Los Angeles and Palm Springs Event Photographer
Andrena Photography provides photography for events, brands, trade shows, conferences, bar and bat mitzvahs, weddings, celebrity events and social events in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Temecula, Santa Barbara, Las Vegas and San Diego. As I was born and raised in Southern California, I am always happy to help my clients make use of all the many hidden photography locations tucked in and around these cities.
As a wedding photographer working in the melting pot that is Los Angeles, Orange County and Palm Springs, I have had the great opportunity to work with many different cultures and religions. Multicultural weddings are so beautiful and have enabled me to learn so many wonderful traditions and customs. I feel honored to have photographed Jewish weddings of all kinds (Reform, Conservative and Orthodox), as well as Persian Jewish and Persian Muslim ceremonies.
I love photographing Chinese ceremonies, as well as Filipino, Korean and Vietnamese weddings. The Korean Pae-Bek ceremony in particular is so colorful, and I love watching the bride try to catch dates thrown by her groom’s parents to denote how many children they want her to have.
I adore the pageantry of weddings from the Eastern side of Europe, including Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Serbian Orthodox and Polish Catholic. I have also had the opportunity to shoot many beautiful Russian weddings and parties, as well as Melkite Catholic and Armenian Apostolic weddings.
Photographing multicultural weddings and events is a great honor that has enabled me to broaden my horizons in more ways than I ever imagined.
Indian Wedding Photography
I have extensive experience photographing Indian weddings and South Asian weddings of all kinds, including South Indian, Gujarati, Sikh, Bengali, Jain, Punjabi Hindu, UP, Fijian, Sindhi, Muslim, Ismaili and Sri Lankan. I have also photographed three weddings in India, and have visited numerous cities in India, including New Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Allahabad, Agra, Varanasi, Kolkata, Cochin, Kumarakom, Mumbai, Amritsar, Sarnath, Gurgaon, Samode and numerous smaller cities in between. I have really enjoyed my travels throughout India, where everyone always has a smile. My work with Indian clients has enabled me to document so many different types of wedding ceremonies, and I’ve loved learning all the regional rituals and traditions. I’ve had the opportunity to photograph Indian weddings ranging from 75 people to 1,250 people, and celebrations lasting from one day to six days. I truly believe that photographing Indian weddings – with their large guest counts and tight timelines – has made me a better photographer.
Favorite Wedding Venues
Los Angeles, Palm Springs and Orange County have so many beautiful wedding venues, and as an experienced Southern California wedding photographer, I have been privileged to work at most of them. In Los Angeles, I absolutely love shooting weddings at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, the Four Seasons Beverly Hills, the Ebell of Los Angeles, the Beverly Hilton, Skirball Cultural Center, the SLS Hotel and the London Hotel, as well as at the Four Seasons Westlake and the Westlake Village Inn. My team and I have photographed numerous weddings at the Ritz Carlton Niguel in Dana Point, as well as at the Waldorf Astoria. I have also photographed many weddings at Pelican Hill Resort, Terranea, the Marina del Rey Ritz Carlton, the Montage Resort, the Langham Pasadena and the Laguna Cliffs Marriott. And let's not forget the stunning Parker Hotel, Ace Hotel and Swim Club, La Quinta Resort and numerous other beautiful properties in Palm Springs and the desert cities.
The Beverly Hills Hotel is a particular favorite of mine, as its old-Hollywood glamour is unparalleled. Further north, I have enjoyed working at the stunning Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore as well as at the Dana Powers House in Nipomo. Back at home, I have also had the privilege to shoot many events and private parties at estates in Beverly Park. Some of the more charming weddings venues I’ve worked at include the Hotel Figueroa and Smog Shoppe, both of which are located in Los Angeles, and Descanso Gardens, which is located in Glendale. If you don’t see your venue listed here, chances are very good that I’ve worked there or would love to photograph an event there.
Best Destination Wedding Photographer
Destination wedding photography has provided me with many adventures and wonderful opportunities to creating stunning images for my brides and grooms. I have had the great fortune to photograph destination weddings in many beautiful locations, including Cartagena, Colombia. Cartagena is a stunning location for a wedding, featuring beautiful old stone churches and endless locations for portraits within the old walled city.
Photographing a gay wedding at Knappogue Castle in County Clare, Ireland, was one of my absolute joys, and the castle’s period performers were incredible. I still count both grooms as good friends. I have loved photographing three destination weddings in the great palaces of India, including Devi Garh, the Lake Palace, the City Palace Complex and Jag Mandir in Udaipur. I also had the great opportunity to photograph a beautiful wedding at Samode Palace near Jaipur. Photographing a day-after session in Samode Village was a true joy.
Traveling to Istanbul, Turkey, to photograph a wedding along the shores of the Bosphorus was an incredible experience, as was shooting a day-after session in and around the streets and beautiful landmarks within Istanbul. My very first destination wedding took place in Bali, Indonesia, shortly after the Bali bombing. The island was thus empty of tourists, and we had the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Jimbaran basically to ourselves. It was an incredible opportunity to photograph a stunning wedding, and I loved the adventure of it. Flying to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, was a unique challenge that involved taking a propeller plane from Puerto Rico. But I loved working near the beautiful warm waters and white sand beaches.
Quito, Ecuador, presented another destination wedding adventure for me, and I adored photographing my clients’ wedding in a gold church that defies description. I will never forget photographing a destination wedding in Belgrade, Serbia, shortly after the Kosovo secession. And of course, I have had the privilege of photographing numerous weddings in Mexico, including Los Cabos, Cabo san Lucas, Playa del Carmen and Tulum. I was named one of the best destination wedding photographers by Bride Box.
Top 10 Wedding Photographer and Published Work
I am honored to have been published in hundreds of wedding and photography magazines. Two of my greatest honors were being chosen as one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World by American Photo Magazine, and being featured on the cover of Popular Photography Magazine. For a complete visual record of my published work, be sure to check out the Published Work section of this web site.