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her Vibe: West Coast style, East Coast attitude*
Philosophy: There are a lot of hip weddings these days that make family seem uncool, but family is too valuable for that.
WHY: Because this. (Click that, you’ll like it.)
Soundtrack for reading: “I Turn My Camera On,” by Spoon
West Coast Style, East Coast Attitude*
Today is about Linda Abbott Photography in LA. Linda doesn’t know it yet, but she’s about to be the APW’s staff new best friend. (Who has an excuse for us to take a business trip to LA to hang out with Linda? Leave your ideas in the comments, because we need an excuse.) But more than that, she’s about to be YOUR new best friend, beloved Southern California readers, because she just solved all your wedding photography problems, and probably also made your day. (Just you wait.)
As those of you planning a wedding in LA have probably already figured out, the LA wedding photography market can be a bit of a monster. LA is one of my best places, and APWers in LA have the raddest weddings in the history of ever. And yet, wedding photography in LA tends to run towards expensive-and-not-even-that-awesome. (MOST OF THE TIME. Today is not one of those times.) Because Los Angeles is an artistic hub, the people who are really, really talented at their craft are often using it for something that pays more than weddings (sadly, wedding photography is not as lucrative as one might think), or just sounds… hipper… than weddings. Which means that a lot of the people left are sort of your standard classic wedding vendor nightmare: really expensive, and not particularly in it for the love of the game. This makes me so grateful for the Linda Abbott’s of this world, who will show up, shoot the shit out of your wedding, be emotionally invested, and do it for not a million dollars. Like, really not a million dollars. Specifically, $3,000.
But then there is the other thing. The fact that Linda just happens to be mentored by and best friends with a Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey. Who took her to the Oscar Nominee Luncheon. Which turned into the after party. Which turned into this:
Janusz Kaminski, Steven Spielberg’s right-hand cinematographer, was kind enough to ask me if I had a sister. It was nice of him to make sure I wasn’t all alone in the world….
That evening at one of the Oscar loungey parties, I talked to a very sweet, unassuming new friend named Tim for twenty minutes when I overheard Seamus say to one of his other friends, “…This is Tim Burton,” and I nudged Tim and whispered something like, “Holy shit, Tim Burton is here!”
and then she hugged Snoop Dogg.
Then, The Real Stuff
But switching gears here, I’m never surprised when the funniest, kindest people are the ones carrying the heartbreaking things inside. (Where do you think funny comes from?) For Linda, losing her mom as a kid gave her a real understanding of the importance of family and love. And that’s something she takes with her to every wedding.
My difficult background gives me a deep respect for family. There are a lot of hip weddings these days that make family seem uncool, but I feel like family is too valuable for that. I’m a big fan of rituals that honor the different changes and milestones in our lives. Some of the most incredible weddings I’ve ever been to have been that way not because of how big the venue was, or how perfect the dress was, but because the room was charged with so much love you could feel it. A moment in a backyard with two people present and looking at each other surrounded by loved ones really does feel sacred. I have a deep respect for that, and I don’t come to these days just to witness it—I treat my couples and their families like they’re my own for a day.
LA Talent. Not LA Prices.
But brass tacks. Magical, magical, brass tacks. Linda’s wedding package is $3,000 and includes eight hours of coverage, a second shooter, a disc of high-resolution, edited images, and a password-protected online gallery for sharing and ordering prints. She’s also really excited to be offering photo albums to her couples this year, so the first five APW couples who book Linda will get 50% off an heirloom photo album! You didn’t hear it from me, but Linda told me she might be willing to work out a little something special if you take her somewhere interesting or, hell, just bring her outdoors for your wedding.
Rad Los Angeles APW couples, meet your match. Her name is Linda Abbott.
*NOTE: Linda said, “I worry that both coasts will be like, wait, what does that even MEAN?!” But this Southern California native turned New Yorker turned a person who misses both LA and NYC, was like “Oh yeah, exactly.” Your mileage may vary.