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Swanny + Joey: Santa Monica Retro Engagement

Swanny and Joey celebrate their recent engagement at Santa Monica pier.   The met while Joey was on vacation visiting his family in Miami and did the long distance dating thing for a while, but their love grew strong and gravitated their hearts together.  Swanny shared with me, that Joey was so nervous when he proposed to her.  They went to dinner at a Tiki Bar and he shyly passed the ring towards her.  No speach, no bended knee…  Just a smile, a question, in hopes that she would say yes!  Swanny recently moved to Los Angeles from Miami to be with Joey and they’re excited to plan their October wedding in Miami.Santa Monica Engagement2

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Swanny has lots of tattoos, I especially love the ones on her feet!  I can’t believe she found these cute pumps at a thrift store.  Way to accessorize. Santa Monica Engagement3

Joey has a great smile, and Swanny has a great complexion!  I bet they’ll have gorgeous babies.  =)

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Anna & Xav: Matador Beach Malibu

Anna & Xav are a gorgeous young couple who love the beach, surfing, and mostly hanging out with each other. We sent yesterday evening at Malibu beach getting some casual shots of them together capturing what they love!
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Smile Anna!

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Xavier shared some of his musical skills by playing slide-guitar.  Anna looks into his eyes as he plays.

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I often get a lot of questions about the following image and how it was created.

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Well, it really was simple to take and a lot of the special effects were done in post-editing.  Honestly, this was one of those happy mistakes.  I just took one shot of this image and edited it 3 different ways, pulling out the details in the shadows for one step, bring back the details in the sky, and then details in the ground which I could then merge together in a HDR image.    “High-Dymanic-Range (HDR) is a set of techniques that allow a greater dynamic range of luminances between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than standard digital imaging techniques or photographic methods.” -Wiki   This method is used a lot in commercial photography with architecture getting shots through windows.

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