Oahu 2013

Oahu 2013

So I just came back from Oahu for shooting yet another wedding. I’ve learned everyone who says they don’t like Hawaii are all liars. All of you. This really was one of the best trips I’ve had the opportunity to take in my life and I consider myself lucky enough and blessed to have done so. Other than enjoy the view and great food which helped me gain the unwanted, massive weight that attached to me coming back home, I was able to meet up with family and friends who I haven’t seen much of lately. But most importantly, I was able to meet my 9 month old niece, Kaili. She is by far the happiest baby I’ve ever seen and I miss her dearly since I left. My traveling companion was Tatiana Kaiser, a very close friend who also helped me shoot the wedding. We hiked to the top of mountains, swam with ginormous fish where we spotted an octopus and got kicked by a sea turtle (yes, you read that right), went to 5 different beaches, tried a number of different kinds of poke, got stung by a Portuguese Man O’War while body surfing, had good AND bad hawaiian shaved ice and had the time of our lives. Enjoy the pictures we took! Hopefully, they do some justice to the Hawaiian Islands and that they inspire all you liars to admit you would love to be there too.

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CJ + Samantha: A Highlight Film

Hi everybody!

CJ and Sam have been good friends from college. They’ve been together since I’ve known them and have always been a pleasure to be around. CJ being in a dance crew called Step Boys (you may have heard of them from America’s Best Dance Crew) and Sam being a very talented singer who is very much involved in her church, they are very energetic and fun! It was already pretty comfortable working with them knowing them for so long. They made creating this video very easy with all of the emotion they included into their wedding. Even though the day included 109 degree weather, it was definitely worth all of the sweat that we all produced. haha The Love Story Pictures crew and I had a great time shooting this wedding which also had a surprise guest MC: DTRIX of Youtube.com and Step Boys. It was a great wedding and I’m very glad the crew and I were a part of it. Congratulations, CJ and Sam!

Proposal Footage credited to staleBREADtv of Youtube.

Happy 80th Birthday, Grammy.

So for the past week, I’ve been gathering footage from my family in order to put this video together for my grandmother’s 80th birthday. She had 8 children, whom of which all have families of their own. So you can imagine how much traveling I had to do in order to put this project together. I wanted to tell her story and all the difficulties she’s had coming from the Philippines and adjusting to the American way of life as a single mother. But most importantly, I wanted to show my grandma how much we all love her and how much we have appreciated all the things she’s done for us. She is the text book definition of perseverance. She never gave up and did what she needed to for her family. So now, it was our turn to give back to her. Happy birthday, Grammy.

Patrick + Monica: A Highlight Film

Hi folks! Here’s another film that the crew and I shot earlier this year for Love Story Pictures. It took place in a very isolated, calm, peaceful place in the woods with the city in the background that you can view from between the trees. It was an awesome venue and it’s peaceful environment set up a perfect setting for Patrick and Monica’s wedding.

These two were so easy to work with. They were both excited for the day. Rightfully so. Seeing Patrick and Monica together deemed a similar feeling when you smash the two sides of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich together and experience the amazing collaboration these two make. They belong together. They quite literally couldn’t keep their eyes off each other! It was a very pleasant day and evening shooting their wedding and, here, I want to share what we experienced with these two. Enjoy!

You can still surprise me, Sacramento.

You can still surprise me, Sacramento.

When I arrived in Old Sacramento for a photo session, I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed the place being set up for what I know now as the Gold Rush Festival. Folks came dressed up and in their vintage clothing and artifacts. It was exciting to experience and see everybody energetic about the festivities. It really was a site to see so please enjoy!

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What are you two doing together?

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Firetrucks have come a loooong way..

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I could be totally wrong, but I’m pretty sure they didn’t have cellphones during the civil war.

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This is the tool that the dentist offered to pull my teeth out with.  He appropriately called it “the claw”.

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I thought he was a magician at first.  I was waaayyy off.

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Minh + Amanda

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I’ve had the pleasure of having Minh as one of my best friends growing up. We’ve gone through a lot through the years like marching band adventures, high school girl issues (or lack there of on my part), bad cafeteria pizza depression and mature conversations about clever pick-up lines. I met Amanda a few years ago after they started dating and knew she was the right one for him. She’s creative, hilarious and all around a good person. (By the way, she’s also a very talented baker and you should check out her website! http://ohmypancake.blogspot.com)

These two are very pleasant to be around and I’ve never seen Minh so happy. Enjoy their one year anniversary photo session!

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Jeff + Pricella: A Director’s Cut

I met Jeff and Pricella at the Sacramento Bridal Showcase last year.  Right off the bat, I knew we had a connection and as soon as we started talking wedding plans, things got pretty easy.    Jeff and Pricella remind me of one of those couples who dance in the kitchen together, sing duets in the car and have a million inside jokes that no one else would understand.  They are clearly a prime example of two best friends who married each other.  Please watch their wedding film and you’ll see for yourself!