Manuel & Jazmin: J-Town Engagement Session

Once again my good friend Linda of Glassbox Affairs recommended me to another beautiful couple, Manuel & Jazmin to shoot their engagement photos. I can’t thank her enough for her support. This time the couple was family friend’s of her so I especially needed to give special attention to them.

Time of was the essence since their wedding was a month away and they needed a portrait for their wedding day. We decided on a city night life theme which represents them the most. Sometimes hectic and fast paced but always beautiful with bright lights. So we met up in Little Tokyo in the evening. With only a couple of hours allotted, we managed to come out with some great shots. Technically, it was more challenging to find available light when sun was setting and it was a hazy day but luckily i had an off camera flash with me and there was the lights of local J-town businesses.

Congrats to Manuel & Jazmin as they were married the 6th of November in beautiful Costa Mesa.

Pablo & Kim: Malibu Engagement Session

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When my friend Kim asked me to take her & fiance Pablo’s engagement photos, i was more than happy & honored to do it. I had previously shot Kim and her 3 other sisters for a siblings portrait as a gift to their mom’s on her birthday.

After numerous shoot location brainstorming, Kim was referred by a friend about this awesome spot in Malibu called El Matador Beach. It has a nice 2 bench park with a yellow poppy field on a cliff overlooking the pacific ocean. Great view. We had arrived there 10am and the first shot s were with the sun right overhead. Not ideal lighting conditions but we managed. That was until the fog came rolling through in an instant and suddenly the view of the ocean had dissapeared, Nevertheless, we overcame the fog and it really actually help us as the clouds became a nice softbox which is great for portraits bur not ideal for landscape style photos. So it was a give and take.

Overall, the shots turned out great and it was a fun day in Malibu. Congrats to Kim & Pablo’s wedding in May.

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Michelle & Son- day @ Balboa Beach

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Saturday, Aug 15th 2009 – That month I decided I needed to get out and shoot a couple for my portfolio and was offering a free photo session. I had put out a post on Facebook that I needed a couple to shoot with. Luckily, my friend Linda responded and referred her brother Son & his fiance Michelle. We decided to have the shoot at Balboa Beach, CA along with my assistant/protoge/friend Van(shout out to her!). I can’t say how much fun it was to shoot them, thanks to Son & Michelle for the pizza afterwards btw! I was more than happy with the results. Hopefully we can do it again.