This sweet couple gathered their friends and family for an intimate celebration at the Altadena Country Club, located right above the old and enchanting neighborhood of Pasadena. The wedding had so many beautiful aspects to it, one that was simple yet refined and mainly focused on the bride and groom's love story. Marieta and Ves were childhood friends who, after many years apart living in different countries, were reunited by their parents and ended up falling madly in love. It was beyond a dream to work with the nicest clients in the world, who embraced my creativity, and allowed me to photograph these precious memories. Congratulations again, M & V!
“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.” -Paul Caponigro
I had the best time photographing the talented artists of Theresa Huang's Makeup & Hair Design team. They truly are beautiful inside and out. I love Theresa's work and have always been an admirer, so it was an honor to be asked to photograph her company portraits. One of Theresa's artists actually did the hair and makeup for my own wedding last June. Thanks for making me look so beautiful, Tina! :)
One of my favorite things in the whole world is taking portraits. The art of taking portraits involves not only the photographer, but also the subject. The person whom you're aiming the camera at is very much a part of the creative process. During this time I get to know the person I'm photographing on a more intimate level, and I take a few moments to just observe them before composing the final shot. Best of all, I am tasked with communicating everything I want to say about a person in one single portrait - equivalent to a thousand words. Not much more to be said here right?
The first few photos are of the ever-talented and ever-lovely Theresa Huang.
Facebook can be weird sometimes, eerily suggesting that you friend random people you don't know or ever want to meet. But then FB can be the best thing ever. I've been really involved with different FB photography interest groups this past year, and in the process met a cool gal named Nelly - check out her work! She's basically my twin. Nelly and I hit it off after discovering we both held the same passion for film photography and of course, super delicious food. We decided to meet up in Old town Pasadena to have lunch, talk about weddings, film, blogs, our in-laws, and everything in between. I didn't realize how much in common we could possibly have, since we grew up on opposite sides of the country. It was uncanny, but still cool.
After lunch we strolled around the little alleyways, photographing random objects and people. There was a waiter taking a break from his job at the Cheesecake Factory, so then I casually asked if he would let me take a photo, and he happily obliged. Around the corner was another lady with her baby, whom I thought was the cutest ever, so naturally I had to take a photo of the sweet mother and son. Had I been less nervous I would've taken the opportunity to strike up a convo and listen to their stories. I'm thankful that Nelly was with me because I could never muster up the courage to ask random strangers to take their picture unless I had a friend close by to save me from rejection. Luckily no one rejected me! But we were shooed away toward the end of our walk when security approached us and requested that we stop taking photos. So I guess that was the end of that...nonetheless, we got in a good handful of shots and I'm happy to say these were all shot on Kodak film. See Kodak Moments below!
By the way, Anthropologie is my second home.
I'm re-blogging this post after a one year hiatus from blogging anything. Just wanted to include this in my repertoire of images on the blog. :) Laura has been a dear friend of mine for quite a while now and it was so much fun photographing her around Pasadena and Malibu. She wanted to gift a set of sweet photos to her husband Jaime, so we got some printed and packaged it nicely in a box. This is a terrific idea and perhaps alternative to boudoir photos - perhaps your husband or fiance's birthday is coming up and you want to surprise them with something special, personal, and unique - you.