According to Bazooka Band Photoshoot

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According to Bazooka is an eclectic band out of Davis, Ca. Their wacky Americana meets pop sound is an interesting mix that works well to keep their tunes in your head. I’ve worked with AtB a few times now, and each time has been an absolute pleasure. This time around the band was looking to shoot a cover for their new album. We went off to the backroads between Davis and Woodland to try to get our perfect shot.

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Rene and Richard (front two band members pictured above) have been my main contacts with the band. I’ve known them for years now and have seen them play out all around the Davis/Sacramento area. In fact, Richard was my guitar teacher for a few years back when I lived in Davis. We always have a good time talking about guitars whenever we cross paths.

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Rene had the idea of having a long road in the photograph and scouted a few locations before our shoot. We ended up driving out to a location a bit off the main highway where there would be little traffic. The location worked out nicely as we had pretty much had the freedom to get out onto the middle of the road safely. Oncoming cars could be see coming from a very far distance off. Safety first is a must!

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With the idea in mind I tried to shoot as many different angles as possible with many different post production looks so that the band would have plenty of images to select from. I was very pleased with many of the photos taken and wonder which one they will eventually go with. My goal was to give them so many good shots that they’d have a very difficult time choosing one for the eventual cover.

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In order to really capture a lot of the background I went with an ultra-wide lens. This is a risky lens to use because of the distortion it can cause, but I love challenging myself with it. Ultra-wides have the ability to really get a lot of the background into the shot. You just have to be careful where the subject of the photo is placed.

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I enjoyed this photoshoot with AtB quite a bit and it is always great to see the band. I’m looking forward to hearing their new tunes and checking out their new album really soon! Check out their website here: https://www.accordingtobazookamusic.com/.

Alyssa's Grad Photoshoot

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This weekend Alyssa and I were on the campus of Sacramento State University for a graduation photo session. We met up early on a Friday morning in front of the main Sac State sign and then proceeded to shoot around this particular area of the campus. I love this part of Sac State because there are many picturesque locations to take photos at. I’ve shot here many times before and have never run out of great scenery!

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Our shoot time today was at 7am. Yes, that’s early! But shooting at seven meant that we would have idea lighting conditions as well as cool weather. Shooting at any other time besides when the sun is rising or setting is not ideal because of the harsh lighting that the sun provides when it is directly overhead. Not that good pictures can’t be shot, but the places chosen to shoot at will be limited. Thankfully, at this early morning time we were able to shoot virtually anywhere and get amazing natural lighting.

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It’s always a goal of mine to find a way to get my clients unique angles in their photographs. The picture above was taken using an extremely wide angle lens. Without this lens in my kit, I would have never gotten this photo. An ultra wide lens (this was taken at 12mm on a full frame body) allows for a lot of the background to be included in the frame. You have to be very careful using an ultra wide lens such as this to shoot a portrait because of the distortion it can cause, but when it’s done right you can get a photo that is quite unique.

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Of course I can’t be shooting from specialized angles all the time - though I love it! It’s my job to make sure my clients have a variety of angles to enjoy from my final product delivery. Getting traditional looking photos is always an integral part of a session because these are the photos that you’ll want to frame and give to your parents. I never shy away from traditional looks because they are important - very important, in fact!

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My style of shooting a portrait session is a bit unpredictable. Because of ever changing lighting conditions, I am always on the lookout for the perfect place to shoot at a particular time. It’s less planned out, but I think the ability to locate places to shoot on the spot is an important skill to have. If it’s the perfect time to shoot, you just have to stop and shoot!

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As for just about all of my recent professional shoots I used Sony camera bodies to get the images. The Sony cameras are work horses that simply get the job done quickly and efficiently. I don’t find much glamor in them, but their rock solid ability to get what I want in focus is exactly what a professional shoot calls for.

