Posts Tagged ‘Photoshoot’

Engagement Session in Monterey & Carmel CA: Jane & David

April 6th, 2010

Shortly after the fun engagement photoshoot session in Los Angeles with Emi & Motoki, I flew up to San Jose to meet with Jane & David, who will be tying their knot later this summer near San Francisco area. They both met at their church in Boston while attending Harvard grad school. They picked up […]

 

Shortly after the fun engagement photoshoot session in Los Angeles with Emi & Motoki, I flew up to San Jose to meet with Jane & David, who will be tying their knot later this summer near San Francisco area. They both met at their church in Boston while attending Harvard grad school. They picked up from the airport and we drove down together to Monterey area. I have never been to this region before but heard so much about how beautiful it is down there. The anticipation made our time worth while as we drove about 1.5 hours to arrive at our destination and it did not disappoint! We spent the afternoon driving along the coast, stopping at various locations, having lunch at a pier while sampling clam chowder from restaurants, getting drenched by the waves and discovering all the eclectic backgrounds in Carmel. We also managed to take some photos here and there. In the end we captured some beautiful moments for David & Jane:

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Seaside, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Fisherman's Wharf Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA - Reenacting the proposal at the same spot where he asked her and she said yes

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo - Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo - Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Basilica of Mission San Carlos Borromeo De Rio Carmelo - Carmel, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

Everyone talked about this tree so we had to go check it out: The Lone Cypress Tree along the 17 mile drive in Monterey, CA

Engagement session: Carmel, CA

The three of us together after the shoot

Engagement sessions are advantageous for both parties. It allows the couples to have really nice moments captured that they can cherish and to use for their wedding & other purposes as they see fit. For the photographer, it really helps us to practice our craft, get to know the couple and utilize the time to educate the clients on helping them pose for photos together. Another thing is that as I spend more time with them, a connection is made and trust is built. My anticipation to see them again on their wedding day grows more and the couple on their wedding no longer sees me as their photographer but as a trusted friend that can take great photos. So I am really appreciative of the couples that are willing to spend the extra time with me in advance to have this session together.

Thank you Jane & David. Looking forward to seeing you guys again on your wedding day soon!

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Lifestyle Engagement Session – Emi & Motoki

April 2nd, 2010

Last week I traveled westbound to photograph two engagement sessions out in California. I was able to schedule the shoot so that I can photograph both of these couples on the same weekend. First stop was Beverly Hills, California better known as 90210. Emi said he first contacted me few years ago before I became […]

 

Last week I traveled westbound to photograph two engagement sessions out in California. I was able to schedule the shoot so that I can photograph both of these couples on the same weekend. First stop was Beverly Hills, California better known as 90210. Emi said he first contacted me few years ago before I became a wedding photographer during the days when I was dabbling with photography as a hobby and has been follow my work since then. She has also attended a wedding which I photographed back in Philadelphia so I knew we had many mutual friends in common. Motoki is a computer graphics expert working on Hollywood animation films. Some of his latest work you might recognize (Avatar, Star Trek, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, etc.) Even though I had not met this couple prior to our initial meeting for our engagement session, I knew the moment we met, that we were going to get along just fine.

They had selected some of their favorite locations to do their shoot and went to various places such as Lake Balboa (where the cherry blossoms were still blooming), The ever famous Grove mall, LA Contemporary Museum of Arts (better known as LACMA) and Playa Vista beach. We had so much fun during the shoot, as it gave us plenty of time get to know each other while we captured them in their natural poses. I think this session breaks my record for the number of security guards that stopped me from photographing the couple. I had 3 of them question what I was doing and gave us really hard time – I say only in LA, the land of hollywood stars, do they make this such a big deal. It was kind of fun though giving our session more of an adventure feel to it.

I know this blog post is titled the “Beverly Hills” engagement session, but we chose to save some of the more iconic locations in Beverly Hills for their wedding day. So you will see some more of that in the future. Here are some of my favorite photos from their day. You can also view them on my facebook page

We were fortunate to still find Cherry Blossom trees at this time of the year. This is very significant in Japanese culture!

