Stacy + Alan {engagement: Santa Monica Beach}

Santa Monica Beach engagement photo Stacy Alan-12

Santa Monica Beach engagement photo Stacy Alan-13ampersand

 

Santa Monica Beach engagement photo Stacy Alan-14

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© Linda Ko Photography 2012

 

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“You Take Too Many Pictures”

“You take too many pictures,” said a friend in college. He said it so nonchalantly, yet I distinctly remember how taken aback I was when he said that to me while a group of us were out and about. I recall feelings of denial and doubt, and I stood, momentarily offended. However, before the end of the night, I was taking pictures again. And I didn’t regret it.

Before college even ended, I had friends telling me how glad they were that I took pictures, as our fits of laughter and escapades were preserved for when our memories failed us. And to be completely honest, it was vindicating to hear.

And yes we’re still friends ;) That friend probably won’t even remember that night, even if I were to bring it up again. He’s notorious for having horrible memory and getting people mixed up in his memories/stories!

So if anyone ever tells you that “you take too many pictures”…screw him/her! J/k!! My point is– live life and don’t be afraid to take pictures :)

Ben + Shelby {the wedding}

When Shani (DontSmileNow) asked me to second shoot for a vintage wedding on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, I thought, “it doesn’t get any better than this.” But it did! It turns out that Ben is a real sailor and Shelby is a pin up model! Just like a movie, Ben’s submarine docked for a single night and he went to a local bar, where he met Shelby. Shelby thought Ben was a “frat boy” when he said, “No ma’am, I’m a sailor.” They hit it off and the rest was history :)

[side note: click on any picture to enlarge]

Ben’s gift to his groomsmen (including his two brothers), were customized cufflinks! You could tell that Ben put a lot of thought into each pair. Since Ben & Shelby weren’t seeing each other until the ceremony, his groomsmen did their best to not let their paths cross on the ship. Man, they cracked me up. They kept on yelling, “hide Ben!” and when they successfully hid him from Shelby, they happily raised their voices and whooped, “parkour!”

Ben saves the daywaiting for Shelbystunning shelbyStunning Shelby was wearing her mother’s wedding dress. Her bridesmaids (and yes, some of them are pin-up models as well) were wearing custom designed dresses, homemade by Shelby’s mother!

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