Korean Wedding at Elysian LA – Annie + Tommy

Los Angeles wedding photographer Jessica SchillingAnnie and Tommy’s wedding at Elysian LA was full of so many lovely and personalized details and events. I really loved that they got ready together in the same room. Tommy’s mom had custom hanboks made in Korea for their Paebaek ceremony. Annie’s dad carved the wooden duck cake toppers. Tommy’s stepfather officiated the ceremony and a friend read a beautiful poem Tommy wrote. Annie made all these gorgeous ceramic air plant holders for their backdrop and the favors. Friends and family did all the flowers, decor, hair and makeup.  And the guest book was two vintage typewriters since both Annie and Tommy are writers themselves. There was so much warmth and community and personality at this wedding and I’m so glad I got to be there for it!

See the full wedding or order prints here. Congrats again, Annie & Tommy!

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Venue: Elysian LA
Coordinator: Christine Tran
Catering: Elysian
Cake: Lark, Silverlake
Officiant: Jay Kronish
Flowers: Yee Ie
Hair and Makeup: Thy
Bride’s attire: Vera Wang
Groom’s attire: J Crew

Love Wins! Marriage Equality Wedding Photography

Today is historic, with the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in favor of marriage equality for all couples in all 50 states! I remember how happy I was when Prop 8 was overturned 2 years ago in California, and feeling the same immense joy and pride today. I’ve been an ally in this fight, photographing LGBTQ couples since 2011, and I’m so honored to have been trusted in capturing the engagements and weddings of my many wonderful clients. Here’s some pretty pictures to look at through happy tears today!

Anton Chia - Wonderful photographs of beautiful people!

Darren Gair - Wonderful set, a reminder of how unique each and every one of us are.

damian burcher - Lovely photographs. young or old, black or white, tall and short, fat and thin, man and woman, man and man, woman and woman. Who cares as long as they love each other!

Mark Byron - Great photos. I absolutely love the black and white one with one of the brides crying. great work

Veronica Varos - I love this post! So many beautiful couples and beautiful images!


Sachin Khona - Love it!

Sarah - HELL YES
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Los Angeles Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits Engagement Photography

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Photographing another photographer is always a little extra exciting and a little extra pressure. Excitement because you know they are up to let you experiment a little more and that can push you to try something new or different. Pressure because you know they have their own talent and way of seeing things, and you want to deliver amazingness that matches what they give their clients. Such was the anniversary session with my wonderful friend Kelly Prizel and her lovely wife Natalie.

We started their shoot at the Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits, which was not only fun and educational, but delivered these incredible shadows and lines to play with. Then we headed over to a park in Beverly Hills that gave Kelly and Natalie the Southern California desert experience without having to drive all the way to Joshua Tree. These two are so sweet and adorable. I’m so lucky to have spent a few days with them, and already looking forward to the next time we get together!
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All images shot on film! The color photographs are Kodak Portra 400 medium format on the Mamiya 645 Pro TL. The black and white photos are Kodak P3200 (and way grainier than I expected, but still cool) on the Fuji Klasse 35mm. Developed and scanned by the FIND Lab.

Katie Jane - I love these so much!

Elissa - They are so cute, and Kelly is serving me some major eyes in that one photo where she’s looking over Nat’s shoulder. I really really really love the first B&W where they’re in the triangular shadows… so good!!

Nicki - Seconding Elissa! These are super cute! And Kelly, I love your dress!

Kandise - Awww!!

James Fear - OH jessica. These are so special xx

Teresa K - What a super fun session…I LOVE that you guys went to the museum and the images are so sweet and natural. Great job Jessica!!

Per Henning - Epic images!

Matthew Long - So cool. Lovely work Jessica.

Amy Barton - Too many favourites to list but that first black and white is pretty special!

Derek - Such an amazing session full of love. Beautiful work Jessica!

Darren Gair - Beautifully done Jessica, loving the location!!

Sarah - Love how warm these images are, so sweet and intimate

Film Fridays – Seattle Pike Place Travel Photography

Wedding season is kicking into full gear so there will be many of those to show soon, but I’m trying to mix up some personal work, travel photography, and more film. All the things that make my heart tick in between photographing clients! So the first of recent trips was a day in Seattle at Pike Place Market, which even on a rainy day, was colorful, vibrant, and a lovely change of scenery. More adventures coming up soon!
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Color film is all Kodak Portra 400 on the Mamiya 645 Pro TL, Black and White film is Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm on the Fuji Klasse. Developed and scanned by the FIND Lab.

Liz - You caught the market on a great day! Love seeing the tourist eye view of my home town. Thanks for sharing!

Jessica - Thanks for the recommendations and dinner date! It was so great to meet you!

damian burcher - Nice to see wedding photographers doing personal projects, helps hone your skills. As I tell wedding couples “I’m not a wedding photographer, I’m a photographer who photographs weddings”. You did a great job documenting the market.

Heather Kanillopoolos - Oh MAN do I want some fresh raspberries now :/ AWESOME shots!

Albert Palmer - Second one up from the bottom wins for me – I look forward to seeing more filmic goodness!

Marcela - Reminding me that I need to hit up the local hot spots more often, always cool to see Pike Place ;)

Elissa - Isn’t Seattle gorgeous? I went for the first time last month and it was prettier than I had imagined. These shots look like an ad for the pretty city :) Love the film.

Darren Gair - Beautiful coverage of a beautiful place, greta work Jessica :)

Paul Krol - Beautiful and vibrant! We have a similar place here in Toronto called the St. Lawrence Market. Too dark inside for Portra 400 though, unfortunately. Great job, Jessica!

Elysian Park Engagement Photography – Sarah + Todd

Palm trees, distant views of downtown LA,  and rustic trails at golden hour make for the perfect setting with engagement sessions. Just add an adorable and hilarious couple and the awesomeness pretty much takes care of itself. I had a lot of fun with Sarah and Todd hanging out in Elysian Park and I know their wedding later this year is going to be one of a kind and so much fun!


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Eric Ronald - Great job on this. Great variation and use of light.

Albert Palmer - Really dig that last one of them coming around the bend – that light!

kong wai - Beautiful set. sweet !!

Heather Kanillopoolos - So adorable! I love the one of him kissing her cheek!!

Mark - Great couple beautifully photographed :-)

Sarah - So cute!!

Paul Krol - Beautiful photos – my favourite was the 1st one!

Tobiah - Beautiful session. Lovely light. Lovely relaxed portraits and they look so happy together. Brilliantly done.

Gavin Farrington - Great balance of the couple and the environment. Beautiful photos.

Aaron - Lovely work (as always) Jessica! Gorgeous use of light and composition :)

Mercedes - I love that 4th one down. Sweet expressions!

Shyann - Super cute session! The one of him kissing her on the cheek is perfect!! :)

Heather Kanillopoolos - Ahhhhh I <3 that first shot!!

Jacqueline Elizabeth - So pretty Jessica!! The light is perfect, first shot is my favourite!!!