We were fortunate to still find Cherry Blossom trees at this time of the year. This is very significant in Japanese culture!

The #19 is significant to them - it is their wedding date, when they first went on a date, when he first asked her out, etc...

The #19 is significant to them - it is their wedding date, when they first went on a date, when he first asked her out, etc...

We then hung out at The Grove mall - people thought they were celebrities because I was shooting them like a paparazzi

We then hung out at The Grove mall - people thought they were celebrities because I was shooting them like a paparazzi

I have always wanted to photograph at this location. It was little crowded that day but through different angles, i was able to crop them out of the background

I have always wanted to photograph at this location. It was little crowded that day but through different angles, i was able to crop them out of the background

These guys are perfect for each other and I cannot wait to spend the day with them again for their wedding this summer. Thanks Emi & Motoki for a fun-filled afternoon.

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Wedding in Labro, Italy? Yes Please.

February 1st, 2010

Well not really. It was not an actual wedding. But it was a vision. A vision to create a scenario to be able to capture some wedding images from Italy – which is what a group of us did when we went on our first PhotoVenture trip to Italy this past September of 2009. With […]

 

Well not really. It was not an actual wedding. But it was a vision. A vision to create a scenario to be able to capture some wedding images from Italy – which is what a group of us did when we went on our first PhotoVenture trip to Italy this past September of 2009. With the help by our tour coordinator Max Brunelli, we organized a photoshoot with Italian models and for few hours where we photographed them in their wedding attires and came up with some really cool wedding images. My goal was that all of us will walk away with some beautiful images for their portfolio. But not only that, I wanted them to challenge themselves to work in any kind of environment despite the language barrier to come up with shots that they needed. My personal goal was to photograph more weddings here in Italy so I wanted to build a portfolio to showcase more of my work in a unique backdrop only Italy can offer. Last year I had the privilege of photographing a beautiful wedding for Bob Davis and I fell in love there and told myself that I will make a goal and my vision to photograph more weddings here.

Labro, Italy

For this reason, the mock wedding photoshoot took place in a small acquaint hilltop medieval town of Labro tucked away between the mountains. Labro is in the Province of Rieti in the Italian region Latium, located about 70 km northeast of Rome. The town's population is about 350 and is so small that you cannot find it in most tour guide books. They also still have a prince that still lives and governs there.

When we started our shoot, we had couple of obstacle to overcome: 1) Rain. Which meant that we had to pose them in places where they were under the cover and/or the umbrella. Fortunately the rain stopped after about an half hour into the shoot. We learned the lesson of quickly adapting to things we cannot change (such as weather) and rather than letting that discourage us, think of more creative ways to capture the subject.

Despite the rain in the beginning, we came up with some really cool images

Despite the rain, we came up with some really cool images

Trying to explain to the them 'almost kiss but not all the way' was little tricky

Trying to explain to the them 'almost kiss but not all the way' was little tricky

2) Language barrier: Another challenge we had to face was that none of the models spoke any English. And we didn’t speak Italian so many times we had to use our body language, eye contact and just repeating things slowly and audibly so that they can somewhat understand what we were saying. And because many words were used in repetition, they eventually picked up some of our instruction and we also picked up a few phrases of their own. Lesson learned: that communication is very important during a photoshoot even with our clients. Often times I see workshop attendees just silent while they shoot away at their subject. It is important to keep the conversation flowing during our shoot.

Despite our language differences, I was still able to communicate to them on the reactions that I wanted

Despite our language differences, I was still able to communicate to them on the reactions that I wanted

Often times we can use the photoshoot time to get to know things around us. We spent some time w/ the old man in the background and found out that he is 95 years old and has been the pastor of the church we were photographing for over 70 years old. Wow!

Often times we can use the photoshoot time to get to know things around us. We spent some time w/ the old man in the background and found out that he is 95 years old and has been the pastor of the church we were photographing for over 70 years old. Wow!

