“Your camera takes really good pictures.”

Concept inspired by Eric Luis Photography

Most of us photographers have been absolutely haunted by the comment given to us: “Your camera takes really good pictures.” If you are one of these people, we do appreciate the compliment, but you’re sadly mistaken. When we hear this, we haven’t the slightest clue as to how to react. So if we just stare in silence, it’s truly nothing personal. But please understand that the camera doesn’t have nearly as much to do with the composition of the photograph than we do. You would never go up to a painter and tell him/her that their brush makes good paintings or tell a sprinter that their shoes run fast. Yes, our camera’s vast abilities surely help on a professional level. However, I’m here to tell you that

You don’t need a professional camera to take great photos!

Anyone with any kind of camera matched with any kind of lens can take great photos. Whenever someone asks me for advice for a new camera, they seem far more concerned about megapixel count than anything else like ISO range (which in my opinion is far more important). Unless you’re going to blow up your pictures into a poster or billboard, you won’t use all of those megapixels in the first place. Your best friend as a photographer is the camera that’s on you. It’s your creativity that you have to exercise. Not the camera. So grab the nearest camera around and start walking. You’ll be surprised by what inspires you.

In the meantime, here are some pictures I took with my iPhone to prove that your most convenient camera is capable of taking great photos. (Please click on the title of this post to get the full quality of the pictures)

 

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Rory + Alexis

The crew and I were able to spend the weekend in beautiful Bass Lake, CA to shoot Rory and Alexis’ wedding. It was a beautiful venue and an even more beautiful couple. Enjoy their wedding highlight film!

Sonya + Steve

Last year, we filmed Sonya and Steve’s wedding in Pleasanton, CA for Love Story Pictures. It was an awesome, cool day with nice weather and colorful cloud cover. Koreans know how to throw a wedding!

John + Huong

Two weeks ago, we filmed this video for Love Story Pictures. John and Huong were an awesome couple who ironically had a huge rivalry between them. John is a huge Oakland A’s fan while Huong is a huge San Francisco Giants fan. (Go Giants!) It was quite the theme of the day which comically made its way into their vows. It was a gorgeously day in San Anselmo, CA which you can see by watching their highlight film. Enjoy!

Warren + Jen: Engaged

Warren + Jen: Engaged

 

Nhung and I were able to spend the day in the bay with these two awesome people and their families. I can seriously say I love my job when I’m able to go out to beautiful places with even more beautiful people. We had a blast roaming all over San Francisco and connecting with each other on a personal level.

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Ysmael + Jovelyn: A Highlight Film

Ysmael and Jovelyn’s love story begins in middle school in band which escalated into a life fulfilling commitment… with a Disney twist. Being two of the biggest Disney fanatics (along with myself), they were able to create the cutest, fun-filled wedding day that I’ve had the pleasure of being a part of. But none of that measures up to their dorky, playful banter with each other that was such a joy to be around. Their spirited charisma is nothing short of contagious. Get personal with these two in their cheerful highlight film!

Filmed by Adriel Callao, Rinna Pera and Nhung Dao.

The Bains Kids

The Bains Kids

 

I’ve met the Bains family during my first days of playing competitive paintball. They run a local paintball field here in Sacramento called Capital Edge Paintball Park. Dave Bains is a professional paintball player who plays internationally and recognized as one of the best back players in the game. Dave and his family has helped me and my team hone our skills on the field for years and theyrun a terrific field. Now, their family has been growing and asked me to take pictures of the little ones. Take a look at some of the cutest kids that will probably become very familiar with the game of paintball.

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Stephen + Kathleen

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I just want to start off by saying I love these two.  They were so easy to film and fun to be around during the wedding day and out.  Special thanks to Christina and Dan, the photo crew, for taking these awesome pictures!

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Stephen + Kathleen: A Highlight Film

These two are probably one of my favorite couples of 2013. They are so fun loving and genuinely good people and that’s not entirely based on the fact that they treated me out for Johnny Rockets. A true classic story of two high school sweethearts who couldn’t let each other go. Their wedding was held at one of my favorite places to shoot weddings, the Grand Island Mansion on the river. Enjoy the highlight film!

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.