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backyard wedding in fullerton

backyard wedding in fullerton

05.24.2011

I met the bride from last weekend's wedding when she caught the bouquet at a wedding that I shot back in 1999. Over the years, we've become friends and I've shot lots of photos of her and her son. I was so happy to be a part of her beautiful backyard wedding that took place in Fullerton at a friend of the family's house. The house was amazing......

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engagement photos in Venice

engagement photos in Venice

05.14.2011

Last Friday I trekked up to Venice for another engagement session. This session was cool because I simply showed up at the couple's house, then we literally just walked around their neighborhood. We started out at the canals and then ended up in the alley behind their house. Plenty of nice backdrops and the light was really nice the other day. I...

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wedding at rancho la quinta country club

wedding at rancho la quinta country club

05.10.2011

This past weekend I trekked out to the Palm Springs wedding to shoot a wonderful wedding at the Rancho La Quinta Country Club. I had shot the groom's brother's wedding a few years back, so it was great to see some familiar faces and be welcomed as a part of the family again. Olivia Prescott was the coordinator and Artisan provided the florals. ...

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so long old friend

so long old friend

05.08.2011

It's with a heavy heart I write this post with some sad news. While the rest of the world is celebrating Mother's Day, Keats & I are mourning the loss of our beloved Satchel Paige, our one eyed rescue Maltese, who had been fighting bladder cancer for the past year and a half. Over the past few months, things have been getting worse and worse......

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Engagement photos on Abbott Kinney

Engagement photos on Abbott Kinney

05.02.2011

Yesterday afternoon I shot some engagement photos for some very close friends of mine. I've known the bride to be for over a decade as our families are friends and I even shot her senior photos when she graduated from high school over a decade ago. I met the groom to be when she brought him to my birthday party a few years ago and we've been...

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maui wedding
Last weekend, Ashley and I shot a gorgeous destination wedding at the Sugarman Estate on Maui. It was a special one for me to shoot because the bride is...

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maui wedding
Garvan Gardens Wedding Photos
Last weekend I was back in Arkansas to shoot another wedding at Garvan Woodland Gardens. I first shot there back in 2009, and it was so fun to go back to such a...

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Garvan Gardens Wedding Photos
mountain top wedding in Aspen
Last weekend I was back in Colorado to shoot another amazing Rocky Mountain wedding. The ceremony location was absolutely breathtaking. The Sundeck on top of...

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mountain top wedding in Aspen
destination wedding in destin
Back in 90's, the very day after I launched my very first website, I got a call from a bride who happened to my site via a search engine called "Yahoo" (y'all...

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destination wedding in destin
Backyard Wedding in Lodi
Sunday was Earth Day and I was honored to be a part of a backyard wedding near Lodi, California. It was a perfect venue for a natural wedding between two...

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Backyard Wedding in Lodi
Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
I want to wish a very happy first anniversary to Max & Lexi who tied the knot at the Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe on June 1st, 2013. The groom, Max Thieriot,...

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Wedding at the Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
wedding at the terranea resort
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting an amazing wedding at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes for a wonderful couple. It was just one of those...

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wedding at the terranea resort
rancho del cielo wedding
Last weekend I was in beautiful Malibu, California for an absolutely gorgeous wedding at Rancho del Cielo. I had the pleasure of working with Erika & Lauren...

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rancho del cielo wedding
St. Regis wedding
I kicked off my 18th season as a professional wedding photographer this past Saturday with a gorgeous wedding at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. It was an...

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St. Regis wedding
Wedding in Jamaica
A couple weeks ago, I was in Jamaica shooting a wedding with my lovely fiancee Ashley. The wedding took place at the Sandals Resort in Negril. From the...

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Wedding in Jamaica
wedding in asheville
A while back I went to Asheville to shoot a wedding with my friend Jessica Claire. The groom was a friend of hers from when she lived in NC. He was Super Cobra...

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wedding in asheville
St. Sophia wedding & Athenaeum reception
I recently kicked off my 19th season as a wedding photographer by shooting a lovely wedding at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church in Downtown Los Angeles...

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St. Sophia wedding & Athenaeum reception
Barcelona
After speaking at the SWPP convention in London last week, Ashley and I popped down to Barcelona for a couple of days as neither of us had ever been there. I...