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A huge thanks goes out to Alyssa for hiring me for her graduation photo session. She was a blast to work with and a trooper for having such an early call time. I wish her the best as she continues on her post college journey in life!

Star Wars Cosplay for a Cause

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Every year I have the privilege of helping out an animal shelter in the Sacramento area with photography. Cosplayers come out in full costume and shoot photographs with animals that need adopting. The hope is to show these animals off in a fun way through social media and find them a home. The shoot today took place in Auburn, Ca’s Animal Services Center. I was with an entire troop of Star Wars themed cosplayers who donated their time for this endeavor.

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We had a pretty awesome mix of Star Wars characters on hand, from the dark side to the light. Everyone brought their A-game to this shoot and looked stunning in their Star Wars attire. Special thanks goes out to Talya (the Imperial officer between the two Rey’s) for organizing the entire thing. She has actually been the person who makes this all happen every year. Her commitment to these shoots has been most impressive.

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Our main photography area was this patio right outside the animal center. It was clean and clear with plenty of space to employ a longer focal length lens like my 85mm Sony G-Master. That particular lens is stunningly sharp and can produce spectacular images. It’s a focal length that I’ve been shooting more recently so I thought it’d be fun to give a go today. The large aperture of the lens made it so that the backgrounds had a beautiful blur to them. They aren’t totally gone since they are so close to the subjects, but even at a close distance there is some separation that I found pleasing.

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Taking photos of animals is quite challenging. Some of the animals were very cooperative and posed nicely for a photo. Others were much harder to calm down. I found myself having to shoot very fast with a high frame rate in order to get the best moment from the time we had with a particular animal. Thankfully, the Sony cameras that I use are more than up to the task of getting every frame I need with very sharp results.

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For the rabbits and cats we went indoors and used a white backdrop that Talya provided. For these shots I had to bring in an external flash to capture the images as the room lighting was too yellow. Often times shooting indoors will create photos with too much of a yellow tint. Thankfully, flashes blast out white light that gives you a much better color rendering.

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I did want to mention that I was overjoyed to see my friend Cassie (pictured above) at this shoot. She had moved away to the South Bay for a few years and I did not expect her to be in Auburn for this session. Cassie is an amazing person and great cosplayer. Her Rey is really on-point!

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I had a great day shooting at the Animal Services Center in Auborn. A huge thanks goes out to the volunteers who helped get all the animals out and ready for the shoot - you can see them pictured in blue above. It’s my hope that the photographs we took today helped some of these animals find a home!

Kimera's Grad Photoshoot

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This past Saturday I was on site at Sac State University to photograph Kimera’s graduation photos. I am very familiar with the campus, and it is a gorgeous place to get some great images. Kimera and I were all over the campus snapping pics of her different graduation outfits. I had a ton of fun on this shoot and I think we were able to capture many memorable images.

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Kimera went with my standard graduation package, which gave her plenty of time to go to a huge variety of locations and have outfit changes as well. I tend to shoot quickly, so we didn’t waste any time getting right to the picture taking right away.

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Kimera came prepared not only with a change of outfit, but also her own homemade signs that reflected her journey to graduation. These extra items always make the photos look unique - so if you have something you’d like to include, do so!

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I love it when my clients have ideas that they want to try. Kimera already had some locations in mind as well as some things she wanted to pull off in the photos we took. I’m always game to try something out as well as add in my own input on how to best capture something. Together we can come up with a great looking picture.

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Our shoot was during the mid afternoon - not the best time of day for photos - but we were able to make it work. Much of my post processing was focused on getting the photos to be free of distractions from the background or unpleasant shadows. Though there is quite a bit of post work done on these images, hopefully they don’t look that way!

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I’m so glad Kimera contacted me for this graduation photoshoot. I loved working with her on the Sacramento State campus. As graduation time is coming up soon, I’m looking forward to shooting some more graduation photoshoots!

Joe & Bee Tie the Knot!

