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I’m just going to start this blog post by saying that anyone whose first dance song is “The Weight” by the Band automatically goes to the top of my list! Nami and Joe were a super cool couple. Amazingly sweet and incredibly generous. They were more concerned that we had eaten then whether we were getting good shots! Well, maybe not more concerned, but let’s just say equally.
We had a fantastic time with this crew throughout the wedding day. We even squeezed in a couple of minutes for the three of us to wander downtown Los Angeles…in the dead of night…alone! You know me, anything for THAT SHOT!

Props to the fantastic vendors:
Day-of-Coordination by Sara Whelan from happy brides
Hair by Heidi Pacifico
Lisa from ixora Floral Studio in Pasadena
DJ/Lighting by Brady from PropsFX
Videography by Tom Buckley
Cake by Portos in Glendale

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  • Jill Erb of Style & Grace - What fantastic pictures!! I love the contrast of the neon signs and the formality of the couple. Beautiful!
    We are planning a wedding at Cicada in the fall…your pics have captured the beauty of the venue. Thanks for sharing!

  • jessica - Wow!! Fabulous images!!! LOVE the ring shot with the taco bell mild sauce!! So creative!!

  • Nami - THANK YOU SO MUCH! We love the pictures and I have told EVERYONE about the blog!

  • brenda detwiler - Super nice pictures, I can’t wait to see more of them. I wish I would have had photos half as good, you guys look like you should be in a magazine! Your wedding was so beautiful, I am so happy for the two of you!

  • Michael - Crazy cool dress shot. Seriously. Thats some fancy work right there!

You can imagine that with the birth of a child, certain things often slip through the cracks. Well, I almost forgot to post this fantastic engagement session. (We are still trying to catch up!) It would have been a total tragedy because Lynea and Jeremy were so unbelievably cool and easy to work with. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding at the fabulous Rancho Las Lomas this August.

  • Lynnea & Jeremy - We love these sooo much! Can’t wait for you to shoot our wedding.

  • Brenna Cleeland - Lynnea, let me know if you get this. Don’t know if you remember me–Brenna Cleeland?! We are using Next Exit in August as well for our wedding (8-23)! We almost got married at RLL as well! What a small world 🙂
    Great pictures! Congrats

  • Sandra P - they are such a cute looking couple! you’ve captured them so wonderfully…

Melissa and Mark are getting married on 6/7/8 and I couldn’t be more excited to shoot their wedding. Melissa’s 7-year-old twins are such rock stars. Adi helped me so much at their engagement/family portrait session, which I photographed 12 days before I gave birth!! (he’ll be shooting a killer wedding that day as well in Santa Ynez!) We started out at the family’s amazing Craftsmen pad in Historic West Adams and then cruised down to Union Station. After the shoot, I was preggers craving Mexican food, so Adi took me to the O.G. El Cholo. Who should arrive minutes after we sat down? Melissa, Mark, Camille and Lucas!!! We couldn’t believe the coincidence and landed up having the most amazing dinner together!

Anywho, here are a few spreads from the Leather Craftsmen Album that Adi and Nicole designed for this fantabulous family.

  • Vince Anido - Love those layouts! Great shots. Hope you guys are getting some sleep. 🙂

  • Stephanie Williams - These are too cute! Excellent layouts guys!

What more babies? That’s right, only 10 days after I became a father, I became an uncle. Cat and I are so happy to welcome our little niece, Kallie Anna, who was born this morning, weighing in at 6 lbs, 6 ozs and measuring 19 inches long. My sister, Shiri, and her husband, Jack, couldn’t be more proud. Congrats Guys.


And if you are wondering how Clara has been handling the heat… she’s been fine, just hanging in her prison… I mean crib. (Thanks Uncle Jeff for the wonderful outfit.)


  • Nanette - Awwwww, welcome Kallie! Congrats!

    And I want to hand Clara a little sippy cup to bang up against her prison bars. 😉

  • Emily - Hey guys! These pictures of Kallie are BEAUTIFUL and I can’t stop looking at them and showing them to all my friends! Thanks for sharing them!


  • Christa - Precious!

  • Karin Satterfield - Congrats! She’s so adorable with the most beautiful blue eyes!

  • Christa - YAY a color pic. Beautiful eyes, such light hair. Adorable.

  • Ilya - Super Cute! Great Photos!

  • Heather & Mike - Such a sweetie!!!

  • Allison Carson - Are you kidding me how cute she is!!!!! I miss you guys and can’t wait to meet your new little one!!! Allie

  • Erik and Jeanne Brown - Congratulations Cat and Adi!!!!!

