December 31, 2005

Wedding Photography Danish Lutheran Church La Habra

My last wedding of 2005 - on New Year's Eve! I had the honor of shooting with Tricia and Karey - two amazing photographers that I had a great time with. Victoria and Seth's wedding was picture perfect, with the ceremony taking place at the Danish Lutheran Church in Yorba Linda. Then it was an evening of elegant dining and partying at the Summit House in Fullerton. And what a new year's eve party it was! (see slideshow)

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December 30, 2005

Wedding Photography Orange Hills Restaurant

It's the eve before New Year's Eve - I got two more weddings left for this year! Michelle and Paul had their ceremony and reception at Orange Hills Restaurant. This beautiful place is one of my favorite places to dine! With an awesome view overlooking the city, superb prime rib and steaks, outdoor firepits, great wine, what more can one ask of any place?! It was one of the most entertaining parties I've seen - with one of the runners up from American Idol singing, a couple of karaoke performances, and Paul doing a James Bond skit to "find the garter" (you had to have been there).
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December 23, 2005

Wedding Photography UCLA Japanese Garden Los Angeles

I got to shoot at the UCLA Japanese Garden for Melissa and Jay's bridal portrait session. Wow - talk about beautiful settings! This place had it all - gorgeous tropical gardens, koi fish, ponds, streams, waterfalls, hills, and colorful flowers. I really enjoyed photographing these guys - they know how to ham it up! Both Melissa and Jay are friends of mine from church - so I can't wait for their wedding day (it's coming just around the corner). (Enjoy the slideshow!)
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December 19, 2005

Laguna Beach Sunset Engagement Pictures

Most of the time that I shoot at the beach, the skies are hazy. Probably smog from LA! This time at Laguna Beach, I was shooting Teri and Greg's engagement, and we happened to catch some nice colors. Click on each image for a larger view:

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November 25, 2005

Wedding Photography Saint Andrew Catholic Church Pasadena

Ana and David got married in probably the most beautiful church I've ever phootgraphed in - Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Pasadena, CA. It had some amazing marble pillars and a magnificently tall ceiling - I'm glad I had the super wide lens with me. (click on the image above to see a larger view) Right after the ceremony, we (plus Sam, one of my associate photographers) stopped by Cal Tech to shoot the bridal portraits. That was a blast! Cal Tech is a gorgeous campus. Although at the end of our shoot, security came and told us we weren't allowed to shoot there without a paid permit. Totally lucky there, coz we just barely finished and got away with it! (see the slideshow)

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guess who turned ONE?!

Our little Rebekah just turned ONE year old! It's so amazing how this tiny person changed our (mine and Lily's) lives and how everything just keeps getting better everyday. (click here to see her with all her birthday gifts!) (click here to see her complete blog)
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November 19, 2005

Wedding Photography Talega Golf Club San Clemente

Jennifer and Kirk - two beautiful people that believe in the Lord. This was a wonderful wedding at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente - an awesome venue! Photography assistance was by Sean - who, as always, did an awesome job capturing special moments. See the slideshow:
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November 05, 2005

Orange County Wedding Photography Anaheim

This one was shot by Sean and Kurt, my associates - and they did an awesome job! Of course due credit goes to our photogenic bride. Vivian and and Chris look great! (see slideshow)
Here's a pic from their engagement:

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October 15, 2005

Wedding Photography Coto de Caza San Clemente

I had the honor of covering Shannon and Bret's wedding at Coto de Caza Golf in Orange County - what a spectacular place for a wedding! My assistant Sean and I were on a roll - we couldn't get a single bad shot of Shannon coz she has this awesome smile! (view slideshow)

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October 09, 2005

Wedding Photography Shutters on the Beach Santa Monica

Cindy and Brian got married at Shutters on The Beach, Santa Monica - great people that I truly had fun photographing. Cindy and Brian (and family) are some of the classiest people I've met.

Cindy, thank you so much for that uplifting phone call last week. It was a big encouragement and made my day! People like you are one of the reasons that make me love what I do. (see slideshow)

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October 08, 2005

Wedding Photography Santa Ana Performing Arts

Congrats Judy and Robert! Both of you are awesome dancers! Here's a preview of you wedding pics (see slideshow). I hope you're coming back from an awesome honeymoon!

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September 25, 2005

Wedding Photography Lindley Scott House Azusa

Amber and Matt got married at the Lindley Scott House - ceremony/reception at a big yellow mansion. She looks fantastic! So many people commented on how Amber's hair (real hair, no extensions!) reminded them of Farrah Faucett. Look at her and tell me her hair doesn't remind you of Farrah? (see slideshow)

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September 18, 2005

Wedding Photography Mission Inn Riverside

Erenly and Brian had such a lovely wedding (see slideshow) - pretty much every square inch of the Mission Inn was a photographer's paradise! I mean, I just couldn't take a single bad shot - of course the bride and groom were awesome models too. It was probably the most difficult place for me to shoot coz I had to navigate a maze of stairs and hallways (got lost serveral times as well) to get from one spot to another. My legs are still sore from doing all that climbing (had to because the elevators were so damn slow!) and running. I didn't mind all that though since this was one of the places I've always dreamed of shooting. And it was all worth it! (click on images to view larger)

I'm also playing around with a beta version of Showit Web - a neat little slideshow program that allows me to create instant slideshows online easily. Check it out!
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Moss Point Laguna Beach engagement pictures

Jennifer and Kirk picked out this secluded little spot at Woods Cove and it's perfect for shooting engagements because not that many people know about it. With less people and being in a great location, it's easy to be yourself, and be romantic.

