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Celebrity & TV Personality Mario Lopez & Courtney Mazza Los Angeles home engagement pictures

Two weeks from tomorrow the gang and I will be in sunny, warm Mexico to photograph the two-day wedding celebration of TV personality and celebrity Mario Lopez to Broadway actress Courtney Mazza.  A two-hour reality documentary TV special called Mario and Courtney's Wedding Fiesta will air on TLC Saturday, December 8th, 2012.

Last January, just one week after the two were engaged, I was introduced to Mario's wedding planner while out in LA for a party.  The talks and negotiations immediately began, and in August I got the call that I was hired.

Two days later Ricky, my studio manager, and I flew back out to Los Angles and spent the morning and afternoon at Mario and Courtney's home photographing around the house and property.  It was definitely a lot different than roaming the streets here in Chicago. Normally, I have my 15 or so spots I like to visit, know exactly how to work those situations and get my clients comfortable.

While neither Mario nor Courtney needed any time getting used to a camera in their face, I was out of my element.  Knowing I needed to pull out about 25-30 images to build into a full 15 x 12 album to display at the wedding, I had to make a conscious decision not focus on the constraints of only working within the confines of their property.

I spent the first hour photographing Courtney alone, which helped calm me down quite a bit.  She is so incredibly beautiful, and at ease in front of the lens.  I didn't have to tell her to do anything.  All I had to focus on was composition and the moment.  By the time Mario entered the picture, I continued with the same approach and found myself buzzing away for nearly 5 hours.

At the end of the session, I asked Courtney for her engagement ring to photograph a detail of it.  She handed it to me and walked out the door with Mario.  When I finished photographing it, Ricky and I found ourselves alone in their home with Courtney's mother, who graciously asked us to stay and have a few beers.  Clearly, we said yes.

After 26 years of photographing, I am so thrilled to be hired for Mario and Courtney's wedding.  Over the past several years I had some very difficult choices to make about where to steer my business.  I often listened to my gut (and my mother, who has spent many hours on the phone with me about "Do I, or don't I do XYZ."). Running a business requires constant focus while trying to push it forward and upward.  While that does get exhausting, it is always nice to receive a gift like this.

This wedding is dedicated to my parents, who put a camera in my hand at the age of 15; who did not force me to follow the social tradition of becoming a doctor or lawyer when I said I wanted to make a living with the little black box with the lens attached. Mom and Dad, thank you for your support even when none of us knew how I would pave that path.

And to Mario and Courtney: thank you for hiring me.  I am truly touched and honored.

See you in 2 weeks.

Be well.

Kevin.

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What they Said... [ 25 ]

Awesome Kevin! And, of course, fabulous images.

Nov 15, 2012  /  Angela Renée

Totally totally AMAZING

Nov 15, 2012  /  Kristin

These photos are gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the wedding photos :)

Nov 15, 2012  /  Hilda Burke

Kevin

Incredible photos and congratulations. Safe travel

Nov 15, 2012  /  David Sabin

So beautiful!

Nov 15, 2012  /  Anita Vaughan

Beautiful pictures!!

Nov 15, 2012  /  Larisa

I have chills…absolutely magnificient.  Such
a talent~

Nov 15, 2012  /  ellen

Kevin - Fantastic work! I can’t wait to see the wedding photos.

Nov 15, 2012  /  Mike Hendzel

Unbelievable work, Kevin.  Just beautiful…every shot is exquisite!

Nov 15, 2012  /  Nancy Eisenberg

Thanks, everyone!  I really appreciate the support!

Nov 15, 2012  /  Kevin Weinstein

So excited for you!!! And the images are stunning, as always. Have a blast. I love that you still love what you do. Such an inspiration.

Nov 15, 2012  /  Jenn Gaudreau

WOW these are totally amazing!

Nov 16, 2012  /  Ali

They are so lucky to have you as a photographer, and you are so lucky to have gotten to photograph such a cute dog. Did it snort?

Nov 16, 2012  /  Heather Parker

Fantastic images Kevin! Great work, and big congratulations to you!!!

Nov 16, 2012  /  Christy

These images are so vibrantly beautiful, simply stunning. A gorgeous family indeed. I cannot wait to see their wedding images.

Nov 16, 2012  /  Michelle (MB)

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Nov 19, 2012  /  Tuan

You are truly one of the best, ever. I looooove the candids. You were never out of your element… it’s all your element. Thanks for always inspiring me.

Nov 19, 2012  /  Mysi Ann

I am so happy for you Kevin.  Your smile tells all, .........you are happy too.  Amazing!!!!!!!!!

Nov 20, 2012  /  Dr. King

Excellent images as always, Kevin, and beautiful story. What wonderful parents you have.

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