Slideshow: Sarah & Eric’s Grow Dat Youth Farm (New Orleans, Louisiana) Wedding

Above image: Sarah & Eric, in front of their home after seeing each other before the ceremony.

I’m excited to share Sarah & Eric’s wedding that I shot in New Orleans earlier this year. Sarah & Eric found me on A Practical Wedding and contacted me after searching tirelessly for a wedding photographer. We bonded over some unconventional music choices I had made for some wedding photo slideshows I created for clients, and that was that, they flew me out from Los Angeles to document for their celebration last April!

Sarah & Eric were married at a Grow Dat Youth Farm, an Urban Farm and Youth Development Organization that employs over 100 youth from across New Orleans, Louisiana. Their wedding brought a sudden and crazy hurricane-esque storm and had us all on our toes on the day-of (as New Orleans has been known to do), and wondering if the wedding would be postponed until the storm had safely passed. After some strategizing, Sarah & Eric decided to test their luck and go forward with their plan. These kinds of situations always highlights the life force of your family and friends coming together and tends to give you treasure in the dry-comfort of remembering. I weaved in and out of fierce rain, lightening, thrown flower petals, a tented dinner party jammed with everyone they hold dear, and crowds of family members and long time friends twirling parasols and handkerchiefs in the air on the dance floor. I captured it all and my face hurt the next day from smiling so much. Sarah texted me the morning-after and told me that a friend had described me as “everywhere and nowhere”, and just like that my job there was done.

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Wedding Photography: Who Are We? -&- FAQ

I just posted a new page with information to my website, in anticipation for new wedding photography bookings in the year to come, and thought I would share it all below.

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WHO ARE WE?

☽ I AM…

… intense about my love of art, music, & Los Angeles history. When I’m not taking photographs for work or for play, you’ll find me watching a band play in a dark bar somewhere or strolling the streets of Los Angeles, thinking about the power of Place.

… a feminist, a small business owner, & the daughter of a Cuban-Chinese immigrant who came to the U.S. seeking a better tomorrow. To be a business owner, like my mother, brings me great pride.

… romantic, but not precious. I instinctively search for beauty, but desire meaning & functionality.

… earnest & focused, yet easily recognizes when to laugh at myself.

… mischievous & always in the mood for a good party (my favorite kinds are house parties and motel parties).

… someone who wants to link up with like-minded individuals who crave to make their wedding-day experience their own.

☼ YOU ARE…

… thoughtful, inclusive, empathetic, playful, & adventuresome.

… someone who likes to flip things on their head & do things your way.

… someone who appreciates beauty in wedding photography but ultimately craves the captured moment.

… someone who makes loving choices, whether it’s the choice to be rooted in family rituals or throw a wedding that’s re-invented by design, you believe weddings can be whatever you will them to be.

… moved by the creative world & values authentic photos that trigger feeling.

… likely exhausted from searching for a wedding photographer, only to find more of the same  —  until now.

LET’S LINK UP TODAY!

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HEADER IMAGES— Left: Los Angeles Palms, by Gina Clyne / Middle: Me on my wedding day (2017), by Linda Abbott / Right: Joshua Tree Pool, by Gina Clyne

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*WINNER*: 2018 WEDDINGWIRE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS!

YUSSS! For the 2nd year in a row, I have been selected as one of the winners of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards!! Thank you, to all the awesome couples who have reviewed me in the last year!

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognize the top 5% of local wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism. Winners are determined by 2017 reviews from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.

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Haylee & Sonia’s Post-Elopement Unity Candle Ceremony (DTLA & East Los Angeles)

Haylee & Sonia did it their way and eloped to Hawaii, just the two of them in paradise. After coming back home to Los Angeles, they planned a special candle-lighting ceremony for their immediate family and close friends as a formal act of unity. I met up with them in Downtown L.A. for some portraits at the perfectly-picturesque Walt Disney Concert Hall, before going to the William Mulholland Memorial Fountain in Los Feliz for some family portraits. Afterwards we relocated to their home in East Los Angeles for the drinks, the candle lighting ceremony, and dinner, all in the comfort of their backyard! I love shooting custom-designed days that are thoughtfully planned and meaningful for everyone involved. There are so many ways to celebrate and bring people together, so let’s party!

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Michelle & Joel’s Santa Ana Courthouse Wedding

I was lucky to photograph Michelle & Joel’s intimate courthouse wedding in Orange County last February of this year! We met at the Santa Ana courthouse, got them married, then met up again in Los Angeles for a small dinner at The Larchmont with their immediate family and dearest friends.

“We loved working with Gina for our courthouse wedding! We interviewed a few photographers, but we picked Gina because she seemed most like someone we would already be friends with. She has a very kind and calming presence, which came in handy because the courthouse was a madhouse that day (we’ll be sharing our anniversary with A LOT of couples!). It was super crowded and crazy, which led to our timeline running longer than expected, but Gina took it all in stride, and our photos turned out great. Gina did a wonderful job capturing the story of our wedding, including many lovely candid shots of us and our families. She has a great eye for composition and small moments, and she is as adept at capturing humor as emotion. On top of that, she is as organized as she is chill (a rare combination), and very responsive with all communication, even after the wedding. Highly recommended!” — Michelle & Joel

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A Practical Wedding (APW) Blog Feature!

This month I became a sponsor of A Practical Wedding, and they did a wonderful write up on their blog about what I do, to introduce me to their readership!

Read the post for yourself: https://apracticalwedding.com/gina-clyne-affordable-photography/

“If at this point you’re starting to wonder if this Gina Clyne person is possibly not real, but an avatar of the perfect wedding photographer, well, I wouldn’t blame you. But rest assured that I’ve gotten to meet and hang with Gina in person, and she is every bit as excellent as all of this and more.” — APW Blog

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