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Luxe Hotel | Beverly Hills Wedding Photography

Danny & Vi met in an unconventional way. None of their friends played match maker. They didn’t meet on line. Nor did they have a blind date arranged by either of their mothers. It turns out, it was kinda like a “Friends” episode. One night, Vi as playing her music way to loud. At least according to Danny. So, he did what any guy would do, he walked down the hallway, knocked on her door and asked Vi if she could please turn down her music. That was the start of their courtship, which blossomed into a love affair and started their new life as husband and wife. Vi’s family immigrated here from Vietnam, Danny’s family is originally from Texas, just moved here recently but Danny’s been living in Los Angeles for a while. Part of Vi’s marrying Danny was her conversion to Judaism. No small task.

A Vietnamese & Jewish Wedding Celebration

Their wedding and reception venue was the swank and stylish Luxe Hotel, in the heart of Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive. The Luxe is an 81 room hotel and will only host 1 wedding a day on their roof top. Their Jewish wedding ceremony and Ketubah signing conducted by their Rabbi was held in the courtyard outside their penthouse suite. Their wedding ceremony was held on one off the two roof tops. Their reception was held on the second of the two roof tops over looking the Hollywood Hills. Sweet view! To honor her parents and her Vietnamese cultural heritage, Vi changed into traditional Vietnamese wedding attire for a good portion of the reception.

Top Notch | Beverly Hills Wedding Coordination

It was my first time at the Luxe and I was impressed with their top notch service, their professionalism and Jennifer Albert’s (The Luxe Hotel catering manager) positive attitude to make sure that Vi & Danny had an amazing wedding day experience. Ida Gardner’s co-collegues June and Bradley were also top notch, making sure that Vi & Danny were completely taken care of. I really appreciated the fact the Bradley came along with us to the Montage, Beverly Hills for Vi & Danny’s family portrait session to make sure that everything went smoothly for them. Bradley was a huge help. A huge hug and much gratitude to my amazing friend and photographer Christine Bentley for her time and talent.

Beverly Hills Wedding Venue Contact Info
Luxe Hotel, 360 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, 310- 273-0300
Ida Gardner Events: click here for her web site.

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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Irvine Region Park | Engagement Photography

First time in Irvine Regional Park. Its right around the corner from Natalie’s house. Gorgeous place. Stables, peacocks, a huge pond with ducks, paddle boats, horse stables, and a petting zoo. Lots of big old oak trees and some forested areas too. Irvine Regional Park is a great find for engagement photography. If you are a photographer or a bride-to-be and are thinking of having an engagement session here, you’ll need a permit. Permits are required and are $160 for the year. But getting that permit will get you into all the OC Parks. Pretty sweet deal, considering the city of Corona Del Mar charges $250 for a one day use beach permit for wedding or engagement photography. Since it was my first time there and I wasn’t in the know. The Irvine Regional Park Rangers cut me a break and let me continue with Natalie and Fabio’s engagement photography as long as I promised to have my permit next time. They were so cool. I really appreciated their sensitivity to the situation.

From Irvine Engagement Photography to Casa Romantica Wedding Photography

I’m really looking forward to photographing Natalie and Fabio’s wedding at Casa Romantica in San Celemente in early November. Its a day time wedding. Which is great ’cause the sun goes down really early in November. They were smart and planned out their wedding day just before the time change so that we don’t lose an hour of daylight and get caught in the dark for their romantic images that we’ll create on the beach. I already know the wedding is going to be so amazing. Natalie and Fabio are so easy going and have so much fun together. Pretty nice eye candy too! irivne regional park engagement photography

Orange County Engagement Photography & Wedding Venue Contact Info

Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869 714-973-6835 or 714-973-3173
(when doing a web search it is easy to confuse this park with george mason park in irvine, its not the same place)
Casa Romantica, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672-5233 949-498-2139

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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

San Francisco Bay Area | Destination Wedding Photography

Some times life is just unpredictable. How I came to photograph Mindy and Greg’s wedding is an interesting story.

Mindy + Greg are so IN LOVE and so adorable! I met them while photographing my friend Carlos’s wedding at the Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar. During Carlos and Christine’s wedding, I made a quick snap shot of Mindy and Greg at their table. Mindy told her mom: “Mom, that’s the best photograph of me ever…i want Marc to photograph my wedding.” Thank you Mindy, Linda, Don, Greg, Bill and Sherri. ! It was so much fun spending the day with you and your families. You made Connie and I feel so comfortable. Linda and Don, thank you so much for putting us up in the swank Stanford Park Hotel.

