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Emma and Hovik are two of the sweetest people that I have ever had the honor of photographing. Their chemistry is unmistakable. We must have laughed the entire time we hung out at the Getty Museum in Brentwood. Of course, that was in between our more serious “fashion” moments. I look forward to photographing their big Armenian wedding this December!

We officially “broke ground” today at the Next Exit Photography Studio!
After six months of Adi and I moaning at one another to get our 450 sqft “shed” converted into a high-end portrait studio, we finally got our act together and made some decisions. Last week, we hired a contractor and an electrician. The games began at 9 a.m. this morning. We’re on our way.
Today, Jaime (electrician superstar) took down the old panel and all of the existing wires and we’re ready to begin framing tomorrow! The sofa will be moved into the garage and I need to start buying fixtures! Shopping is the fun part, right?

  • Tanja - Hey if you need any help just let me know, I can’t take a picture worth a crud but I do have a degree in design. Besides, I owe you after the great job you did!

  • Christa - That’s awesome guys! Can’t wait to see the finished product! Have fun decorating!

  • rOSIE - congratulations on the beginning you guys!!! can’t wait to see the progress

We can’t wait to shoot Janice and Andrew’s wedding in January. You would think that our little Old Town Pasadena Colorado Blvd. fashion/engagement shoot would have been hindered by the cloudy day, but Janice and Andrew, photography novices that they were, posed like seasoned catalog models with very little coaxing at all. Based on this amazing session, I know thier wedding is going to be amazing!

P.S. Thank you so much for the delicious box of filipino pastries!!

Tanja and Joe had a true destination wedding in sunny Southern California. The couple lives in Chicago and brought everybody out for the big day. The first time I met Tanja was on her wedding day, while she was getting her hair and makeup done at the Perla Hair Studio at Fashion Island in Newport Beach and we hit it off immediately. Taylor & Nicole (Joe’s daughters) made the sweetest little flowers girls at the beach ceremony in Corona del Mar. The reception dinner was held at the Blue Buoy Swim School (they did their first dance atop a diving block). Special thanks to Brit Russ Pullen who offered me his services as a second photographer during his trip to America all the way from England. Thankfully, he didn’t hold it against the bridal party when they thought he was French! The last five images in this blog entry in Black & White are his, with a little help from Adi’s Photoshop geniusness (not that they needed it!)

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  • Alana Pergis - Wow! Tonja looks so beautiful!!! Everyone looks great!!!
    Dalva did Tonjas hair and I did her makeup!!! It was fun getting her ready for her special day!!!
    It was a pleasure!


I really enjoyed participating in this amazing day with Julie and Kil. Full of Korean tradition, the family celebrated their wedding ceremony at the Northridge United Methodist Church and then preformed a Paebaek ritual dressed in formal hanboks later during the reception at the Porter Valley Country Club. Our buddy, Mark Herrier at Fleurs du Jour, did a great job with the flowers. Other notable vendors: Hair & Makeup by Elizabeth Dahl and DJ Frank Desimone.

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