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I had just recently shot Joe and Bee’s engagement session… and now it’s time for their big day already! The wedding was held at a beautiful church in Sacramento and I was excited to capture every moment of this day for the beautiful couple. It was a bit cloudy, so all the photos taken outside had a nice soft and diffused look to them. Sometimes it’s nice to be cloudy!

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Joe is a fun guy to be around so I definitely wanted to capture a bit of fun in the photos I took of him and his groomsmen. They boys were up for anything, and since I know they love playing basketball together, I thought a jumping shot would be appropriate. They all did a marvelous job getting some good air!

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For the girls, I wanted to capture the sweetness of the moment, so I had them talking and laughing as much as possible. Their natural beauty when they smiled really gave me some great shots of them together enjoying their time together this day.

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The ceremony has held in the sanctuary of the church. The interior had a rustic feel to it that lent itself to a classic vibe. It made for some impressive interior photos. This picture was taken in the upper level of the sanctuary by my second shooter Brian.

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Although the sanctuary was gorgeous, it was very dark for group photos. I had to bring in my own lighting system to make sure the group photos were well lit. It is vital to have good lighting on hand when it is needed. The light really brought out the detail of everyone in the photograph.

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The reception took place at Hong Kong Islander, a Chinese restaurant with a large area for banquets. The cake was set up very close to where I was seated so I was easily able to get some nice shots of it. The detail of the flowers was something I really wanted to capture before it was cut and shared with the guests.

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The reception was full of special moments - from speeches, to the first dance, to the flower toss. Everything was documented in still imagery as well as videography. This is a day that I would love Joe and Bee to look back on and remember how fun and awesome their wedding was.

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If you’re looking for wedding photography or videography, please contact me ASAP! Dates are filling up quickly, so please let me know if you want to get great coverage of your wedding!

Boy Scout Ceremony

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Stacy called me to photograph her son’s Boy Scout event. Scott was being awarded the rank of Eagle Scout - a high honor in the scouting world so she wanted the occasion to be captured professionally. I had never done a Boy Scout event before, so I was excited to to bring my cameras in and capture all the festivities.

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I learned a lot about the Boy Scouts during the event and what a tight organization it is. I’ve always known that the scouts taught many life skills to their participants, but it was eye opening to actually be there and see the work that is put into earning badges. The scouts certainly put in a great deal of effort when it comes to their activities.

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The event was split into two parts - a ceremony portion and a reception… kind of like a wedding! And just like in a wedding it was important for me to get every detail of the event. Scott had a huge cake for his big day and there were special items all around the venue that represented him. I was sure to capture each one of these in a photograph.

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The most important moments of the event were the parts when the emotions were high. Stacy was beaming the entire time and you could really tell how proud she was of Scott’s accomplishment. Capturing moments where mother and son were able to interact were priceless.

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Many boy scouts and cub scouts were on hand to celebrate with Scott as he attained his eagle scout ranking. Getting all the various groups with Scott was a great way to capture all the people who came to celebrate alongside him that day.

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I’m so glad I was able to be a part of Scott’s ceremony. I had a great time photographing the event and I felt that I learned so much about the Boy Scouts. I’m even considering getting my own son to be a part of the program when he gets a bit older!

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I’m always happy to cover special events such as these. If you’re looking for an event photographer, please let me know, I’d be happy to cover your event in the best way possible!

Isabel's Family

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Isabel got in touch with me so that she could get some beautiful family photos done. It’s been challenging with some unideal weather conditions recently, but we were able to find a day where the rains thankfully held up for a bit. Isabel has a lovely family and I thought we were able to get some really stellar shots that would make great framed prints to go up on the wall.

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Isabel’s daughter just so happened to be turning six so the photo session also featured a bit of some birthday themed images. Isabel brought little chalkboard with the number six drawn on it. It’s a simple little prop, but makes the image much more meaningful. It’s always the little things like this that make a huge difference!

