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Downtown La Jolla Engagement Session :: J+R

Although J+R initially decided not to book an engagement shoot with me, I was eventually able to talk them into carving out some time for me while they were in town a few weeks ago to meet with their coordinator and other vendors. I’m a huge fan of these sessions because of the opportunity it gives my clients and me to connect in person, enjoy some relaxed non-wedding conversation, and (of course) make some portraits that showcase my signature style and the bride & groom’s unique personalities.

I know for a fact — because they told me:)— that J+R had a blast strolling through downtown La Jolla (where he proposed to her) to make these. Thank you guys for your trust and for rocking the hell out of these!

La Jolla engagement photos from San Diego wedding photographer Dexter Lo

La Jolla engagement photos

May 26, 2011 - 5:23 am

fer juaristi - Awesome set of images bro!

Fershop :: A Photography Workshop in San Diego with Fer Juaristi


Fer Juaristi is one of the most talented wedding photographers in the world, in my opinion. He is also one of the nicest and most humble people I know — fact. I had met Fer before at a photography conference in Dallas, but most of my interactions with him have been online. When I found out that he was going to hold a wedding photography workshop in San Diego, I was all over it like butter on an English muffin. During the one-day Fershop, Fer explained how and why he goes about his business in his unique way and also covered some of his post-processing workflow, which I found quite interesting and helpful. A good chunk of the day was set aside to go out and to shoot a couple (Laura and Martin) in various lighting conditions to see if we could make some unique portraits.


But by far the most impactful (yes, I made up that word) part of the day for me was hearing Fer speak freely about what drives him as a photographer, as a father and husband, and as a person in general. Genuine people are just irreplaceable.

Just for fun, here are a couple snapshots of Fer in action:


May 12, 2011 - 6:56 pm

Milla - Sweet. Love this post.

May 12, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Caroline Lima - Dexter, beautiful work!!!! I’m going to attend Fer workshop in Paris, I can’t wait! I live in Germany.

May 12, 2011 - 12:16 pm

fer juaristi - bro, thanks for joining the ride! You have a brother in MX.

Long Beach Engagement Session :: Melinda + Jason


As promised, here’s Part Deux of Melinda+Jason’s engagement session double-header.. this time in Long Beach. By the time this session rolled around, they had already seen sneak peeks of their first session, and I knew I really had to bring it in order to meet their expectations. Little did I know they were also going to bring their own extra serving of awesome-sauce. I seriously cannot wait for their Long Beach wedding at the Hyatt this summer!

(Don’t forget to hit up the slideshow at the end, too!)


This shot gets me a bit giddy:


A little homage to my buddy Sergio:


… and click here for a slideshow with more images!

May 20, 2011 - 2:11 pm

Julie - Looking good!

May 20, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Murray Tanner - My best employee, looking as handsome as always!

May 20, 2011 - 2:02 pm

Denisse Mercado - wow!!!! they came out sooo good love them all.

May 20, 2011 - 2:00 pm

Randa Wahid - Soo cuteee! Love these pictures, can’t wait for the wedding day!!

May 20, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Erika Cox - Damn! That’s a sexy couple!

May 13, 2011 - 8:32 pm

Debbie - These pictures are amazing and Melinda you look stunning!!

May 13, 2011 - 7:13 pm

evelyn - Gorgeous photography <3

May 11, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Annie Doan - WHOA! Melinda you look gorgeous and those heels.. oh man! I love how each picture is so different from the next. Definitely love the first one most. =)

May 11, 2011 - 6:22 pm

Celia Torres - These are fabulous! It’s exactly one month from your big day!!! :-)

May 11, 2011 - 1:01 pm

Brittany - Great pictures!

May 11, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Joanne Lopez - The pictures are so beautiful, sexy and unique! I have never seen engagement pictures like these before!

May 10, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Memi - Awesome photos. Melinda you look great. Like the dress and make-up.

May 10, 2011 - 5:30 pm

Kurt - Great shots! Melinda and Jason look like super models!

May 10, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Deanna - You guys look amazing! Nice pictures!!

May 10, 2011 - 12:59 pm

Sue - Very cool photo shoot! Melinda and Jason you look awesome!

May 10, 2011 - 12:56 pm

Rondelle - Those are beautiful and original pictures. You both look FABULOUS!

May 10, 2011 - 11:57 am

Dexter - Thanks for the compliments everyone! Melinda+Jason were seriously awesome, weren’t they?

May 10, 2011 - 9:59 am

Barbara - The pictures are amazing! You both look great and the pics are unique, not the same old thing, vety nice!

May 10, 2011 - 9:05 am

Esther - You both look fabulous!!! Awesome pictures!!!

May 10, 2011 - 7:06 am

Liz Del Carmen - By far the best engagement pictures I have seen!! Amazing! Instantly a fan of your work Dexter! Melinda, you guys look so cool, you rocked those poses!! And your hair and makeup look stunning 😉

May 10, 2011 - 6:08 am

Milla - Um… YEAH DEXTER!!!! Way to rock it!

May 10, 2011 - 2:11 am

Carol Singhi - Melinda you are as beautiful as you are nice. Love the pictures. I bet the wedding photos will be awesome too.

May 9, 2011 - 11:20 pm

Meg Elder - Just love these pictures….wondering if you do theatrical photos, we are always looking for great photos for the conservatory.

May 9, 2011 - 11:18 pm

Amy - These photos are beyond amazing and gorgeous! I love love love them!!!!!

May 9, 2011 - 10:16 pm

Yadira - The pictures are beautiful!!! You both look great!

May 9, 2011 - 10:01 pm

Monique Garcia - Hi nina congragulation nina on your wedding

May 9, 2011 - 9:34 pm

Frank - Wow… Great shots! U two like great!

