Altadena Town & Country Club Wedding Photographer – Betty & Rob

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They say the skies are extra gorgeous right after it rains. Proof? Betty and Rob’s wedding.

A few months ago I had the pleasure of spending a fantastically fun day with Betty and Rob. We kicked off the day with a full tea ceremony at the Americana and were even given the green-light to do a extensive photo shoot on the property! (something that pretty much never happens). One of my favorite segments of their tea ceremony was the door games. Traditionally, the groom must earn the right to see his bride by passing a series of tests put forth by the bridesmaids. The modern day interpretation of this usually results in eating/drinking mystery foods, hundreds of pushups, paying-up in the form of red envelopes, or in this case…getting a chunk of your leg waxed in front of all your friends and family! It’s the crazy factor that makes it fun and I highly recommend this to all my clients (when culturally applicable, of course) as it’s a high energy way to start the day. The ceremony and reception at Altadena’s Town & Country Club couldn't have gone better too. Though it was raining earlier in the day, the skies cleared to a beautifully rich blue just moments before the ceremony so all the shots were crisp and clear with just the right amount of light.

I may have mentioned this before when I featured their engagement session but if not, here it is again: working with a couple like Betty and Rob felt like a true collaboration with an open exchange of ideas. Both of them are quite creative to start with (she create the centerpieces too btw) and I felt as if they appreciated the process as much as the result! It’s a wonderful feeling when you go home after a 12 hour shoot eager to review all the photos from the day. I love this job.

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John is simply the best. In my line of work, I've had the privilege of working with a lot of different photographers on a variety of marketing, print and web jobs. My, now wife, brought Simply Two to my attention for our wedding and I was blown away by the quality of the work. On our first meeting we really nerded out of photography, lenses, technique and approach. We both knew he was our guy and signed a contract on the spot. Fast forward a year after an Engagement and Wedding shoot and I am even more impressed with John both for his technique and how much love he puts into his work. He may be the most talented of all the photographers I've ever worked with. Best of all was John's personality. He really works hard and does so with an incredibly positive and infectiously optimistic attitude. John shoots weddings for a living but during our two shoots I could tell that he was constantly trying to push the envelope and shoot things in new ways with different techniques. I can tell he is the type of person who constantly strives to do more and shoot better and that makes him both a great photographer and equally great person.

As a business, Simply Two is all John. He admittedly tries not to shoot wedding week after week so he can give his clients a lot of time and attention. So when you book SimplyTwo you get John and only John. His site is full of his work and that of his usual second shooter Chris, who was equally delightful to work with. On a technical level, I was very impressed with a lot of the compositing and layering affects John did, in particular for our engagement shoot. For a lot of the sparkler and lighting effects he did required a lot of compositing and photoshop work that I wasn't expecting. Again, this is beyond what your typical wedding shoot would do, very impressive. The day after the wedding, he sent over a teaser of a shot from the wedding. Amazing...simply amazing!

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