Monday, March 21, 2016

WPJA 2015 Q4 Contest Awards

I am so thrilled to find a couple of my images being placed in the latest 2015 Wedding Photojournalist Association (WPJA) contest! Congrats to Ashley and Andy, Samantha Santangelo and Marcus Santangelo (and Sam's dad). Thanks for these lovely and touching moments! 
Congratulations to all my friends and winners for their amazing work! I'm really honored and humbled to be amongst these great people and artists, and forever grateful for their inspiration!

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A sneak peek of Annie and Nelson's beautiful, emotional wedding (Four Seasons Hotel, SF)

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I totally love the emotions at Annie and Nelson's wedding! The bride and groom were gleaming with happiness behind every tear and laugh! Here's a sneak peek of their lovely wedding at the Four Seasons in San Francisco. More to come...

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Lindsey + Danny: Dazzling couple in the redwoods (Mill Valley, CA)

We had the most amazing late afternoon sunlight set up for Lindsey and Danny at the Muir Woods National Monument. Really loved the serenity and the smell of the redwoods and the sun light through the tall trees was just so beautiful and dreamy!

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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Lovely Family Time at Cuesta (Mountain View, CA)

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One of the things I appreciate most about family and kids photo session is to capture the natural, genuine and sweet emotions among the family, and the little adorable details of the kids at the time, like the missing front teeth, the braces, pimples, freckles etc. etc. Those of us with kids usually feel one way or another how time flies by so quickly, and the kids almost seem to be growing up too fast without us paying enough attention or spending enough time with them, and times we wished we could remember more. So having these photo sessions not only allow the whole family enjoy some quality time, but also allow me to freeze these precious moments into images. And it feels really good to be doing that. 

On this day, I had a great photo session with Kristi, John and their three energetic girls at Cuesta Park, and we captured a lot of beautiful sisters affectionate and fun moments and more!

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

ISPWP 2016 Winter Contest Award

I'm so happy to find one of my favorite images got placed in the ISPWP Winter contest! Congrats to all the winners and specifically to my lovely couple, Katie and Keoki, and their parents, for letting me capture this beautiful mother-son and father-daughter dance moment!

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Meimei + Clifford: A Sentimental Wedding at Calistoga Ranch (Calistoga, CA)

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Meimei and Clifford picked the beautiful and serene Calistoga Ranch to celebrate their love with their close friends and families. Everything was done to perfection - the decorations, the food, the music. It was probably one of the most emotional weddings I have been to. Lots of tearful moments - tears of joy, happiness and gratitude - which added so much more emotions throughout the day. 

Guests came from all over the world. However, the bride's father was not able to make it, and it was the most touching moment when the bride called her father. That scene totally melted my heart.

The best highlight of the day was the groom's out-of-this-world singing! It was just an amazing performance! No wonder it captured the heart of the bride and everyone there. Such a gifted individual!

Looking back, I have come to know this lovely couple, Meimei and Clifford, for quite a while now, and have worked with them on multiple shoots already, starting from their Civil wedding, Save-the-date session a year ago and their recent engagement session at UC Berkeley. My sincerest wish to this perfect couple for an incredible journey together! 

Thanks to Dave Donovan for rocking this wedding with me! And kudos to Aliya and her awesome team at Calistoga Ranch!

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On-site manager/catering: Aliya Piotrkowski
Officiant: Rose Barboza
Second Photographer: Dave Donovan
Hair/Makeup: Beauty by Ellie, Ellie Han
Floral: Fleurs de France, Jessica Switala
Cake: Bouchon Bakery
Ceremony music: Wine Country Entertainment (WCE), Laura Simpson
Dinner/Dance music: WCE, Angela Takeshi
Videographer: Justin Ferar & Georgina Sxabo