Fine Art Photography & Body Image

In 1991 Shannon Bradley-Colleary commissioned a photographer to capture a series of nude photographs. Twenty years later she called me hoping to revisit that time with a similar positive experience. When Shannon first contacted me, she expressed an interest in my fine art–not in boudoir or glamour photographs. I mention this point specifically since some … Continue reading Fine Art Photography & Body Image

WPPI 2012 Engagement Album Competition – First Place

The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) convention is the largest and most diverse convention of its kind for photographers. This year in Las Vegas, with almost 20,000 photographers in attendance from over 50 countries, I was awarded First Place in the 2012 WPPI Awards of Excellence Album Competition (Engagement category). For those of you … Continue reading WPPI 2012 Engagement Album Competition – First Place

Korakia Pensione Palm Springs Wedding

Lan & Dean’s wedding was at Korakia Pensione bed and breakfast in Palm Springs, California. As a Los Angeles wedding photographer, I’m not always presented with lovely locations like the ones found around these restored historic Moroccan and Mediterranean-style villas. This wedding was a small affair with fewer than 12 guests, but that didn’t stop … Continue reading Korakia Pensione Palm Springs Wedding

Light Bulb Photography by Los Angeles Product Photographer

Josh dropped by the studio yesterday and asked me to photograph some of the most challenging objects I’ve ever photographed in my long career as a product photographer in Los Angeles–clear light bulbs on a white background. Previously, my most difficult subject has been a clear wine glass–but these bulbs ended up being even more … Continue reading Light Bulb Photography by Los Angeles Product Photographer

Arnold Schwarzenegger Votes at Kenter Canyon

I am often called upon to photograph events, and today I had the privilege of photographing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at Kenter Canyon Elementary School in Brentwood. His political campaign division, the California Dream, hired me to photograph the event. I found the work quite challenging. It was similar to a wedding but things happened even … Continue reading Arnold Schwarzenegger Votes at Kenter Canyon

Downtown Los Angeles LoftSEVEN Penthouse Wedding

Genevieve  and Jose’s wedding and reception were held at the LoftSEVEN Penthouse in the Haas Building on Seventh Street in downtown Los Angeles. Adding excitement to the day was the May Day Immigration Rally which took over that part of downtown earlier in the day. That being said, since Genevieve is an immigration attorney, we … Continue reading Downtown Los Angeles LoftSEVEN Penthouse Wedding

Malibu Country Inn & Paradise Cove Wedding in Malibu

Katie and Evan had a small, intimate wedding for friends and family on a bluff overlooking Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. They are Los Angeles area natives but now live in Chicago so this was a great location to celebrate their marriage. Friends and family stayed at the Malibu Country Inn  and that’s where the … Continue reading Malibu Country Inn & Paradise Cove Wedding in Malibu

Union Station & Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Wedding

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing Katy & Tony’s wedding at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The day started with Katy and Tony getting ready at the Los Angeles Downtown Marriott Hotel. Then we all went over to Union Station for some pre-ceremony wedding … Continue reading Union Station & Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Wedding

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Jen & Minh

Jen and Minh selected Santa Monica for their engagement session and boy did they rock it! They were super fun to photograph which made my job crazy easy. And I’ve got to give them props for their cool wardrobe choices. Even though it was pretty chilly, you wouldn’t know it from Jen’s super hot sun … Continue reading Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Jen & Minh

Washington D.C. Engagement Session at National Mall

Although Katie and Tom booked me as their Los Angeles wedding photographer, they both live in Washington D.C. Therefore, it seemed only natural that we have their engagement session in the city they now call home. If you’re wondering about the weather, I think I should mention it was “butt ass cold” when did this … Continue reading Washington D.C. Engagement Session at National Mall

Union Station Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

I met Tricia and Tarik at Union Station for their engagement session. Tricia had arranged for special permits so we were allowed in to an area that’s normally off limits to the public. After we spent some time in Union Station, we drove over to the heart of downtown to visit the roof of Tricia’s … Continue reading Union Station Downtown Los Angeles Engagement Session

