Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy.
Weddings can be emotional and with this particular special day there was no exception. There was a lot of tears of joy, laughter and love filling the cool Seaside air. I've known the bride, Monica, for a long time and was so happy that she chose me as her wedding photographer. Her exact words were, "I'm glad that it will be you taking photos of my wedding because it will be that more personal." It truly was as I knew most of the bridal party and some of the guests. The wedding decor was set for a Spring wedding with a beautiful wedding cake and lots of sweets and the outdoor view of the Monterey Bay was more than anyone could ask for. Joshua and Monica were great through out the whole day and partied the night away. So much fun.
This Memorial Day weekend was all about travel, enjoying great scenery and meeting an unforgettable bride and groom and their family. From the start, I was excited to hear about their wedding plans and visualizing how I would shoot their engagement and wedding in Lake Tahoe. Since Nina was in constant contact with me up to the date, many of my fellow wedding photographers feared that she was a potential bridezilla. Once hearing that I merely scoffed at the notion and told them "I have a gut feeling that this couple will be absolutely fine and more enough prove how great they are." Plus they were referrals from a recent bride and I know Amanda wouldn't steer me wrong. =) The whole weekend was absolutely fun driving around the lake and taking some amazing photographs of these two. I definitely wanted to capture the beauty of the landscape, play with shadows from historic pines and evergreens but also show the love Paul and Nina had for each other. Congratulations again and we'll see them again in 2014! =)
Lookbooks are a revived platform of showing off a collection of photographs to show off a model, a photographer, a style, or a clothing line. This has been practiced from many established designers and models but now is more practiced with upcoming fashion creatives and easy to manage as the entire project doesn't need a lot of chiefs. As a photographer, it's a great extension of collaborating with others but to also create a vision collectively. Love Baggage is a cute design from my new friend Tera in Aptos, CA. Her throwback style mixed with modern ingenuity has a versatile make up of cigar box purses and 1950's fashion. I enjoyed trading texts with her in the prior weeks of finalizing the game plan. With shooting two models in the forrest of Nisene Marks the photo shoot was filled with lots of walking but also quirky fun and spending a Friday morning in an unusual place for most of us. It was a great contrast to the designer and environment, plus anytime outdoors in nature is always a great time for me. With more lookbook projects in the near future, expect to see a few more in the near future.
As I normally blog about all things related to weddings, I recently had some other opportunities outside portraiture and event photography. With the rise of Pinterest and Instagram, it seems that everyone loves taking quick photos of food, me included! While making my monthly visit to one of my favorite sushi restaurants (shot out to sushi chef Joey), the owner/manager invited me to take more photos as they are looking into revamping their menu with updated photos of their most popular sushi rolls. Without hesitation I said yes and quickly she replied "how much?". I smiled and said, "Well whatever you pay me I'm coming back to use it for sushi!" We laughed and proposed that a good family sushi dinner will suffice. So once the picture menu comes out, I'll be taking my wife and kids to not only enjoy a well prepared dinner but to also enjoy the fruits of my labour. It doesn't match the creativity and fun of shooting engagement and wedding events but it does have it's perks. Arigato.
On behalf of Ron and myself, we would like to thank everyone for support and praise we have received since starting our photography business in 2008. Since then, we have come across wonderful people who love our style of wedding photography and had exceptional feedback from past brides, grooms, family and friends. In addition, the folks that decided not to book with R&R Photography had expressed their own remorse wishing what could have been.
With our brand of customer service, we stay engaging, entertaining and energetic. Enough E's for you! R&R Photography definitely wants to under promise and over deliver! We want our brides and grooms to know that our lines of communication is always open and love to hear how they envision their special day. With that, R&R Photography then incorporates their creativity to our own. The result is personalized wedding photographs that show the honesty of their day.
Secondly, our style of photography is a nice blend of editorial work, documentary compositions and candids. Ron usually uses longer focal length lenses to capture the day, similar to covering sporting events and concerts. He captures those stolen moments of when the bride or groom isn't necessarily looking at the photographer. They know he's there but his style really becomes stealth in times of joy and happiness. Along with my approach of documenting the day with shorter focal lenses, I have more of a sweeping landscape that shows an intimate outlook towards the subject. With my outgoing personality, I'm more likely to do the talking and giving directions of how the day should unfold. Lastly, we both love candids! Imagine the reception with two wedding photographers taking photographs of people dancing and having a good time. Don't be surprised to see us sing every song during the reception! =)
Within this year, we have reached over 1000 people with our Facebook posts and currently have more than 900 people hitting "like" on our Facebook fan page. We want to express our gratitude and humility to you all. Often enough people ask why we have been so successful and our response comes too quickly with setting the stage on our approach to customer service and our style of photography. Thank you again and all the best.
~Randy and Ron; R&R Photography
R&R Photography with Randy Fenoli from Say Yes to the Dress