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  • About Me

    I became fascinated with photography at an early age, thanks to my father. It wasn’t his photographic skill that inspired me, though, since my dad was not a very good photographer. We would always joke how people in his photos would have plants and trees growing out of their heads.

    It was actually my father’s camera that captured my interest. I loved the way it felt in my hands — all those cool buttons and controls. It intrigued me. I was also amazed at how it could be used to create these awesome images.

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Hummingbird Nest Ranch Wedding

I admit that I love Hummingbird Nest Ranch – it is a great wedding venue. So I was very excited when Robert and Charmaine hired me to photograph their wedding there. For the first time in years – it looked like it was going to rain on a wedding day! Preparations were  made to move the wedding ceremony and cocktail hour inside – but Mother Nature decided to cooperate and the ceremony was held in the court yard as planned.

Charmaine and Robert share a very memorable story that makes this a very special wedding. Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day.

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Kristine and Paul at TPC Valencia

Weekday weddings are becoming very popular it seems. Kristine and Paul’s wedding was held at TPC Country Club here in Valencia California. This was a very chill laid-back wedding – guests signed a surf board with Sharpies instead of a traditional guest book. The most amazing thing about this wedding is how the dance floor remained full and jumping the whole evening – all on a weekday! Something to be said for Kristine and Paul’s friends and family! Here are a few of my favorites.

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Rebecca Redwine - May 20, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Love these. Beautiful!

Kristine Acorda - May 20, 2015 - 2:20 AM

Thank you William for the beautiful way your captured our wedding. Our memories are wonderful, but your pictures are amazing! You really know how to show the love and fun we had that special night! Thank you! Paul and Kristine

Talya and Leonard Riviera Country Club Wedding

Riviera Country Club Wedding

I never in my wildest dreams expected to photograph an enchanted forest themed wedding indoors, but it recently happened when I shot Talya and Leonard’s Riviera Country Club wedding. The amazing forest reception was designed by Sterling Engagements and included live trees.

The ceremony took place outdoors under a beautiful flower covered Chuppah. Afterwards guests enjoyed cocktails on the patio while listening to live music. This was followed by the reception in the forest! The band called  “No Vacancy”  had everyone dancing and having a good time the whole night long. Here are some of my favorite images:

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Riviera Country Club Wedding

Riviera Country Club Wedding

 

Riviera Country Club Wedding

Some of the amazing vendor team on this wedding:

Planning and styling: Sterling Engagements

Floral Styling: Heavenly Blooms

Videography: Envision Productions

Makeup Artistry: Makeup Therapy

Dessert: Fantasy Frostings

Draping and Lighting: Amber Events Productions

Music: No Vacancy Band

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Shutterfest 2015 Photography Contest

Four weeks ago I attended Sal Cincotta’s Shutterfest photography convention in St. Louis IL. I was there to teach three different workshops to students from all around the world. This was only the second year Shutterfest has been held and they had 2000 photographers show up for it. It was truly an awesome experience with a high-energy vibe that would not quit. Photographers and models were shooting non-stop around the Union Station Hotel – where the event was held. There were fashion shoots in the hallways, studio lights set up in the lobby and teams of shooters outside photographing beautiful bride and groom models.

My presentations were co-sponsored by Panasonic Lumix Cameras and my Photography Lab – H&H Color Labs. H&H helped provide free prints for all attendees – which totally rocked! They also provided some great giveaways and prizes. My three talks were – Hybrid Engagement Shooting, Photography Workflow and a St. Louis Travel shoot. I was extremely excited about the travel shoot having scouted locations the day before. The class was sold out and we planned to do something a little different from weddings and fashion. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. The skies were extremely ominous with the Weather Channel predicting a 50% chance of tornados. The odds were to close for comfort – so I decided to move the class indoors and present a travel photography lecture instead. We had this cool contest planned with H&H Color including some really cool prizes – so we tweaked the rules and allowed those attending the class a chance to submit photos that were travel related and taken during the conference. Here are the three winners. The images were judged by myself and a panel at H&H Color.

1st Prize – Train by Debbie Holton

I had actually scouted this train for both my travel program and my engagement program and unfortunately the weather did not cooperate. The light beams shining on the train make this an amazingly dramatic image – well done Debbie!

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2nd Prize – Blue Lightning by Julie Guintard

The St. Louis Arch is iconic but the lightning bolt told the story. And travel photography is all about the story. During my visit to St. Louis, I experienced a powerful lightning and thunder display by Mother Nature. This image takes me right back to that evening.

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3rd Prize – Arch with Dark Night by Rachel Klein

 

As I mentioned above when you think of St. Louis – you immediately think of the Arch. Whenever you travel it is important to capture images of the iconic landmarks.

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A great big thanks you to H&H Color Lab for running this contest. If I get invited back to Shutterfest 2016 – I hope to get outside and photograph with all my travel friends.

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Radha Manju - May 13, 2015 - 9:19 AM

Thanks for publishing these pictures, really awesome. Only experienced professional photography can do this, marvelous photos.
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