  • Patitititititity - Beautiful!!! Oh my gato she is perfect! I am dying to meet her!
    And the name my favorite.

    receive all my love,


  • Kirsten Ramasar - I am so happy for all 3 of you! And believe me when I tell you, she is beautiful. And I don’t mean that in the way of what you’re supposed to say about a new baby – plenty of newborns are only cute to their parents for a few weeks and she is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • stuart Townsley - She looks kinda like me. weird

Introducing Clara Krantz Benner. Born April 4th 2008. 6 lbs, 15 ozs, 20.5 inches long.

  • Cheryl and Michael - Congratulations! What a beautiful baby!

  • Mindy Sonshine - She is absolutely beautiful!!! Mike and I are so incredibly happy for you both! Each day is better than the last and you are going to make amazing parents. Congratulations!!!

    Lots of hugs and love,

  • Christa - *Tears* Thank you for sharing this with your blog family 🙂 She was just my size at birth except I was 21 inches. 🙂

    Can’t wait to watch her grow!

    Much Love,


  • Kristina & Riaz - She is absolutely beautiful you two. You make a gorgeous family! Congratulations!

  • Heather & Mike - She is adorable and perfect! We can’t wait to meet her.

    Loved the picture of Adi on the Daddy bed! Mike spent many a night there. Good ol’ St Johns!

  • shellie winkler - awe safta phyl…i’m qvelling for and with you….isn’t it just the most delicious feeling in the world. mazal tov. she’s a keeper! beautiful family!


    immatata shellie

  • Sarah - And you just made me cry at work!!

    What an amazing experience and it’s all been documented. Beautiful.

  • melissa - mazel tov!! she is precious, and these photos are a phenomenal story of the experience, just beautiful.

  • Janet and Alex Kahan - We are thrilled for you! Congratulations and many blessings! Website and pictures are beautiful!

    Janet and Alex

  • adrienne + gene - what a beautiful baby girl! congrats! there will be so many beautiful pictures of her. wishing the both of you the best

  • Kitty Rozdial - Thank you Phyllis for sending me the pictures. Mazel tov, she is so gorgeous. I am so excited for all of you and may she bring you only naches, with much love alway kitty and bob

  • Jonathan and Jeannette Macy - What a beautiful baby! She is so bright and alert! She looks right into the camera. Congratulations. She can sit with us younguns at the seder table for Pesach (at the funny end).

  • Rachel Kurtz - Mazel Tov. She is absolutely a beautiful baby. May you have lots of joy and happiness with her.

    Love, Rachel

  • Rebecca Stone, {duet} Weddings - Ok, this series almost made me cry! How incredibly special that you have shared this all with us! So touching and so beautiful. Clara is absolutely precious. So happy for you! Cannot wait to meet her. 🙂

  • Anne Torrini - Absolute perfection. Beautiful pics. Congrats.

  • Cathy, Mike, Eric, & Tom - Adi & Cat!
    Our most heartfelt congratulations on the arrival of your gorgeous daughter Clara! LOVE that name! Well done you two.

    Much Love to you all,
    Cathy, Mike, Eric, and Tom

  • Aubrey and Josh - This series is too precious! What great moments! Clara is beautiful and very lucky to have two very loving, talented parents.

  • Nanette - I love this series! So beautiful! Such a gorgeous family, filled with love!

  • Jennifer - Baby Clara is absolutely beautiful! Your family is beautiful! Congrats Cat and Adi, Steven and I wish you all the best.

  • Jen - What a sweetie. Lucas can’t wait to take her to prom. 🙂

  • Neva Neuman - Adorable, Especially the one with Grandma Phyllis holllllding beautiful Clara

  • Event Professionals - Congrats! She is sooo beautiful! Keep posting more pictures!

    We also wanted to let you know that we have been showing some of our clients your site and referring them to you.

    The best of wishes!

    Donaji Munoz and Meredith McDonald

  • Lynn - A beautiful series of images to capture an incredibly special time in your lives. Thanks so much for sharing them with the rest of us. Clara is simply precious and surrounded by love.

  • Nahum - Hi to all of you
    Mazal Tov from our family , here in Israel.
    you are blessed with a wonderfull family and now 2 amazing newcomers .
    We wish to see all of you soon.

    we love you all

    Lynn , Nahum and Roy

  • Fawn & Kha 9/2003 - I wondered here because someone posted our wedding photos and your site on their site ;)) hehehe – AND WOW everything looks gorgeous – and I’m speechless about Clara! CONGRATS!!! More photos of her please. Luv, fawn

  • stacey mendoza - Absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful family! Sorry my congrats are so late, but your family is picture perfect! Manny and I are so happy for you and can’t wait to see her! Love ya

  • stuart Townsley - AWESOME!
    helps to have friends who are photographers
    Great job!

  • Shauna Turner - WOW! Congratulations guys! She’s beautiful. Tim and I had no clue. We too should be expecting our little guy any day now. I’m 37 1/2 weeks right now. Congratulations once again. That’s so awesome!

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