Posts in Category: Weddings

What Happens in Vegas

Here are some leaked images of what happens at a Vegas bachelorette party! Maybe that’s not what really happens when there are a bunch of girls in a hotel room, except when you add me into the mix, I will make it happen. So don’t let your next Vegas memories be a bunch of boring sorority-sister-hands-on-hip poses with a drink. Let’s do something you’d get in trouble if your boss finds out.


Grace + Angel

Grace and Angel are a kawaii couple from MD. I’ve known Grace for a few years and knowing her artistic talents only flattered me that she wanted to hire me for her special day. They are really like two peas in a pod, two really cute personalities that adds all the sweetness to the photos.


Bonnie + Roel

Bonnie and Roel are really chill people who had their reception only event at Cavo in Astoria, New York. From the toasts, to the friends and family, to the couple’s chemistry, you witness how rich their relationship is and how much they like each other, it makes photographing them incredibly easy and exciting. The short and sweet wedding events are the best!


Susan + Henk

One of my favorite stories is how Susan and Henk found me. It’s been a while so I might have not have the details accurate, but Susan and Henk both work in the Middle East, Henk is originally from South Africa and Susan is from Philly. They had wanted to get married in New York City Hall, so they asked their coworkers for recommendations. Somehow my name came up from a referral stationed in the Middle East, so that’s how they hired me! I can only say thanks to that person if you’re reading this!


Kuo + Lawrence

I was flattered when another wedding photographer Lawrence Ha from the West coast wanted to hire me to shoot his wedding down in Cancun, Mexico. It was a great to meet him and his wife for the first time, especially knowing him through Facebook over the years. It’s natural to feel pressure to shoot for another fellow photographer, but all the photographers who I’ve worked for understand the stresses of wedding photography, which make them more easy going as a client. If I ever hire someone for my unlikely wedding, I would give him or her plenty of slack and try to not make it feel like work. For your information, working at a destination wedding is way more difficult than a local wedding, so you can all stop telling us how lucky we are to work on a non-equipment-friendly environment!


Celine + Eddie

I’ve known Eddie since high school, so it was exciting to be his wedding photographer and see his family again after so many years after they moved to LA. I liked Celine immediately with her charming, friendly, and outgoing personality, and all three of us just had great chemistry when they came to New York to shoot their engagement photos, since they both grew up in the East Coast. It was in the middle of winter during the session, but Celine braved the freezing weather better than anyone else I’ve met, her smile never dimmed and I don’t even remember her shivering at all.

They picked a beautiful location on campus to get married in LA where Celine works. The weather out there is perfect, and the foliage and architecture made for plenty of opportunities for photos. It was such an easy day, I couldn’t ask for a better couple!


Tingting + Elmar at the Capital

I was very bummed that I couldn’t make it to their wedding in Germany, so we still did a bridal shoot back at home at the capital. Who says you can’t wear your wedding dress again?


Tingting + Elmar

What can I say about this awesome couple? I met Tingting years ago when she was a bridesmaid since she recommended me as the photographer. I soon reached out to her for modeling shoots since she has a lot of experience in it, and we’ve had many amazing sessions since then. We built a great professional relationship and she didn’t want anyone else but me to be her photographer, and I was excited to hear that she wanted photos in Germany! I had the pleasure of meeting Elmar who is simply chill, smart and funny. We booked our trip to Munich during Oktoberfest to celebrate with the entire city, and boy was it an experience. We were also able to get out of town and see some beautiful scenery including the Nymphenburg Palace. When you have a good looking couple, your job doesn’t feel like a job – and when you’re flown to a beautiful location, now you’re just enjoying your hobby on a expense paid trip!


Jeanne + Vincent

Jeanne is another close friend of mine who moved to SF area after getting married. It seems like a trend for technology based companies. I shot her engagement in San Francisco, and her destination wedding at Tensing Pen in Negril, Jamaica. A photo shoot from a cold climate to a hot one. I normally wouldn’t plan an evening session due to difficulty of lighting, but I really enjoyed the results of the evening city session with a full moon.


Jennifer + Ivan

I am always happy to shoot weddings out in the west coast, since it’s always a change of scenery from the busy city landscape of New York. The weather was perfect out at Yorba Linda Country Club right outside of Los Angeles. When I look back at the photos, I just think oh how cute this couple was!