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I try to make the photo sessions I do fun, easy, and enjoyable. That’s the way to get the best photos. I really had a great time with Isabel and her whole family. We were able to walk around and enjoy the location we shot at.

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If you’re interested in any kind of personal photography, please let me know. I’d love to help you get some great, high quality photographs of you and your loved ones.

Fashion with Friends

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This past weekend I was in Old Sac shooting Ree and her friend Carol. Ree has always had an amazing sense of style and I was glad to be able to do another photo session with her - it’s been a while since our last shoot! After grabbing a bite to eat, we were off and shooting.

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Our photo session began at Sacramento’s Downtown Commons area, but we made our way to Old Sacramento as I felt that their fashion matched with the Old Sac aesthetics more. The colors they chose to wear fit well with the vibe in Old Sacramento.

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We were all over the place in Old Sacramento. One of my favorite stops was the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I’ve been there before, but this was the first time for them. We actually picked up a few chocolate dipped strawberries to enjoy as we took a break from the session.

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I had a ton of fun with Ree and Carol shooting both candid and posed shots throughout the day. Hopefully we’ll get to do another photo session soon!

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If you’re looking to get any type of photography done, especially portraits or fashion photography, please let me know and we’ll get a date set!

Baby Shower

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Danielle and Billy found me via Thumbtack, but as it turns out, we have been connected for a while through our families. My parents actually know their parents, and it was just a coincidence that they found me via the internet. It’s really a small world! I love it when these connections are found with my clients as it really does draw me closer to them.

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This will be their first baby, so the first baby shower is a BIG deal. The shower took place at University Covenant Church in Davis. It was a beautifully decorated location with nice open windows to let natural light in. I just had to take advantage of it and get at least one glamour style shot in!

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As with all the events I take photos of, it’s important for me to not only capture the people who attend and what they do, but also the little details. In the case of this baby shower, every detail was absolutely gorgeous… all the way down to the perfectly decorated cookies on the sweets table.

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What’s a baby shower without games? Billy and Danielle had their event coordinator come up with a number of really fun group games to play. It was a blast to photograph and even more fun to watch. I always take a lot of joy in taking photos of all the action that happens during an event.

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This baby shower was a huge success with a large amount of food and fun for everyone who came. I’m sure that Danielle and Billy will be great parents. Even before the baby has arrived they have done a lot of celebrate and make a big deal about her.

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We ended the baby shower with a large group photo. It’s always fun shooting really wide and getting these shots. Huge thanks to Billy and Danielle for hiring me for this special occasion. I wish them the best as the due date draws near!

Joe & Bee's Engagement Photos

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I’ve known Joe for many years now, but it was truly an honor that he asked me to shoot his engagement and wedding photos. He really could have chosen literally hundreds of other photographers, so I felt really great that he wanted me to be his photog. Joe and Bee used to be in the Sacramento area, but are currently in Jackson, Ca. They made a special trip out this way just to get these engagement photos taken. I hope it was worth the effort!

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As usual, we went to the UC Davis Arboretum to shoot the photos. And as always I chose to shoot near the gazebo. Most people I’ve talked to have not been to this section of the arboretum. Joe told me that though he’d been a Davis student for his time at UCD, he had not been to this area before.

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Photoshoot are not something that Joe and Bee do often… or at all really. So it was my job to make sure that they felt comfortable and at ease. I definitely felt a little apprehension at first, but once we got going, the shoot was fun and Joe and Bee were at ease. To me, having the people I’m taking photos of feel comfortable is the most important thing. If they are not comfortable, the pictures will definitely show it.

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Many couples opt to have a change of clothes for a different look when it comes to their engagement shoot. Because of the many unique areas of the arboretum, we don’t have to go far to get a background that looks totally different than ones we had just previously shot at. And that’s why I like the arboretum so much, there’s just so much there!

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We ended up shoot for a little over an hour. Since I shoot pretty quickly, we managed to get nearly a thousand photos! Out of that I delivered over 100 hand edited photographs for them to use however they liked.

