Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The True Wedding Crasher

Okay so i think its safe to say that most of us have sen or heard about the move Wedding Crashers
Today I'd like ot show you how wrong they really were about wedding crashing. Its not that it doens't happen but they totally had the wrong guys doing it. Don't get me wrong Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn were funny but just can not compare to the power of the true wedding crasher. This man, came in and had all of the ladies attention before even looking at them. It's like they all had a radar trying to find him. No matter what time it was during the wedding there was almost always someone looking at him for how handsome...and cute... he was. This guy was one of the few things that could compete with the bride for attention on her big day.
Here we have this guy, and his well,.... dad (You'd think this might be a buzz kill but not for him).

 This is Austin getting warmed up for the dance floor.


The Party has BEGUN! Austin Dancing the night away

and He got the girl....

I dont' need to say any more, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson you guys are funny, but don't stand against the power of the 2 year old. Austin you rock! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Sarah and Brandon

Sarah and Brandon Richter got married at the Links at Summerly in Lake Elsinoire. This was an amazing wedding that i got to expeirence with many friends and family. I was able to go and capture priceless expressions on my family members. These photos can not be described with words, they are too precious to me. I loved being able to shoot this wedding for my amazing cousin Sarah.
Some of the funnest times were watching Katie and Jeff's little boy Austin rock the dance floor. Definitely going ot be the party kid. He started dancing on the dance floor and slowly his shirt got unbuttoned, then the tie came off and finally the shirt came off. In no time at all Austin was dancing on the dance floor with out his shirt on. Talk about the life of the party.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

the 50mm challenge

So I decided to see if i could shoot an entire wedding with one lens. The 50mm f/1.8
beautiful lens that i love to use! I wanted to know if it was possible to get through an entire wedding using it. I am proud to say that for about 90% of the wedding i was able to use only that lens and test it out. Al though I have had this lens for over a year I haven't been able to take it on a test like this wedding. I am so in love with this lens and look forward to buying the 50mm f/1.4 soon. Okay for all of you non photographers I look forward to buying a better version of this lens. I was impressed with its optics and lack of flare with harsh lighting from the sun and flash units. Here are my favorite images from my 50mm challenge with Rachael and David at the Corona Yacht Club in Coachella.
I was able to capture this little mans steps on camera. He just started to walk days before the wedding and i was the one honored enough to capture it all

 I should remain this picture to the palm tree challenge. I was literally pushing a palm tree out of my way while trying to balance a flash and my camera. Tried not to be too distracted by the fact that i had palm tree branches stabbing me in the back of my neck. fun shot but wasn't the easiest to take.

Lastly the intimacy this couple showed towards each other was amazing! I loved how each of them showed intense love for each other through out this day. The look on each other's faces as they looked into each other's eyes was beyond words. Nothing could describe a love like this.
This was an amazing opportunity to share their wedding day

Monday, August 29, 2011

Taking just a step back...

I recently shot a wedding with Nadege Barnes the owner of "A Touch of French Romance" at the Newport Beach Country Club in ..well Newport Beach. My goal for the entire wedding was to try and get something so incredibly different, unique and well stunning. Every time I took a shot I looked and visioned asking my self is this "the one." The first dance photo I loved but I wasn't sure if i got "the one" that I was looking for. Over and over I kept looking for "thee" shot. It wasn't until I finally stopped shooting for a minute, stepped outside for some water and air. On my way inside it hit me, candles, fog, dancing, and the lights were set up on the dance floor *BAM* I Found "the one" I was looking for the entire night, now the only thing I needed was that perfect moment in time. As I waited and waited and waited and waited..... Okay i didn't wait that long it was like a total of two minutes. I got the shot i wanted all night, happened to be right before the night was over. All it took was that time for me to take a step back and look.
I took this lesson to more than photography. At life. Sometimes all we have to do is take a step back and realize that the perfect blessing is right in front of you the whole time. Sometimes all it takes to realize what is in front of you is a step back.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Five Minutes and Random Objects

