Posts Tagged 'fine art'

I’ve been seeing a lot of trendy print types lately, from wood and acrylic, to velvet and metal.  A few months ago, I bought a couple of art prints from an artist named Cardelucci.  Her images are of beautiful landscapes of the coast and tropics including Hawaii and the Galapagos Island, printed on bamboo.  I definitely see the appeal for having something new and different, so I thought it’d be a good idea to try it out wood prints before offering it to my portrait and wedding clients.

After sorting through a couple years worth of pictures, I pulled out 2 of my favorite images for print 1) Our engagement picture and 2) a Double rainbow picture taken right after my husband proposed at Joshua Tree.  A company called Woodsnap was having a 50% off sale on prints, so I had both of these printed pretty large at 16×20″ and 20×30″.  Overall, I think the prints came out ok.  Some positive things: the images were printed on a sturdy piece of wood, had good texture, and it was ready to mount straight on the wall with no additional framing needed.  One thing that bothered me: For my engagement picture, the color of the wood caused a slight yellow cast over our faces, which made the image look old.  I have a feeling in a few years it will look to dated when Instagram filters are out of style.  On the other hand, for my landscape image of Joshua Tree, the wood texture came out nice and added a natural element.  Overall wood prints might not be good for every type of images, but if your home has some natural wood elements or if the image is nature related, it could be cool.

What are your thoughts?  Have you tried a different print material?   Do you think these are too trendy and will be out of style in a couple of years?

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Feb 07, 2012

Valerie is an independent woman who loves golfing, dancing, her family, and socializing with her friends.  She has great confidence and poise that helped her rock her boudoir photoshoot!   We did the session in the comfort of her own apartment with bright natural lighting that poured through her big windows.  Here’s a little celebration of hotness for today’s Vday, (and I’m not talking about Valentines!)

Boudoir photoshoot




DoIf you’re looking for something special to give your Valentine this Vday, it’s still not too late to schedule your boudoir/portrait photoshoot for yourself for someone special!   Contact me asap for more information and to get scheduled this week!

Dec 23, 2011

Angela and Eugene’s Wedding, Rancho Del Cielo.  Malibu, CA

Rancho Del Cielo wedding photography Malibu, CA

Shana and Brandon’s Wedding at Gainey Winery.  Los Olivos, CA

Gainey Winery wedding photography Los Olivos, CA

Laura + Chris’ Wedding, Santa Barbara Zoo

santa barbara zoo wedding photography

Kelly and David’s Destination Wedding: Yosemite, CA

Yosemite wedding

Anne and Peter’s Wedding, Verandas Manhattan Beach

Verandas Manhattan Beach wedding photography

Jen and Rylan’s Wedding, Seven Oaks Country Club, Bakersfield

Seven Oaks Country Club, Bakersfield wedding photography

Reagan and Ken’s Wedding, Sherwood Oaks Country Club

Sherwood Oaks Country Club wedding photography

Monina and Matt’s Wedding, Calamigos Equestrian Center Burbank

Calamigos Equestrian Center Burbank wedding photography

Karina and Kevin’s Wedding, Malibou Lake

Malibou Lake wedding photography

Tara and Timmy’s Backyard wedding


Tina and Armando’s Wedding, Sportsman Lodge

Sportsman Lodge wedding photography

Melissa + Ray’s Wedding, Walnut Grove.  Moorpark, CA

Walnut Grove wedding photography

Manami + Nick’s Wedding, Museum of Art Long Beach

Museum of Art Long Beach wedding photography

Danielle and Gabriel’s Photobooth





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Personal: My engagement at Joshua Tree


Bridal Photoshoot: Las Vegas


Portrait: Paul Kenny

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Sony E3 for Playstation, Jane’s Addiction

Jane's Addiction sony e3

Mindy: Feather’s Photoshoot (unblogged)

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Oct 16, 2011

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may know that I’ve been planning my own wedding for the past 10 months.  Our wedding finally took place on October 2nd, 2011 at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu (exactly one week before our 3 year anniversary!)   Now, looking back at our wedding day, I can definitely say it was awesome and really everything I could have hope for.  I’m really looking forward to the new chapter in my life as a Mrs.  =)


Our vendors
Venue: Calamigos Ranch, Malibu
Photography: Alison Yin
Florist: Exotic Green Garden
Hair/Makeup: Kelly Zhang
Dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes
Graphic Design (all paper goods): Manami and Nick Leebert
Music: DJ Celeste Lear (Processional: Nick Drake “Cello Song,” Priscilla Ahn “Dream.”  Post ceremony: The Who “Cant Explain.”  First Dance Bride/ Groom: Chuck Barry “You Never Can Tell” (choreographed first dance from Pulp Fiction).  Father/Daughter: Rascal Flatts “My Wish”, Mother/Son: Harry Connick Jr “It Had to be You.”)

