Sure I’ll escape the rainy soupy-ness of Portland in December and shoot your wedding in Hollywood. I mean, I guess..

Gracie and Nate are awesome peeps. I have the opportunity to shoot their engagement sesh last fall and get to know these two mega in love down for anything cats. Their wedding was chill, intimate, and beautiful. Just how I like em. From their first look at Runyon Canyon overlooking the city of LA, to rad coffee house Go Get Em Tiger, to their hollywood art gallery venue Project Gallery, the day was just perfect. Hit play, hang out for a bit as we hang out with Gracie and Nate on their wedding day.

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Julie+Nate’s Union Pine wedding was nothing short of magical. As you probably saw in their portland engagement session, they radiate with an intimate connection. A true honest love that comes through in every photo taken of them. They wanted their family and friends who attended their wedding to feel it as well. Prior to the ceremony, Julie led her bridesmaids in centering. Taking a quiet moment to celebrate what each of her girls meant to her. It was beautiful as everyone prior to the ceremony was led in a 10 minute guided meditation. This allowed them to focus their attention on the reason they were there and be fully present. The styling mirrored their personalities beautifully; a custom floral installation made by The Green Dandelion for the ceremony, Wild Unknown tarot card table decor, and Julie’s hand made dream catchers. And check out those hatchet/peace pipes Nate gave his groomsmen as gifts, so rad!

It was such an honor to be a witness, let alone to document Julie and Nate’s wedding. And I mean who doesn’t love photographing a couple of people running through the streets of Portland with smoke bombs?

This wedding was also featured on the wonderful Green Wedding Shoes. Head over there to read more about their day.

Sit back. Press Play. And enjoy the magic.

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Floral: The Green Dandelion

Dress: Lena Medoyeff

Grooms Suit: Duchess

Hair+MUA: Kirstie Wight

Catering: Artemis Foods

 

California just rules. It just does. Something about that light, those hills, those sunsets that just gets me. I had the privledge of heading down to LA a few weeks ago to shoot portraits of Nancy and Trenton around their hood. Here’s a few frames from the day. Crazy excited to shoot their LA wedding next year.

 

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  • Nancy Rodriguez - I still can’t believe how awesome these are, Phil. Sooo happy that we got to shoot in multiple locations. I still remember racing against the sunset to get those last shots in near the mountains.. so glad we did! Thanks so much for capturing this special time in our lives!ReplyCancel

  • James - Theres a reason you were in the Rangefinder top 30. Nothing but quality my man.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Curette - Love this set! Obsessed with the song! Great job!ReplyCancel

 

 

Well, it’s been a few months since I’ve blogged a wedding. This summer was better+busier than I ever expected. So now as I’m catching up, I have so much to share! Thea and Colin’s Oregon wedding was just perfect. A perfect summer day in the Pacific Northwest. A beautiful , small, intimate gathering really allows for everyone to connect and fully be present throughout the day. Two ultra kind souls, madly in love, surrounded by incredible family and friends with the highest of spirits. Set deep in the beautiful location of a private farm outside of Portland. I mean, did you see that light!? As you scroll below, you’ll see the magic as it unfolded. One of those perfect days. Thea+Colin.

This wedding was also featured on the wonderful Green Wedding Shoes! Head over their to learn more about their day.

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Event Planner: Prost To The Host

Vintage Rentals: Something Borrowed // Portland

Last year Rangefinder Magazine did a feature on the top 30 rising stars in the wedding industry. I remember looking through the magazine, being in awe of the photographers who were selected. The 30 Rising Stars feature is an international award given to select photographers from around the globe who have been in the industry for under 5 years, nominated by top industry leaders and top editors. I got a crazy e-mail a few months back saying that I had been one of 150 nominated to potentially be selected for this years issue. It came out of left field, I still have no idea who nominated me but thank you!! So nervously and slowly I put together a small selection of my work to submit. Fast forward to a couple weeks ago as I’m walking through the Denver airport connecting to a flight for Ohio when I receive the e-mail that I had been selected as one of this years TOP 30!!! In the world! I kept a cheesy grin on my face for the next 30 minutes.

Thank you to all the couples and wonderful humans who’ve trusted and put their faith and creative trust in me over these past 2 years.

This is just the beginning.

 

You can read the article on my on page 71 of this months issue, here’s a link to the digital version.

Here’s the link to my gallery I submitted, located here, on Rangefinder’s Website.

Big shout out to all of my buds who also made it into this amazing group… Andria, Pat, Logan, Katie, Emma, Ryan and Ariel. So rad to have such talented friends.

 

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In other excited news, I have 12 pages of my work featured in the new book from Gestalten, Just Married. A selection of awesome weddings curated by celebrity stylist Fiona Leahy. The book is available for purchase on their website.

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I also had the honor of writing an article for The Define School earlier this month speaking on some topics very near and dear to my heart. The article was then picked up and featured on FStoppers.com

 

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  • Jade Sheldon-Burnsed - I’m just so darn happy for you!ReplyCancel

  • The Gemmers - PHIL!!!! BUDDY!!! You’re so rad & we love ya so much!!! SO, SO, SO happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You deserve it 10000%!ReplyCancel

  • pat furey - the take over. so happy to know you, Phil. you are not only insanely talented but hardworking and very deserving of all of this recognition.

    here’s to the future man. let’s link up in 2014.ReplyCancel

  • ryan - you rock, dude. well deserving of the recognition all around!ReplyCancel