Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I am Amy

Fun-spirited Amy Tam trusted us her portrait session. At last! Amy is the principal wedding consultant of Amy's Weddings & Events, a wedding consultancy specialist in Bay Area. Having worked with her on several (very successful) weddings, we can say she is trustworthy, helpful, fun, and one energized cute little thing. We thought of transforming her energy into something fine art and into something retro-quirky.
Amy is a good friend and we look forward to work with her again. For all brides who are yet in the search for a super wedding planner, contact Amy. I also suggest for all the brides to just enjoy your day-of and transfer the control and wedding worries to your wedding planner, and all you have to do is - enjoy your day! When you're relaxed, stress-free, you will have more time to enjoy your day and be more fresh and beautiful in your photos! Did I mention that you just have to enjoy your day? oh yeah i did :)

Double Happiness

Wishing Judy & Eddy double loads of happiness, what a sweet couple and they deserve all the love in the world. The day started with a traditional Chinese wedding which was so much fun (door games hosted by the bridesmaids, and Eddy had to prove his love before he can enter the house). A heart full ceremony followed at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club, the sky was bluer and the place romantic.

We had another exhilirating time covering this wedding. Emotions filled the air when the bride walked down the aisle, she started sobbing halfway through, and everybody wanted to sob with her, sobs of joy. Who wouldn't? She's marrying her bestfriend boyfriend since their college days.

The party that followed was hot. The couple's selection of music was groovin, and the DJ's mixes bring everybody to the dance floor. At one point, the groom had to....well, we won't rob you the fun, so watch the slideshow we prepared for them.

Here are some of the photos (click photos to enlarge).

The lovely and sweet Judy

Bridesmaids welcoming Eddy and the groomsmen.

But not so fast. Some hurdles along the way.

Feel the breeze...

Open bar, here we come!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Photoshoot with the Warrior

I am so honored that Marcel chose to work with us for his portrait session.
First time I saw his picture (prior to meeting), a light bulb turned on in my head. I had this idea of what I want to shoot for him. Marcel is an athlete, model, personal trainer, singer/musician, etc.. he's loaded with talent plus the good looks (just as good looking as I am, hahaha!!!) He also has a 6-pack abs (I also had those packs long time ago on my previous life *grin*). He's tall 5'10, and packed with muscles. The concept I had in mind was a fighter/warrior, to which Marcel liked the idea, and so we did it. I am a fan of Muay Thai/street fighter kind of movies, and of course the 300 (Spartan movie). I got to do the Muay Thai concept. And so here are some of the many many good photos we had today.

I brought these manila ropes and tied them around his wrists, bicep, head, waist. The thing is I had to tie it real tight to make it realistic. And Marcel endured the cramps for the sake of the shoot. He's very easy to work with, and down-to-earth. I later learned that his father is also a Filipino, from the town of Pangasinan where my father is from. No wonder we look alike (hahahaha!! in my dreams!) Props are good, and I had this sword I got from Party City and it looks like this:

It's been a good day and can't wait to post-process some more of the photos. I am very open to any ideas our clients might want for a portrait session. Just be very open and let me know what you want and I'll work on it.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Henna Tattoo

The first time I saw a henna tattoo on someone else's hand was on Madonna on her MTV for the Ray of Light album. I think her song was "Frozen" or "Ray of Light", or something else. She had this reddish stain on her hand. It looks interestingly eccentric to me. Some fad, I told myself. It was years later that I learned it's an ancient art.
Ok, it was only this year, that I learned it's an ancient art. That was when one of our Indian brides had a henna tattoo session with her girl friends, 3 days before she got married. Traditionally, Indian brides adorn themselves with this ancient body art of applying henna tattoo on arms, feet or any parts of the body. The art ia called Mehendhi. During this session while the henna is applied, the bride and her girl friends gather together and bond for the last time before their dear friend gets married. This is such an amazing girl bonding time! The patterns and details are beautiful as the designs are applied on their skin, and the ladies are having so much fun. This amazing art calls for a glamorous and proper photoshoot. Thus, our studio is providing such service, to capture the ancient mehendhi and girl bonding either at our studio or at your home, in a modern photoshoot worth to be remembered. (Ask us!)

We were thrilled to have Rachna (owner of Henna and Beyond), as our fab henna tattoo artist and wardrobe stylist. Three stunning, gorgeous and fabulous ladies, Anamika, Arezu, and Kristine who modeled their tattoos. Kristine is also our hair and make-up artist who made our models even more striking. Rachna, with expert and steady hands, adds glitters and rhinestones to make the design more exquisite. She applies the henna to any body part, you name where you want to place yours - hands, feet, arms, back, shoulders, bellies, etc. (I had mine on my nape.) When applied, the henna is black and a bit wet. This seem to be the best time to take the photos. Once it dries, it has a tendency to peel off and reveal the reddish brown stain, which is also a good photop op as long as everything is dried, and has darkened on the skin. The stain lasts for more than a couple of days. We all enjoyed the photoshoot. We can't wait for more of these glam sessions! More photos:

Thursday, July 3, 2008

New Website - bigger, better, and rockin'

Our new website is launched! It's up, runnin' and kickin'! After a few hours online, we got our first client inquiry - a great sign! The new website shows bigger pictures, more features and info, and easy to update with new hot photos.
Check it out here

Meanwhile, we are saying goodbye to our old website which Marc spent hours and hours with to customize. It served us well.