Griffith Observatory Engagement Session in Los Angeles

I met Gen and Jose this weekend at Griffith Park in Los Angeles for their engagement session. I was super surprised to see how busy it is up there even at 7:30 in the morning. We took a few photos around the observatory (which wasn’t going to open until 10:00 a.m.) and then went down … Continue reading Griffith Observatory Engagement Session in Los Angeles

WPPI 2010 Album Competition – 2nd Place

These images represent my entry in the 2010 Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) “Non-Event, Informal” category of the album competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was honored with a score of 88. Upon further review by the judges, I was awarded 2nd place in the category. I feel extremely honored by the award … Continue reading WPPI 2010 Album Competition – 2nd Place

WPPI 2010 Album Competition – Award of Excellence

These images represent one of two entries in the 2010 Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) “Non-Event, Informal” category of the album competition. I was honored with a score of 83. This score garnered me an Award of Excellence. I wish to thank Carly for her perseverance as we created an extensive portfolio of work … Continue reading WPPI 2010 Album Competition – Award of Excellence

Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach Engagement – Jess & Chris

Jess and Chris worked extra hard to make their engagement session special. They picked great locations, brought tons of cool props, and dressed to impress! It was almost too easy to take some great photos of these guys! We started the day at the Santa Monica pier in Santa Monica, California. Then we moved on … Continue reading Santa Monica Pier & Venice Beach Engagement – Jess & Chris

Downtown Los Angeles Disney Hall Engagement

I met Katy and Tony for their engagement session last weekend in downtown Los Angeles at Pershing Square. I’ve worked as a wedding photographer a few times in that area, but I’ve not done an engagement session down there before. It was a bit chilly, but Katy and Tony were game for anything! After working … Continue reading Downtown Los Angeles Disney Hall Engagement

Staples Center Engagement Session & LA Kings Hockey

Michelle and Ben met in the Staples Center at a Los Angeles Kings game on March 18, 2004. But that’s not the beginning of their story together; Michelle and Ben had seen each other for many years. Michelle’s dad and Ben’s parents have been season ticket holders to Los Angeles Kings games–with seats right next … Continue reading Staples Center Engagement Session & LA Kings Hockey

The Getty Museum Engagement Session in Los Angeles

I met Jialing and Leonard at The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for their engagement session. I’m a frequent visitor to The Getty but I’m usually there to visit the amazing photography exhibits. And I do like to take a look at a Rembrandt now and again. I will be working as Jialing … Continue reading The Getty Museum Engagement Session in Los Angeles

Pacific Palms Resort, St. Christopher, & Royal Vista Country Club Wedding

A few Saturdays ago I met up with Susan and Charles who were getting ready for their wedding at the Pacific Palms Resort in Industry Hills, California. After everyone got madhotsexy, we met downstairs so I could do my wedding photographer thing. Although we were tight on time, I had an advantage–I already knew most … Continue reading Pacific Palms Resort, St. Christopher, & Royal Vista Country Club Wedding

Gamble House Engagement Session in Pasadena

Last weekend I photographed a brief engagement with Amanda and Jeff at the The Gamble House by Greene & Greene in Pasadena, California. As their wedding photographer, I was surprised at their initiative in gaining access to this location (along with getting the appropriate permissions) but the location made perfect sense given their love of … Continue reading Gamble House Engagement Session in Pasadena

Portraits / Headshots – Pediatric Dentist

Shiny Thomas dropped by my Los Angeles studio on Monday for a corporate headshot. She needed an image for pediatric dentistry web site. Actually, now that I’ve typed that sentence, I don’t know if I can call a portrait featuring a stuffed monkey a true “corporate headshot.” Taking full advantage of our time together, we … Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Pediatric Dentist

Portraits / Headshots – Arthur

This morning I had the pleasure of photographing Arthur in my Los Angeles studio (near downtown). Arthur is an attorney and he wanted a portrait that was different from typical corporate headshots. As a Los Angeles portrait photographer, I strive to be a bit different. What do you think? Did I deliver?