I love the breath-taking backdrops that only Italy can provide. Rainy weather meant bright blue sky to follow shortly after!

I love the breath-taking backdrops that only Italy can provide. Rainy weather meant bright blue sky to follow shortly after!

As we were driving away at night, we were mesmerized by how clear the sky was and how the bright stars were illuminating the city. Then we asked ourselves: Did we really just shoot there?

As we were driving away at night, we were mesmerized by how clear the sky was and how the bright stars were illuminating the city. Then we asked ourselves: "Did we really just shoot there?"

I am thankful for the experience that we had together as a group. I am putting it on my vision board to photograph more Italian weddings in 2010 so hopefully it will happen soon. In the mean time, I am taking a group of photographers again in less than 13 days on another PhotoVenture with Kenny & Friends. We have people from all over the States & Canada coming to this one. Kevin Swan from KISS Wedding books will also be joining us on this journey and I cannot wait to explore the region of Campania Felix (Amalfi, Napoli, Sorrento, Rovello, Positano, Pompeii, plus more.) It is not too late to sign up! If you are interested in joining us on this adventure, contact me. Until next time, happy traveling!

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Chicagoland Family / Lifestyle Session: Kim Family

January 14th, 2010

I was introduced to Dennis & Christy through a mutual friend. They recently had a beautiful baby boy and wanted to celebrate their occasion by capturing them together. This session is part 1 of 2 series. Just like the photoshoot I did for the Mayo Family, we are doing a family session first then once […]

 

I was introduced to Dennis & Christy through a mutual friend. They recently had a beautiful baby boy and wanted to celebrate their occasion by capturing them together. This session is part 1 of 2 series. Just like the photoshoot I did for the Mayo Family, we are doing a family session first then once the weather gets warmer, we will do a couple’s lifestyle shoot w/ just Christy & Dennis and few more shots of the baby. I do not photograph many family sessions as weddings and other events are my priority but as schedule allows, I try to take a a few requests throughout the year. Dennis & Christy are such great people and I enjoyed spending time with them. I did not know this but they scheduled their photoshoot on the same day as Dennis’ birthday. So afterwards we went out to eat w/ their family to celebrate his birthday. Talk about good times! Here are some photos from their session:

Thanks Dennis & Christy! I am looking forward to our next session! 🙂

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Chicago Model Fashion Beauty Photo Shoot

December 17th, 2009

This week I had a chance to do something outside my wedding photography element. I got to work with a San Francisco-based model (you might recognize her from a previous lifestyle shoot I did back in September) named Crystelle. She is a friend of mine and does professional modeling. Working with models is a great […]

 

This week I had a chance to do something outside my wedding photography element. I got to work with a San Francisco-based model (you might recognize her from a previous lifestyle shoot I did back in September) named Crystelle. She is a friend of mine and does professional modeling. Working with models is a great way to practice your craft as a photographer. You can also learn their posing techniques and implement them on the wedding day with your bride or on your next lifestyle engagement session. It was a freezing day in Chicago so we went to various indoor & outdoor locations in Evanston downtown area for the shoot. Crystelle is a trooper and did a great job despite the Chicago weather.

Big thanks goes out to Lillian from Starlight Makeup Chicago for providing hair & makeup for the shoot. She did an amazing work on Crystelle! She even came out to the shoot w/ us and helped me w/ lighting and even some posing tips. If you need referrals for a professional stylist, look up her company!

Here are some photos from the shoot. I would love to hear comments & suggestions from fashion shoot photographers (if you are out there reading my blog). Be kind, I don’t do this too often! And if you are a model wanting to do lifestyle/fashion shoots like this, drop me a note. I don’t have time to do much of these but would love to do it once in awhile to sharpen my skills & improve my portfolio.

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifstyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifstyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifstyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifstyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion & Lifestyle Photoshoot

Fashion Beauty & Lifestyle Photoshoot

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