Don’t judge a (wedding) book by it’s cover…
unless you’re judging how long it’ll last.

There’s a reason behind everything I do as a photographer.  As an artist, my motivations are not based on dollars and cents, or peer presure or even necessarily what my clients want.

The biggest motivation for me is to ask the question “How do I ensure my work is the best?” and the answers that follow are questions in themselves:

  • “What does it meant to take the best picture?
  • “What does it mean to present the best album?  the best usb stick?  the best gallery?”
  • “How do I make sure my work will last beyond my own lifetime?”

These are the questions and answers that motivate me.  The reason I won’t shoot a wedding for $100 is because I wouldn’t be able to do the best job I could for $100.  I deliver on quality that will stand the test of time so that the photographs I capture can be enjoyed 5, 10, 100 years from now.  I capture weddings in a way that allows your future great-grandchildren to relive the moment.  I physically print albums for most of my wedding couples because I worry about how well digital files  will survive the test of time and because I know that printed books will not get lost in “the cloud”.

I always have to ask…”Am I taking these photographs for you or for future-you to revisit on your 50th wedding anniversary?

Remember, “There’s always free cheese in a mouse-trap, but the mice there just ain’t happy.”


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Brittany & Don at The Happiest Place on Earth

Brittany and Don were in town for a few days and invited us all to go to Disneyland.  Since they are family, I offered to get a few shots of the two of them together.  I’m glad we got to hang out and take some really wonderful photographs of these two California natives who now reside in Minnesota.

Brittany Salvate - Best brother ever!! Dave, you are wonderful!

Talene Harmon Eddleston - Super cute

Rachel Kondes Fafinski - Wonderful pictures! Very talented photographer!

Melody A Olson - Love!

Cinder Jones Spicer - <3

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Our Latest Senior Portraits – Happy Birthday, Eileen!

Today happens to be the birthday of the subject of our latest senior portraits.  After shooting Heather & David’s wedding last year, we were contacted about shooting senior portraits for Heather’s youngest sister, Eileen.  She is a hard-working student who stays involved in FFA on the state level and she is the youngest of the family.  We shot a little bit around the school’s agriculture department, complete with horse-trailers, and a tractor to-boot.  Today, we wish congratulations to Eileen on her senior year and especially on today, her birthday, we wish her the very best.



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Happy Valentines Day

Sometimes love comes in many different forms, different expressions, different photographs and different ways.  Here are just a few of the ways I have recently captured love.

The first photograph is a composite of nearly 20 different images, put together as a save-the-date for an engagement shoot.  Click Here for a full-res version.

Second is a simple portrait of a couple.  They aren’t engaged yet, they aren’t married, they are just in love.

Last is a photograph I recently captured of many different couples at the Sinfonia Sweetheart Ball.  From first love to marriage and beyond, these photographs are all celebrations of love.

Happy Valentines Day to all of the lovers out there.

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Rancho Santa Margarita Family Portraits and 2 Year Pictures

It has been nearly 18 months since I had the opportunity to take 6-month pictures with this beautiful family and their daughter. The Wainwrights live in Rancho Santa Margarita and love the hillside surrounding them. From Rancho Santa Margarita it almost feels like you could touch the top of Mt. San Antonio and the Santa Ana Mountains. Although you can’t quite reach out to touch them, they are an iconic landmark to many residents of South Orange County.

While the session was originally supposed to be a portrait session for this amazing 2 year old girl, it wouldn’t have been complete without her trusty sidekick, Woof. Woof made an appearance in a big way during this photo shoot, doing his job to keep out any unwanted visitors, but mostly to put a little girl’s mind at ease about the world and to bring her peace. Woof also helped me out from time to time, sitting atop my lens and letting me know when to take the best pictures. Overall, it was a pleasure to take these photographs and I will have to personally thank Woof and the Wainwright family for being so great in front of and behind the lens.

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