re in the mood for a sweet Romance, Awaken is available for rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes.  As an added bonus, you can hear several awesome songs by Jenna Bryson on the soundtrack.

Renee Dorian is going places.  You can find all of her information at reneedorian.com.


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Silverlake Contemporary Ballet Rehearsal: Swan Lake

On Friday night I went to see Swan Lake: A Contemporary Rock Rendition.  It was a Silverlake Contemporary Ballet production directed by Sheena Sisk.  It was a rock and roll explosion of awesome music, brilliant choreography and spectacular dancing.  The week before, I got invited to one of the rehearsals by one of the choreographers, Sabrina Phillip.  Sabrina is a close friend and she never ceases to amaze me with her talents.  (She also choreographed the Clear video.)  Now she’s opened the doors for me to meet a small cadre of passionate dancers who love what they do and I found the whole thing truly inspiring.  I present to you a collection of behind the scenes rehearsal images I grabbed while all the talented people honed the performance.

As I write this there are still two performances left of this fantastic show today.  Drop what you’re doing and go.

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LA Engagement Session: Kat and Jimmie

Kat and Jimmie are getting married in the spring.  We sat down over some Bacon Donuts (you read that right) and talked about locations that would reflect who they are as a couple.  They love to hike and wanted their engagement photos to be outside, with a little studio time thrown in to really focus on the two of them.  I couldn’t talk them into shooting at a Starbucks, so we went to the Old LA Zoo at Griffith Park and hit the trails. Let’s be honest: they’re adorable together.  I took lots of photos and, try as I might, I couldn’t take a bad picture of them.  I guess when you love each other as much as they do, it’s hard not to look fantastic.  I can’t wait for their wedding.  I bet they’re pretty excited, too.


And if you want to spend a little more time with them, here’s a slideshow with music by Jenna Bryson.

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Julie TimmerSeptember 24, 2012 - 3:55 pm

These are amazing!!! I love the white backgound shots. My favorite is the one with the focus on the ring and they’re blurred 🙂

Kids on the Go: Button

While it’s true that I’m a Los Angeles headshot photographer, it’s also a little misleading.  I’m really more of… a photographer.  Every week I work with different people who want different images, often with wildly different styles in mind, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Portraits, products, events and film shoots fill up my calendar.  I love the challenge this presents and I love the people I get to work with. I suppose this approach isn’t for everyone, but it’s perfect for me.

This is Button, and he’s my little buddy. My favorite way to work with kids is to let them run around and be themselves.  This shoot took place in Button’s living room and lasted about an hour and a half.  There were a few outfit changes and I shot a little video at the end because he was so adorable I wanted to preserve it for future generations.  You’re welcome.


If you’re more of a slideshow type of person, this is for you (with the aforementioned video at the end):


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