Connie and I toured Stanford University the day after the wedding. Now i can say went to Stanford. I always wanted to be an Ivy Leaguer. LOL!!! If you haven’t gone to Stanford. GO! It was my second time there and the history of (founder, former CA governor and developer of the Trans American Rail Road,) Leland Stanford, his family and the Stanford campus is nothing short of amazing. Be sure to go to the free (world class) museum on campus with a ton of Rodin’s in their sculpture garden. So many that you’d think August attended Stanford. Connie and I took in an amazing photography exhibit contrasting Muybridge, Watkins, and Ansels’ Yosemite photographs. And without a doubt, I saw, what I believe to be the finest print ever by Ansel. The image is a landscape of Yosemite taken after the snow had fallen on the pines. The sharpness of the image and contrast between the deep blacks and the white snow was astonishing. Hat’s off to Ansel’s Zone printing system. I had no idea that Muybridge was a commissioned photographer to the Stanford’s or that he had photographed Yosemite. The Edward Muybridge, I know is famous for his photographic motion studies. E.M. was a passionate outdoors-man and rubbed elbows with aristocrats. I love learning new things!

The guy in the middle was a bit stiff but had really good jokes. Check out the moves on the flower girl below. Its all about her. Tears of joy for Mindy and a look of love from Greg. In case your wondering what venue? This is Greg’s family’s backyard.

For Part 2 of Mindy & Greg’s San Francisco Bay Area Wedding click here on Sunday September 26th.

P.S. Their entire wedding day took place at a single venue. Getting ready, the ceremony and reception were all done at the family home. This made it possible for Mindy and Greg to spend lots of time with their family and friends and give me creative time with them too. While I know not everyone has a piece of property like this, I do see some couples try to fit in too much on their wedding day. Its not unusual for brides and grooms to be scattered over three of more locations on their wedding day. One for getting ready, one for the ceremony, another for the reception and another for couples photographs. Do yourself a huge favor and try to condense things so that you can enjoy your wedding day and get the maximum from your photographer. If you try to do to much you’ll stress yourself out and end up not remembering the joy of your wedding day.

P.P.S. Mindy + Greg went to Bora Bora slumming it at the St. Regis for their Honeymoon. Okay…who wouldn’t be jealous?!!! Turns out Mindy got quite pregnant in Bora Bora. Must be its something in the water?

San Francisco Bay Are Wedding Contact Info
Stanford Park Hotel , 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025 650 – 322-1234

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Marc Weisberg Weddings
| Orange County Wedding Photographer
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For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

Destination Wedding | San Francisco Bay Area Wedding Photographer

Part 2 of Mindy and Greg’s stylish Bay Area wedding. Let’s hit the tented reception and show some details, and some fabulous portraits. To see Part 1 hit the link.

Bay Area Wedding | Vendor Snap Shot

Event Producer: The famous Kathryn Kenna , made sure that each detail was flawless, and made Mindy + Greg’s day effortless an fun.
Florist: Leslie Grady from the Flower Studio in San Francisco provided elegant – uber fresh and vibrant floral designs that were nothing short of perfect!
Band: The madly skilled Black Market Jazz Orchestra , blew me away with their big band jazz sound.
Venue: Mindy and Greg were wed on Greg’s family’s estate in Woodside, CA. Woodside is about 15 minutes from Palo Alto, home of Stanford University. Palo Alto has an amazing downtown area, great restaurants, fantastic people, a visually stunning place, great shopping and easy to get around. No Orange County – L.A. traffic. We may make Palo Alto our future retirement home!

For the photograph on the right I asked Greg and Mindy how they felt about being a married couple. Not hard to guess what they were thinking. Stunning twilight for Mindy & Greg’s wedding portraits. These were the biggest scariest sparklers I’d ever seen used at a wedding. I was so afraid for Mindy that either her dress or hair would catch fire. Neither did. What a great photo opp.
San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula Wedding Info
The entire wedding day was held on the groom family’s estate in Woodside, just outside of Palo Alto.

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Marc Weisberg | Marc Weisberg Photograhy Blog
Marc Weisberg Weddings
| Orange County Wedding Photographer
Newport Beach Wedding Photographer
| Los Angeles Wedding Photographer
San Diego Wedding Photographer
| Destination Wedding Photographer

For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

The Dawn of Photography and the 8×10 Contact Print

A Quick Look Back in Time

This post is longer because it contains a bit of background history on how 8×10 prints came about. If you want the short and sweet version click on the link.