May 9, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Jaime - you guys look WAY cool!

May 9, 2011 - 9:04 pm

Lisa - These are stunning…such a unique photo shoot! Can’t wait for the wedding!

May 9, 2011 - 8:35 pm

Erica - Oh my goodness. Soooooo amazing!!! You guys make such a beautiful couple.

May 9, 2011 - 8:32 pm

robert - Very nice pics… it takes good models to acomplish a good shoot… :0)

May 9, 2011 - 8:29 pm

Marissa - Love your pictures!! You look like a Modal Melinda..ohh and you too Jason!

May 9, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Karen - Very unique and beautiful photos!

May 9, 2011 - 8:17 pm

Michelle - beautiful pictures!

May 9, 2011 - 8:09 pm

Melinda n Jason - These pictures of Melinda n Jason are beautiful!!u did a great job

May 9, 2011 - 8:03 pm

Jon Baik - Wow these are incredible. Technically speaking (e.g. exposure, noise, saturation, etc.) these are pretty flawless, but that only takes a few shoots with a camera to really master. However… the COMPOSITION for each shot is Ah-MAZING! You can’t get that kind of “eye”, even with years of practice – it has to be a gift, and Dexter definitely has it. Bravo sir. (Oh, and congrats to Melinda & Jason!)

May 9, 2011 - 7:29 pm

Marysia - These photos turned out great! Can’t wait to see more amazing photos of their wedding!

May 9, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Melinda - You are amazing Dexter! That night was fun!!!

May 9, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Cathy - Amazing! You both look great! I love them all!

May 9, 2011 - 5:54 pm

cherrilyn - as usual cool!!!!!!! cant wait for the wedding!

Ava is 6 months old


I’ve been a bad photo-daddy! We had Ava way back in October, and I haven’t posted any photos of her yet! Let’s change that right now. These are some images I shot of the little one a few weeks ago, as she was about to turn 6 months old.

June 10, 2011 - 10:42 am

Rosaura - awesome and so sweet! :)

May 11, 2011 - 11:44 am

Kate Mefford - Dexter! These are darling. So excited for you to have a new little subject to photograph. =)

May 10, 2011 - 11:39 pm

amber dawn - Oh so precious! She is just beautiful…congratulations! :)

May 10, 2011 - 6:09 am

Milla - These are precious, Dexter. I love the kiss-in-the-foreground and butt-in-the-mirror photo… just perfect!

May 9, 2011 - 7:22 pm

Melinda - So sweet!

Foundation Workshop – Photojournalism for Wedding Photographers

photo by Ryan C Jones

A few months ago, after saving up my pennies for almost 2 years, I had the privilege of attending the highly acclaimed Foundation Workshop, which was held this year (its 9th) in Austin, TX. For those of you who have never heard of FW, it is basically an intense, week-long photojournalism workshop geared towards wedding photographers where you shoot nothing wedding-related. The goal here is not to help you with marketing, branding, mission statements, pricing, etc. No staged weddings or professional models. All the faculty and staff (I think the staff-to-student ratio was about 1:1 — practically unheard of in the photography workshop industry these days) have the singular goal of helping the students improve their craft by honing their photojournalism skills.

(The awesome photo up at the top of this post was shot by the even more awesome Ryan C. Jones. Thanks buddy!)

The week started off with some classroom instruction from some of the top photojournalists in the industry: Brett Butterstein, Tyler Wirken and Brooks Whittington. Later that evening, we broke off into our teams to do some team exercises and receive our individual assignments. (My team was led by the highly accomplished David Murray, with mentors Becca Spears of Wirken Photography, and Ray Soemarsono and Erwin Darmali of Apertura Photography.)

The individual assignments and subsequent critiques were the meat and potatoes of the workshop. Each student received an assignment (hand-picked by the faculty) to shoot on their own out in the field. Team leaders and/or mentors visited the students in the field to check on progress, answer any questions, and give guidance if necessary. The teams would assemble in the editing suites for long critique sessions whose importance cannot be overstated. The whole point is to go out, work your butt off, come back and get beat up in critique, then pick yourself up and go back at it the next day. Rinse, repeat.

My assignment was Angeli Carriages, a horse carriage service in Austin. I was to find a story within the context of the carriage service and tell it through my photographs. Those that know me know that I don’t deal well with animals due to some childhood run-ins! Also, apparently horse carriage services don’t get tons of action on weeknights in February when it’s snowing — who’dathunkit? 😉 But really, the point was to push through all the unexpected challenges and make meaningful images. I’d love to share a bunch of images, but I agree with the organizers of the workshop who have requested that we limit it to 3 images, so as to not color the perceptions of the workshop experience for any future students.

Here are some of the images I’m most proud of:


Austin_Horse Carriage_0064


And just for fun, here’s one of the portraits my good friend and teammate Britney Gardner shot of me during our team exercise.


There’s so much more to say about the workshop, but only so many words and so much space. Other people have done a much better job of documenting it here and here. Suffice it to say that I am extremely excited and humbled at the same time to have been asked to be part of the staff next year for FW10! If you are a wedding photographer who wants to take your game to the next level, this is a workshop you won’t want to miss. Get more info here, or if you have questions about it, feel free to drop me a line.

May 10, 2011 - 11:41 pm

amber dawn - It’s all about the last photo of the horse. Absolutely beautiful. You’re pics alright, too. 😉

May 5, 2011 - 8:24 pm

Dexter - Thank you so much for your kind words!

May 5, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Olivia Brown - These were breath-taking the first time I saw them at foundation. Still in love. That last one is pure poetry :)

May 5, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Buffy Goodman - I’ll be heading to FW for the first time in 2012! Thank you so much for sharing, I’m even more excited now. I love the last image of the horse – gorgeous!