Photography. Its more than my passoin, it's my life. I feel so lucky to be able to get this stuff like this. While talking with another photographer Melanie Ryan we brought up the use of flash. I happened to have my camera gear on me that day and a spare Scott Robert Lim flash card on me as well. We spent five minute discusssing flash and decided to take some pictures of her daughter Danielle. Now if i gave you a blank wall a bench, a couch and a pillow case is this what you would have seen? I was lucky enough to look through the house to find this bench that wasn't being used by the front door and fired a flash through the bars of the bench to create some shadows on the background. Then continued to fire a second flash through a pillow case about 1 foot from her face to create nice soft light. Its awesome how a few flashes, a gorgeous model, couch, wall, pillow case and a random bench could create. Photography create beauty out of randomness. As a photographer its my job to create beauty out of everything. Everything is beautiful in its own way, its my job to find that beauty and capture it.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Something so simple but is so key. I think the saying "It's not about the destination but about the journey to get there" is a saying too used. I think its used more of an excuse not to keep the end in mind. Remember that end result is the thing that drives you more than anything. Everyone single one of us will fail over and over and over, but the fastest key to success is the double the rate of failure. Each time we fail we learn. I continually fail in every area of my life but its a lesson i learn. I keep my end result in mind for each area of my life. It's what drives me. My goal as a photographer is not to be some big shot guy that can charge $50,000 a wedding. My goal is to get good enough to equip other photographers with the same tools I have been blessed with. I want to be able to guide and mentor photographers to go as far in photography as THEY dream about going. But it starts with a vision.
Dream, Visualize, Plan, Act.
You will get there if you put the effort into it. If your desire is great the discipline will follow

Proverbs 16:3 Commit your plans to the Lord and your plans will be established.

Russell Hebert Photography

Monday, June 20, 2011

Marc and Amy engaged!!

So excited that I am able to shoot Marc and Amy's wedding next April! They are getting married at the Dunes of Newport next to Fashion Island! My cousin and his fiancé were awesome! such a privilege to shoot this couple at Woods cove in Laguna Beach. I really look forward to shooting this wedding. It's couples like this that make it such a blessing to be doing wedding photography for a living. i pray i can continue to shoot weddings to get more and more couples like Mark and Amy. This smile on Marc's face was only caused because he knew that I was going to take him and Amy out for dinner soon after the engagement session. Definitely a nice time at P.F. Changs right after the engagement shoot. What ever it takes to get that real smile
Russell Hebert Photography

A Little Bit of This and a Little Bit of That

For such a long time i looked for inspiratoin from every other source around. I so badly wanted to be like every other photographer around (Part of me still does). I continaully let my style change over and over again to try to compensate for things i could not think of my self. I would see something cool from one photographer and use it hten see something different and try to use it. This went on and on. I tried to be a master of everything photographer. Research landscape, wildlife, portrait, and wedding photographers and try to be like every single one of them. (Now I'm not saying looking to other photographers is a bad idea) I finally realized that my source of inspiration should come from one area. My God. My Lord inspires me more than anything else. I continually looked to inspiring sayings and quotes to keep me running although God does use them from time to time to inspire me, it wasnt until i looked into that Holy Love letter...aka the Bible.. that i found my true inspiration. I finally learned what art and beauty consist of. It was by the intamate relationship given by the Lord than i found what truly will inspire me for the rest of my life. I looked to my portfolio and it shows where i was leaning on the Lord for His creativity rather than my own. My suggestion to all photographers out there. find what inspires you and lean on it. For me it is the Lord Jesus Christ that will forever inspire me to do what I do. If raods are blocked I know its a raod i am not supposed to follow.
I know my inspiration has and always will come from leaning upon our Lord Jesus Christ

Saturday, June 18, 2011


I've been asked how I do something I do, to be honest some times I don't even know. I have found one key thing in my life of photography that I must cling to. Photography is not my job or career, its my passion. Art is created through passion? I think many photographer's get caught up in the looks and the professionalism in photography (every photographer should be professional) but I think the passion is missed through out the shoot. When a photographer is passionate about what they do, the client is passionate about what they will get. I am no where near great as a photographer. I hope i never get the term as being "great" the only compliment I strive to get as a photographer is "passionate." it is the passion that truly drives me as a photographer. If I was not passionate about photography I would have lost interest months ago. My passion remains, as should yours. Passion in my eyes boosts creativity. Passion makes the photographer unique. Passion is the driving force behind every hero of mine.