Photographed Robert & Jamelyn with my good friend Rolo Tanedo on a not-so relaxed Sunday afternoon at Stow Lake. Traffic was horrendous in Golden Gate Park any time after 12 PM due to the One Republic concert that was attracting most of the park's visitors today, as well as a local elementary school's walkathon taking place at Stow Lake itself. That said, even with all of the hustle & bustle the day was already managing to bring before the photoshoot finally went underway, Stow Lake proved it's worth, once again, becoming the primary setting for the engagement session with it's never-ending backdrops and simply wonderful overall ambiance. Robert & Jamelyn were an absolute delight to photograph, were incredibly easy to work with, and of course - validated that which true love consists of. Love is all about making sacrifices for one another and ultimately looking past imperfections to make them perfect. Robert & Jamelyn show just that!
Some say that opposites attract, while the latter states otherwise. Today’s subjects at hand that represent the latter? Jullian & Rinna.
From their passion for sneakers that they share which had initially started back in their good ‘ole high school days, to their ever growing love for photography and videography that strengthens just as much as their current bond and relationship does, one thing has been apparent with these two since the beginning: they epitomize the typical cliché of “you always fall for your best friend”, and transcend above that matter.
I had the pleasure of photographing their two-year anniversary on a chilly Friday night in Dolores Park just as the sun had began to set, and what I absolutely love about these two is the energy that they both bring. Each and every time I see them, whether it be a chance to hang out with them or a simple hello and goodbye, dull moments never come into play. This outing was no different from the rest, where laughs were shared throughout the entirety.
Surely, to get the full gist of it, one would have had to witness the shoot in person to get the exact, legitimate feel of the moment – that’s the way things go with just about anything. Having said that, I feel that I’ve conveyed their quirky, carefree natures in the best possible way that I could in the images you see below.
From the large floral decoration showcasing Ms. Norelle's name in a large, all-capitalized font, to the sleekly planned 'cocktail hour' prior to the celebration's commencement, to the generally simplistic design of the program, everything was done in the most professional, subtle, and classy manner. If there's anything that this party had, it's the attention paid to details, details, and more details.
As a photographer, I attempt to emulate the plot, the setting, and the climaxes of the subjects I photograph, the way everyone else would see it, and the way those who weren't able to make it would like to see it. That said, for this party, I paid even more attention to the simple, little details than I feel I typically would, simply given the overall vibe and impression the venue's beautiful atmosphere suggested, to which they all contributed to the grand scheme of things. The party was a blast to shoot, especially given the large, open space and wonderful lighting.
What's crazier, more stressful, and more time intensive than a single girl celebrating her 18th birthday party in the form of a cotillion? Two twins doing the same exact thing! After much preparation, the day had finally arrived for twin sisters Tiffany and Theresa. They planned this celebration with their parents with tons of ideas in mind, but one primary idea stood throughout the rest - this absolutely had to be a day that all who were in attendance would remember!
The laughs shared, tears shed, and everything in-between that night were all built and preserved along a wonderful foundation - love. With every speech, every dance move, and every music note sung, love could be felt circulating from every heart in the room. From the overall Disney theme, to the photos we took back in December (from their pre-cotillion photoshoot) being framed on the walls, to the numerous dance and singing performances, to the emotion-filled 18 roses and candles, everything was done in a classy and manageable fashion that flowed perfectly.
I hope the photos below tell the story just as well as I was able to describe it in my words above. A truly memorable night, indeed, a night that definitely reminded me of why I truly love what I do.
The year 2013 has finally arrived, blessing us all with new hopes and aspirations. With that, new opportunities and spontaneity were surely to arise. Some people like to stay on track with everything that they are looking forward to, right away. Some people choose to change bad habits and learn from their mistakes, capitalizing on them.. Commonly known as new year's resolutions. Some people anticipate the new year as a chance to prove something to themselves by starting an exciting 365 project! Everything here has to do with maintaining priorities and never falling short of what you had initially intended to do. Do you know what I say, though?
Better late than never.
Jayanne contacted me via Facebook a few days into the new year, in need of a photographer for her cotillion that would take place in less than two weeks after the new year began. The way things went, I ended up being free that Saturday night - the 12th to be exact - with only work to worry about in the morning. After that, the rest of the day was about to unfold as I stepped into the Embassy Room at Embassy Suites Burlingame.
The party was a blast to photograph and I was able to make a couple of new friends in Jayanne & her entourage, as well as get to see and converse with a couple of old friends! This time around, I was subject to improvising a bit more due to the strobe & effect lights that the DJ's had set up (which did happen to create some interesting lighting effects, but also some lighting issues as well), as the wrong angle would result in either a horribly overexposed or underexposed image! That said, the images turned out great & I enjoy them all very much.