Gerrine + Homam

I adore this couple, whom I’ve had the pleasure to become good friends with over the years. They’re silly, hammy, incredibly down to earth, and they just enjoy life. Their engagement shoot was in Coney Island just a year before Sandy hit, and their wedding was out in Forest House Lodge just outside of San Francisco. The wedding was assisted by friend Fern Lee, not only do I adore her, but the couple did too!


Carmen + Vibhor

I was very happy that this couple introduced me to the beautiful Watkins Glen State Park in Ithaca, New York. It’s just a stunning walk through, and I can’t wait to shoot there again.


Margaret + Tim

Maggs and I were in the same senior art thesis class, besides her pretty face, her quirky personality was an instant hit for me. I had photographed her brother’s wedding a few years ago and met their wonderful family, so it was only a great pleasure to hear she wanted me to photograph her wedding as well. The carefree energy and vibe from the party made the day an adventure to capture.


Diana + Anthony

Diana and Anthony booked an amazing house on top of the hill in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. It was great location to have the bridal party stay for the duration of the trip, and to have the wedding over looking the ocean.


Taylor + Quoc

I loved workng with Taylor and Quoc, two of the most child-like and playful personalities that makes everyone else around them happy. They are truly kids at heart and you can tell from their photos alone. They got access to shoot at Fenway Park for their engagement session, and their wedding was at The Liberty Hotel, which used to be a jail.


Venus + Rick

I’ve known Venus for years, so it’s really not a job when you’ve enjoyed photographing someone for so long, except now they’ll be wearing a sexy wedding dress and I get to follow her for the whole day. We started the morning session at a local park where we discovered ginormous white bags which resembled marshmellows, time to grab giant sticks right? I still remember how incredibly hot and humid that day was, but when you’re enjoying the session, the weather won’t stop you. The wedding took place at the amazing Blue Hill Farm, where all the food is grown and prepared on site. Talk about farm to kitchen! The beef was from their grounds, and the eggs were laid fresh the same day. The kitchen was so professional they wouldn’t allow vendors to cross the room without a supervisor leading us across a twenty feet walkway. No photos allowed in the kitchen! I honestly want to go back for another meal some day.


Juanita + Hung

Juanita and Hung are a playful and cute couple, and completely laid back, which is my perfect kind of client. Their engagement and wedding took place in Philadelphia.


Correct Print Sizes

Dear clients, please read your contracts and packages carefully, especially when you’ve paid a few thousand dollars for the professional to deliver products to you. So far, my most common complaint (even if only 3 times so far), is the apparent incorrect sized prints I provide the clients. Apparent, because the clients seem to read 8×10 inch prints, when it is written 8×12 inch on my package. I have clients demanding that I send them new images in the correct size. While I understand it seems to be a common consumer print size and most picture frames sold are 8×10, it is not the correct print size directly out of professional cameras. So here is a brief lesson on proper image ratios and why 8×12 is better for you.

I offer two print sizes in one package, 8×12 and 4×6. You can do the math, it’s the same ratio of 2:3. That means when you get the prints in either size, nothing is cropped and nothing is missing. You are getting everything you see. If you decide to get 8×10 photo, you have to crop 2 inches off, that’s 16.66% of the image you are losing, and it becomes a 4:5 ratio.

I will apologize in advance for all photographers who do not mentally think about a 4:5 ratio in their viewfinder while busy shooting a hectic wedding day. In the worst case scenario where you happen to buy an expensive custom frame that is in the incorrect ratio, I can always do some Photoshop magic and shrink the photo to fit a 4:5 ratio and reconstruct the missing edges with the clone tool. That is if you don’t start the message with an angry and demanding tone of voice telling me I owe you a completely new set of photos.

Ain’t Yo Momma’s Bridal Shoot

Every few engagement or bridal sessions, I like to sneak in a few photos with the couple that aren’t the most appropriate for the parents’ album. Isn’t it more fun to be a little frisky, give a little hint of your bedroom manners? You don’t get enough chances to have a professional photographer capturing your chemistry together, so don’t just take regular PG-rated hand holding and kissing photos that I usually yawn to. I wanted to take it a step further and make a bridal shoot even sexier, the reverse of getting ready, a voyueristic look of a bride who is dying to get out of her dress.


Annie + Xin

Annie and Xin wanted to capture an old China feel, and what better place than Chinatown in New York City. The poses required for this theme is different from your typical affection-filled engaegment shoots. There is a mood of conservative coyness, a silence, and a hidden emotional story that doesn’t need words or public affection to express. It was a fun experiment and I encourage more couples to engage in themed sessions.


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