Switching things up this time for an engagement cocktail dinner at the gorgeous Sokol Winery in Oregon. The view was breath taking, the service was friendly, the guests were mingling, the food was exceptional and the couple was beyond beautiful. I walked in and immediately felt a burst of over-whelming sense of love and happiness in one place. The monochromatic rustic colors along with the unconventional structures of the building with wall-to-ceiling windows of rustic wood paneling made my eyes sing!
I spent an amazing evening with great people. I am fortunate to document these memorable images, I wish them an incredible journey and eager for new milestones to come!
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I feel so special when these clients wanted to book a maternity session with me while in town from Texas. I'm allowed to feel that way even for a minute, haha!
We went out to the top of the mountains for a wonderful view right at sunset and of course, we made magic. Oh, and the dog joined in too. Because, photo shoots happen on every walk. Why not =D
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This was one of the happiest babies I've ever gotten the pleasure of shooting. I love this age where they just like exploring everything around them. Many parents worry about having a photo session because the kids wont stay still but I cherish that about them the most! Mainly because I am a journalistic photographer and I prefer to get the "real" moments showing their personality.
It's also very boring to just see posed smiling photos on a repeat. However, my job was so easy this time, I only just wish I got to spend even more time with the family! It's easy to say, she nailed every shot ;)
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This maternity session was taken place on top of the highest hill, overlooking the entire city and then some! It was spectacular and a dream come true, nothing short of perfection. Their matching salmon colored outfit and the way her gown flew in the wind was enough to make me want a baby bump too! The magic is the effortlessness and the affection between the parents earnestly awaiting for the arrival of baby boy.
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And then there were 4. He's about to be over due for his newborn session and I am soo glad we were able to make it in time. He is a sweet baby who just loves to be held so I had to make it extra snuggly for him <3
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It's an epidemic that happens with all the kids, I'll be going through it again this September. I hope we find a cure soon, because I am not looking forward to having Ms. Attitude-bossy pants around.
Times like these is when I look forward to my newborn sessions, just for snuggles =)
p.s. Our neighbor has this adorable cottage fence with an overgrown shrubbery so of course, I had to take Rei for a mini session. I mean, total Italy vibes!
In the 11 years that I've been a professional photographer, I've managed to capture more than handfuls of weddings. I started as a make-up and hair person, worked my way into the glamour and fashion industry then getting published by international magazines such as FHM. There is not one category of photography that I haven't mastered but there is one true element to my style, and that is being a documentarian. I like to shoot with a cinematic vision which adds drama & dimension to the images.
This time, we have a Vietnamese wedding which involves a traditional tea ceremony with family members and friends in being a part in the celebration. The giving of dowry includes different foods and goodies representative of the prosperous life which the bride will be married into. It literally takes a "village" to help carry to and from. The gestures reflect the stability of the groom and his men. After all, it is a rather grand event sending two lovers into a harmonious marriage.
The newlywed couple is to pour and serve tea to the elders and relatives from both sides of the family as a sign of paying their respects. In return, they receive blessings that accompany with money envelopes and jewelry.
It is a rather long day full of different outfit changes and events but it's also full of moments to be remembered. The reception begins with a scrumptious 10 course meal and followed by what seems to be-the best party ever!
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I cant believe I get to snuggle with these adorable babies, it's almost too good to be true! I guess adding a puppy into the photo would just make my ovaries explode. I know I go overboard with all the poses and props but I can't stop especially if they are being such good sleepyheads for me!
The best part is being able to share these photos with the world and the thankful feeling I get from Mum is beyond rewarding for me.
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Abel, handsome baby boy born with the perfect hairline. He sure made his parents wait for his arrival as what years went by following his older sister. You can see how smitten she is with him in the photos. We have to throw it big to celebrate this family in all they had hoped and achieved. Unfortunately his Dad was not able to make it to the session but I will just bribe him next time for a family session =P
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Sooo I got invited to my family friend's shower and knowing her means the decor will be on point. Boy, was I right because it's beyond darling! All thanks to her sister in law for all the manual labor out of love, awwwwwwww....
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