Tina and Jesse Graduate Cal Poly Pomona

Tina and Jesse both had a long journey to get to the final stages of their undergraduate degree. Like many of us before them, the struggle to get to the end is terrifying cause we have thought about quitting so many times.... but something kept us going.

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Taking the weight off your shoulders knowing that you did all you could to push through to the end... well unless you are going back to school for a masters/PHD/doctorate, etc. Well then the struggle is just starting, so it seems. 



Talking with them reminded me of my struggles at UCI but it has been 14 years since I have graduated. Blink of an eye...

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They wanted some portraits but they also wanted to play with their cosplay toys so Jesse brought out his homemade Captain America shield and Tina brought out her lightsaber. 

We had a good time shooting at the Cal Poly Japanese Garden and in front of the CLA building. 

I wish both of you all the success in the near future!

Product shots of the Bilstein PSS10 Coilovers

As many of you know, I am a huge Porsche fan and try to stay active in scene as much as I can while managing businesses and a family. When I ordered the Bilstein PSS10's from my good buddies over at Evasive Motorsports, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the quality of the product. Before I decided to install them on my car, I took some time to shoot the fine product. 

I shot the product over at Wanderwall Space and tried using a handful of different lighting angles. Due to the product's shiny nature, getting the right angle was imperative as it showed strong highlights and reflections. 

I wanted a nice soft look and semi flat lighting to really show off all of the textures of this fine product. The best look I got was setting up two large softboxes 45 degrees behind the coilover on each side. With the key light set as a kicker light, I was able to get some nice soft diffusion on the front part of the suspension. 

Here are some BTS photos and various lighting samples along with the final composition. Hope you guys enjoy!

Triple Headshots

Today was an overly cloudy day with a good change of rain but that didnt stop us from getting headshots done for Gage, Quian and Chris. Of course a cloudy day means that we had a giant softbox hanging over our heads. We won't get much variations in the direction of light but soft it will be! We had such a great time hanging out and taking headshots.

Laura Headshots

Laura called me looking for headshots for her new career as a Political Science Professor at Cal State Pomona and Azusa Pacific in the new upcoming 2017 year. For someone who has never been professionally photographed, she did wonderful taking instructions. She wanted something professional, yet something that wasn't too uptight so we decided to go with an outdoor portrait. Here are some of the ones she picked.

It was such a pleasure getting to know you and taking your photos for your new job. I wish you all the best in your pursuit!

Andrew Manley
Headshot Portrait Photographer
Los Angeles Photographer

Chef Leo: Glendale Hilton Hotel

I was recently contacted by the catering manager at the Glendale Hilton Hotel who needed some photographs of their head chef and a handful of their signature dishes for some online marketing. 

Joseph had a few ideas in mind that he emailed to me during our initial emails. I wanted to make sure I could get some nice tight shots of the plates and really show off the textures of the ingredients. 

With the assistance of Martha from Martha Pimentel Photography, we met at IE Photo Rentals to load up on some lenses and lighting gear. The primary of our gear consisted of Canon 1dx Mark II, Canon 6d, Canon 24mm 1.4 Mark II, Canon 35mm 1.4 Mark II, Canon 85mm 1.2 Mark II, Paul C Buff Digibee. 

In the shot above, we wanted to show off Chef Leo in his day to day environment. I wanted to play on the warm and cool aspect of the kitchen. We were able to show off the Flambé perfectly within a few shots and ended up with a photo I was happy with.

Some close up of the vegetables that are used daily in the menu. 

My assistant Martha was able to get me when I was setting up for the vegetable shot. Beautiful ingredients on top of a beautiful wooden board.

This blue crab cake on top of an avocado relish is one of the hotels top selling dishes. 

The chef's favorite knife in the kitchen, the famous Shun Knife. I hope to have one some day. 

In the end, we got to take some awesome shots and the cherry on top was that we got to eat all of the food here and more. It was wonderful working with Joseph and Chef Leo and I cant wait to see them again in the future.

Shot on location: 
Hilton Hotel Glendale
100 W. Glenoaks Blvd
Glendale, CA 91202

Andrew Manley
Food Photographer

Nar and Danny Engagements at Mt Baldy, CA

Have you ever had a friend that met someone and you knew that it was gonna be happily ever after? For me, this is one of those rare cases where I knew after I had met Nar, that Danny was gonna marry this girl. I actually called it the first time I met her.... and so now here we are prepping for their lives together. 

