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  • Diaz De Leon Photography

     

    “You don't make a photograph with just a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, and the people you have loved.”

     ― Ansel Adams

     

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    What I love most about photography are the intimate moments when your lens allows you to focus on something so intently that it feels like you are the only one in the world seeing it. I love what focusing into a lens does by bringing me awareness of the moment, a steady calmness and more importantly a grace that comes with knowing that each person is trusting you enough to let you into their most intimate and special moments.

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    For this wedding it was particularly special because it was a friend of mine I hadn’t seen since high school. She had moved abroad to study and met her now husband when she was travelling and studying in Turkey. She told me she had always followed my work and would love if I could capture her special day. The ceremony was held ever romantically on Valentines Day, on a private beach in Mexico. The bride and groom’s closest family and friends gathered for their intimate sunset wedding. I saw friends I hadn’t seen for years, everyone now in their adulthood getting ready for the next phases of their life.

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    Every time I think about my journey as a photographer I think how interesting it is that one item/tool (a camera) has brought me so much adventure, mystery, passion and comfort. As soon as I picked up a camera and started expressing my self through photos and film, a whole world opened up to me and with it, great lessons I had never experienced before. I feel very lucky to know that my work not only sustains and supports me, but that others as well can feel emotion and comfort from it.

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    I think being an artist can be one of the hardest professions because art is subjective and you have to believe in yourself and your vision very clearly to understand the power it holds. Whatever your art is, photography, film, cooking, designing, writing, teaching, the most special thing you can offer is your own unique prospective on the subject and producing what feels right to you!

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    Whenever I am shooting, I’m always looking for those candid moments in between the more choreographed shots. The candid moments are always my most favorite and surprising, it’s the moments when you see the most natural emotions. Depending on the location we are shooting and what the feel is of the photo will depend on the way I stylize and conceptualize my ideas. I try to take photos that inspire me, so they can reach out to others as well. Currently I work between Los Angeles and San Diego where I am a freelance photographer as well as film producer. I am fortunate enough to be around some of the most amazing people as my camera continues to lead me into my own next phases of goals in life. Please get in touch if you are interested in working together!

    Website www.daysofthelion.com

    Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lizdiazdeleon13

     
  • Kendall Rock

     

    Hello all and all hello, my name is Kendall Rock, hailing from Poulsbo/Seattle, Washington. I studied filmmaking in college but caught the wedding bug after photographing my aunt's wedding a few years ago, and am now hooked. I like to think that growing up in the green, blue, and misty gray of the Pacific Northwest crafted my aesthetic - perhaps you'll be able to see what I mean. I'm excited to share with you one of my favorite weddings of all time: my darling friends, Harry and Jaclyn, married in Albany, Oregon, August 2015.

     

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    Some of my favorite, most intimate moments happen in the earliest stages of the day. While the day is centered around the bride and groom, there is so much love between the wedding party. Some of my favorite moments and frames are from the bride getting ready with her bridesmaids.

    It set the tone for the whole day; everyone was crying, there was just so much love.

     

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    I’m a big fan of natural frames. It could be a window or other elements of a building, but I also love using other people as frames.

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    This wedding got really tricky really fast because I was CRYING as Jaclyn walked down the aisle. As soon as Harry saw her, he started crying, and suddenly the whole wedding was crying, and my camera was shaking. I thought, “boy, I hope my second shooter is getting this, I’m shaking so hard I’m going to mess up!” but when I looked over at Veronica, my second shooter, she was sobbing and struggling to hold up her camera as well. It was a mess. It was so awesome. 

     

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    I try to be sneaky. I’m always looking for the moments in the day when people forget or don’t know that I am there. I snapped this photo as Harry and Jaclyn were waiting for me, right after they had exited the ceremony. They didn’t hear me coming, and I snagged this shot; their pure excitement about what they just did together is so priceless, there’s no way I would have been able to show that in a posed photo.

     

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    I usually expect exhaustion after the ceremony, since I've been on my feet for hours and hours, but there was such electric energy going into the reception from all of Harry and Jaclyn's friends and family that the day only got better.

     

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    Here’s a good trick - to photograph the dance, find the tallest person you have and get on their shoulders. I sat on my friend Amos’ shoulders to get this shot - he's 6'5" - while he kept dancing. I suggest a helmet for safety.   

     

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    There is nothing more beautiful than watching people celebrate people they love.

    It was a joy and an honor to be a part of Harry and Jaclyn's day!

     

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    COMPANY: Kendall Rock Photography

    WEBSITE: http://www.kendall-rock.com/photography/

    SOCIAL: Facebook

     

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