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September 17, 2005

Wedding Photography Los Angeles Union Station

Melissa and Daniel had their ceremony at the most unique (and magnificent) place - the Los Angeles Union Station! Talk about grand scale - I didn't have a lens wide enough to accurately portray how HUGE this place is. This central train station was built during the late 30's, showcasing the height of Art Nouveau, everything inside was beautifully hand crafted - it's one of the most remarkable venues I've ever shot in Los Angeles. Congrats Melissa/Daniel! What an awesome wedding...

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September 11, 2005

Engagement Pictures Laguna Beach

We found this beautiful little beach right below the Montage in South Laguna Beach. Really nice place to walk around and enjoy the ocean without too many crowds. Shannon and Bret's wedding is just around the corner next month and I can tell we're gonna have us a great time!

Shannon/Bret/Coco, LOL! (I know you're gonna read this) I'm excited to be shooting your wedding - you guys are really awesome!

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September 08, 2005

Hurrican Relief Efforts

There are over 200,000 refugees from Hurricane Katrina's devastation. All are in need of supplies, food, shelter, clothes, and kindness. Employees at Ameriquest rally in an effort to help with the relief efforts through "Operation Brown Bag" in which food, clothes, toilettries, etc. will be packed in brown bags donated by Ralphs. The effort resulted in thousands of brown bags that will be delivered over this weekend to the victims that are currently sheltered in Houston's Astrodome. I encourage everyone to also pitch in either by volunteering or donating to the Red Cross.

September 04, 2005

Wedding Photography Wyndham Bel Age West Hollywood

Jessica and Brian at the Bel Age - great venue on the rooftop, with one side overlooking Hollywood and the other side overlooking downtown LA. Awesome FUN couple!

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September 02, 2005

Kings Hawaiian Bakery

Looking for a wedding cake? How about getting your cake from a reputable bakery (actually they are phenomenal!) that offers almost unlimited options and probably the BEST PRICE you'll find in SoCal?! Check out Kings Hawaiian Bakery in Torrance, you can go there for a really nice Hawaiian lunch/dinner, then order some delicious pastries, and get a consultation for a custom wedding cake. They have so many great flavors and they'll let you combine them in your cake! Everyone is really nice too!

August 27, 2005

Wedding Photography Cerritos

This was a great wedding - one of the liveliest receptions I've ever seen. It was really nice to see a couple that was so loved by friends and family - congratualations Cecilia and Mark!

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August 23, 2005

Eye movement

I've been looking at this image for so long my eyes hurt! It's just a jpg image, nuthin' moving at all, but when you look at it the beans start moving too. Trip out - don't look too long!

August 19, 2005

Wedding Photography Laguna Beach

Surf and Sand, Laguna Beach. I guess I'm on a roll at Surf and Sand - the third wedding there in the last few months. Nicole and Michael had a beautiful and initmate ceremony right there on the terrace. I don't think I'll ever get sick of this place - the weather was great, the beach was just below the terrace, and scenery is always spectacular!

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August 05, 2005

Wedding Photography Marina del Rey Manhattan Beach Yacht

Sandra and Chrystian - WOW! Spectacular church at Manhattan Beach (CA) followed by an elegant cruise. The reception was on a HUGE yacht that circled around Marina Del Rey -

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August 01, 2005

Engagement Pictures Gondola at Naples

Here's a unique and fun engagement session! I was running from bridge to bridge just to catch a shot - probably one of the most challenging shoots I've done. Needless to say though we got some pretty cool pics out of it. I hope ya guys like 'em!

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July 31, 2005

Wedding Photography Surf and Sand Laguna Beach

Another wedding at Laguna Beach - and this one was awesome! Janelle and her bridemaids did a great job - it wasn't hard to take a lot of good shots. What a HOT looking couple too.

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July 10, 2005

Rebekah Bumatay Life Portraits

No weddings this weekend, but here's Rebekah at 7 months - and she just learned to sit up all by her self. What a cutie patootie! She is my only child (so far) and I love her to death. Rebekah seems to like being in front of the camera too. That's understandable for her to be a ham, coz I've been photographing her nonstop since birth! (visit her blog, click here)
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July 04, 2005

Wedding Photography Visat Park Fullerton

Lorraine and Marquis at Vista Park in Fullerton. Marquis' dad was the pastor and he was just crackin' everybody up! That was one of the funniest wedding ceremonies I've seen. I got this cool shot of Lorraine's eyes - if you click on this image to enlarge it, you can see the bouquet's reflection in her eyes...
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June 19, 2005

Wedding Photography Anaheim Hills Mansion

This beautiful young couple got married in a remarkably HUGE mansion somewhere in Anaheim Hills. Brittany/Ricky - I hope you guys had an awesome time during your honeymoon!

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June 18, 2005

Wedding Photography Neighborhood Church Palos Verdes

Candy and Earl just had their wedding at this really beautiful church in PV that overlooks the ocean . If you walk up to the siderails (bottom image) the ocean is about 100 feet straight below!
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June 11, 2005

Orange County Wedding Photography Anaheim

This was one fun wedding - I finally got to shoot with Floyd (he's on the left image getting a nice shot of the pretty bridesmaids, and that's me on the right pic)

We got some great shots from this wedding!

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May 29, 2005

Engagement Pictures La Mirada Park

Lorraine and Marquis sharing romance at the park in La Mirada - there's plenty of great scenery in and around my home studio, so finding a great location is never a problem!
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May 27, 2005

gotta love the Fisheye

I've been playing with my fisheye lens - if you get real close it distorts the image more! Once my friends saw themselves in the pics they wanted to redo their pose "ok ok let me try this..." I took a bunch of these but here are a few favorites...