Radiant, and rainy. Two adjectives which describe my first wedding of 2012! It’s always an enormous honor when a friend asks you to shoot their wedding, in this case I was very touched when Kelly and Greg decided to book me for this day at city hall. We began with the appointment for their license, and in no time at all were standing in the Rotunda, surrounded by their closest friends and the officiant (who was absolutely lovely!). After, we headed up to the 3rd floor to take advantage of the incredible light up there for some portraits of the couple and their attendants.
I love Kelly’s 1930’s inspired dress and hat so much that I couldn’t resist processing a number of their images in velvety black and white – some of these shots remind me of my grandmother’s wedding album images, which were a big inspiration to me growing up.
There’s an enormous patch of cholla cactus on the southern slope of the road leading towards highway 10 on the way out of Joshua Tree, I always like to stop here and take a few photos. On this particular visit I couldn’t stop myself from talking to another photographer about his gear – he was lugging along a medium format Mamiya with a fancy digital back, apparently this was his fancy xmas gift to himself! Lucky guy! These cactus’s are nasty things if you get the spines in your flesh, but they’re beautiful, and these were in flower. I spent a few minutes playing with another one of my presents – a set of Zeikos macro filters from David. These are a really affordable addition to your camera kit and as you can see, the quality is pretty good. I shot these with the Canon 50mm 1.4 and the 10x filter.
Our annual trip to Arizona to visit David’s family often finds us taking a trip to the playground with the kids to burn off all that sugar-induced energy. The ‘kids’ are also rapidly becoming teenagers, it’s so very cool to see them turn into interesting young adults. This trip I was testing out my holiday gift to myself – the Canon 35mm 1.4 lens. This lens is absolutely fantastic. Super sharp, great color fidelity, and is rapidly becoming one of my new favorites.
Going through my old archives, I found this great shot to act as a bookend to the Joshua Tree sunset. This was shot at dawn out at Mono Lake, in 2007. It was a freezing November day, but well worth getting up at five am to see this.