The Red Filter

I was thrown into a darkroom for ten minutes with a red filter and told to shoot. So I did.

My photo icons Lelia Scarfiotti and Jose Villa were over my shoulder watching me direct, so I began to sweat as my heart raced and my brain simply told her to connect with every reflective surface. I loved it, the rush. The last time is was felt was in August 2015 after shooting in the Biltmore every weekend that month.

Associate Photographer: Jami Johnson

I cannot be in two places at once, which is why every professional on our photography team works to match the Interstellar vibe. Associate photographer Jami Johnson is out there slangin’ images of diversity, capturing beautifully intimate moments within a documentary wedding style. I love her fearless approach to photography, so I asked her about what she loves.

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How did you get your start in photography?   

Middle & High School Yearbook staff photographer 

What do you love most about photography? 

The ability to freeze time 

What inspires you? 

Tacos.

Here are a few samples of her work:






 

Jodie and Pierre

Magic Hour is a non-profit that connects photographers with cancer patients and their families. We often forget how important it is to cherish those we love until the threat of losing them looms near. It is an honor to volunteer my services to this organization as it furthers the importance of remembering our loved ones in all their glory.

Jodie and Pierre were photographed around their home in the Hollywood Hills on a beautiful weekday afternoon. Their photography filled home was a delight to wander around

Kashani Family Session

This family session was wonderful because I met The Kashani's for their Ketubah signing 2 years before their family grew! It is always fun to flow through life with amazing people and I am grateful that they're taking me along for the ride. 

Rosnick Maternity Session

After having shot their wedding and trash-the-dress, I was more than thrilled to have been there for their maternity session. We spent the afternoon in Orcutt Ranch and picked oranges, though there were many signs warning us not to

Photography Timeline for Baby Showers

one and a half hours before the invite time

This is the best time to capture a mini maternity session before your moment


Thirty minutes to one hour before the invite time

This is the time to host a immediate family session before your event, but tell them to be there a half hour before the scheduled shoot, because there is always the one late member.


fifteen to twenty minutes before the invite time

Capturing the ambiance is important because it allows you to remember the gorgeous details


invite time til ???

Once your guests arrive, we switch into documentary mode, focusing on your happiest moments. We have a 3 hour, so we can ask if you would like overtime.

Fete LA

Fête Los Angeles is the premier networking group
for event professionals working in Los Angeles
and the surrounding areas. I photographed their March event on the backlot down the street from my home.

Credits

VENUE, CATERING, BAR:
Global Cuisine by Gary Arabia
Brynsley Sakow Silva-Cano
bryn@globalcuisineevents.com
323-388-9840
https://www.globalcuisineevents.com/
https://www.thelotstudios.com/about/#special-events

LIGHTING, AUDIO, VIDEO:
J&M Events
Madison Zeilinger
madison.zeilinger@jandmevents.com 
661-257-1725 or 310-275-6995 
http://jandmevents.com

FLORAL DESIGN:
Mosaic floral event design
Mariné Avetisyan
mosaicfloraldesign@gmail.com
323 309 9223
www.mosaicfloraldesign.com

LIVE MUSIC, DJ ENTERTAINMENT:
MJ Entertainment LA
Michael Scott Reese 
mike@mjentertainmentla.com
323.529.3439
https://mjentertainmentla.com/

CHECK-IN STAFF:
Argyle Events & Staffing
Melanie Harris
melanie@argyleevents.com
760.529.7143
www.argyleevents.com

ROAMING PERFORMANCE SERVERS:
Unifier Entertainment
Teresa TRex Mercsak
unifierentertainment@gmail.com
619-794-8486
www.unifierentertainment.com

HAIKU POETS:
The Haiku Guys + Gals
Erick Szentmiklosy
erick@thehaikuguys.com
201.919.2213
https://thehaikuguys.com/

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY:
Interstellar Image
Alanna You
alanna@interstellarimage.com
310-386-7572
http://www.interstellarimage.com/

LIVE EVENT ART:
Nori Shirasu - Fine Artist / Actor / Performer
Nori Shirasu
norishirasu@gmail.com
323-252-0517
https://norishirasu.carbonmade.com/

PHOTO BOOTH FLIPBOOKS:
Fun 4 Events
Tracy Hueth
tracy@fun4events.com 
562.690.5006 
http://www.fun4events.com

EVENT FURNITURE:
Collective Rentals
Lauren Montgomery
lauren@collectiverentals.com
310-909-9218
www.collectiverentals.com

HEAT LAMPS, HEDGE WALLS:
HIRE Elegance
Andrea Roberson
Andrea@hire-elegance.com
O | 949.340.3772
www.hire-elegance.com

GIVEAWAY PRIZE:
SAG-AFTRA Foundation
Ericka Ayanna Griffin
egriffin@sagaftra.foundation
323-549-6630
https://sagaftra.foundation/los-angeles-rentals/

