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alternative landscapes

07.31.2007

I try to get out and shoot for myself at least once a month and go on some sort of photo field trip, just to shoot just for the sake of shooting. I even have a website for my personal work. But my friend John Mireles, who is one of San Diego's most acclaimed wedding photographers, has his own gallery for his personal work and I am a tad jealous. ...

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big shoes to fill

07.30.2007

Attention photographers in the Southern California region!!!! I am looking for a new second shooter for the 2008 wedding season. As some of you know... the fabulously wonderful and uber talent Marisa Holmes, who has been working with me for the last 2 years, and who is doing so well... that we have made her an associate photographer and she is...

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july 28th wedding at the ritz-carlton, marina del rey

07.29.2007

You may remember this awesome couple from their wedding in Hawaii last summer... I certainly do!:

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Got Apple?

07.28.2007

I found this on my friend J Sandifer's blog and as a die hard Apple fan, I love this kind of stuff.

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The OC Fair, Video Blog Entry #1

07.27.2007

Hey Everyone, Happy Friday! This is my first attempt at video blogging, where I actually shot and edited the entire video myself without looking at the instruction book once! I hope no one gets sea sick from my unsteady hand. Anyway, a few of my friends headed over to the OC fair the other night for food on a stick and other deep fried...

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Massaging in Photoshop, part 2

07.26.2007

Be sure to scroll down and read yesterday's post before you read this one. SOTC (Straight out of the Camera):

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Massaging in Photoshop, part 1

07.25.2007

Along the same lines of yesterday's post, and revisiting the "before and after" post on my old blog, I wanted to talk about the subject of Photoshop, and how it relates to wedding photography. I am putting this post in the photographers section, but it is certainly applicable to all of my clients (as well as anybody else who hires a professional...

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oops

07.24.2007

Every once and a while, there are happy accidents when taking photos. I was just editing some photos from a couple weeks ago, and I found a few shots that were originally deleted because they were a tad blurry. But after a little massaging in Photoshop, I kinda like them. A great photo doesn't necessarily have to be technically perfect... as long...

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July 21 wedding wedding at the island hotel

07.23.2007

Last Saturday Marisa and I shot a wonderful wedding at the Our Lady Mount Carmel Catholic Church on the Balboa Pennisula followed by a lavish reception at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach. It was a little overcast which I love because it keeps it cooler and provides some nice soft like which is awesome for photos. Mark's Garden provided the...

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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
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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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
Wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Last weekend I found myself shooting a gorgeous wedding at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego. It was a pleasure working with Karina Hale and her team from...

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Wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
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
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
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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