Lifestyle | Aedan's Baptism

June 28, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I've never made a blog post where I highlight and center emphasis on only a single image out of a particular set, but this can definitely stand as an exception. Babies are often among the most difficult to photograph simply because of how observant they can be. The slightest thing will throw off a baby's attention span, where the baby will then lock focus onto the next thing that catches their eye.. And so on, and so forth. What struck me with this image, however, was little baby Aedan's facial expression as he stared into the flame of the candle. As Aedan was staring at the flame in awe, wonder, and excitement, it could be said that God was working through him, especially right after becoming inducted as a newly Baptized child. For a little boy that is only a few months shy of twelve months, this speaks multitudes. The Catholic Church welcomes you, Aedan! 

Lifestyle | Ellie's Sweet Sixteen

June 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photographed Ellie's Sweet Sixteen just a day after getting back from my Los Angeles trip, where adjusting back to San Francisco's crazy and unpredictable weather was probably my biggest concern. To my delight, however, the skies were bright and sunny for Ellie's birthday celebration! As if I didn't get enough "Disney" from the past week, Ellie's Sweet Sixteen incorporated a lovely "disney princess" theme that engulfed the entire venue. As one could tell by the pictures, she could not stop smiling that night and showed exactly what a Disney princess would portray - elegance, cheerfulness, and happiness. 

Personal | Disneyland • iPhone-Only

June 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

First things first: new additions to my blog! Being a full-time student, it's not every other day or so that I'm able to put out new professional work from clients. As a result of this, I have decided to also make 'personal' posts onto my blog. These posts will consist of images taken from photo walks, hangouts with friends, and much more. This will not only give an excuse to take my camera out and explore, but it will also allow me to connect with you all in totally different ways, through my images. I've actually been pondering on this idea for a quite a while now, and am definitely excited for what's to come. 

To kick things off, my first 'personal' post highlights my two-day Disneyland & Disney California Adventures trip with my family, except with a fun, little twist -- iPhone only! A common misconception by many is that because one owns a "professional camera", they are able to put out beautiful, quality work each and every time with little to no effort. That's completely false, however, as the best camera is the one that you have with you, and everyone these days has their cell phone on them. You don't need fancy and expensive equipment to create great images. I'd trade my gear any day in exchange for the creative eyes of the many individuals that I have met through the years, whom I look up to and admire. That said, I hope you all enjoy this fun little set of images from my trip to Disneyland & DCA as much as I enjoyed snapping them.* I'd also like to give a special thanks to my friends Erika, Cheyenne, Brandon, and Nick, for keeping my family & I company and making these a wonderful two days on The Happiest Place on Earth

*All photos were edited with the VSCOcam iPhone application, shout out to the VSCO team for creating such a wonderful, powerful, and innovative mobile image editing platform! 

Lifestyle | Ursula & Anais' Quinceañera

June 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Had the joy of photographing Ursula & Anais' quinceañera with my cousin, Donmiguel Luis, on a warm Saturday evening in San Jose, CA. From the exquisite decorations to the masquerade ball-esque theme, everything was set up and executed with great fashion. This was also only my second time photographing a birthday/event in which there were two celebrants (the last - and first - similar event to this one was Twintillion back in March of 2013) that were sisters (unlike Twintillion, though, Ursula was turning 16 and Anais was turning 15; they simply decided to celebrate their respective quinceañeras on the same night), giving a very different and unique experience that constantly had Donmiguel and I running around, trigger happy with our cameras. When it all boils down to it, however, Ursula & Anais' quinceañera was an absolute blast to photograph with a seemingly-endless amount of memories made from the beginning to the end. 

Lifestyle | Jamelyn & Robert's Wedding

May 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photographed Jamelyn and Robert's wedding with my good friend Rolo Tanedo on a beautiful, warm Friday evening at Murrieta's Well in Livermore, CA. Nothing seemed to have changed between the two from when we last saw them in September of 2013, for their engagement session: they were as focused as ever, as passionate as ever, and as in love with each other as ever. From the beginning steps of preparation to the final, ending song during the reception, everything was done as acts of love, trust, and dedication for each other. The same could be said about their past together, having met at a local PB Bar and Grill in San Diego, CA years ago, where Jamelyn was on a nursing assignment while Robert was stationed in San Diego for Navy training. After countless dates and memories spent, the two went through with a long distance relationship that ultimately led to Robert asking Jamelyn, on Christmas Eve 2012, for her hand in marriage - right in front of her family! Thank you again, Jamelyn and Robert, for allowing Rolo and I to highlight and capture the beautiful moments on your special day - you are an inspiration in your own right and deserve the absolute best.