Ellen & Luc: Santa Barbara Fess Parker Wedding Photography

I had the honor of second shooting Ellen & Luc’s modern Santa Barbara wedding alongside Erin J. Saldana last year and have finally caught up on editing enough to blog it! I’m a huge fan of Erin’s work – be sure to check it out. :)

Ruffled dresses make for such pretty detail shots.The groomsmen were full of energy and silly ideas!

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Princesses at the Park: Disneyland Family Portrait Photography

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.” – Walt Disney

The idea behind this family portrait session was very dear to my heart because it combined two elements that inspire me – the curiosity of a child and the magic of Disneyland. When working with children, I love to interact with them, ask them questions, play games with them, and learn a bit about their perspective of the world. It helps me get to know them better and also puts them at ease around me (which can make a world of a difference when we’re taking photos!). Not only do I love to photograph (and play with) kids… but I am also a BIG fan of Disneyland. I have an annual pass and every time I reach the front gates, there’s an extra spring in my step. Even though Disneyland visits have become a frequent part of my life, they are still magical every time. :)

Here are some highlights from my adventure following three princesses around the park!

I’m going to make it a personal goal of mine to book more shoots in Disneyland and California Adventure. Any takers? :)

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Gerrine & Homam: Forest House Lodge Wedding Photography

This wedding shot for Tony Yang Photography was one of my favorite weddings of the year. Forest House Lodge immediately earned a place on my personal list of favorite venues – not just because it was a photogenic place to shoot, but it was also THE ultimate hangout spot… for kids and adults alike. During our downtime, Tony and I had fun taking photos with the silly hats hung on the walls in the bar and even got in a few exciting rounds of ping pong in the game room downstairs. The game room, by the way, is completely decked out with shuffleboard, poker, ping pong, and pool tables; ample couches, big screen tvs, and videogames; and awesome decor that is both loud and welcoming at the same time.

The venue was spectacular but the couple was even better. Gerrine and Homam were totally relaxed throughout the day and gave us free reign in terms of artistic direction. Their families took care of us and treated us like family. All weddings should be like this… warm and happy. :)

I was a huge fan of their centerpieces, naturally. :P
This was the first wedding I attended that passed out noisemakers during the ceremony! What a fun element to add to the celebration. :)Cheering on the guests as they put their noisemakers to use!!Thank you Tony for the chance to second shoot, and congratulations Gerrine & Homam!!
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Alexis & Matt: San Francisco City Hall Wedding Photography

This month I’ll be shooting a handful of civil ceremonies at San Francisco City Hall. The ornate ceilings, majestic staircases, and huge arched windows are just a few of the many features of this beautiful space. My favorite area to shoot is the 4th floor – it’s the best place to find ample amounts of natural window light. :)

Alexis and Matt had an intimate ceremony with their close friends and family before going out to celebrate afterwards. They were totally easygoing and fun to work with, and I especially loved those aviators!

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Easter Festivities

About 99% of my extended family lives in Malaysia, so when it comes to holidays, I rarely experience large family gatherings unless I’m out of the country. :) This year I had the opportunity to celebrate Easter with my boyfriend’s extended family. It was such a treat! We attended a beautiful church service with a full choir and orchestra, then went home for a delicious barbecue.

Aside from making new friends and eating my fill of tri-tip, the gathering was extra special because I got to play with this little sweet pea, my boyfriend’s niece:

Hannah was no doubt the star of the party, being the only one in attendance younger than myself. Haha. We surrounded her with cameras as she went on her very first Easter egg hunt.
I found an egg, Daddy. Now what? We were so impressed!!! She got the hang of it right away and walked around putting eggs in her little basket like she had been doing it all her life! Wish I had a video of the scene above – an egg fell out of her basket and rolled between her legs. She made a game out of emptying the basket and putting the eggs back. We happily watched her do this at least five times. Annnnnd… again! The eggs were filled with stickers and little snacks. No candy for this little one – what a smart mom. Remember not to put all your eggs in one basket! ;) 

 Such a sweet, darling little girl. I tossed plastic eggs into her lap and snapped pics right after she caught them. The result: lots of big, genuine smiles!

It was a lovely way to spend a holiday. So thankful and blessed – we have new life in Christ, and that is absolutely worth celebrating. :)

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. - John 6:40

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