Devin DeGroot Circa 2003 TBT

The first portraits I took were of my girlfriend at the time, Devin. She was a brave soul for stepping infront of a budding photographer's lens but even shooting film, in my parents garage, on stolen black paper, lit only by lamps I had in my house, I think these shots turned out alright! This is where it all began folk... right here. 1

Look at that master posing! This one may be going into the portfolio!

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We even threw a ladder in for good measure...

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So this is where it all started. Thanks Devin for letting me share these!

Cheers, -marc

Lihn and Chris Wedding Photos

We recently had the pleasure to photograph this lovely couple. They're having a destination wedding and wanted to take their Wedding Portraits before the actual big day so they wouldn't be rushed and could do multiple locations. We had a great time roaming around Pasadena getting awesome shots. They even brought their dog, Sherlock! IMG_0680

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Dakota Jones Headshots

Recently I had the pleasure of photograph up and coming actor Dakota Jones. We had a great time playing around in the studio and exploring different alley ways around the San Fernando Valley to get some great variety in his headshots. Look out for this kid. He's got a lot of passion, a lot of smarts and the talent to go far! Dakota Jones Dakota Jones Dakota Jones Dakota Jones Dakota Jones Dakota Jones Dakota Jones

Cheers!

-marc

The Importance of Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography I was recently shooting a wedding when I came BACK to the realization of how important wedding photography really is.

When people ask what my favorite subject to photograph, I always say either Weddings or Engagement photos. Why? Because I feel true love is one of the most beautiful things to capture in camera. When a couple is truly in love, that shines!  Those photos are magical. Not to mention that a couple will cherish the photos for the rest of their lives! It is photography that matters! Images that actually mean something! We're not shooting a product, or a photo that will simply go up on a webpage for a few months and eventually... no, it's a photo, or an album of photos that will be cherished for the rest of the couple, their kids, and their grandkids lives!

And that is why it is so important to be present, be aware, and be in a good state of mind during the actual wedding! It's not just another gig. It's not just a paycheck. It's important to vibe well with the bride and groom, to be happy in all aspects of the job. And that's tough! It's easy to get caught up in the money, the scheduling, the technicalities of your gear. But what really matters is capturing the moment and making the wedding day fun for the couple. As a wedding photographer you are shadowing the wedding party for 8, 10 or more hours!  Eating well, feeling you're getting paid what you're worth, keeping the mood light, and enjoying yourself all while capturing the day is so very important.

That's all I got. Just wanted to share.

Cheers!

-marc

Cancer Patient/Survivors - FREE PHOTOSHOOT!

Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 3.50.51 PM Cancer sucks. We know.

Do you or someone you know currently have cancer? Are you or a close family member a cancer survivor?

We want to take your picture! Why? Because you're beautiful, that's why! No gimmicks, no hidden agenda, just good ole fashion photography fun. Come into our studio for a quick session, take some fun black and white photos, and be on your way! We'll send you all the photos later and you can do whatever you want with them!

Contact us for more details - contact@blackwellphoto or 213-915-8734. We're located in Sherman Oaks.

FREE Photoshoot with SmileMom

Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 9.35.12 AMWe are very excited to be partnering with smilemom, a new App that is the best place for mom friends to stay connected. Share the stories of raising your kids with friends-turned moms or other moms-like-you! And now you have a chance for a

FREE PHOTOTSHOOT WITH US!

 

All you have to do is go to smilemom's Facebook page and follow their simple instructions to enter the contest*. Screen Shot 2014-01-16 at 9.33.06 AM

Once you've done that, why don't you head over to OUR Facebook Page and let us know you've entered the contest. We can't wait to create some awesome photos with some awesome families!

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Contact us for any questions. And good luck!

-marc & stacey

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Happy New Year!

We're a few days behind, but we have been enjoying time with our family. We're getting back to work and couldn't be more excited for this year. Say hi! And best wishes to all for a prosperous 2014!

Cheers! -marc & stacey