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Amy and Brian’s Wedding | Orange, CA

Back in April, I had the honor to shoot Amy and Brian’s wedding in Orange, California. My wife and I both knew them from our graduate studies at BIOLA University. It was a beautiful day, and a joy-filled wedding to be a part of. Amy and Brian, we wish you an abundantly rich life together!

Below are some of my favorite shots of the day. Enjoy!

Wedding Dress

Bride Getting Read

Amy getting ready…

Brian getting ready…

Groom getting ready

Bride ready for her wedding

Bride silhouette

Bride 2

Groom waiting for the first look

Bride and her reflection

The Grooms First look at the bride

The First Kiss

The First Meeting

A Very Happy Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom in front of the church

Bride and Groom underneath a tree

Bride and Groom in Orange, CA

Bride and Groom in a Small Field of wildflowers

Bride and Groom and a red fire hydrant

A Very happy bridal party

The Bride at the Alter

The First Kiss

Bride and Groom kissing in front of church

The first dance

Bride and Groom Dancing

Bride throwing the bouquet

Groom throwing the garter

Leaving the wedding in style

Bride and Groom leaving in limousine

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Malta Instagram Photos | Travel Photographer

“The best camera that you have is the one that you have with you.” (Chase Jarvis-an acclaimed commercial US photographer)

This last month, I was in Malta visiting my wife’s side of the family and celebrating our marriage once again with her family and close friends.  On our days out, I shot thousands of photos of this island rich with history and culture. I often found myself literally getting lost for hours in the historical alleys and streets, and this time round we even made it to the sister island, Gozo, which has a charm of its own.  I shot most of my photos with my Nikon D700, but I also enjoyed shooting a few pictures with my iPhone 4 using apps such as Instagram.  I wanted to share the images shot with my iPhone to give you a preview of the beauty of Malta and Gozo as I begin to edit the best of the images I shot with my Nikon.  Hope you can enjoy them!

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People (Part 1) | Malta Travel Photographer

As much as I love shooting landscape photography, I am quickly discovering a passion for shooting people. Malta was not an exception. If anything, it served to heighten that passion. Besides being rich in history and architecture, it proved to be full of interesting people to photograph.

First off, one of my favorite people on earth, in the beautiful Mdina.  :)

Emma, who is Nathalie’s five-years-old cousin, loved having her pictures take. She believes she is a princess, and refuses to wear anything but dresses.

Andre, who is Nathalie’s other five-year-old cousin, was also fun to take some photographs of…

During Andre’s birthday party I had the great opportunity to photograph all of Nathalie’s young cousins and their friends…

I love this picture…

And now on to some other Maltese folks who kindly allowed me to take their picture. A man looking out of his house in Valletta…

An old woman in Valletta, who was more than keen to have her picture taken…

Two old men enjoying the view and the cool evening at the Valletta gardens…

A man sipping wine and looking out at the port in Birgu, Malta…

A man watering his plants in Mdina…

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The Mosta Dome | Malta Travel Photographer

Mosta, Malta is the town where Nathalie and her family are from. It is a town found in the middle of the island, and is home to the third largest freestanding dome in the world: the Dome of the Church of Santa Marija Assunta (The Assumption of Our Lady Mary). This is a spectacular church that was finished in 1860. The Mosta Dome, known in Maltese as ir-Rotunda tal-Mosta, was almost destroyed during World War II (which would have been a great tragedy) when it was hit by a German bomb. Miraculously, the bomb went through the dome and did not explode. Had it exploded, it would have killed the hundreds of worshippers who were attending mass at the time. There is a replica of the bomb inside the church to commemorate this event.

Of all the churches I saw in Malta, this church was by far the largest and the grandest. When I visited the church it was beautifully adorned for its annual feast, which falls on August 15th and which celebrates the Assumption of Our Lady Mary. Here are some of the photos I took, of both the inside and the outside of the church:

The statue of Lady Mary from behind…

I love these doors…

The outside of the church in the middle of the day….

The church at night…

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Mdina by Day | Malta Travel Photographer

As many of you know, especially those who follow me on Facebook and Twitter, I recently returned from a few weeks of traveling in Europe and the Middle East. I first travelled to Beirut, Lebanon, where I joined a local NGO that provides aid and relief to Iraqi Refugees. It was an amazing experience. More on this project can be viewed on my media non-profit’s website: Culture as Art.

After Lebanon I travelled to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Nathalie, my girlfriend, is Maltese. I was there to meet her family and to see the country where she is from. It was a great week.

I loved exploring Malta with Nathalie. It is a small nation packed with culture and history. I don’t think that I have ever been to a place that is so historically rich. I also had a great time meeting her family and friends who live in Malta. Over the coming weeks, I am going to be posting different photos from my time in Malta, showing the different places, people, and characteristics that I enjoyed.

I decided to start by sharing some photos taken in the fortified city of Mdina, which is the old capital city of Malta. Mdina is a labyrinth of alleys and piazzas, perched on a hill with a spectacular view of the eastern half of the country. It is called the “Silent City,” as only residents are allowed to drive their cars in. Mdina hosted many who passed through the Maltese islands, as did the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Apostle Paul, the Normans, and the Order of Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, amongst others. Here are some of my photos of Mdina by day. Those taken at night will be shared at another point.

The city gate of Mdina…

So many cool doors and windows, each a different color….

St. Paul’s Cathedral…

Enjoying the city with Nathalie…

A Mdina carriage…

I spent hours getting lost in the different Mdina alleys …

The larger, eastern half of Malta looking towards Mosta, which is Nathalie’s home village.

The Tea Gardens and Cathedral in the background…

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