Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Vinnie + Tony: Braving the wind at Sutro Baths! (San Francisco, CA)

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Both Vinnie and Tony like nature, and particularly love the sunset at Sutro Baths, so they picked Lands End Trail and Sutro Baths for their engagement photo shoot. That day was probably one of the most windy days I have had in San Francisco, although it was really sunny. I had a lot of fun shooting with the couple, as they would go to almost any spot I asked, without hesitation. There was a pretty steep slope on the trail, and I spotted a nice spot. So I asked if they want to try going up. I was expecting some hesitation. Before I even finished asking, they were already climbing up! Kudos to this lovely coupled for being so brave and easy!  


When we arrived at the Sutro Baths, the wind was already gusting at more than 40 mph. The waves were actually coming in too the ruins. Wind was so strong that one could easily be blown away standing with one leg. However, the brave couple showed no fear and walked around. And thanks to the gusty wind, we pretty much had the entire Sutro Baths to ourselves!


Thank you Vinnie and Tony for a fun time. Really looking forward to their wedding day!


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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Top WPJA Photographers for 2015

I'm truly humbled and excited to have made to the Top WPJA Photographers for 2015 with many friends and talents! Thank you for the constant inspiration. Also thanks to my wedding couples again who gave me these opportunities!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Annie + Nelson: A beautiful wedding against all odds (San Francisco, CA)

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While looking through these pictures of Annie and Nelson's wedding, you probably would not believe the 'excitements' the couple encountered throughout the day. It started with the St. Paddy's Day Parade, which took place right about the time they had originally set for their ceremony. With many roads blocked near their hotel, a number of guests arrived late, so they had to delay the time of the ceremony.

Then when we were just about to step outside the hotel to take some portraits, the rain started pouring down brutally. I got myself all wet, but we managed to take some really cool pics with the rain and the streets of San Francisco as our backdrop!

Not too long after we returned back to the banquet room, another big surprise came on - power outage. The place went pitch dark for a short while and then with backup power, at least the room was somewhat lit up. However, a lot of equipment could not be used, including the projector for playing the slideshow, and the photobooth. 

But none of these affected the spirit of our lovely couple! Together with the amazing team led by Sophie, they came up with different plans and arrangements, and everyone at the wedding enjoyed just the same! I absolutely enjoyed the true emotions of Annie and Nelson and their families, especially Annie - she was a roller coaster of tears and laughter! 

Shout out to my wonderful second shooter, Heidi Sandoval, for rocking this wedding with me, and hats off to Sophie Lai's talented team at Simply Perfect Weddings & Events (did I mention Annie is part of Sophie's team?) and all the amazing vendors!

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On-site manager/catering: Gabbi Hernandez 
Officiant: Willie Peacock 
Wedding Consultants: Sophie Lai & team, Simply Perfect Weddings & Events 
Second Photographer: Heidi Sandoval 
Hair & Makeup: Tiffany Chiang, Design Her Image  
Floral: Jeeryn Dang, Tanjeeryn Floral Designs 
Cake: Jasmine Rae, Jasmine Rae Bakery 
DJ + Lighting: Brandon Portillo, Sound In Motion 
Photobooth: Andrew Yau, InstaPix Photobooth 
Videographers: Reb6Studios Videography