Painfully Stylish

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After many years of photographing weddings, I have definitely photographed my share of ladies shoes. One of the first things I do when I arrive in the Bride’s room is look for her shoes and for an interesting way to photograph them, since they are an important detail of the day.  I quickly learned to appreciate a beautifully designed, well-crafted pair of Jimmy Choo’s, Chanel’s, or “Crissy Lou’s”…..that’s Christian Louboutin’s to the uninitiated.  I will always prefer to photograph people rather than objects, but I do still sort of cross my fingers and hope for an interesting pair of heels when I arrive for a wedding, if only because heels allow shoes to be hung on chairs, picture frames, Ivy, and so on to make an interesting image. One thing I noticed that all of these tall heels have in common is that they seldom stayed on the Bride’s feet for very long after the ceremony – they just look better than they feel. Apparently.

When I first came across the work of artist May Y. Cheung Hoffman, her shoe sculptures literally stopped me in my tracks. For a second I had to ask myself if a woman could actually wear her pieces, but it was clear that her shoe sculptures are designed to make a statement about fashion, not a fashion statement. May was influenced by her great-grandmother, who’s feet were bound in China as part of the ancient tradition. This inspiration, along with her own experience in maintaining appearances for professional reasons, led May to create pieces that  illustrate the kind of pain women often endure in the name of  style. The name of her collection is Painfully Stylish, and her pieces have been shown at the Municipal Gallery in Esondido and FeeLit, in the city of San Diego. Here is a sampling of the work I completed last week for May, documenting her pieces before they are sold. In my opinion, even photographs of her work are compelling.

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“Hard Wear”

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“Domestic Torture”

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“Tacky”

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“Silver Piranha”

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“Snow Angel”

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“Zip Tied”

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“Red Riding Hood”

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“Purple Pain”

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“Prisoner of Style”

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I shot a few images of this piece on grey, and more in the style I prefer to shoot for myself with more selective focus.

Amanda and David by the Bay in Coronado

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I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Amanda and David in Coronado in June. Amanda got ready with her girls and her family at Loews Coronado, which I’d been to a few times before, but what was new for me was shooting on the grounds of the Coronado Community Center. It’s a really amazing spot right on Glorietta Bay, and the ceremony was set up to face the water, so it made for a fantastic location.

You might remember seeing some engagement images of Amanda and David on my blog from Balboa Park earlier. Amanda and David both looked amazing together then, and they looked even more amazing together dressed for their wedding. I’m going to share more than a handful of images here.

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Amanda’s Mom watched as her girls buttoned her into her dress.

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As if on cue, the sun finally started to break through the clouds of June as the ceremony reached the big kiss.

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I have to admit, I love it when there’s a candy bar for favors. I meant to get some Sour Patch Kids, but I got too busy shooting!

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La Dolce Vita al Cafe’ Sole Luna

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As a kid, I  knew how lucky I was to enjoy home cooked lasagna and spaghetti when we used to visit my dear grandmother Mary DeFalco.  I used to look forward to holidays when I knew Grandma had bolognese sauce on the stove, usually starting at least one or two days in advance.  I really miss my Grandmother and her cooking, but ever since I moved to the El Cortez last year, whenever I crave amazing Italian cuisine, all I have to do now is walk downstairs to the Sole Luna Cafe’. Sole Luna has become like an extension of my home, with the amazing food and all the regular patrons from the neighborhood I’ve come to know, so I was thrilled when they asked me to photograph some of their fare for an upcoming web site update.

I’ll share a few examples here, of some of my favorite dishes that I enjoy  probably way more often that I should…but I can’t help it! In case you’re not familiar with the location, it’s an easy one to find. Just look for the building on Ash St. that’s been an iconic symbol on the San Diego skyline since 1927.

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I’ll start with one of the all time favorites: Lasagna Bolognese! It’s one of their staples and popular reason for return visits!

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Sometimes when I’m in the mood for vegetarian, which is often, I love their Veggie Lasanga too. One of my other favorites is the Ravioli Genovesi. It’s a four cheese ravioli, but with an amazingly rich basil pesto sauce that is out of this world.

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Maybe it’s because Alessandro and Gigio brought a lot of their recipes with them from Italy, but even something as simple as penne pasta with a bolognese sauce is uniquely Sole Luna.

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The Mare Salad has a combination of smoked salmon, shrimp, hearts of palm, cucumber and a lemon olive oil dressing. Yum!

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Another ‘comfort food’ for me, the Ravioli Boscaioli – mushroom ravioli with their signature creamy bolognese and mushroom sauce.

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Let’s not forget desserts! ( and an espresso martini!) I have a daily coffee habit thanks to living above Sole Luna Cafe…their espresso grind is authentically Italian and makes me feel like I’m back in Europe everytime I have a cappucino.

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Marko & Ashley : First the Proposal, Now the Engagement!

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I had the distinct pleasure of photographing the proposal that led to the engagement of Marko and Ashley, as you may have read in an earlier post. It was the first (and so far, only) time I’ve ever been there to watch an actual proposal and catpure it in pictures. I met up with Marko and Ashley again recently for new pictures in Old Poway Park, and this time I didn’t have to hide in the bushes like paparazzi! ….so that was a plus. Wedding planning is well under way and it’s looking like they’ll be tying the knot by next January, so I’m very much looking forward to seeing the story of Marko and Ashley come full circle.

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Bayside Bliss: Sara & Phil in Point Loma

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I’d like to share some images from the wedding ceremony of Sara and Phil. Sara and Phil planned their day much further in advance than most couples I’ve met. Between the two of them, it seems like either one or both of them are always on a Navy ship in a far-flung part of the world, so advance planning was truly a must. I remember the first time I talked to Sara early in 2008, when November of 2009 seemed reeeaaalllly far away! It’s hard for me to believe that their day came and went, and that it’s already time to blog the images!

