“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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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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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!

CJ + Samantha: A Highlight Film

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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.

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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Keana Romero

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Last week, an old friend contacted me about doing a photo session.  Since we haven’t seen each other in a long time, we decided we were due for a reunion. Keana and I were part of a Halau (a Polynesian dance group – you know, the type you see at Hawaiian Luau’s where they bring you on stage after you’ve had a few drinks to see if you can do the hula while intoxicated) where she danced gracefully and I played the instruments the best I knew how – and by ‘the best I knew how’, I mean ‘uncontrollably bad’.  We met up, caught up and took some amazing pictures. Check them out!

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