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It was a ton of fun to shoot with Joe and Bee. I’m really looking forward to photographing their wedding ceremony coming up later this month. It should be a fun and exciting time for this great couple! If you’re looking for engagement or wedding photography, please let me know! I’d love to work with you!

Portraits with Susie

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Susie contacted me recently for a portrait shoot. She is a therapist and was looking to update her website with some new images. Though it’s been a bit wet and rainy recently, I’m glad Susie and I were able to find a day that had some sun. We went out on a beautiful afternoon for this photo session at the edge of Woodland, Ca. Susie was awesome to work with and I think we were able to capture some pretty amazing shots.

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I had never shot at this location before, but Susie said she comes here to do yoga and meditate. I can see why this place was ideal for that as it is a bit out of the way with very little noise and busy-ness that you would find in the city. All around were different landscapes that acted as unique backdrops for our shoot.

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Susie came prepared with a few outfit changes and was able to get in and out of them really fast - I was impressed at her speed! We were trying to take advantage of the golden hour so our window to shoot was predicated on that. I love how Susie was ready to make efficient use of our time together. Efficient use of time means more pics!

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The photo session actually felt more like a fashion shoot at times as what Susie brought to the table was very thought out and she looked great. Susie was a natural getting into different poses and in general just being very camera friendly.

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To add to the photos connecting to her therapy work Susie brought in a drum that she would use with her clients on occasion. It was important to get a few photos of her playing it since it is one of the vital tools that she uses in her practice.

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In the end, I was very satisfied with the photos we got that afternoon. Thanks to Susie for being such a pleasure to work with. If you’re looking for high-quality, professional photos, please contact me asap and we’ll set up a time to shoot!

Law Firm Headshots

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The folks over at Kravitz & Chan LLP called me over to take some photos of their staff. They wanted to update their website with some new photos that showed a bit more color and friendliness that many law firms may not express. I met them at their office in Sacramento and we shot in the beautiful atrium area right outside the main building. I think it provided the perfect backdrop for what they were going for.

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Typically I would have one of my backdrops on-site to provide a solid background. The solid backdrop is a staple of business headshot photos. It was actually pretty cool to do something a little outside the box today. I think the difference will make Kravitz & Chan stand out from the crowd. Sometimes I do think that lawyers are kind of stuffy people - but the people here definitely weren’t. I loved their friendly attitudes!

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For this shoot I brought my Sony 85mm 1.4 G-Master lens. It’s a powerful lens that is extremely sharp. It’s the kind of professional lens that gives professional results. My Sony camera systems with their advanced shooting capabilities allowed me to shoot very quickly and not waste any time, which I think they appreciated since their schedules are so busy.

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Hopefully you won’t need their services as defense attorneys, but if you do, check them out at www.kravitzchan.com. If you need any type of professional headshot, please contact me and I’ll get you what you need very quickly!

Vanessa and Adrian's Wedding

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I shot Vanessa and Adrian’s engagement photos a couple months back, and now it was already time for their big wedding day! I was excited for the day as I’ve known Vanessa a long time and was so happy for her to tie the knot! The location of their wedding was in Winters, Ca - a town midway between Woodland and Davis. They had a large private area that was ideal for their wedding size.

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It had been raining pretty hard for the days right up until the wedding, but the clouds parted for Vanessa and Adrian. There was a gorgeous warm light that enveloped the area. I don’t think I could have asked for better conditions on the day of the wedding. As a photographer, you brace yourself for possibly bad weather, but am always thankful when mother nature works alongside with you.

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Some couples do a first look before the ceremony… not Vanessa and Adrian! They did a peek-a-boo activity where Vanessa got to go behind Adrian and put her hands in front of his eyes so he couldn’t see her. She teased him a bit with a kiss and then was off. It was a fun moment and the first time I have seen this! This event made for some playful photographs that came out really well. The video that I shot also contained some fun moments from this.

