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Archive for April, 2010

Washington DC Wedding Photographer: Tri and Wanida’s Thai, Chinese, and American Wedding

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Tri and Wanida were married on a beautiful day in April. One of the things that made their wedding so interesting and fun to photograph was the combination of Chinese, Thai, and American traditions that they incorporated into their wedding day. He has Chinese heritage; she has Thai heritage, and they both now share a good deal of American heritage. Their day started early in the morning with some events in the Chinese tradition. That part of the day was for close family and friends only, so I did not get to see it, but I did get to see their three-part ceremony in the afternoon and evening. This chameleon couple changed their look throughout the evening to make sure to cover as many elements from the three cultures as they could.

Part 1 was the Thai water ceremony, during which the couple dressed in traditional Thai outfits.

Part 2 was the American portion, and they changed into a traditional white wedding gown and tuxedo to greet guests as they entered.

For part 3, the bride changed into a red wedding gown, to conform with the Chinese custom.


Old Hollywood Style Portraits

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

These photographs are inspired by some of the old celebrity photographs from the golden age of Hollywood. The photographs of George Hurrell come to mind as some of the most famous. They’re not carbon copies of any specific photographs. They’re my own creations, with a nod back toward yesteryear. There is something timeless about this type of work. I am fortunate enough to have good friends who have extensive collections of vintage fashion, and who know the ins and outs of styling the hair and makeup to emulate eras gone by.


Jewelry Fashion Photography for Glittery Blue

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I’ve had several opportunities lately to get involved with the vintage fashion photography scene, and I’ll have some more. I quite like it. It’s a chance to play dress up and visit a different era. Shelley White’s line of jewelry, Glittery Blue, is "vintage made new," as she puts it. The jewelry pieces aren’t faithful vintage replicas, but they draw on a number of points of inspiration from the past. When she approached me to photograph her jewelry with models, she said she wanted a "whimsical, romantic, fantasy, timeless, you-can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it look that draws influence from the Renaissance to the 30s." She used phrases like "just got out of bed" to describe how the models should do their hair, and she wanted a little bit of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland thrown in for good measure, minus the heavy face makeup and oversized heads. And above all, the photos have to make the jewelry look good. That’s kind of a tall order, but it did get my creative juices flowing. I admit that I skimped on the Tim Burton visual effects, but I think I got pretty close on the rest of her laundry list of stylistic measures. With a little (or a lot) of post processing, I bet these images could even enter Tim Burton territory.

Two models with masquerade ball masksA model with a prominent flower hairpiece and a long pearl necklace with a locketA model with curly short red hair and floral tattoos on her shoulders in a white slip
A model in a vintage white nightgown with a purple flower in her hair and a rose pendantA model in a white slip against a dark green background, with dried white babys breath in both hands and a flower in her hairA closeup of a model in a black slip with a necklace, earrings, and bracelet with a pearl birds nest design

This photography session was a lot of fun. It’s the type of work I’d gladly do again and again! Take a look at some of my favorites.


Sa-weeet! This day takes the cake! (A photo essay about a day at a bakery)

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

It’s not every day that I get to walk away from a day of photography with boxes full of cake and cupcakes. That’s what happened a little while ago, though, when I spent the day taking pictures for a photo essay about the Occasionally Cake bakery in southern Alexandria, near Fort Belvoir. I hadn’t originally planned on spending the whole day there, but I must have been seduced by the smell of sweet breads baking in the oven, or perhaps by the generous welcome and conversation offered by my hosts at the bakery. Whatever the reason, it was a fun day photographing the women at Occasionally Cakes doing their thing, and they were obviously having a good time doing it.

Three decorative platters of frosted cupcakes on a table at Occasionally Cake

Come take a look inside with me. You’ll even get to see the behind-the-scenes making of an elaborate cake from start to finish.