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Barcelona
Manhattan Beach Engagement Photos
This past weekend I shot an adventurous engagement session in Manhattan Beach very close to where I used to live in El Segundo. It was a cold and dreary day, so...

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Manhattan Beach Engagement Photos
Review Preview
Now that 2014 is in the books, and the new year has begun, I wanted to take a look back at this past year, as well as look forward to the adventure that awaits...

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Review Preview
The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
When I was back in California for Thanksgiving, I shot my sister's family for their annual Christmas card and I must say... my niece and nephew are turning into...

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The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
Wedding at the La Venta Inn
A couple of weeks ago I found myself at the La Venta Inn in Palos Verdes Estates, which is one of my favorite wedding venues. The property is nestled in a...

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Wedding at the La Venta Inn
NYC engagement session
Last week I shot a super fun engagement session in New York City. The bride to be is the little sister of my 08-08-08 groom. The groom to be is a professional...

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NYC engagement session
PhotogRefers.com
On this day in 2007, I launched this blog and I've shared pretty much every shoot I've done since then right here. Over 900 posts and a million visits...

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PhotogRefers.com
Black Friday Deals for Photographers
I think you've gotta be a special kind of crazy to go out and actually shop in the real word on Black Friday. Don't even get me started on the folks who camp...

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Black Friday Deals for Photographers
new-york-london-paris
My 2012 is already off to a very fast start. I've already been to New York, London, Paris, Munich... everyones talking about... Pop Musik! Apologies to M and...

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new-york-london-paris
Becker's Website
This post is dedicated to all of my photo friends out there in blog land. I wanted to have a single page where you can find out about all of my speaking...

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Becker's Website
WPPI 2011
The week is spend in Las Vegas for WPPI each winter is always one of the highlights of my year. This year was no exception and it marked my 15th year in a row...

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WPPI 2011
photo friends with benefits
Good news photo friends... the new & improved [ b ] School 2.0 is alive and kicking! We are absolutely thrilled with the response the site has gotten from...

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photo friends with benefits
bon voyage
I'm off! Tomorrow I am headed to London (for the first time ever) to speak at the SWPP Convention. I am really excited. I have 3 speaking engagements and I am...

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bon voyage
The [ b ] School turns 2
Today, thebschool.com celebrates it's 2 year anniversary. I can't believe how time flies. I am so grateful to all of our wonderful members, because without...

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The [ b ] School turns 2
A very special wedding in Italy
Next March I'll be heading back to Italy to shoot yet another wedding over there. Some very good friends of mine, who are also wedding photographers, will be...

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A very special wedding in Italy
Barcelona
After speaking at the SWPP convention in London last week, Ashley and I popped down to Barcelona for a couple of days as neither of us had ever been there. I...

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Barcelona
Review Preview
Now that 2014 is in the books, and the new year has begun, I wanted to take a look back at this past year, as well as look forward to the adventure that awaits...

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Review Preview
The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
When I was back in California for Thanksgiving, I shot my sister's family for their annual Christmas card and I must say... my niece and nephew are turning into...

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The Engelken's Christmas Portraits
A wedding in Corona del Mar
Last Saturday my camera and I witnessed a beautiful wedding between two amazing people. The groom is the younger brother of one of my brides from 9 years ago...

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A wedding in Corona del Mar
Review Preview
As 2013 comes to a close, and 2014 kicks off, I thought I'd do a year in review plus share some goals/plans/aspirations for 2014. I had a great year... way...

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Review Preview
Audrey in the desert
A couple of weekends ago, a photographer friend of mine invited me to tag along on a desert photo shoot that he was doing with some models. I haven't shot many...

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Audrey in the desert
The Whole 30
Ok, so this was me in November of 2010 at a wedding at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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The Whole 30
Father's Day Card
Hey dad, When I was in elementary school, I remember making you homemade cards for Father's Day. Well times have changed, and I wanted to use my toys to make...

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Father's Day Card
Fullerton Art Walk
Last night I had some of my travel photography featured at a gallery during the Fullerton Art Walk. My friend Joel of Studio EMP and his lovely wife Jeni of...

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Fullerton Art Walk

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