I was going through my archives today and realized I’ve never shared a blog post about my architectural photography work, one my many photography talents.  It may seem like it has little to do with people and weddings, but techniques used in architectural photography can in be applied to other subjects.  More specifically, things that make a good landscape image include even lighting, using a wide angle lens correctly to get straight parallax in images (the vertical lines in an image), HDR editing (high Dynamic Range), and use of a tripod in low light situations.  Here’s some of my favorite samples I recently shot for Orbitz.

Kyoto Hotel.  They recently renovated, and the signature gold and maroon color scheme is found throughout the hotel.  They also have a beautiful rooftop Japanese garden that overlooks downtown Los Angeles.

Kyoto Hotel, downtown Los Angeles

Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes.  This shot overlooks one of their many outdoor pools.  They have 180 degree views of the Ocean, a spa room with copper soaker tub, and private Villas!  I’d love to spend a romantic weekend here anytime!

Terranea Resort Rancho Palos Verdes

Queen Mary, Long Beach.  A retired cruise ship is now a fun destination for travelers from around the world.  This is a shot of their classic meeting rooms.

Queen Mary, Long Beach

Portofino Hotel and Yacht Club in Redondo Beach.  Beautiful gray lounge.

Portofino Hotel Yacht Club Redondo Beach

Noe Restaurant, downtown Los Angeles

Noe Restaurant, downtown Los Angeles

Pacific Palms Resort Spa.  The cool lighting in this room changes!

Pacific Palms Resort Spa

Hilton Universal City Cafe with glass atrium

Hilton Universal City Cafe

Hotel Erwin, Venice.  Very modern rooms

Hotel Erwin, Venice

Hotel Erwin, Venice.  Hightop lounge with Ocean views

Hotel Erwin, Venice.  Hightop lounge with Ocean views

Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood.  Great location in the heart of Hollywood along the Walk of Fame.

Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood

Roosevelt Hotel, poolview king room

Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood

Roosevelt Hotel’s pool

Roosevelt Hotel, Hollywood

This past weekend I had the pleasure of photographing Kelly and David’s destination wedding.  When Kelly described her wedding to me, I was super excited.  She planned on a very intimate ceremony with about 25 guests, lots of personal details, and the location…. Yosemite!  I’ve actually been wanting to go to Yosemite for a while now, so this was a dream.  Included below are mostly pictures of the guest experience and Kelly.  First, a picture of the “Tunnel View.”

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yosemite wedding photography

A welcome gift bag awaiting at the hotel for us.  Included in the bag was snacks, water, mini flashlight, map, paper soap, band-aids, sun block, compass, hand sanitizer, carabiner, off repellent, matches, and tissue.  I love all the details Kelly thought about!

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I started with some pictures of David at 9am.  Location: The Lower Yosemite Falls Lodge.

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Kelly got ready in a cozy cabin at the historic Awahnee Hotel, right under the falls.

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Awahnee Hotel yosemite wedding photography

Awahnee Hotel

Kelly’s dress was customized with a beautiful red flower and sheer gold fabric on the backing.  She also made her necklace, earrings, and the hangars!

Awahnee Hotel yosemite

Ever since I got my Canon 100mm macro lens, the “ring shot” is one of my favorite things to do.   I like to incorporate one object that represents the wedding.   It’s usually something simple like a pine cone (as shown below), a leaf, a bird’s nest from the table decorations, or flowers.

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Awahnee Hotel yosemite wedding photography

yosemite wedding photography

Intimate ceremony at the falls.

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Guest added leafs with their finger prints on a tree Kelly made.

yosemite wedding photography

yosemite wedding photography

yosemite wedding photography

Since the wedding took place in the morning, everyone had a great lunch at the historic Awahnee hotel.  I was done shooting by 3:30pm, which is the record earliest finish time for me!  After their busy morning, Kelly and David were able to start their relaxing weekend hanging out with friends and family, hiking, and rock climbing.

Awahnee Hotel yosemite

*Pleast note: for personal reasons, some of the images from the wedding will remain private.

