Bohemian Fashion Photography at Red Rock Canyon Nevada

The first weekend of Coachella kicks off today! While I won’t be there myself, this bohemian photo shoot I did in Red Rock Canyon last month ties in perfectly with music festival fashion and helps me pretend I’m in the desert listening to all the awesome bands playing. This photo shoot was a collaboration with some other wonderful photographers and models, gorgeous styling and makeup by Cheriene Galley, and we made the floral crowns with this tutorial.

All shot on 35mm film – the color is Kodak Gold 400 and the black and white is Fuji Acros 100.

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Elissa - Awesome. I love the close-up of the flower crown-wearing lady. (Also I kind of need that purpley multi-colored bustier.) This looks like an amazing time…. wish I’d been there :)

ayesha - adoooore the feel of this shoot! and i was going to post about that bustier too haha. love it! but seriously – gorgeous sun and styling, and i especially love the b&w’s. i’m not one of those people who can normally tell the difference online between film and digital (confession booth time haha) but something about the b&w’s here really sets them apart. beautiful and so natural.

Jakob - Dig the close-ups. And the colours.

Shella - Lovely shoot! That 4th frame is just stuning.

Caryn Canatella - Love it!!! And perfect for festival season!! :)

/mariahedengren - These are great!

Avelaine Scyrup - Love the styling on these – gorgeous photos of gorgeous ladies! I love the shot where she’s blowing sand :)

Jessie - Wow! Beautiful! I l love that first close up of the model looking down.

Sarah - Seriously stunning! I love Kodak gold and you rocked it!

Martin Ward - Amazing work, stunning location and stunning models. I love shoot with my old film cameras, just a tad expensive these days!

John Bello - Beautifully captured – you sold me on these accessories, great set!

damian burcher - Great shoot.

Nathan Gilmer - I really dig the bohemian look right now. Nice session.

Douglas Pettway - I love the feel of freedom in these photos.

That fourth photos is just WOW.

Tim Kamppinen - What a great location, I’m jealous. Really like the fourth image.

Beverly Hills Courthouse Elopement – Silviya + Jacob

Silviya and Jacob got engaged two weeks before their elopement at Beverly Hills Courthouse, and are planning a bigger wedding on their 1 year anniversary next year. I’ve been wanting to photograph more elopements, so I was thrilled when they contacted me, and even more delighted to meet their lovely parents.  Silviya’s mom came all the way from Bulgaria, and they included a Bulgarian wedding tradition of kicking a little bucket that has a red and white flower in it, and supposedly whichever flies out of the basket first determines if the couple’s first child will be a boy or a girl. The ceremony was short but very touching – the judge even got emotional at one point – and then we had lots of time for portraits nearby. Silviya and Jacob were so cute, sweet, and hilarious (you get a glimpse of Silviya’s big personality in the photos) and I’m so happy I got to celebrate the start of their marriage with them!

See the full gallery or order prints here. Congratulations, Silviya and Jacob!

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Clutch – Kate Spade
Floral Crown – lavender and daisies crown by Paula’s Garden – Etsy
Jacob’s suit – Theory
Shirt and Tie – Ted Baker London

Lauren - This is so so adorable! Lovely Jessica!

JESSIE - I love her! A bride that can make funny faces and still look as beautiful as she does is amazing. Awesome work as always!

Ross Harvey - Super cute wedding, couple and story – love it!

Natalie Champa Jennings - Those yellows!! Gorgeous stuff.

Sachin Khona - Really love their styling! Beautifully captured Jessica!

Janet Palmer - Oh what a cute couple!
So sweetly styled, they look so happy & gorgeous

rahul - Really cool wedding, I love the bride’s portraits.

damian burcher - Wow she is super cute. I am always fearful of doing smaller weddings as I think there won’t be enough going on for me to get enough shots, you’ve done really well, very brave!

Shella - What a joyous pair! Absolutely love these two!

Rachel - This is totally adorable. The bride is STUNNING. Such a sweet and fun day!

Kat Forsyth - How sweet are they? I basically want to be friends with these guys after seeing these pics, which means you did an amazing job at capturing their personalities! LOVE.

bryan - love these. so fun a quirky :)

Anton Chia - Beautiful colors and what a cute bride!!

Film Fridays – Japanese Gardens in Van Nuys

One year ago today, I was in Japan for cherry blossom season. It was a trip of a lifetime and I would love to go back again. However, yearly trips to Japan aren’t exactly in the budget, so the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys is a much closer and still beautiful way to escape for an afternoon. Years ago, Matt and I did our engagement photos here because we loved the scenery, and they also rent out the gardens and tea house for small weddings.

These photos were all shot with a Mamiya 645 ProTL camera and expired Portra 800 film. It was my first time shooting expired Portra 800, and I love how the images came out almost like vintage travel postcards from the 50s or 60s. Fine art prints of these images are available to order here.

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dylan - Gorgeous gardens.. those cherry blossoms are so pretty.

britney gardner - This is on my list for one day! Really nice set of images.

