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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Redondo Beach Bride

One more favorite from the Redondo Beach Wedding shoot for Alexis and Phil.

San Pedro Wedding Video highlights | Doubletree Hotel

Here's some special moments from Cecile and Bryan's San Pedro wedding at the Doubletree Hotel, produced by David Medill for Graham & Graham Photography.

Redondo Beach Wedding | Redondo Beach Wedding Photographer

Alexis and Phil live by the beach, and dreamed of a beautiful beach wedding down the street from their home, a classic Redondo Beach wedding. We were thrilled to help them achieve it, and they helped us by agreeing to hang with us by the waves, awaiting sunset, and delaying their grand entrance to their reception at the San Pedro Fish Market.
And what an amazing sunset it was! Amazing couple too!

San Pedro Doubletree Hotel Wedding | San Pedro Wedding Photographer

Cecile and Bryan thought it would be really cute to bring along some frames for their San Pedro wedding at the Doubletree Hotel. The notion was for friends and family to pose in style. So much so, the couple even had a little frame sitting atop their wedding cake.
So during the reception, we couldn’t resist–we had to ask the couple to pose as well with a frame, right on the dance floor.

The ceremony was held at the Doubletree as well, a big and popular facility–so much so, there were multiple weddings going on
at the same time. Luckily, our couple got one of the prettiest alcoves, full of greenery, without any distraction from the other weddings. Parking was even plentiful–and free. The hotel is by the water, a short one-block walk away–and a great backdrop for photos.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Redondo Beach Wedding Photographer | Chart House by the Sea

A lot of folks dream of the perfect Redondo Beach wedding on the sand, on a private beach, with an amazing backdrop of ocean waves and rocks, and incredible food nearby for the reception. Such a dream became a reality for Vivian and Eric a few weeks ago for their dream Redondo Beach wedding at the Chart House and Crystal Cove,

The Crystal Cove apartments own the private beach, and works with the Chart House to run the private beach wedding ceremonies, which come with an indoor or outdoor reception afterwards, catered, naturally, by the Chart House.

It was the second time around for the bride and groom, so we especially loved capturing the big, happy combined new family by the sea, as pictured above!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Manhattan Beach Bat Mitzvah | Congregation Tikvat Jacob

This image of Jake here is THE iconic portrait for a Congregation Tikvat Jacob Bar Mitzvah. Proud boy or girl holding the torah. We've done this shot many, many times over the years at CTJ, but never like this. CTJ members might wonder--that doesn't look like CTJ!

That's because CTJ just underwent a 3 month construction project that puts a total new sheen to the venerable institution. "It's not a remodel," says Rabbi Mark Hyman. "It's a brand new sanctuary."
Same Rabbi and Cantors, same torah, same chairs--but everything else is new. A beautiful new wooden adornment to the torah, new lighting--words don't do it justice. Go take a look.
Jake had the honor of being the first Bar Mitzvah at the new CTJ--we met with him and the family two days later for his official portraits.

Manhattan Beach Photographer | Manhattan Beach Family Photos

The Jones family headed west from Texas to bring their kids to Disneyland--and stopped by idyllic Manhattan Beach by the sea to meet with us for Manhattan Beach family photos at the Manhattan Beach Pier.
It was another amazing sunset evening, and the Jones gang was a whole lot of fun to spend time with. Call us local chauvinists, but we're betting they don't have summer nights like this back in Texas.

Manhattan Beach Family Photographer | Manhattan Beach Family Portraits

We met with Caroline and her family at the Manhattan Beach Pier over the weekend for some classic Manhattan Beach family photos. If you look at the image, we've got all the icons covered--cute family, the Manhattan Beach Roundhouse and a surfer in the waves!
Manhattan Beach Family Portraits