Photographing these two lovebirds during an extremely breezy Sunday morning was challenging because getting hair to cooperate is impossible. However these two were down for the ride and we had a blast up in the mountains. 

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Getting two people who feel uncomfortable in front of the camera is always fun because they never know what to expect but it only takes a short while to find their groove and get natural moments. 

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We kept things fun by allowing the two to be naturally who they are... playful and flirty kept the two interacting with one another.... of course kisses on the neck and naughty speak bring out the real big smiles as you can see... lol

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One of my favorites was the shot above where I creeped on these two enjoying a moment of patty cakes.... because when you are in love and your photographer tells you to do it, you do it! 

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I can't wait for the wedding guys.... as crazy as you two are, its gonna be a blast. 

Andrew Manley
Wedding Photographer

Janet & Danny Wed....

It's always awesome to attend a friend's wedding but it's also a huge honor to be able to document their special day. My good buddy got married to his beautiful bride Janet over at http://www.boxeight.com in Los Angeles, CA. 

I know my buddy Danny is a smart dude but this guy surprised me when he told me that this was his second ceremony. The first one from a few months ago was for their parents. If you are married, you know the tension that arises from parent's wanting to contribute their ideas to your special day. So they did a day specifically for them and then this one was for them with all of their friends.... celebrating the way they wanted. I have to give Janet and Danny the award for the shortest ceremony I have ever documented. When I checked the photos, a total of 6 mins from start to end!

It was filled with a lot of food, alcohol, laughter and good times. Just the way a wedding should be. I wish you and Janet a life full of love and lots of happy children!

#littlemeatsla

Every year we grow a bit older and we come to new realizations about life and what it means to us. What was once important to us may no longer be important and what was never important become important. Life's a trip isn't it? So what does that have to do with today's blog post?

My dear friend Nhu celebrated her 35th birthday last week and invited 26 of her very closest friends to a little wine and dine at http://www.littlemeatsla.com. Basically this little gem is a loft space where creative chefs like Stevie Cho put on meals for a small group of like minded individuals who have the same love for food and life. A wonderful space and a marvelous time we had....

That night we had a sample of Kimchi Deviled Eggs as we started to pour a nice glass of wine to celebrate the night. The table was filled with handmade details that really set the mood off. Saying hello to some old faces was a real nice treat as well.

Next was a slow roasted pork belly slider tucked in between a King's Hawaiian Bread. Inside was some sort of pickle that really gave it a contrasting flavor that really brought the whole thing together. As we toasted the birthday girl, you can see the staff putting together our meals. 

I met Nhu back in college... way back in 2001... so it has been a good minute. She's one of the most sneakiest people I know. She will try to pay a tab behind my back, sneak in some money into my wife's purse when I try to pay for something... you get the idea but over the years, we have decided to play it neutral cause she knows I will take it to the next level... lol. But my wife and I love this girl.. she's one of the most careless individuals I know. She will give anything and everything you ask of her... well that is if she loves you ;) and so capturing some genuine moments of this girl who hates being in front of the camera makes me happy. 

Stevie Cho is here prepping our main course of prime rib sided by some home mashed potatoes and corn to match. Look at the brown on the crush of this roast!

Friends on friends on friends... all enjoying this sliver of a moment before getting back to the madness of the world. Grabbed a few candids of everyone having a good time... I wish all the minutes of our lives was this great.

Knives and meats... my kind of joint. Plate me please...!

In typical Nhu fashion, she surprised one of her friend's with a surprise dessert and candle for her birthday... just sharing her moment with her girl.... and below you can see this girl who rarely smiles this large captured by yours truly. Truly a rare moment indeed lol...

So another year older, another year wiser, we take all of our experiences and mash them into what is our reality. What was once important to me has taken a backseat to all the things that have taken on a new significance in my life. Our time is definitely short in this world and this day was a reminder to me to live life like it was meant to be. 

I love you to the Muon and back my dear! Happy 35th birthday.... your smile brightens all of our days and big shoutout to Stevie and his crew for making this night quite the enjoyable evening. Cheers!

Andy