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As the guests arrived Adrian stood waiting for Vanessa to come down the aisle. Since there was no first look, I’m sure that he was really anxious to see his future wife walk towards him. I got a nice shot of him as Vanessa came into view. He looks so happy!

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Vanessa and Adrian’s ceremony was short and sweet with a lot of laughs and a few emotional tears. From a photography standpoint, shooting it properly was challenging as they were in a narrow stairway with little room to maneuver for me. I think I was able to find some good angles still.

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The reception room was at the same location which made it very easy to have everything set up quickly. We had an area for group photos as well as an area between the tables to grab photos of all the reception events. I think everything went smoothly, and it was a lot of fun capturing all the fun everyone was having that night.

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I wish the best to Adrian and Vanessa as they begin this journey together. I hope that the photos and video that I took will let them always remember and revisit the day of their marriage!

I’m currently booking dates for 2019. If you’re getting married or if you know of anyone who is, please refer them my way! I’d love to work with them!

Fashion Shoot at Night

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Anete is getting her website up soon so we went out to get some more photos. Our last photoshoot was during the day at the Golden 1 Center area, but tonight we totally changed it up. Night shooting can be difficult because of the lack of light. We had to rely on the flashes that I brought as well as the lights used to illuminate the streets. Though a challenge, it’s one that I enjoy taking on as night time photography has a special look to it… if you get it right!

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The trick is to balance and use the outdoor lighting alongside the off-camera flash system. That way, the subject is lit properly with the background having a natural look to it. Often times inexperienced flash users will completely blow out the subject of the photograph and make the background completely useless. It took a few tweaks to get the exposures just the way I wanted them. As you can see in the photo above, Anete is lit nicely and the background behind her is as you would see it if you were there.

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It was really fun poking around the downtown area at night and seeing the difference from the day. This was the first time I had shot in this part of the city at night and things definitely were different. Here’s a shot of Anete using my ultra-wide Sony lens. It really had to be at the widest focal length in order to get this image.

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Just like last time, Anete came prepared and ready to shoot. She had her outfits selected with changes that took a very minimal amount of time. She’s a total pro and I appreciate that greatly about the way she operates. Each outfit she had looked amazing!

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I can’t wait until Anete publishes her blog for everyone to see - I’m especially interested in seeing it! If you’re looking to get photos done at any time of the day, please let me know! I’d be happy to work with you to create some stunning images!

It's Been a Year Already!

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It’s been awesome shooting with Stacy and Tyler these past few years. They first hired me for their engagements photos… then wedding… then maternity… then newborn… then first birthday… and now this family portrait session. They are an awesome family, and I’m so privileged to be able to capture them in the photos I get to take of them. For this session we met on a cold, but sunny Saturday morning. The lighting was absolutely perfect and I found some really nice moments for them.

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One thing I love about Stacy and Tyler is their ability to have lots of fun and candid moments during our shoots. There really isn’t ever a boring moment. Thankfully, their son Jacob, is very cooperative and did great during our time together. Of course it helps when mom and dad help bring the smiles out!

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During family sessions I like to give simple directions and suggestions on what I’d like to capture. The more natural and free, the better. A relaxed atmosphere is the best way to get the best shots. I always try my best to keep things light and easy going.

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Outtakes are usually delivered in black and white to signify a photo’s ‘outtake’ status, but they can also be requested in color, if desired. I do like how black and white evokes a certain feeling that is different than the rest of the shoot though. To me it signifies a different aspect of the photo session.

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It was awesome hanging out with Stacy, Tyler, and Jacob again… and I’m sure we’ll all get together again as we hit 2019! If you’re looking for family photography, please don’t hesitate and let me know. I’d love to book a session with you soon!

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All photos from this session were taken on Sony camera bodies. My primary lens for this shoot was the 85mm G Master with a shots from the 55mm 1.8 Zeiss. Photos were all hand processed in Adobe Lightroom.