Old Town Pasadena & Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

When a client selects me as their wedding photographer, the process typically starts with the bride finding me through a search engine, a wedding directory, or through a referral. For this couple, it was the other way around! Back in November 2008 I was approached by CBS. They wanted to film an episode of CSI: … Continue reading Old Town Pasadena & Pasadena City Hall Engagement Session

Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Susan & Charles

Yesterday I met Susan and Charles on the Santa Monica Pier for their engagement session. Charles is from Hawaii so he really wanted some sand in his photos; Santa Monica was a great place to make that happen. Susan was the maid of honor for a wedding I photographed last year so she was no … Continue reading Santa Monica Pier Engagement Session – Susan & Charles

First United Methodist Church & Altadena Country Club Reception

After Pam and Larry’s fabulous engagement session in Santa Monica, I was certain that their wedding day would be amazing. And I was right! We started the day at Pam’s childhood home Glendale (only minutes from Pasadena). Vanessa Stump, my second photographer for the day, met Larry and the groomsmen at the Courtyard by Marriott … Continue reading First United Methodist Church & Altadena Country Club Reception

Rancho Palos Verdes Wedding Photographer

I love photographing weddings in Palos Verdes and the one I photographed yesterday was no exception. Denise and Steve were married in the afternoon at Denise’s grandparent’s home in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. I wanted to give a shout out to Denise’s maid of honor (her sister). She did such an awesome job–from helping Denise … Continue reading Rancho Palos Verdes Wedding Photographer

Westlake Village Inn Wedding Photographer

I was super excited that Courtney and Scott selected me as their Los Angeles wedding photographer! And predicted, their wedding day turned out to be really beautiful. It was also particularly nice since it was the first “mild” day of the season. Both their ceremony and reception were held at the Westlake Village Inn in Westlake … Continue reading Westlake Village Inn Wedding Photographer

Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Kiara & Clay

I recently announced a contest where the prize was a free wedding portrait session. To enter, I asked folks to explain why they felt they deserved to win. Kiara and Clay’s response was truly touching. They’re unable to have a professional photographer on their wedding day, so I’m hopeful that these photos will serve to … Continue reading Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Kiara & Clay

Portraits / Headshots – April (Part 2)

On April Marie Eden’s last visit to my Los Angeles. studio we did some great work. That being said, April recently contacted me again and asked for another headshot session. Although we had already captured several headshots that were “almost perfect” (her words), April thought we could do better. I don’t know if perfection is … Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – April (Part 2)

Brewery Studio Frequently Asked Questions

I’m often asked many questions about our Los Angeles studio. Those curious folks include clients, other photographers, neighbors, and Brewery Art Walk attendees). To answer some of those questions, I’ve developed this brief list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that I hope you’ll find helpful. What is the Los Angeles Brewery? Our studio is located … Continue reading Brewery Studio Frequently Asked Questions

Executive Portraits / Headshots – Paul Webster

Paul came by the studio today for a few corporate head shots, but I couldn’t help myself so I also took a few casual portraits. And since Paul is the Faculty Director at the Ahmanson Center for Advanced Electron Microscopy and Imaging, he asked me to make another photograph featuring a something he uses in … Continue reading Executive Portraits / Headshots – Paul Webster

Product Photography – Glass & Glassware

As a product photographer, one of my most difficult subjects is glassware–more specifically, glass photographed on a white background. And although there are thousands of photographers in Los Angeles, product photography for catalogs remains a specialized expertise. There are several ways to approach the photography of glass objects and here’s just one example–a simple wine … Continue reading Product Photography – Glass & Glassware

Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler (Part 2)

A few days ago I was in Phoenix, Arizona and I dropped by Clive Cussler’s home for a brief portrait session. Just in case you’re not familiar with Clive Cussler’s work, he’s a best selling author with over 39 novels to his credit. Over the years he’s also amassed an astounding collection of over 100 … Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Clive Cussler (Part 2)

