Jails and Justice project for USC Arts in Action

Looking back on photos I took of Jails and Justice for USC Arts in Action (@usc_artsinaction). This project brought together USC students, Black Lives Matter (@blmlosangeles), and the Institute of Theatre and Social Change (@uscsda) — all who are committed to reimagining policing, incarceration and public safety. The two new performances took place at California African American Museum (@caaminla) and were in support of Reform L.A. Jails (@reformlajails).

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*WINNER*: 2019 WEDDINGWIRE COUPLES’ CHOICE AWARDS!

Thank you, thank you! For the 3rd year in a row, I have been selected as one of the winners of WeddingWire’s Couples’ Choice Awards!

My clients are so good to me and their kind words blow me away every time. I am so lucky to be able to collaborate with such beautiful humans.

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“As both a photographer and a human, Gina is amazing. It was such a treat to fly her out to my hometown and have her capture the charm of the small coastal town where I grew up. In all honesty, I cried when I looked through our photo gallery. Our wedding venue and the surrounding area was hit hard by a hurricane just a month after our wedding, so having this moment in time—with the landscape captured so gracefully in pictures of those closest to me—is something my family and I will treasure forever. Thank you, Gina. Brian and I are so grateful.” — Lisa & Brian (married September 8, 2018 in Panama City, Florida) 

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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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*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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A Cocktail Party Benefiting the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW)

I had the honor of photographing this year’s Women’s Center for Creative Work cocktail party benefit, hosted by Jill Soloway, a few weekends back this December. Yay WCCW, thank you for the work you do.

Founded in 2013, the Women’s Center for Creative Work, or WCCW, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate LA’s feminist creative communities and practices.

Combining a co-workspace on the LA river in Frogtown, project incubation facilities, residency programs, a rapidly growing network of over 16,000 followers, and a full calendar of artistic and professional development programming, WCCW advocates for feminist-led creative businesses and projects in Los Angeles.

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