This is definitely something I'm not able to do every week (or month, or year - at that!): being flown out to the beautiful city of Seattle, WA by one of my closest friends, Mike Diep, to help second shoot a wedding! It's a crazy thing, not only because this was my first time being up in the Pacific Northwest, but also primarily because Mike & I have been friends for around 3-4 years now, first "meeting" through Facebook on a mutual photography-dedicated group that we were both members of. He came down to California in March of last year for a little photography trip that he had to make in Southern California, but stopped by San Francisco for a few days before his final destination. Needless to say, we got to meet up and hang out with other local photographers in the Bay Area and play tourist for a few days.. All of which were truly great times that I'll never forget. That said, the way things go, I share these same exact feelings about this past Seattle trip. Everyone was amazing, I was able to form bonds with new friends, strengthen ones with existing friends, and most of all, step out of my comfort zone. This was actually my first time flying solo, as well (I don't always get the opportunity to hop on a plane and fly somewhere cool!), so it was a big leap for myself in many different regards from the moment I stepped into SFO, with nothing but sheer eagerness to board onto my plane.
Laura and Brandon's wedding was nothing shy of spectacular, as it had pretty much everything I'd want in a wedding I was traveling to the Pacific Northwest to photograph -- big trees (a lot of them!), rustic-styled buildings, an amazing view, and a seemingly-infinite number of locations that we were able to steal Laura and Brandon away for to get some up-close & intimate images during the course of their special day. Thank you again, Laura and Brandon, for this wonderful opportunity, but also to Mike for being the true catalyst in making this whole entire thing happen.
Had the pleasure of photographing Eunice and Roma's wedding in sunny Sacramento, this time around with my buddy Alex Abaunza as second shooter. If there's anything that this wedding was, save from being absolutely beautiful and a joy to photograph from the beginning to the end, it was definitely unique. I particularly enjoyed the Zelda-inspired theme of the reception (see: wedding cake!), which featured the cutting of the first slice of cake with "The Master Sword" -- surely brining back some nostalgia from the past to everyone in the building. Thank you once again, Eunice and Roma! We wish you two the best of luck!
It is always a beautiful thing seeing two people come together as one in marriage - where the purest form of love is recognized - and even more so when the couple includes such sincerity and passion in their words and actions towards each other on their wedding day, from the vows all the way up to the thank you's. On a scorching hot Saturday in Sacramento, CA, Brooke and Christian allowed for their family, friends, and treasured guests to witness their becoming of one through God's unconditional love. Their carefree personalities really shined through during the entire course of their wedding day, from pre-ceremonial preparations, to the ceremony itself, to the emotion-filled reception where a dull moment was never apparent, ultimately proving that they were the perfect match. Rolo & I had an absolute joy in the creating and sharing of these wonderful moments with you two on your special day, and we wish you two a lifetime of happiness with each other and the ones you hold dear to your heart!
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!
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.