Monday, March 24, 2008

"Life" in LA with Karen and Minh

Ending the blog silence...

We are finally back from our travels and are excited to share some new images with you! A couple of weekends ago, we had the amazing opportunity to fly down to Southern CA to hang out (and take photos) with our new friends Karen & Minh. They opened their beautiful home to us and we had an incredible time just hanging out and taking photos together. It was Gerald's first time in LA (we've been to San Diego before), so they planned an entire (awesome) day of photography in downtown Los Angeles. Even though it was a little cool and the weather was iffy at times, we had great time and nearly perfect lighing for most of the day.

Here's one of my favorite shots of the day. This was taken in front of the La Placita Church near the market on Olvera Street. I can just hear my mom asking where their faces are... ;)


We started at Union Station and got some cool shots in and around the train station/subway. LA has an amazing transportation system--something that we know nothing about coming from Seattle (where it takes two hours on a bus just to get 12 miles). Thankfully we don't have nearly as many traffic nightmares as LA, but all our driving around up here certainly can't be very good for the environment!




After Union Station, we took a (MAJOR) detour to In-N-Out because Gerald and Minh had both been craving it since the night before. From the sounds of it, Minh would eat most of his meals there if Karen would let him (Gerald too if we lived in CA)! ;) After some burgers and fries, we drove over to Olvera Street, where there is an open market with lots of souvenier and fruit stands, a variety of hot foods and restaurants, and lots of unique shops, all nestled between rows of cobblestone and historic brick buildings. Photographing Karen and Minh in such a busy place drew lots of attention from curious bystanders, and it started raining on us towards the end of our time there (of course it cleared up as soon as we got in our car to leave), but we had lots of fun on Olvera!


To close out the evening, we went over to SM and took photos of each other on the Pier. I love the background and way that the sky is lit up in this image!

After our day of shooting, Karen & Minh took us to dinner at one of their favorite Vietnamese restaurants. If you haven't had authentic Vietnamese food before (aside from Pho), you simply must try it! Thankfully, Minh not only told us what to order, but he ordered in Vietnamese for all of us. After ordering, he told us that we would eat well that night--we had no clue that we'd need to have someone roll us out because of all the good food we had stuffed into our bellies! Wow.

Thank you, Karen & Minh, for such a wonderful time in sunny CA. We can't wait to see you again for your wedding in July!

Airika

Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

11 comments:

Ella Blue Studio said...

Boy-oh-boy! I'm so excited to see the new post! Very, very nice session guys...I can see why you won the 85 1.2 :) We must chill again soon!

-Jason & Crystal

Amy Nelson said...

Gorgeous!!! I love "UnionStationKiss." Beautiful!

Amy Nelson said...

P.S. - I don't know who will read this first - I knew Gerald in college...I'm not some weirdo. Well, maybe...but at least a weirdo Gerald knows.

Hannah said...

I think the picture without the heads is one of my favorites! I also LOVE the last one! The colors are amazing.

Smith Gallery Photography said...

stunning - love the first one...

CaliAznGal said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!!!Love the pics of my bro Minh and my soon to be sis Karen.

david & kimi baxter said...

wow!!! you guys rocked socal! these are incredible. every time i thought i had a fav another rockin shot followed. i think the last is my fav. your work is insane!! have a killer weekend you guys!!

Erin Cady said...

I absolutely LOVE the shot at the pier!! Absolutely ROCKS! Congrats on the shots from Vegas, too. It was really nice to get to actually meet you! I'm glad we ran into eachother! Hopefully we'll get to do it again sometime. :)

Sarah Rhoads Photo said...

nnnnnniiiiiiicceee kids. very nice. its really cool to see you two playing with some new styles :) The first and last are eclectic, unique and I love them.

david & kimi baxter said...

ok looking at that union station shot with the bike is insane!! i don't know how i missed that one.

jennakarwoski said...

Beautiful Pic's you guys!



seattle wedding photography, seattle photographer wedding, wedding photographer seattle, redmond photograph, wedding photojournalism, wedding photographer, northwest wedding, the knot, wedding channel, bellevue wedding, bothell wedding, seattle photography, documentary photo, wedding, Lake Washington, Pacific Northwest, redmond wedding photographer, redmond wedding photography, www.geraldpope.com , microsoft photography, PRO Sports Club, PRO, Northwest, photojournalist, photojournalism, documentary photography, san diego, california, vacation, weddings, bothell, woodinville, bellevue, redmond, seattle, tacoma, mt. vernon, Pike Place, Alki, Golden Gardens, Discovery Park, bellingham, bainbridge island, orcas, san juans, portraits, senior portraits, photos, kids, children, pet photography, the classic crime, SAM, Olympic Sculpture Park, Gasworks park, erwin wijanto, engagements, Mountain Springs Lodge, Lake Union, Semiahmoo Resort, Long Beach Aquarium, Fairmont Olympic, B & E Wedding show, Fall Bridal Spectacular, Seattle Wedding Show, Seattle Bride, real weddings, Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, Best Seattle wedding photographer, artistic wedding photography, modern photographer, Lairmont Manor, Colorado weddings