Growing up in Southern California as a kid my family and friends would have described me as a happy, and outgoing tyke who loved to play just about any sport I could get my hands on. In fact as a child, my family would have bet the farm that I would have never even considered being a creative one day. I loved running and jumping around too much at home, or at school to have even thought of ever being an artist. I guess I rarely stood still in those days, LoL! Feeling the wind rushing through my hair as I sprinted by the trees at the park was more my speed. If there were kids outside in my neighborhood playing any kind of sports my mother knew where she could always find me. Later as a teen, I accidentally stumbled upon photography when I discovered my father’s old Kodak Brownie film camera in our garage. It was there with a bunch of other boxes that I began to piece together the story of my father’s life. I am sure he had planned to get to those boxes and their contents one day, but sadly he did not! He passed away a few years earlier, and left those boxes for me to discover. It was his gift to me that started my artistic journey. I spent many hours in that garage secretly going through those boxes like an archeologist. Letting the product of a healthy boy’s imagination run free. I also worked diligently at mastering his film camera during that time, and studying some of my favorite magazines in the school library. I was especially fascinated and moved often by Life magazine!
I can still clearly remember the Vietnam War series images in black and white. They were so graphic and emotionally jarring to me! This and other magazines brought the world to me many miles away in color, beautiful cinematic pictures and many others with a strong emphasis in Photojournalism. In time, all these images would eventually teach me how to convey beauty and capture emotions in photograph. As the years passed on, I graduated from college and went straight to work for a fortune 500 corporation in the Pharma/Biotech sector for many years. During that time, I continued to hone in my skills on my portfolio in southern California, photographing Fashion work in Los Angeles, as well as New York and other states when I was free to follow my secret passion. Later on, I finally started to get a few commissions to photograph Portraiture, Commercial and some Architectural work which all eventually led to me meeting Lisa. We started working together on a project that a fellow mentor had chosen us to work on all by accident really. Then we noticed that our work was stronger together then alone. Soon afterwards we decided to start working together on other projects more purposefully and creatively. We quickly learned that both of our previous training in the major photography genres like Fashion, Commercial and Portraiture made us a stronger team for Weddings and Commercial work. So we both took all of this training, and poured ourselves into our little company, Peardon Carrillo Photography. Today, we bring all of our training of photography, lighting, experience, passion, and creativity to your events or projects. For us, there is nothing better than creating and collaborating together on great photography images! We absolutely Love what we do, and we bring that joy and experience of photography to you and your family every time on your important events and cool projects!
It was another bright sunny day in Los angeles. I had come in from a swim and I was sitting in my mothers' turquoise and ivory tiled bathroom watching her put on her make-up, while sipping her martini and humming to the George Harrison record my father was playing in the background. I was flipping through the pages of one of her many Vogue Magazines, and giggling to myself because she looked so funny in her pink lingerie with black polka dots, and her hair all up in curlers. It was the sixties and she was such a fashionista! She was getting ready to go to a big Hollywood party. "Pass me the Mary Quant baby", she asked as she took a drag on her cigarette. I remember reaching for the mascara and as I looked up I saw her reflection in the mirror putting on her lipstick with her long pink nails.
The cigarette smoke was billowing out of the corner of her mouth, and the light was illuminating her blue eyes in such a way that they were glowing. I was frozen for a moment mesmerized by the light. I was framing this image in my mind taking in the scene. Click. That was the first fashion photo I ever took. I was six years old. After that I started looking at my Mothers Vogue magazines religiously, searching for photos with beautiful light. After high school I attended Art Center College of Design then moved to Paris to follow my dream of shooting for fashion magazines. I lived there for eight years, shooting for magazines such as Marie Claire, 2O ans, Cosmopolitan, L'official, Jeune et Jolie, to name a few. After reaching my goals with my life in Paris, and opening my eyes and mind in so many different ways, my adventurous spirit needed change. I moved to New York where I lived out another dream shooting album covers for all the major record labels. And celebrities for major magazines. I shot many artists, from pop to wrap to jazz. Some of the most notable being, Britney Spears, Beck, Ice Cube, Alicia Keys,Tyrese, and many great jazz artists. I had a blast! After so many years away from home I returned to my native Los Angeles to be close to my family and friends. In Los Angeles there is everything to photograph. Fashion, Music,Celebrities,Lifestyle. One day a friend asked Alberto and I to shoot her wedding. I wasn't sure if we should because neither of us had ever shot a wedding and there is nothing more important than capturing and preserving a couples most important day. But we decided to do it. And we loved it! With a wedding we're able to use all of our photographic skills. I love to photograph the couple in a stylish way like I would for a fashion magazine, and capture the whole story with beautiful, and humorous and quirky candids. The tears of joy from their parents, their siblings closeness, and goofiness and their best friends laughter. But the main reason I love photographing weddings is capturing the love between two people who are madly in love. That's magic!