Behind The Lens
Some may ask, “What’s in a name?” In my case, my last name “Gutentag” means “Good Day” in German. Great way to begin the day!
I first began creating images behind the lens as a child while watching my father shoot with his 1957 all-manual Zeiss camera. My dad let me push the shutter button during one of our national park summer trips, after which I became addicted! Much more than pictures, photography is a way of life for me.
My Connection with Photography
Photography became an extension of my natural tendency to observe and see my surroundings. I aspire to create images that will stand the test of time and wear in–not wear out. I work hard to produce the very best images that capture the true essence of all people. My camera also travels with me as I love to shoot the magnificent outdoors! I can focus for hours in one place searching and capturing the unique aspects of a mountain, river, flower, or whatever may be showing itself at the time.
Lyd & Mo Photography Studio
Our philosophy is clear and simple: To produce the best images that define and express the energy and reality that surrounds us; images that speak to the audience. We believe in community and in hard work to come away with photographs that convey the spirit and the authenticity of every shoot.
Consistency in Style and Elegance. Lyd & Mo have a body of work that spans more than two decades in fashion, corporate portraits, environmental portraits, corporate events, conceptual people, editorial and photojournalism. This is accomplished by two very important factors.
A) Both Lyd and Mo photograph each and every events themselves. They are with you all day until the very end. You will never be surprised by a photography team of “associates” that you’ve not met.
B) ALL POST-PRODUCTION is done at the Pasadena studio by both Lyd and Mo.
Post-Production. It’s always Lyd and Mo. All post-production is done at the Pasadena studio by both Lyd and Mo. We do not allow a “studio manager” or an “associate” to do any post production. It is done only by the two photographers who were at your event (Lyd and Mo) as they are the only photographers who know exactly how every image was meant to be produced. Post-production is as important as production. It should never be dismissed as an “after thought,” or handled by an associate. Every image delivered to the client has undergone a process of post-production. No image leaves the studio not completely finished.
Keep It Real! Lyd and Mo have access to all the plug-ins, filters and special after-effects that all photographers have, professional and amateur, but they are aware that trends come and go. What is trendy today may appear outdated and even silly in only a couple of years. Their style is a realistic and authentic look, and their clients understand and appreciate this. Lyd and Mo’s images capture intimate moments with the energy and passion that conveys a personal feel.
Lydia + Mario
With over 20 years experience as a professional photographer in Southern California, Mario began as a photojournalist for local newspapers then moved to his own studio to pursue photographing lifestyles and editorial photography both in studio and on location at events, weddings, portraits, and photojournalism shoots. Lydia is an accomplished Art Director, in touch with the corporate world of art buyers and creative directors. Lyd & Mo have received numerous awards including a Best of LA from The Knot, Best of Pasadena Photographer Reader Recommended by the Pasadena Weekly.
Lyd & Mo Photography Studio & Gallery opened in February 2015. We are a studio and gallery as well as the venue for the monthly Last Fridays Songwriter Night in Pasadena, book launch events, networking socials, education in photography and other great socializing opportunities. Lyd & Mo are members of the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and committee members of the Pasadena Playhouse District Association.
For the commercial website please visit: www.mariocee.com