Lisa - Beautiful images Jessica! Makes me long for spring :)

heather nan - Wowzers, the open image is perfect.

Chris - Really nice images Jessica, love me some film photography!

damian burcher - Love the blossom.

Matthew Long - Lovely, Portra 800 is fantastic.

Jessica Vogelsang - The tones in the ones with the blossoms are just beautiful!

Amy Barton - Such a pretty set of images … maybe one day I’ll venture to Japan during cherry blossom season :)

Heather E - Beautiful photographs. :) Really loving those cherry blossoms.

Yolande Marx - This is amazing!!!

Shell Bailey - Mm the colours are so perfect, especially for the flowers. Just dreamy.

Be Prepared to Stop

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I took this photo a few years ago and thought the sign was a great reminder to slow down. When I broke my ankle last week, I had to quickly rearrange several aspects of my life, and this image came to mind.

In true Latin nerd fashion, I broke my ankle on the Ides of March, while photographing a wedding. After the ceremony and right before the family formal portraits, I took one small step and my right ankle twisted, then dislocated and broke when I fell. I also sprained by left ankle at the same time, which was minor by comparison but still made walking (and later crutches) difficult. Everyone promptly took care of getting me to an ambulance and the ER. My second shooter took over the rest of the wedding for me, and the couple was understanding and so sweet and the rest of their wedding went off without a hitch. Matt met me at the ER where I was in a lot of pain, but eventually got sedated and fixed up. A few more doctors visits and one surgery later, and I’m now in recovery mode.

Being prepared to stop meant quitting an editing job for a great show on a tight schedule that I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with. It meant contacting March and April clients and telling them I would no longer be able to shoot their weddings and sessions since I would be in a wheelchair, and finding other photographers to refer them to or fill in for me. It even meant I had to stop wearing jeans in favor of skirts and dresses that can accommodate a cast, but that’s not so bad. It means everything takes longer than it used to, and there are lots of things I can’t do for myself right now.  And it literally means just stop for a little while – stop trying to do so much all the time because right now my body needs rest more than anything else.

With all of the chaos that came with this injury, I’m so grateful for all the help I’ve received! My husband has taken amazing care of me, my mom came out from Florida for a week to help, and so many friends have reached out with offers of food, movie hangout nights, and car rides to doctors. My Western Light ladies sent me gorgeous flowers. So many of my photographer friends volunteered to take over sessions and weddings for me on very short notice. My clients have all been incredibly kind and understanding about the changes in plans. Everyone being so wonderful has made a hard situation much less difficult.

Now I just have to focus on healing, and being more patient with myself and the limitations I’ll have for the next several weeks; asking for lots of help and gracefully accepting help when it’s offered, even when it means not being as independent as I want to be. Stopping does not come naturally to me, but here I am slowly getting better at it!

Kandise - It might sound crazy, but enjoy this time! You need to heal, so be good to yourself and relax. Read, watch TV. It’ll be over before you know it. :)

Tam - Ack! I’m so sorry to hear, but glad to hear that you seem to be dealing with it pretty well. ;)

Of course, let me (/us?) know if there’s anything you need! Will you be wheeling yourself to book club!?

Jessica - I’m not sure yet about book club. I want to come, so I’m going to try to rally, but I also need to finish the book first!

Jessica - Thanks, Kandise! I’ll probably rewatch all of Veronica Mars :)

Christy Tyler - Sending you patience and relaxation (if you can manage) during this time! Sometimes life tells us when we need to stop because we don’t seem to know how to do it otherwise. Hoping you find joy in this not so awesome turn of events, and at the very least – Yay! for so many amazing people stepping up to help and support you!! xoxo

Chris - You can find that you need something like this to happen for you to stop and take note of what’s been going in your life. Hope you feel better soon.

Vista Movie Theatre & Barnsdall Art Park Engagement – Morgan and Daniel

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Morgan and Daniel are some of my best friends, and I was so honored when they asked me to take their engagement photos. They picked two places that are meaningful to both of them – Barnsdall Art Park where Morgan does painting and Daniel does photography classes, and the art deco Vista Theatre, which is their favorite place to watch movies. My first job ever was at a movie theatre and I loved getting to play around in the empty auditorium with the projection lights. I can’t wait for Morgan and Daniel’s wedding, where I’ll get to be a guest and dance and party the night away in celebration! Congratulations to two of my favorite people!

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/mariahedengren - These images are fun! Gorgeous couple.

Damian Burcher - Some great posing on this set, love the last one.

Paul Nguyen - Great photos! Such a lovely couple!

ALMA // - These frames are fun and love the night shots.

Fete Photography - Beautiful couple and fantastic photos! That theatre looks awesome too.

small - So fun! These locations are so great.

Heather J - So cute and fun and colorful! Be honest, you made her dress to match your branding, didn’t you?

Lyn Ismael-Bennett - I love how you use light! These portraits are just genuine to the couple as I really see how happy they are together. Well done!

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Heather Kanillopoolos - LOVE those ones in the theater! Awesome!

Chris - Smudged Photo - The light is just beautiful in these. You’ve captured them both so well!