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.
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!
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.