About Chris - My love for photography started at the age of 11 when my grandfather lent me his 35mm Kodak Film Camera during the 1984 Summer Olympics. Back in the days, film was rather expensive for an 11 year old. Fortunately, my grandfather also supplied me with a few rolls of film. As you would expect, an 11 years old's view of the world is quite different from an adult. Instead of shooting the Olympic Games, my camera was used mainly on shooting my cousin (my willing and unwilling model) and myself. Not knowing much about shutter speed and aperture...my early work consisted of blurred images of my cousin and I pretending to be superman as we jumped from bed to bed in our grandfather's hotel room. To us, the coolest part of the camera was the timer. That feature allowed us to experiment with self portraits by using the TV as a tripod. Of course, after discovering I used up 5 rolls of 36 exposures even before we made the coliseum did not amuse my grandfather...unfortunately, I did not get those portraits of my angry red-faced grandfather. Thru the years, photography remained a hobby for me until late 2006, when i decided to attend UCLA for an architectural photography class. After completing some assignments and posting it online, a real estate agent contacted me and asked if they could use some of my work. This was followed by a LA lifestyle magazine asking me to be part of their editorial photography team. Next, I began getting jobs for photographing social events, concerts and ultimately the most challenging of them all, weddings. The last 10 years have been quite a ride and to anyone out there thinking about whether to pursue their dreams, I say do it, because nothing else compares to doing the things you love!
The KNOT Magazine's Best of Weddings in 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 - top 5% of wedding photographers in the LA area.
Before I became a photographer, I wanted to be Superman. 1984 Biltmore Hotel Downtown LA
My cousin and model doing the chicken dance. My TV tripod in the background
First self portraits with cousin using timer
Yours truly at 11 years old.
1984 Olympics Opening Ceremony