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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Artist Profile: Dj Shakee

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Before photography was my passion, Dj’ing was my full time obsession. I became part of a local Monterey Park DJ crew called Livitup Productions in 1996. The crew’s member at the time was James “Hey Mesa” Woo, Alex “Dj Rewind” Sarrio & Jordan ” Dj Shakee” Abrantes. My first ever gig was this Filipino debut banquet I helped on. Jordan literally gave me my first break at this event. That night was my first ever “premiere” spinning for some kids. I don’t even think I got paid but I didn’t care, I was spinning!

I have since turned in my headphones and started my new venture in photography. Dj Shakee though, is still belting out tunes on the wheels of steel at clubs, lounges or at the Livitup “Lab” where thousands of vinyl he and all former members collectively accumulated over the past 18 years are neatly organized.

Here is a recent interview I did with this Dj vet.

Vushots: When did u start Djing?
Shakee: 1991 with Livitup Productions.

Vushots: Whats the first record you ever bought?
Shakee: First record owned was a Disney record from when I was about 3 years old. First record bought
with my own money was either Feels Good by Tony Toni Tone, or Miss You
Much by Janet Jackson. Not really sure.

Vushots: What was the most memorable event you spun at?
Shakee: There’s a lot of those. Its probably a tie between the 90s Reunion show at the
Inglewood Forum, and the Hancock Wrap party at the Sony studios.
The 90s reunion show was cool, cause I got to DJ at the Forum and that
is where I saw one of my first concerts. Also, the crowd was going
nuts for every record I dropped. The whole place was doing the dance
when I dropped the Bird by Morris Day and The Time. The first person
to give me props on a good set was my friend Ivan. That was the last
time I saw him alive, cause he passed away in a car accident a few
months later.

The Hancock party was awesome, cause I got to open for DJ Jazzy Jeff,
and Doug E Fresh. At one point I was even on stage with Will Smith.
There was a big stage, and each DJ had his own set up. Spotlights and
the whole nine.

Vushots: What are you current projects?
Shakee: I always have a mixtape/CD idea in
mind. Its just a matter of sitting down to do it. Also getting more
in video DJing. And I have some friends who have a singing group. I
have a track with them that we’re in the middle of working on.

Vushots: What is your dream set list(name 5)
Shakee: That definitely varies…
Michael Jackson – Rock With You
De La Soul – Keepin The Faith
Prince – Erotic City
Run DMC – Peter Piper
New Edition – Cool It Now

Jordan is also video editor and has done some work for various online magazines such as . You can find some of Shakee’s free mixes on his website and blog .

Brian & May’s Maternity Shoot

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Last December I had the honor of shooting Brian & May’s maternity & Christmas card photos. The shoot also included their two pets as well and from my experience so far, pets are easier to shoot than most two year old children! You give a dog a treat and they’ll love you. Ha!

Since Brian is a Michigan U alumni, we decided to incorporate Michigan baby clothes in the shoot. Here are some of the photos from the shoot.

Photowalk: Newport Beach

Me and my photographer buddies had arranged a photowalk in Newport Beach, CA pier this past Sunday where we walked along the beach taking random photos. We had timed it so it was close to late afternoon where we can catch the infamous “Golden Hour” which is when the time of day close to sunset where the sky is rich in colors and where the color of our skin tone is golden. I managed to capture some photos off the pier. I can’t believe how crazy beautiful a day it was. This is what we Southern Californians experience in January.

We hope to do some more photowalks in the future so if any other photographers are interested just contact me. Downtown Los Angeles would be the next meetup.

Lynae’s 1st Two Years – Slideshow

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Happy 2nd birthday to Lynae! The big 2!! Uncle Vu/Jeff has been photographing her since she was in a newborn. Here is a selected collection of photographs from her 1st 2 years of her childhood. Soon she will have a new baby brother due. Ah, more photographs. Name yet to be decided.