The day itself was perfect. The sky was blue, the sun was warm, and everybody was in a great mood. The day flowed just the way it was supposed to and it all came together for their sunset ceremony on the lawn at the Bayside in Point Loma. One of my favorite photographers, Kristina Chartier, was kind enough to lend her talent to the event and shoot with me that day, so I send her my thanks!

Without further ado, here are some of their images:

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I have to confess: I was sent home with four of these cupcakes, and I ate them ALL before all of their images were uplaoded to my Mac!

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Sara is a Nurse and this is part of her medical crew!

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They act like Bad Girls, but they’re just clever stickers that say “Sara & Phil”

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I Get Letters!

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I love getting letters! When I open my mailbox and I see a card-sized envelope in there with a hand written address, I get excited. Knowing that my clients are happy means everything to me and it’s one of the most rewarding aspects of my work.

There are a huge range of emotions attached to a wedding day, so when the images are presented to my clients, their family, and friends, all of those feelings come right back as if the wedding happened just yesterday. Maybe it’s strange, but when my clients tell me that they watched their slideshow and that it made them cry, I feel like doing a little victory dance around my office!

I had one of those victory moments recently when I received a card in the mail from Anne Holland, the mother of my client Beth Holland….who is now Beth Vannoy. It was a moment where I thought I might cry! She wrote such a thoughtful card that I can’t help but share it here.

“Oh Philip!

What a talent you have – How lucky could Beth and Jay be? You captured the every element of emotion with the anticipation of the greatest and happiest day in Beth’s life.

Your Photos are absolutely dreamy! Beth is a beauty – but you definitely captured her inner beauty. What a gift you have in your ability to ‘evoke’ and ‘capture’ such lovely photos. We could not be more pleased.

Thanks to Sharon, we were so lucky to have pictures to remind us of that lovely day in San Diego.

With fond memories – and priceless photos!!

Anne Holland

Mother of the Bride.”

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New Blog Format!

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Hello Everybody!

It’s been a busy season so far this summer and I know I’ve got a ton of new stuff to blog. I am busy working on getting a new format dialed in here so I can show larger images and get a bit more creative. All the posts up til’ now will stay, but I have a feeling the images are going to seem small compared to what I’ll be blogging from now on. Look for plenty of updates in the coming weeks, as I start catching up on blogging everything that’s been going on. A lot of exciting changes are happening, including a new website set to launch in a few weeks, as well as a partnership that has been in the works for months.

Check back soon! Cheers!

From N. Carolina to Sunny Coronado : Beth and Jay

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Venue: Coronado Marriott
Coordinator: Sharon Cole
Flowers: Tess Silk Flowers
Linens: A Perfect Table
Cake: Crumbs of Paris

Beth and Jay were married at the Coronado Marriott on April 25, 2009. They brought friends and family with them from North Carolina to be a part of the wedding. Spending time in Coronado is always a pleasure, and everybody involved with the wedding loved it. We had a sunny, breezy wedding day despite a forecast for drizzle. Yay! The day definitely lived up to everyone’s expecations. The ceremony was beautiful, with a view of the San Diego skyline across the water, and everyone danced like crazy during the reception.

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Ellie the Wonder Dog came all the way out for the wedding too. She even walked up the aisle.

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“Go time”

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The room looked amazing with the lights, linens and flowers.

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The view of downtown San Diego from the Coronado Marriott at night made for the perfect parting shots.

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High Spirits with Kara and Rusty

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Kara and Rusty were married at the Sacred Heart Church in Ocean Beach, and aftwerwards they treated their guests to a four hour cruise aboard the Hornblower “High Spirits” for their reception. It made for a long schedule, between getting ready at the hotel, the wedding itself, hitting sunset clifffs after the wedding, and finally, the cruise. It went by really fast!

All of Rusty’s 9 siblings were there ( Yes, NINE ) along with a bunch of family and friends from both sides. Rusty’s family is local, as Russ Sr. has been a family dentist here in San Diego for decades. Kara hails from further north in California.

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Everybody was checking the program before the ceremony…”Who goes first?”

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On the way to the reception cruise, we stopped off at Sunset Cliffs for more group shots and a few more of Kara and Rusty.

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The recpetion was a real treat for everybody. I’ve shot on the High Spirits before and it’s always been a real pleasure. Even though so many of us live in San Diego, it’s surprising how many people never get out on the bay!

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always like to close the night with a parting shot, and here is Kara and Rusty’s. We took a few extra minutes to light them up at the end of Broadway for a cool goodnight shot. : )

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Kim & Stuart : Le Fun at L’Auberge!

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I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of Kim and Stuart at L’Auberge, Del Mar on September 25. I’m always thinking about how lucky I am to have such cool clients, and it’s people like Kim and Stuart the really remind me of how lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing. It was a joy to spend the day with so many warm and friendly from both sides of the bridal party. I truly wish the best for Kim and Stuart as they begin this new phase of their lives together.

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I always enjoy the father daughter dance (maybe because I have a little girl) but this was special for me because I had met Brian, the father of the Bride, nearly 20 years ago when we worked in a common industry. I hadn’t seen him since then, and booking this wedding was purely ‘coincedental’ in that regard, so it was a real treat to be part of this moment for both Kim, and my old acquaintance Brian.

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Much of the rest of the night was in Kim’s words “DanceFest 2008!”

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We took advantage of the new waterfall at L’Auberge to create a nice series of closing images for the night.

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