Made With Love: Modern Day Photo Books

When I was younger, I would flip through my parents family albums of their life in the 70s; their photographs, all taken with a 35mm camera, were printed on photo paper smaller than 4"x6", the edges were rounded and most were fading in color from the album itself.  The old archival photo albums had a 'self-stick' page that held the photos in place with a plastic sheet folded on top to supposedly protect the surface of the print; however, the page contained a harmful adhesive that actually ruined a photo rather than preserving it. In this day and age, old photos can be restored through a difficult and lengthy, but not impossible, process called 'retouching & photo restoration' using digital software.

Today, there is something truly nostalgic about holding photographic prints and flipping through pages of a photo album. We now exist in a digital era. Technology continues to advance as we view photographs in real time on tv, computer screens, and mobile devices, from almost anywhere in the world.  The way we share photos and stories have significantly evolved, changing the way we communicate and connect to one another.

But, I'm still a little 'old fashion', in the sense that I absolutely love print work – magazines, books, newspapers, etc.

Last year, I advertised 'photo books' to my inner circle of friends, family, and clients on my personal FB.  I encouraged my clients to invest in having a photo album created so that they could have their memories archived all within one beautiful book, rather than having their photos stored on a DVD that might be viewed once or twice a year.  I have always been a fan of large coffee table art/photo books.  So, to make a dream a reality (having my work published in a book), I decided that I would produce photo books and have them published for clients.

After researching labs online, I finally discovered a print lab that was able to print high-end photo books on real silver halide photo paper, which is an upgrade from the average consumers low-end press printed books that use inkjet printers and stock papers.  These high end albums are hand bound, flush mount / layflat, thicker, and stronger (pages don't bend). The seamless tones and lustre finish is desirable for anyone seeking a personal custom layout photo book with such beautiful characteristics.

Here are photos of my first book created for the beautiful newlywed couple, Lauren & Bowe McGinnis.

photo book Details

Photographs selected by Lauren & Bowe McGinnis from their wedding photo collection.
Photographs Captured by Me and Danny Casler on Big Island, HI.
Custom Interior Photo Layout & Photo Retouching by Me
This is the 8"x11" Flush Mount Photo Book with 92-pages containing 184 photographs.

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Studio Session: Adore The Couture

Culver City, LA, California

This past December, I got to work with a dear friend, Chelsey Thomas, who is a documentary producer and a personal assistant to American actress, Cynthia Yorkin!  I had set personal goals (sort of 'New Years Resolutions' if you will) to shoot more fashion work in 2016, take more chances, and learn to be more selective of who I decided to work with. I am a true believer that if an opportunity presents itself and it aligns perfectly with your own personal goals and desires, then it's more than just happenstance.  Those kinds of opportunities don't come very often, and when they do, you better be prepared to take it.

My fiancé and I were having drinks with Chelsey's family (she happens to be the daughter of my fiancé's good friend & business partner) in Long Beach, when she mentioned to me that she was developing her new business, an online fashion consignment boutique called Adore The Couture. I obviously couldn't resist suggesting that we get together to collaborate much sooner than later. And so we did...

We both jumped at the opportunity to work together.  As busy as we both were, traveling, finishing up projects, and kick-starting new projects, we locked in a date with her creative team.  I drove from Huntington Beach (Orange County), where I currently reside, to help her create a small studio setup with two lights and a backdrop (all that we had that day) in the living room of her Culver City apartment, located just outside of sunny LA.  We made it work! Her good friend and fashion designer, Aurelio Magallenes, assisted us on set and put together nearly 30 looks modeled by the very beautiful & sweet Angela Meyer.  Her inventory consisted of high fashion couture from name brands like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Christian Cota, Balmain, Moschino, Versace, Valentino, Fendi, Balenciaga, and more.  To give you an idea of how much clothing and accessories (including bags and shoes) that needed to be shot, we had worked for 6 hours straight, and still didn't finish photographing everything! Here are some behind-the-scenes photos.  Click here to view a small selection of the final edited images of this shoot.

View a selection of final shots here: adore the couture