Real Estate Photography

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Real estate photography is not something I usually do, but given the opportunity, I am certainly open to it. A friend of mine put together a phenomenal Air BnB living space and asked me to take photos of it for him. Of course I gladly obliged! I’ve used Air BnB to find a place to stay - and it really has been a bit hit and miss - but anyone staying at his place would certainly enjoy it. It’s furnished magnificently, is new, and very clean!

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Not only does it have a nice bedroom, there is a great living room area complete with television, refrigerator, microwave, and other nice amenities. There was a lot to fit into the frame when it came to photographing the area so I had to go with the widest lens I had. I chose my new Sony 12-24 mm ultra-wide zoom for this job. Often times you’ll need a wide lens in order to capture everything in an indoor area. I’m glad I had the right tool for the task.

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If you’re in need of real estate photography, I’d be happy to come and help you out! If you’re interested in staying at a very nice place in Woodland (the greater Sacramento area), check out my friend’s Air BnB listing HERE.

Christmas Cosplay

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I’ve had the distinct pleasure of doing a Christmas themed cosplay shoot with Cammie, Veronica, and Ashton for the past three years now (wow, has it really been that long already???). Veronica sets everything up and is the main organizer of the shoot. In fact, she organizes many cosplay shoots throughout the year and has a pretty robust following on Instagram. Her themed shoots are always of the highest quality as she puts in a lot of time not only with her cosplay, but with the shoot location as well. It’s just up to me to capture it as beautifully as I can.

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This year’s cosplay theme was My Hero Academia. It’s not a property that I’m too familiar with, but it’s my job to get great photos, and that’s what I set out to do. Being a Christmas shoot, it was important to me to make sure the photos had a warm feeling to them. Much of my processing for these photos involved adding warm tones to the colors.

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Ashton always looks amazing in any cosplay that she dons, and this year was no different. I loved all the colors that she included as they matched very well with the Christmas environment we had. As with all photoshoots, it’s important to go for a variety of close, medium, and wide shots in order to really capture everything the cosplayers were doing.

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Cammie is always ready with some fun props to add to the shot. Props are small things, but add a huge amount to photographs. For this session Cammie was a bit on the naughty side with both a whip and a pair of handcuffs. You certainly don’t want to get on her bad side!

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And what good are props if they are not put to good use? Cammie the idea of a series of photographs showing her trick Ashton into the cuffs. You can see here at the end that Ashton wasn’t too happy about being locked up against her will. Doesn’t look like Cammie cares too much though!

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Cammie and Ashton had one cosplay to shoot each, but Veronica had two. This second cosplay is bovine inspired. For some reason I’m suddenly thirsty.

It was a ton of fun to shoot with Ashton, Veronica, and Cammie. If you’d like to check them out on Instagram, please do at @ashton.taylor.cosplay, @feisty_vee, and @camislyce! They have amazing cosplay pages that are worth checking out.

Red Egg Ceremony

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A red egg ceremony is a tradition that Chinese families celebrate when a newborn baby reaches a certain age. Often times it occurs when the baby is 1-month old, but couples can elect to change the date depending on their schedule. Helen reached out to me via Thumbtack to capture the moments that happened at her daughters ceremony. I had not done a red egg ceremony before, but in my estimation it would be very similar to a banquet at a Chinese wedding - and it was!

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The most important photographs to take during the event were the pictures of the guests. It was important to Helen to get really nice images of their friends. This involved many group shots and the ability to create good lighting in a difficult environment. Chinese banquet halls aren’t known for being bathed in great lighting, so I had to bring my trusty flash system to get the high-quality, crisp images that Helen wanted. Lighting makes a world of difference and is a must-have in any professionals tool kit.

