Jorge and Lilia’s wedding in Cuernavaca, Mexico was a beautiful event, a huge party, and a ton of fun. Cuernavaca is a small town about 2 hours south of Mexico City, known to have some of “the best weather in the world.” Indeed, I arrived to find the warm-but-not-hot Mediterranean weather waiting for me in the middle of winter, and made my way to the Hotel Camino Real Sumiya- a tennis resort with boutique Japanese architecture and expansive gardens. I joined my wonderful past clients Ian Balam and Lili Rojo who are turning into amazingly talented photographers from La Paz, Mexico to shoot the event together. The ceremony took place at a small and exotic church overlooking the city before heading back to the resort where carpenters had spent days building the dancing and banquet facilities. Stage lighting, a wonderful band, and 700+ rambunctious guests made for a wedding evening unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
Lili and Ian. I can’t wait to see where they will go with their new studio.
This particular engagement shoot was a fantastic excuse to be a kid again. Kris, Jayson and I walked through the amazing Chabot Space and Science center for a few hours, looked at the telescopes, played with the space suits, touched the space craft and had the whole museum just about to ourselves for the evening. Kris and Jayson went to the Chabot museum for their second date, so it was a fitting place to head back to for their engagement photos. Here are some of my favorites!
I’m back from Cuernavaca, an enchanting town south of Mexico City. I met with my wonderful Mexican associate photographer (and past client) Ian Balam and his wife Lili for the wedding of Jorge and Lilia. They were married at the Camino Real Sumiya Hotel, a luxurious Japanese garden resort with a huge, stunning, 700 person event. Here’s a teaser- more images coming soon!
This past weekend I took a break from weddings and got to do a fun portrait shoot with Nathan, a local Taiji (Tai Chi) instructor in San Francisco. He was looking for some photos that he could use on his website, brochures, health club listings etc. It was fun to work with another small business owner, and we had a blast with the short creative project. We’ll be doing more shooting together at a later time, so stay tuned. And, if you’re in the market to get fit, flexible, and centered, see Nathan’s website HERE.
About a year ago Canon released a camera that promised to revolutionize the photography industry. The Canon 5D Mk II takes high definition video, in addition to exceptional still photographs. I picked up two of the cameras, and it changed the way I photograph weddings — opening me up to whole new realms of possibility with low light photography and industry-leading image quality across the board. However, it took some time to warm up to the idea of video. Videography is a completely different genre, requiring different equipment, software, and a honed eye. With these new cameras anyone can take high definition video, but doing it well is another story completely.
After working with my associate Peter H. Chang for the past two years, we finally decided to give wedding videography a try. Peter is a well-known television and movie producer, and he is an expert at making video as good as it can be. After working together for so much time, we have been able to sync up with my approach to weddings: anticipating moments, and working with people and light in a creative and artistic way. We are proud to present our first wedding fusion production, blending my still photographs with Peter’s video coverage from Alex and Giselle’s wedding. In addition to careful editing, our approach to wedding fusion attempts to be world class. This video goes beyond your average wedding coverage with a technique called color grading, adjusting the tones of each clip for a color-balanced cinematic look. Combined with the shallow depth of field unique to DSLR video recording and outstanding low-light image capture, this video is something that I’m very excited about.
This is a first iteration video shot by Peter alone, as he also helped out with still photography for the wedding day. Future video coverage will now be available for my upcoming clients, and will include more advanced sound recording, and an extended video crew. Pricing for video coverage will be released shortly.
Feel free to click on the full screen option on the video below. Also, since this is an HD file, playback may be a bit jerky on some computers. To optimize playback, allow for the player to download the entire video stream before watching. Enjoy!
After a day of pouring rain, Phannie and Richard were understandably wondering if we should continue with our plans for an engagement shoot in Golden Gate park last weekend. I decided that we should go ahead, and was treated to one of the most adventuresome and fun photoshoots I’ve ever had.
Richard and Phannie met in dental school. Ironically, it was during a lab where their teacher informed them of the statistic that 30% of their class would get married to each other. Side by side, they looked at each other and said, “no way!”. Statistics are there for a reason though- and three years of school wore them down (or better yet, brought them closer together) to where we are today.
We started at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park for a few beautiful portraits under an overhang, and then headed out into the unknown. We played with some geese at a nearby lake, and made it down to the ocean where howling winds and rain gave us plenty of excitement. It all worked out beautifully, and added an environmental aspect that I rarely get with my photos. Plus, it was a ton of fun. Here are a few favorites.
Yes, it really was that windy.
The Cliff House in San Francisco, overlooking the stormy sea, and Ocean Beach.
Kristen and Jahan used to be nearly my next-door neighbors in San Francisco. Sadly, they have moved away from the Inner Sunset to a beautiful new home in Oakland. We decided to do their engagement shoot in their new neighborhood, just off of Lake Merritt in Oakland. After a week of rain, we got a beautiful burst of sunshine for a few hours, right in time for the photos. As I’m editing the photos I can’t help but get a huge smile when I look at Kristen’s laugh. It’s absolutely infectious.
So here are a few favorites from Kristen and Jahan’s engagement shoot at Lake Merritt. I’m so lucky to work with amazing clients. How could you not love this pair?