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One month until Burning Man

07.31.2009

One month from today I'll be back in Black Rock City for my second Burning Man experience. I went in 2007 and had the time of my life. This time, I am going with several of my best friends who also happen to be photographers. We are actually going to be having a theme camp, Camp Photon and we are hoping to shoot as many images of the randomness...

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Nixon Hawke Sikes

07.30.2009

I'd like to introduce y'all to the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys for the 2032 season. Or perhaps, he'll be a switch hitting shortstop for the Houston Astros. I'm sure either of those occupations would be fine if his proud pappa has his way. No matter what the kid grows up to be, Mr. Nixon Hawke Sikes is lucky to have two wonderful...

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Playa Del Rey Engagement Photos

07.29.2009

Last night I was in Play del Rey to shoot some engagement photos. These two kids are getting married in just a few weeks and I am really looking forward to their wedding as it's going to have some interesting cultural elements (I'll tell you all about it when I post the wedding). We had a great time last night shooting in the tasty light and even...

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More from the Santa Lucia Preserve

07.28.2009

I just thought I'd make a bonus blog post of the wedding I recently shot at the Santa Lucia Preserve. I'm actually going to make a new sample album out of this wedding, I wanted to share a few more relaxed portraits, amazing details & real moments. You can see the original post from this wedding here.

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Miscellaneous monday 60

07.27.2009

_____ ESPN WSOP '09 Coverage starts tomorrow. Don't bother looking for me, I didn't play in the Main Event this year, but I did follow a lot of it via Twitter & the website, so I am excited to start watching the TV coverage. Check your local listings. _____ Hey photographers on the Eastern Seaboard, I'll be in Atlantic City this coming...

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Kickball Party

07.24.2009

Last night a bunch of us descended on Balboa Beach for the Kickball Extravaganza to celebrate Jessica Claire's 30th birthday. Her fiance Jeff planned the whole thing, got jerseys, wristbands, and even brought the eye black. I am please to inform you, that despite the numerous attempts to cheat by the Spitting Llamas, the Pink Fluffy Monsters were...

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Laguna Beach Engagement Photos

07.23.2009

I can't wait for this wedding. These two are tying the knot in Connecticut on October 31st. The groom to be was a groomsmen in my 07-07-07 wedding. We had a nice time catching up down in Laguna Beach the other day shooting their engagement photos. Here are a couple of my favorites:

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Jessica Claire turns 30

07.22.2009

Please watch the video below and then head on over to Jessica Claire's blog and leave her some birthday love.

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Armenian Wedding in Orange County

07.21.2009

This past Saturday, I photographed a wonderful Armenian wedding in Orange County. After a few behind the scenes images at the brides home in Laguna Niguel, we headed out to the 40 Martyrs Armenian Church in Santa Ana, followed by a quick stop at the Lab in Costa Mesa for some relaxed portraits before going to The Island Hotel in Newport Beach for...

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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 at The Peninsula Chicago
Last weekend I was in Chicago for a beautiful union of not only 2 lovely people, but two wonderful families. When the bride originally contacted me, she...

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Wedding at The Peninsula Chicago
Silver Creek Valley Country Club Wedding
This past weekend I was in the Silicon Valley shooting a wedding on a picture perfect day at the Silver Creek Valley Country Club. It was coordinated by Nicole...

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Silver Creek Valley Country Club Wedding
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worth every penny
Forest Park Engagement Session
After having to cancel our shoot the week prior, we were able to sneak in an engagement session last Sunday before the tornado watches started. These two...

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Forest Park Engagement Session
St. Louis Wedding photos
When we found out we were expecting last October, and that our due date was June 1st... Ashley was devastated that she wouldn't be available to shoot the June...

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St. Louis Wedding photos
Audrey Taylor has arrived!
Hello world! I want to introduce you to my daughter Audrey Taylor Becker! Today is her actual due date, but she was born this past Wednesday, May 27th at...

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Audrey Taylor has arrived!
Ashley's Maternity Session
Last month while shooting a destination wedding in Jamaica, we took a little time to shoot some maternity photos of Ashley while she was 31 weeks along. I...

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Ashley's Maternity Session
Callaway Winery Wedding
Last weekend I was back in Southern California shooting another wedding at Callaway Vineyard & Winery in Temecula. It was a pleasure working with Jessica from...

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Callaway Winery Wedding
Silicon Valley Engagement Session
Sunday I flew to Silicone Valley to shoot an engagement session at Santa Clara University. The couple met while they were attending the university and he...

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Silicon Valley 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
Audrey Taylor has arrived!
Hello world! I want to introduce you to my daughter Audrey Taylor Becker! Today is her actual due date, but she was born this past Wednesday, May 27th at...

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Audrey Taylor has arrived!
Ashley's Maternity Session
Last month while shooting a destination wedding in Jamaica, we took a little time to shoot some maternity photos of Ashley while she was 31 weeks along. I...

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Ashley's Maternity Session
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

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