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Besides the formal group photos, Helen requested that I look for all the nice candid moments that I could. It was a ton of fun to take photos of all the guests gushing over Helen’s cute daughter. Speaking of her, she did an amazing job. She’s hands down one of the least fussy babies I have ever met! If only my own kid was this good!

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The head folks at Hong Kong Islander, the venue of this red egg ceremony, presented the baby with a golden bowl. She got this swaggy golden bowl with gold chopsticks. It was quite a gift for this little one!

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As I mentioned earlier, lighting is key to capturing great images. Without using a nice flash, all of the photos would have an orange/yellow hue to them so that the true colors wouldn’t come through in the images. Many people were taking pictures with their cell phones, but sadly cell phones don’t have the ability to really give you the quality of color most people want.

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Here’s an example of a cute moment I caught on my second camera that didn’t utilize the off-camera flashes. I think the photo looks fine, but you can tell that the colors and image just isn’t as sharp as the previous ones. Still… I do like this image as this cute little one is eating her sesame ball.

If you’re looking for professional photography coverage for any event, please let me know! I’d love to be there to catch all the big moments that happen!

Alysha & Jonathan Wedding

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I was contacted by Alysha a couple days before their wedding to shoot video of their ceremony. Alysha told me that she wasn’t going to have a videographer, but decided last minute to hire one. Thankfully, I had the date open and was running a special for some open dates that I had so I was able to do it. This was definitely meant to be!

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Though I mostly did video that day, I still took a few still images whenever I could. Alysha told me that their photographer wouldn’t arrive until later in the day, so I took it upon myself to get some photos of both her and Jonathan getting ready.

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The guys sure know how to party! They were living it up in their room as they got dressed and ready for the ceremony.

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When it was time to get serious the boys did just that - they cleaned up real good! You could tell that there was a nervous energy as the time for the ceremony crept up.

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Alysha looked stunning in her wedding dress and head decoration. I’m glad I got a photo of her in some good light.

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The ceremony took place indoors with some serious backlighting going on. It was tricky for the video side of things, but using the latest Sony technology, the photos were able to bring out all the detail.

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When the ceremony concluded the sunlight was absolutely perfect for group photos. I had the opportunity to take photographs of the bridesmaids bathed in gorgeous sunlight.

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All the photographs were taken in natural light. Because I was doing video, I didn’t rig up any lighting. The natural light looked awesome though!

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I’m so glad Alysha contacted me for her wedding. I wish her and Jonathan all the best as they continue in their life together!

Hippity Hop to the Barber Shop

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I always love shooting with Tarus as he has a ton of great photo ideas in his head already. It’s my job to bring them to life through the camera. We met up at J’s Barber Shop in Suisun City after closing to get some shots in the shop and out. Tarus is meticulous about how he wants things to look, which is awesome as that is a sign of someone who is serious about getting good results.

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J’s Barber Shop isn’t the best looking place to shoot. The space is a bit older looking… but not in the way that you want. Tarus didn’t want too much of the actual shop in the photos as it would have been distracting to the vibe he wanted. Using flash photography was the way to go tonight and we got shooting right away since my flash set up is pretty simple.

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Being at the shop, we definitely wanted to highlight some of the tools of the trade. Tonight we were able to get some sweet shots of both Tarus and the equipment that he uses to do his cuts.

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For these photos I used a variety of different tonal pallets to give the shots a bit of style. Having a distinct look is important for lifestyle photography. I personally love trying out different color tones in the photos that i take.

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The second part of our photo session took place just outside the barber shop. It took a few tries, but we finally found this really nice wall lit up with a street light. It was perfect to get some portraits in.

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Though it was dark, I was equipped with my trusty new Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 lens. Using this lens we could virtually take photos in the dark! It was an awesome experience to shoot with the lens. I’ll definitely be using it on future shoots.

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Thanks to Tarus for having me come out and do another shoot with him. He has big plans in the barbering industry and I know he’ll go far! Let me know if you’d like to shoot, go to my contact page and message me!