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11 Event Photographers in Los Angeles Who Captured Some of Our Favorite Shots of 2019

bride and groom kissing against backdrop of sunset, mountains, and ceremonial seating

It may be a new year, but here at PartySlate, we’re still reminiscing over our favorite photographs of 2019. Long after the celebration ends — be it a wedding, corporate event, or social party — the good times live on forever in our photographs. 

It’s no surprise to us that some of our favorite event photography hails from the city of Los Angeles. Home to Hollywood, the entertainment industry, and some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, this vibrant city is a hotspot for visually-stunning private events. These 11 event photographers in Los Angeles know this dynamic city inside and out, from where to find the most scenic backdrops to where to catch the best lighting. Most importantly, they know how to capture the perfect celebratory shot — whether it’s an exchange of vows against the sunset or an aerialist performance at a glittering cocktail party. 

A lot can happen in a year. At the end of the day, it’s the moments of human connection and celebration that we always continue to cherish. So with that in mind, here’s to a new year — and all of the joyful memories that we plan on bringing with us (including our favorite photographs from 2019).

Work Can Be Fun, Trust Us

Three caterers take a break from the job to relax and pose for the camera.
photographer: Aurelia D’Amore Photography

The celebratory mood was contagious at this Lexus corporate event. We adore how Aurelia D’Amore Photography captured the catering crew enjoying the festivities. As we know at PartySlate, work can definitely be fun.

photographer: Aurelia D’Amore Photography | venue: The Inn at Spanish Bay | caterer: Dean Fearing, Jon & VInny’s, & Daniel Boulard | founder: David Alan Bernahl, II | sponsors: Lexus & Food & Wine

Still Life with Roses

still life photograph of blush-colored roses, sage, artichoke, votive candles, and bowls of pita and various spreads
photographer: Braedon Photography

Some photographs are undeniable works of art. We love how Braedon Photography recreated a modern-day still-life painting with blush roses and mouth-watering dishes. This photograph inspires us to contemplate the joy of quieter moments — as well the artful presentation of tabletop décor.

photographer: Braedon Photography | planner: Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | décor: Marks Garden & Nancy Kaye | venue: private estate | caterer: The Kitchen For Exploring Foods | rentals: Bright Event Rentals, Revelry Event Designers, Casa De Perrin & The Ark | lighting: Images By Lighting | entertainment: West Coast Music

In Monet’s Garden

Woman sitting in a flower-filled canoe in a lily pond
photographer: Brian Leahy Photography

We love the impressionist-style of this Kleinfield & Kleinfield product launch. From capturing the lighting to creating artful composition, Brian Leahy Photography knew all the ways to highlight the beauty of this dreamy moment.

photographer: Brian Leahy Photography | planner: Emily Clarke Events

Love in Full Bloom

Bride and Groom recessional with petal toss
photographer: Callaway Gable

Some moments are meant to live on forever. Luckily, Callaway Gable was on hand to capture this stunning processional scene. The depth and movement of this magical shot make us feel like we are right there, surrounded by love and a sky full of petals.

photographer: Callaway Gable | planner: Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events | décor: Revelry Event Designers, Marks Garden, & Nancy Kaye | venue: Four Seasons Westlake | rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen, Town & Country Rentals, Casa De Perrin Linen, & Resource One | invitations & print: Lehr & Black | lighting: Images By Lighting | caterer: Dessert The Butter End Cakery | entertainment: West Coast Music & Big Syphe

The Joy of Hello

two women hug as they greet each other at an outdoor dinner party
photographer: Christine Chang Photography

One of the best parts of a dinner party is greeting your guests. We love how Christine Chang Photography captured the pure joy of this first hello. The colors and composition of this photograph combine to highlight the delight of human connection.

photographer: Christine Chang Photography | venue: private estate

Not a Dry Eye in Sight at This Desert Ceremony

bride and groom kiss under rectangular, mirrored archway with desert backdrop
photographer: Dennis Kwan Photography

The surrounding desert landscape made an alluring backdrop for this couple’s chic wedding ceremony. Dennis Kwan knew exactly where to stand in order to showcase the mirrored archway, the gorgeous reflections of the nearby mountains, — and most importantly, the loving couple.  

photographer: Dennis Kwan Photography | planner: Colin Cowie Lifestyle | venue: Amangiri

When the Moment Strikes

bride and groom ride baraat elephant against ocean backdrop while flock of birds fly overhead
photographer: Duke Images

A master photographer knows how important it is to be in the right spot at the right time. Duke Images captured this incredible shot of a bride and groom riding on a elephant for their Baraat processional. We love how it looks like the bride released a flock of birds straight from her palm.

photographer: Duke Images | planner: Elegant Events LLC | décor: Shawna Yamamoto | venue: The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

And the Award Goes too . . .

HBO Emmy after-party with performer wearing metallic bodysuit
photographer: Gabor Ekecs Photography

HBO celebrated its 137 Emmy nominations with a larger-than-life Emmy after-party. Gabor Ekecs Photography knew exactly where to stand to catch the perfect lighting for this glamorous shot. We love how the evening’s live entertainment continues to live on — one photograph at a time.

photographer: Gabor Ekecs Photography | designer & producer: Billy Butchkavitz, & Images By Lighting | décor: Agile Eye Solutions | venue: Pacific Design Center | rentals: Town & Country Rentals | projection: BARTKRESA studio | tent: So Cal Tents | special construction: Special Event Contractors

Windswept Beauty

bride with windswept veil stands in front of a bloom-covered ceremonial arch and setting sun
photographer: Katie Beverley

Everything, from the sunset to a strong gust of wind, aligned to make this moment incredibly romantic. Katie Beverly found the perfect angle to photograph the beautiful bride and her picturesque surroundings for a summer dream of an image.

photographer: Katie Beverley | planner: Best Bride | décor: Butterfly Floral & Event Design | venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch

Lights, Camera, Glamour

Two aerialists in sequin leotards hand suspended in the air while holding hands
photographer: Next Exit Photography

Next Exit Photography artistically documented this Hollywood-themed cocktail party — complete with aerialists, champagne towers, and plenty of candlelight. We love how glittering lighting and crimson hues heighten the drama of this well-captured daring performance.

photographer: Next Exit Photography | planner: Revel Global Events

Up in the Clouds Where We Belong

Officiant married bride and groom on mountain above the clouds.
photographer: Visuals by Arpit

Sometimes, a great photograph arrests us in our path. Visuals by Arpit captured this breathtaking, one-in-a-million shot above the clouds. We love how the vibrant sunset pops against the darkened foreground, creating a vibe of cosmic splendor and a meant-to-be feeling.

photographer: Visuals by Arpit