Author Archives: Dave Alton

Senior Portrait [Cameron Castellano] SSHS

Senior Portrait

Now that is what I call fun!  I love Senior portraits.  I especially love taking senior portraits of seniors who are totally fine with being crazy and silly and just having a great time.  I especially love a senior portrait session where we all realize that our venue is closing and we are like, “how come so early, Oh, we have been here for three hours already”.  Cameron Castellano a senior from Santa Susana High School continued to crack me up the entire time we were taking senior photos.

Let’s try climbing this tree, can we use that rocking chair in the photo, oh we have to work the fountain in.  We got to Strathearn Historical Park & Museum and discovered so many great backdrops and locations it was hard to map out a plan.  Cameron kept us in stitches the entire time and his Mom and Dad trusted Luminary Photo to both have fun but also capture great pictures that truly told the story of who Cameron is at this point in his life.

It seems appropriate that we were at historical museum as we were making a visual history of Cameron and his family.  By the end of the day we had family photos, a college senior (Cameron’s Brother), Cameron and a great picture of Mom and Dad that they loved.

Remember photos are designed to stop time and tell the story of that single solitary moment.  It doesn’t mean that every photo has to be stoic, revered or serious.  Sometimes they can just be fun…

Look for more great Senior Portrait photos from this session.

Styled Wedding Photoshoot-United 2014-Santa Barbara

Styled Wedding Photoshoot

Another post about my wonderful time in Santa Barbara at the Fess Parker Inn.  The purpose of a styled wedding photoshoot is something different than a normal wedding day.  First it is something that a bunch of people get together and figure out in this case Stephanie Williams at Handlebar Studios organized everything.  We get models and dresses to the location then a several of us get to practice our craft.  Stephanie was great in that she created a great details table, gathered our models and showed us various ways to incorporate what we learned in the Styled Wedding Photoshoot.  House of Style in San Diego helped with getting brides dressed and the dresses were truly stunning.

The styled wedding photoshoot had a number of great photos.  We practiced using full natural sun lighting and really working with the models to create movement.  I loved getting the opportunity to “Trash the Dress”.  It was a lot of fun and our model was so cold and brave at just sitting in the water and letting the sand and surf get all over the dress.

Several great suggestions came up during the Styled Wedding Photos.  First was keep your clients (Bride and Grooms) moving and feeling the moment that they are in.  Don’t be afraid to shoot into a full low sun and to get some backlighting too.  All great suggestions and luckily I got a few of each.

Instructor: Stephanie Williams
Production Coordinator: Kristin Renee

WEDDING COUPLE #1
Aurelie McKaig
Sam McKaig
Styled by House Of Style
Hair Accessories by Glam Gal Designs Bridal
Hair by Tami Maxwell
Makeup by Leah Washuta
Peach Rose Bouquet – Rincon Floral
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WEDDING COUPLE #2
KJ –Karina Jo
Rob Crouch
Styled by House Of Style
Hair and Makeup by Tami Maxwell
Baby’s Breath Bouquet – Rincon Floral
Hair Accessories by Glam Gal Designs Bridal
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ENGAGED COUPLE
Sara Barrett
Chris Barrett
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BRIDESMAID
Elodie Michon
Styled by House Of Style
Hair and Makeup by Tami Maxwell
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Stationery by – Alexis June Creative
TABLE SETUP BY HANDLEBAR STUDIOS

Fun Child Portraits – United 2014 [Santa Barbara, CA]

Fun Child Portraits

Oh let there be fun!  Every year in and around the beaches of sunny Santa Barbara, CA David Jay and his team put on a heck of a user community conference at the Fess Parker Inn.  Not only a wonderful property in a wonderful location but it was filled with truly wonderful people.  I went to this conference last year and learned so much it was amazing.  This year I learned even more and I can’t wait to see it translate into booking more clients and being able to show them the moments I capture in their lives.

I am going to share a number of photos from the week but my very first shoot was with Eva Deitch and Jessica Eileen Drogosz.  We were focused on fun child portraits.  Both Eva and Jessica are amazing photographers and the wisdom they shared with this concept fun child portraits was amazing.  They were moment seekers and story tellers.  They wanted to show those “pure” moments of kids just being kids.  I loved some of the advice they had for dealing with parents and kids.  It is easy as parent to forget that the things we love most about our children are seldom the photos where we say, “smile”.  Eva and Jessica really just let the kids have fun and play.  They ran around on the beach and we chased them.  There was a little direction and help from Eva and Jessica but for the most part they let the kids do what they want.  The parents were watching from afar.  Here are just a few photos from this fun child portrait session.

Senior Portrait | Celine {Simi Valley High School}

Simi Valley High, Senior Portrait – Celine

The lovely and beautiful Celine’s senior portrait turned out amazing.  She was so easy to work with.  She looked stunning whether she was dressed up fancy or hanging on her Motorbike.  Loved taking the time with her to nail the perfect look.  Take a look at these few moments from our senior portrait session and see just how beautiful she is.  Celine was such a great senior portrait model and knew how she wanted to look and took direction well.  Luminary Photo enjoys making senior portraits available to all high school seniors in the Simi Valley area.  Celine was able to show off one of her favorite pastimes of motorcycle riding.  I love senior’s who want to show off who they are in pictures.  She was sure to pick out her favorite clothes.  Her Mom and Dad were ecstatic with the results and this was all due to Celine wanting to be her in her photos.

What a great time at Posada Royale Best Western in Simi Valley with Paul and Sam and their families.  Luminary Photo took some great photos but we were so privileged to be apart of their wonderful ceremony and the beginning of a new family.  Sam and Paul had so much fun and unlike many brides and grooms they weren’t at all nervous.  They knew that this was just the start of their marriage.  It is seldom that a couple sees this perspective at the start of their relationship.  We wish them nothing but the best.DWA_6318

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