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Family Equality Council annual gala – Event Photography

1 Feb

House of Blues Marquee

Last weekend I photographed the Family Equality Council annual gala at the Hollywood House of Blues.  For those of you who hasn’t been there, it’s this shack-looking building on Sunset Blvd. with funky lights and really cool mural-liking paintings on the walls.  The event honors those who have fought for social justice and marriage equality, including the plaintiffs of Prop. 8.  The special guests included actress Jane Lynch, who plays Sue Sylvester in the popular TV series GLEE, and Dustin Lance Black, who wrote and won an Academy Award for MILK.

Executive Director of Family Equality Council Jennifer Chrisler with actress Jane Lynch

Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black (R)

I know this is silly, but the entire time I was photographing Jane (with a throne of people who were in line to either shaker her hand or take a photo with her), I kept expecting someone to break into song and dance… and I almost expected her to show up in her famous track suit.  She actually looked marvelous in a jacket and pants, and was very nice and professional!

The entertainment of the evening was the Gay Men’s Choir, whose members not only all look gorgeous, but also can really sing!  I got goose pumps when they all started clapping and stomping during the finale.

The Gay Men's Choir takes center stage

Overlooking the main floor at the House of Blues

John Perez, Speaker of California Assembly, chats with screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at the event

Engagement photos for Shirley and Jeremy at El Matador Beach

4 Oct

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It was the hottest weekend of the summer in Southern California.  Record-breaking heat prompted everyone to head to the beach, which is also where we are shooting.  Luckily, most of the crowd were heading to Santa Monica, and once we passed Malibu, there were hardly anybody there.

El Matador Beach, just a few miles pass Pepperdine University, is beautifully secluded, with dramatic cliffs and rocks.  The mist in the air created a soft halo which accentuated the gorgeous sunset.  Apparently it’s a popular wedding photography location – there were two other couples shooting there that day.  But Shirley and Jeremy were the only couple that were actually IN the water!  Another photographer’s assistant even came up to us and told us how fun our shoot looked!  And it was! Shirley and Jeremy were playful and daring, and brought along with them lots of cute props for the shoot.  I think their energy totally shows in the photos!

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