Jill + EJ [Torrey Pines State Beach Wedding]



That's a lot of seagulls, I thought.

I've photographed sessions on the beach before. And I've enjoyed a decent share of cooperative gulls swooping into frame at the most fortuitous of moments. But as Jill and EJ exchanged their vows, an orchestrated flock charged across the sky like none before, making for a feathery display that would have Hitchcock beaming with delight. It was the kind of synchronous moment that had everyone grappling for their cameras (or covering their heads), with all the elements coming together in movie-moment harmony.

No timed release from cages. No charge. Doves, don't quit your day job.

I met Jill and EJ in the best way possible: by photographing them before. Not through the expected circumstances of an engagement, but from a group session earlier in the year. Having been pleased with the results of that outing, Jill and EJ asked me to come on board for their wedding, and I'm so glad we had the opportunity to collaborate again. Following their ceremony at Torrey Pines State Beach, La Jolla, we retired to Pacifica Del Mar Restaurant for their evening reception. The restaurant was located in a photo-friendly plaza, with no shortage of wonderful nooks to work in.

Thanks again, Jill and EJ. And congratulations on your new addition to the family! Amongst all those gulls, I knew there was a stork.

Michelle + Tom [Oceanside Beach Wedding]



Had I been told at the start of this wedding day that the evening's celebrations would conclude with Tom and his groomsmen donning fake moustachios and belting out a karaoke mime of "Casino Royale" (by Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass), I would have believed you... because that's just the type of guy Tom is -- good-natured, energized on life, and one hell of an awesome plastic trumpet player.

Actually, this was my first opportunity to meet Tom, but his personality is immediate and bright, and I know I'm not alone when I say he's nothing short of the perfect counterpart to Michelle. I've had the pleasure of knowing Michelle for a while now, and if we could just bottle up an ounce of her joyous laughter and share it the world over, I have no doubt we'd all be smiling just a little bit more often. I know Tom is, and together, these two will be fierce!

Guests were treated to a beautiful ceremony on the sands of Oceanside, and as the sun slipped beneath the horizon, we retreated to the open air rooftop of their rented beach house, dancing the night away with the endless reach of dark ocean behind us.

Michelle and Tom, I'm truly delighted you've found each other, and so honored to have been chosen to document your special day. Laugh on, guys.