Maggie Blice and Derek Mason

I will photograph at Walnut Creek several times a year. I like the people who own it and run it. Walnut Creek treats their customers well, unlike some chapels I have photographed in.

I will often tell people that weddings are combination of the created and the captured. The image on the right, taken by my assistant Andrea, is very captured – just a spontaneous moment with the flower girls. The image on the right is created – the bride and the groom didn’t just happen to be in that spot posed that way. “Wedding Photojournalism” is nice, but it only captures. Some images must be created to illustrate the emotion of the day.


Nichole Simms and Michael Fischer

After a two year hiatus, I end up photographing Coles Garden two weekends in a row. It’s odd how that happens. I’ll photograph a location consistently and then I don’t photograph there for awhile.

I think this is my favorite image of Coles Garden’s signature waterfall. The waterfall faces east, so it is lit early in the day. This, of course, would put the couple looking directly into the sun [read: not good]. Later in the day the waterfall is back lit, and it loses its appeal. This image was taken well after sunset.

Lori Brown and Joe Kreke

Coles Garden is both great and awful. I love all the green, the water features and the nicely manicured spaces. It is a wonderful place to take photographs – but only at certain times of the day. The lack of tree cover and shade make light control extremely difficult during the middle of the day. And if you’ve ever heard me talk before, light control is paramount. Good lighting makes you look good; bad lighting, well… Anyone can take a flash and put it on top of the camera (bad lighting). It takes work to make good lighting, and at Coles it takes even more work.

After the groups and formals we had a wonderful time wandering around the grounds creating some fantastic images of Lori and Joe. Coles Garden really is a beautiful spot for weddings.

Alyssa Thomas and Jerod Fitzgerald

Trinity Nazarene is large church with beautiful columns out front. I didn’t predict it would become the focal point of two of my favorite images.

We had a little time left over with the guys before I started with the ladies. Captured using two of my favorite toys (the Infra Red camera and my fish eye lens.)

I would have really preferred that the second image have been shot at sunset. However, the timing of the ceremony did not allow that. So we did the next best thing and did a night shot.