No doubt about it, in the beginning it was rough being a photographer. There really weren’t many photographers. Back in the day, if you were a photographer you were half alchemist half magician and it was all DIY. Literally. If you were a photographer in the 1800’s there was no store to go to to buy film. You lugged around an 8×10 view camera and had to prepare your own glass plates. If you exposed a sheet of glass, it was a studied and purposeful event. Lenses were not interchangeable, there was no such thing as a 32 Gb compact flash card to shoot Jpegs or RAW images on to. Heck, to develop your 8×10 glass plate you’d often have to deal with Mercury vapors over an open fire. Not very safe or good for your health. OSHA would have had a field day with the Mercury thing. Contact prints were made right from the glass plate. A contact print is when you take the negative and lay it on top of the paper to make a print. The negative and the paper come in contact with each other. Hence the name. I’m willing to bet a couple of bucks most photographer out there never spent time in a darkroom making contact prints. Not really necessary now with the digital darkroom. With the advent of contact prints, the 8×10 print was born and with it the 5:7 Aspect Ratio.

Sometime later on, smaller view cameras came about and the 4×5 view camera came along. Much lighter than an 8×10, the 4×5 like an 8×10 came with a bellows that allowed the photographer to correct or tweak the visual plan and perspective. Back in the day the lenses were wicked sharp and the very nature of being able to make contact prints from a 4×5 negative meant that no resolution would be lost and as long as the image was tack sharp, the paper print would also be tack sharp.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have photographed with both an 8×10 and a 4×5 view camera. Not with glass slides but with sheet and Polaroid film. With either an 8×10 or a 4×5 camera the aspect ratio of 5:7 creates perfect sized prints of 4×5, 8×10, 11×14, 16×20 with no cropping necessary. Thing is modern 35mm digital cameras don’t shoot in a 5:7 aspect ratio they shoot in a 2:3 aspect ratio. If you are a math genius, you’re probably following this right? I’m terrible at math. In really simple terms what this means to you is that if you want an 8×10 from a modern camera you’re going to have to lop off about two inches from the image to create your 8×10, because all the cameras us pro’s shoot with these days are create 2:3 ratio prints meaning 8×12’s not 8×10’s. Following me? The next paragraph will explain it more clearly.

The Birth of 35mm Film and Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera: Birth of the 2:3 Aspect Ratio

There are primarily two different kinds of 35mm cameras: Rangefinder and DSLR’s. Looking though a Rangefinder will show you the approximate coverage but you are not looking through the lens. A DSLR allows you to view directly through the lens and uses mirrors to reflect the image through a pentaprism to the optical view finder. As an artist and a photographer when composing a photograph I always strive to crop with in the frame. Meaning that I leave out what I don’t want to show and only include what I want you to see. In other words the image is complete and does not need cropping. The birth of the Rangefinder and then the DSLR’s gave rise to a completely different aspect ratio for prints and portraits: The 2:3 Aspect Ratio. Creating an perfect 8×12, 13×20, 20×30 and 40×26. What you see if what you get. However if you want to crop your wedding images or portraits to an 8×10 you’ll be losing a bit of the image. See the images below learn a bit more.

The image above is in 2:3 aspect ratio from a High School Senior portrait session. What you see is what you get. No cropping needed. Perfect portrait print sizes are 8×12, 13×20, 20×30 and 40×26 inches. Note: This leaves plenty of room for framing.

If you want a portrait corresponding to a 5:7 aspect ratio or 8×10, you’ll need to crop it. In cropping your print, you’ll be losing some of the image as noted in the blackened area. Traditional portrait print sizes are 8×10, 11×14, 16×20 and 20×25 inches. This leaves little to no room for framing your image, because you will start too lose Hannah’s feet and part of her back and at least 1/4 inch all the way around.

The image above is from a wedding I photographed in the San Francisco Bay Area, in 2:3 aspect ratio. What you see is what you get. Perfect portrait print sizes are 8×12, 13×20, 20×30 and 40×26 inches. Note: This leaves plenty of room for framing.

If you want a portrait corresponding to a 5:7 aspect ratio or 8×10, you’ll need to crop it. In cropping your print, you’ll be losing some of the image as noted in the blackened area. Traditional portrait print sizes are 8×10, 11×14, 16×20 and 20×25 inches. This leaves little to no room for framing your image, because you will start too lose some of Greg’s head and part of Mindy.

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Marc Weisberg | Marc Weisberg Photograhy Blog
Marc Weisberg Weddings
| Orange County Wedding Photographer
Newport Beach Wedding Photographer
| Los Angeles Wedding Photographer
San Diego Wedding Photographer
| Destination Wedding Photographer

For Orange County wedding photography, Los Angeles wedding photography, Orange County wedding photojournalism, Southern California wedding photography, call Marc at 800.943.0414 to reserve a date and ask any questions that you may have concerning my services. I am an Orange County and Los Angeles wedding photographer.

Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 949.494.5084…. or email.

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