Just a quick shot from today’s engagement shoot with Kong and Aimee. I love dogs, especially pugs, and I couldn’t hold this photo back. More to come!
My wedding season this year has started off with some exotic, beautiful and fun opportunities to expand my photographic horizons. After a wedding in Cuernavaca, Mexico last month I had another fantastic opportunity to work with Christine and Richard for their wonderfully personal and culturally mixed Vietnamese Buddhist/Western wedding day in Milpitas. The whole day was filled with an explosion of color (and thousands of firecrackers), two Vietnamese wedding tea ceremonies, a western ceremony, and Christine’s chance to show off 3 different dresses.
Richard and Christine met in dental school in San Francisco several years ago, as they were placed by alphabetical order next to each other in lab class. Their professor told them that many students meet their spouse in school, after which Richard and Christine both looked at each other and said “no way.” Well, they are now another happy statistic, graduated and moved off to the mid-west for the next stage of their lives together.
The majority of the day took place between Richard and Christine’s respective houses in Milpitas, with a stop off at the Embassy Suites Hotel and the reception banquet at the Asian Pearl Restaurant in Fremont. I was joined by the talented Andi Hatch for her help with photography coverage for the day. Peter H Chang and his video assistant joined me for our most elaborate wedding fusion (photo & video mix) project to date. Steadicams, dollys, wireless mics and a total media team of 4 made for a crazy day, and a result that I’m really proud of. Some of my favorite photos are below. I’ll be working with Peter for the next few weeks to perfect the fusion product and will be back to post that as soon as I can. Enjoy!
I love taking photos of the bride getting ready. The emotions that roll through all present and the big change from the everyday appearance to the symbolic white dress is one of my favorite parts of the day to document. For this section we went to the Embassy Suites Hotel in Milpitas, where Christine changed out of her traditional Vietnamese bridal gown and into her white dress (#2 of 3).
Peter and Chris with a camera dolly filming the video portion of our coverage:
Following the two tea ceremonies and the change, we went back to Christine’s home for the western ceremony.
The reception took place at The Asian Pearl restaurant, and consisted of a fabulous Chinese banquet that lasted for hours and hours. A few favorites from our photo booth that I brought out for the evening. Costumes, fake mustaches, and some crazyness were in order.
Christine also put on her third dress of the evening and surprised Richard with a song, accompanied by a chorus from her bridesmaids.
The whole day took 14+ hours, and the huge range of favorites would be impossible to post on the blog. With that in mind I’ll break with tradition and post a sample slideshow below. Congratulations to Richard and Christine (Phannie)!
Today I met up with Megan and Brian for a stroll out around Crissy Field followed by some time (and delicious gelato) in their home neighborhood of North Beach. What a wonderful afternoon. Here are a few favorites!
Brian almost proposed to Megan using gelato (which sounds like it’s just about her favorite thing in the world). He settled on another plan, but I’m sure it would have worked!
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.
Past clients Juliane and Emilio were also there for the event.
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.