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Cosmos Gathering

Hosts | Lelia Scarfiotti // Jose Villa

Art Direction & Styling | Fluida Design

Marketing | Flothemes

Coordination | Avenue Cipresso // Nataly Montanari

Location | Luxor, Egypt

Venues | Moudira Hotel

Bridal wear | L’eto Bridal // Fleetwood of London

Veils | Daphne Newman Design

Accessories | Border Couture // Lovely Elysian

Jewelry | Soru Jewellery

Hair & Makeup | Sophie Higginson

Model | @itsgeorgiasumner

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Background | Alanna You

This was created by Abby Mahler, a lovely human and wonderful analog photographer. Her polaroids are phonomenal

This was created by Abby Mahler, a lovely human and wonderful analog photographer. Her polaroids are phonomenal

Alanna You is a professional wedding photographer who has developed her craft through four years of shooting experience.  She is an innovative observer who has a natural style featuring bold composition, ambient light and an angle on the unexpected. Alanna’s attention to detail and balanced approach helps bring out the genuine heart of her subjects, allowing for authentic moments in her work. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to capture weddings from a wide range of religious back grounds and cultures with guest lists from three to one thousand. No matter the challenge, Alanna's work is consistently timeless, intimate and beautiful.

1992 | Born in Los Angeles, California to a Belizean mother and Cambodian father

2013 | The year she received a BAh for Media and Cultural Studies from University of California at Riverside

2014 | First time Alanna was paid to photograph a wedding*

2015 | First time I photographed a destination wedding in Mexico

2017 | Established Interstellar Image

2019 | First time I photographed an elopement in Egypt


* Many people have asked, How long have you been doing photography. There are several answers to this, but there are two major moments that I consider. 2005, when my father gave me a digital Nikon D40 and I began taking photos. Then, 2012 when I was paid $100 to photograph a book conference. If you consider the year I became a professional who’s entire life was based on photography, that would be 2014.


Welcome Dinner in Luxor, Egypt

Egypt had always been a mystical, ancient place that existed in a history book, numerous conspiracy related documentaries on YouTube and the inspiration for Luxor*, a 3-star hotel on the Las Vegas strip with a huge light beam coming out of it. I had arrived for what would be the most inspiring challenge to date and the best falafel in Egypt.

The Cosmos Gathering is a workshop hosted by Lelia Scarfiotti and her guest Jose Villa who were both named top wedding photographers by Harpers Bazaar. Lelia’s vision truly resonated with me and I could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. Her team had planned a several, avant garde wedding shoots that pushed the concept a of wedding as an art installation.

Alessandra, the Art Director and resident goddess at Fluida Design created works that truly fit within the culture and environment where it belonged. She had tapped into a source of creativity, then expressed the soul of the location through her design. The tablescape for the Welcome dinner at the Al Moudira Resort had textiles + stoneware created by local craftspeople and small pots of spices and herbs for texture.

We were supposed to mingle, but, in an attempt to preserve this memory, took far more images than anticipated. I also allowed my food to get cold because I really wanted a slow exposure of everyone eating with a fairly clean table, but dont worry, I polished off a bottle of red and the falafel was out of this world

Cosmos Gathering

Hosts | Lelia Scarfiotti // Jose Villa

Art Direction & Styling | Fluida Design

Marketing | Flothemes

Coordination | Avenue Cipresso // Nataly Montanari

Venues | Moudira Hotel

Bridal wear | L’eto Bridal // Fleetwood of London // What is Worthy

Veils | Daphne Newman Design

Accessories | Border Couture // Lovely Elysian

Jewelry | Soru Jewellery

Hair & Makeup | Sophie Higginson

Models | @itsgeorgiasumner // @camelicked

*Sadly, I was 26 years old in 2019 when I realized that the pyramids are actually in Cairo and Luxor is a small town that is 45min away by plane is home to the Habu Temple. This leads me to ask, why is the pyramid in Las Vegas with the beam of light called Luxor? Is it because it starts with “Lux“? Also, if its a pyramid, shouldn’t it be called Cairo, or at the very least Giza. FUN FACT: I have actually stayed at this damp 3-star hotel and went to the Bodies exhibit, highly recommended.

Newborn Photography

My background is in street photography, so my off-the-cuff style fits a particular kind of mother who has a vision of a fine art, documentary newborn shoot. We spent 3 hours shooting what would originally have been a 45minute shoot, but all the behind the scenes moments of how new mothers care for their infants makes every second worth it and is also why we only schedule this type of shoot for a weekday.

It may sound pretentious, but I was in Paris, strolling through the Denon wing, when I had found out that Karolin had given birth to the most adorable little person named Elizabeth. My heart filled with joy for this couple that I had known since their engagement 3 years earlier, who now had a gorgeous addition, so I - literally - demanded that I preserve this moment in their lives. We arranged a time as I had landed at LAX and it could not have been a more inspired time.

I was thrilled to capture the Makhani’s with a vintage 50mm lens from my Father-in-law’s collection and compose them in a way that was reminiscent of the grand portraits that inspired me at the Louvre.

Due to the sensitive nature of, well…life, the truly intimate photos will likely never see the light of day, but will be a cherished heirloom in their family for generations.