On Saturday, I had the great pleasure of documenting Nicholas and Manami’s wedding at the Long Beach Museum of Art.  I met Nicholas and Manami in the fall of last year.  They are both graphic designers from Alameda, who planned on creating lots of the details of their wedding themselves.  They were in town for a weekend, and at our consultation, they spoke of succulents, a colorful color palate, and an intimate gathering of 60 of their favorite people.   I knew instantly I liked them and have been looking forward to shooting their wedding ever since!  This past Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day for their wedding, in addition to a great day for the Long Beach Grand Prix that took place a couple blocks down the street.   Thinking traffic would be horrible, I left Santa Monica 3 hours early.  Turns out, I arrived 2.5 hours early… which was just fine by me!  I’d much rather be hours early, than even 5 minutes late.  Below are some of my favorite shots from the wedding day.  Friends and family can view all images HERE.

The first, is a set of images is Nicholas and Manami’s custom wedding stationary that they created themselves!  I especially love the design with the banner, how perfect!  It really set the expectation for their wedding… fun, flags, and f-ruffles!  Ok, I know f-ruffles isn’t a word…  but it kinda rhymed. =)

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When we arrived, Manami was getting ready in her dressing room.   Getting colored shoes to match a wedding dress can be tricky, but I think it’s super fun and modern.  The ruffles on her shoes matched her dress perfectly!

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Sherri Johnson Wedding Photography

long beach museum of art wedding photography

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Nicholas and Manami decided to do a “First Look” before the ceremony… which allowed us time to get these shots of them together.

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Custom fabric balls decorated the isle.  These are so fun and colorful, and a great alternative to flowers.

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long beach museum of art wedding photography

long beach museum of art wedding photography

long beach museum of art wedding photography

long beach wedding photographer

long beach museum of art wedding photographer

The first dance.

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Photography: SherriJ Photography
Venue: Long Beach Museum of Art
Makeup: Chinatsu Watanabe
Flowers: J’Adore Florist
Invitations: Nicholas and Manami’s own designs.  Contact me for their information!

Sherri Johnson Wedding Photography

*Update June 14th, this wedding has been published on California Wedding Wave.

This was my 2nd year attending WPPI in Vegas, aka the week-long spring break for wedding and portrait photographers… but instead of partying (the whole time) most of us were in lectures and seminars for most of the day from the crack of dawn into the evening.  For me, it was all about business, networking, gathering inspiration, and finding great vendors for my 2011 clients.  Looking back at the experience, I’m so glad I went and can’t believe I even debated going!  Summary: I won an awesome high quality Barbour Backdrop while in an 8am seminar with Blair Phillips Photography, purchased some new Radio Poppers to get control of my off camera flashes, and did a pretty cool bridal/fashion desert photoshoot with Gavin and Erin Wade!  Pictures attached below.

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Styled by Erin and Gavin of  Gavin Wade Photographers
Models: Brittanie and Tomas Cruz (Bride and Groom) Kate Colosi (High Fashion)
Hair/Makeup: Lindsey of Linsey Shea Photography

I’m happy to share an amazing session from this weekend, featuring Angela and Eugene.  We met during the holidays and they shared some great plans for their June wedding at Rancho del Cielo, in Malibu.  For their engagement, they wanted to incorporate some fun and style.  The colors of their wedding will be honey and wheat with accents of coral and blue.  Angela did an amazing job preparing with cute outfits and a basket full of goodies that included bubbles, a paint kit, letters, and origami cranes and hearts they both folded together.  I love the personal touches!

prop ideas engagement photoshoot

prop ideas engagement photoshoot

Los Angles Wedding Photographer

prop ideas engagement photoshoot

Los Angles Wedding Photographer

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Southern California Wedding Photographer

Update: Angela and Eugene have been published on Fabulously Wed!  You can check out their feature HERE.

Kaye and Scott met a few years ago during the production of a music video and recently took their friendship to another level.  Kaye loves fashion, Scott is a self proclaimed geek lover, and together they make quite a picture perfect pair!  We spent some time Monday afternoon enjoying the beautiful weather and took some fun pictures.

Los Angeles Engagement Photographer

Love the back lighting on this first ones.  Kaye handmade this awesome purple feather headband for the photoshoot and did her own makeup.  Definitely a woman of many talents.

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anthropologie engagement shoot

Scott matched from head to toe.  I love the purple socks!

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I love how in love these two are…  makes my job look easy.  =P

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Sherri Johnson Photography rocks!

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