Executive Portraits / Headshots – Avery Dennison in Pasadena

On Thursday I was called in as a last-minute photographer replacement at the Avery Dennison offices in Pasadena, California. For this executive portrait session I was asked to use a lighting style similar to that used by a previous photographer. As a corporate head shot photogapher I tend to use more complex lighting than what … Continue reading Executive Portraits / Headshots – Avery Dennison in Pasadena

Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Ileana & John

Ileana and John asked for a brief wedding portrait session to celebrate their elopement. I suggested that we meet in downtown LA at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Ileana agreed. As their “wedding photographer” it was really easy to make them look great. Right before we started their session, Ileana told me that she … Continue reading Walt Disney Concert Hall Wedding Portraits – Ileana & John

Tournament House, First United Methodist, & Altadena Country Club Wedding

I’ve really been looking forward to Pam and Larry’s wedding day. After their engagement session in Santa Monica, I was convinced that their wedding and reception would be one in a million. And I was right! I began the day (last Saturday) at Pam’s parent’s home in Glendale. Vanessa, my second photographer, met Larry and … Continue reading Tournament House, First United Methodist, & Altadena Country Club Wedding

Verandas Wedding in Manhattan Beach – Angela & Howard

Angela and Howard were married last Saturday at Verandas in Manhattan Beach, California. But before that event came to pass, I met the happy couple in their suite at the Manhattan Beach Marriott for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony (with the bride’s parents). After the tea ceremony, we spent just a couple of minutes in … Continue reading Verandas Wedding in Manhattan Beach – Angela & Howard

Portraits / Headshots – Christiane

This Monday I had the pleasure of again photographing Christiane, founder of Inspired Business Resources located in Burbank, California. As a portrait photographer, it’s always great when clients return year-after-year. And although it’s been several years since I’ve seen Christiane, she jumped right into the shoot just like a pro! Here’s my favorite portrait from … Continue reading Portraits / Headshots – Christiane

St. Charles Borromeo & Lakeside Golf Club Burbank Reception

Leslie and Jason were married in a beautiful ceremony at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic church in North Hollywood, California. This impressive house of worship is Leslie’s family church so she was really thrilled to be married there last Saturday. After the wedding, everyone drove over to the reception venue at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, … Continue reading St. Charles Borromeo & Lakeside Golf Club Burbank Reception

Choosing the Right L-Bracket | Kirk vs Really Right Stuff

Editor’s Note: I’m publishing this article on my blog today because it was a very popular page on my old web site. Although this information is now almost 2-years old, you may find it helpful if you’re shopping for an L-bracket. I haven’t updated any other content in this article. Choosing the Right L-Bracket In … Continue reading Choosing the Right L-Bracket | Kirk vs Really Right Stuff

Product Photography – Yellow Diamond Ring

A few weeks ago Jean Dousset returned to our Los Angeles studio with a few more rings. Here’s a huge yellow diamond engagement ring that I photographed during our product photography session. This ring is available through Jean and will retail in the low six figures. The depth of field (focus area) on this piece … Continue reading Product Photography – Yellow Diamond Ring

Product Photography – Jewelry

Famed bespoke jewelry designer Jean Dousset made an appointment on Friday for an all day shoot. The stars of our product photography session were his magnificent diamond jewelry pieces. In the examples below, you’re seeing the images before they are cut from their backgrounds–a practice often called clipping. I’m showing them here in that state … Continue reading Product Photography – Jewelry

Publication – Yosemite Photograph in Nikon Calendar

In June of 2007 I received an e-mail from Nikon asking if I would sell the rights to one of my Yosemite photographs (single use). The image in question was titled “Spring Flood” was a photograph that I had recently entered in the Nikon Photo Contest International. Naturally I was pretty stoked about this news. … Continue reading Publication – Yosemite Photograph in Nikon Calendar

Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)

Tonight I had the pleasure of again photographing some product for Friedericy Dolls. Here are the photos from our session. As a Los Angeles product photographer, Friedericy Dolls remains my most long term and favorite client. My two favorite dolls from tonight’s product photography session are the tall Asian woman in the purple embroidered dress … Continue reading Product Photography – Friedericy Dolls (Part 18)