It started with a simple introduction, an awkward text and a continuation of what bloomed to become my favorite love story...
So, it’s raining on your wedding day. You anticipated cold weather and a bit of an overcast, but definitely not rain.
Your wedding was planned to be an outdoor wedding ceremony and you’re freaking out. You have your wedding planner on speed dial, and your wedding party is telling you not to worry "It's going to be so much fun!" they said.
You're still panicking.
I'm here to tell you that a rainy wedding day is not the end of the world, and doesn't have to damper your mood (pun intended). All you need is a little preparation, have an open-mind and trust your photographer. In my experience shooting rainy day weddings, they have been quite the learning experience for both myself and the bride, but I think all-in-all everything turned out beautiful and memorable!
Since I've never shared this story before, I thought I would shed some light on my learning experiences shooting rainy wedding days, how to see the bright-side and how to prepare for it.
It's no secret, I don't always have my camera on me. *GASP*
I know! It's terrible.
What's a photographer without a camera? (Well, still a photographer just without a camera. Haha.)
Despite not having my camera with me everywhere I go, I do however carry my iPhone everywhere I go. And rest assured all those photo-ops I sometimes feel like I'm missing out on because I don't have my DSLR, are still being taken on my smartphone. Although smartphone photo quality isn't a replacement for a decent DSLR, it does a quick job of capturing what I want to capture...most of the time at least.
To stay consistent in my work, social media feeds (personal + professional), I use a few different iPhone photo editing apps to really keep the aesthetic of my work looking just the way I like.
Due to some of you asking me what editing tools and apps I use to edit, I thought I would simply show you by giving you my top picks for iPhone editing apps and how to use them.
You're going to wanna see...
It's hard to believe that we were saying goodbye to 2017 one month ago already. It feels like only yesterday when I was writing down new year goals and watching that New Years Eve ball drop. But here we are friends--31 days into 2018 and left with a single question:
What did you do with your January?
As some of you may know (but if you don't, you're about to know), I'm not a full-time photographer yet.
I work a corporate job punching the clock Monday through Friday 9 to 5. So when I was asked "What did you do with your January?" I have to honestly sit back and let that settle in and think... Where did time go and what did I even accomplish?
Here are some things that I'm proud to have accomplished in the month of January in my business and personal life:
Don't beat yourself up. It takes everyone time to know who they really are.
I was sitting at my computer desk in our tiny studio apartment with a cup of coffee I've reheated twice already while staring at photos I shot just a few years ago. Thoughts of "this isn't my style anymore", "your work really wasn't that great", and "what was I thinking?" came shouting down the stairs of self-doubt and self-worth as I stared at my own work.
As I sat there on the first day of 2018, my girlfriend said these words...
Moments after your ceremony, your guests will be slowly escorted to the reception space for cocktail hour while you're off taking photos with your forever partner.
What's your guest's first impression of your reception space?
Will it be the lights, the sparkling champagne, or all the floral arrangements and tablescape?
Last month, I connected with the oh-so-talented vintage fashion designer, Moiselle Amoureux after she contacted with me on Instagram. After a thread of emails, we created probably one of the coolest photo shoots I've ever had the honor of shooting.
You know the feeling you get when you're walking into a small town and you feel at any moment there's going to be someone breaking out into song with a flock of animals like a fairy tale princess?
No? Just me then?
Cheese, Puppies and Yay!
Now, before you go because you think I’ve lost it. Stick with me..
Another beautiful day in the San Fernando Valley where in the The Heart of Van Nuys lies a stunning view of Lake Balboa Park where this holiday session took place.
“We’re doing this for Grandma”, they said.
All of Grandma’s grandkids came dressed in white and full of smiles. In just about an hour we went from “Let’s all just stand by this cool looking tree”, to Oh, my god! Is that a dead rat?”, then to “Put that stick away! You’re not going to poke the dead rat.”
Yeah, that happened.
After all, they are kids.
Photographing a group of kids that vary in age can be tricky at times, but if you ask me—everything worked out beautifully. But I’ll just let you see for yourself.
Who Am I?
Los Angeles native.