Lisa And Vireak Engagement Session

I’ve been blessed to be approached by Lisa and Vireak, a couple who has been together for many years. This couple asked me to come over last month where they welcomed me with an assortment of cheeses and wine, and I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you Gaby and I left their pretty satisfied. Over the last month they’ve been preparing for their May wedding and I was privileged enough to be chosen as their photographer. And the first thing they let me do is shoot their pre wedding engagement session!

Lisa and Vireak are both from San Diego, Lisa actually went to school for Law and Vireak, a free spirited man i’d like to think, joined and traveled with the Peace Corp among many other things, something that I admire very much. Eventually the couple moved up here, began working together (how cool huh), and is staying at La Habra and decided to have a LA area Spring Wedding. Their wedding will be in La Habra heights atop the hills overlooking all of Los Angeles and Orange County. We stopped by before the engagement shoot to scope the place out and all I can say is, “whoa”. this is going to be an amazingly beautiful wedding and i’m so excited to be shooting it.

After we checked the house out we headed over to our shoot locations which were comprised mainly of downtown LA spots since the couple is from San Diego, LA would be a new area for them, and what better to break their residence in LA County then shooting in beautiful urban Downtown LA. Everything went well except for one little hitch, bunker hill’s Angel Knoll was closed after 5pm so we didnt get our beautiful Park in Urban LA pictures, bummer… but i’m sure the rest of these make up for it.

I love love loved shooting this engagement, and it was one of the most fun shoots i’ve done yet. Thanks so much Vireak and Lisa, hope you like my favorite shots! :)


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Allisonnn (grand :D) - 04/08/2010 - 7:10 pm

Awww grand! I like these engagement pictures! :D Especially the ones taken on the train. I know Vince would super love that. Remember, he's all into trains and all thatt. haha. :)

Justin Pearson - 08/24/2010 - 7:47 am

I dig the shot of just her feet kinda grabbing his leg. Nice. It's the little things that seem to inspire me.

Justin Pearson - 08/24/2010 - 2:47 pm

I dig the shot of just her feet kinda grabbing his leg. Nice. It's the little things that seem to inspire me.

Easter Sunday

Mannnn… So this weekend was insane! I had so much fun and i really feel the work piling in on me, which is totally a great thing! Thursday I got to mentor students at the Art Institute who were coming and just starting their educational career. I also went to gaby’s sisters party and Disneyland that night. (side note!) if you didnt know, gaby and i have disneyland passes and we go almost every week. SOO if you’d like to join us, single or a couple, theres always a group of us down to go. AND the great thing about it is? were mostly all photographers! Need a new profile picture? :) (end side note!) ok now that that little segway is out of the way, gettin back to business. Friday was the Sanchez wedding which was absolutely amazing, it was the first time i worked on a wedding with Tony Tran as he second shot for me. We packed in so much in the 4 hour interval we shot in, and it felt like 8 hours! i’ll be bloggin about that later. Afterwards I was able to finish my website! It officially launched, the new improved JUSTINELEMENT brand identity and website! I’m so excited since it toook me so much work, but the proofing gallery is amazing, now my clients can proof their pictures right from home! Yesterday was Vireak and Lisa’s engagement shoot which was sooo much fun. I’ll be bloggin about that one later too. And TODAY!? well today Jesus has Risen!

:) with that being said, he also shook the earth a good amount. Today i woke up early early early to go to early mass but didnt realize that it was a Spanish Mass! LOL so i ended up driving to Saint Pius to catch the latter half there which was an epic fail. Eventually i got to Kathy Nishi’s Fashion Project shoot at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. It was a really chill shoot, i actually just helped out here and there while Sam did most of the main photography and i second shot. Giraffe Jeska Rosales, Chris Evans, Kathy Nishi, Priscilla Khek, Garrett Cady, and Sam Chum all participated. I didnt catch the name of the last model but i had some pictures of her before i ran off to meet up with the family.


The rest of the day was being with the kids and the familia, at Embassy Suites Buffet, racing home to finish the edits for Kathy, taking care of the kids, racing to Gaby’s house for dinner with her family, spending time with them and watching the girls play JUST DANCE (side note!*) Just dance?! i cant believe theres a game like that ever, if you dont know what i’m talking about, google it… lol REAL MEN don’t play that game :) (END SIDE NOTE!) and finally i got to go home and work. School starts this week, so between the blogging, editting, and catching up correspondences… and tv shows; i’ll have tons of new homework to do :)


ummm sooo they realllly liked my phone! yes thats not an IPHONE, thats an IPHONE KILLER! as much as i LOVE Macs and APPLE, they aren’t with verizon! so i have an ANDROID which is the next best thing, it even has a metal detector! and a snes emulator :) i think the kids are playing wack a mole.


and then right before this picture, my brother and sister say, “wanna borrow a baby?” lol at first we said no but they really wanted to be in the picture :)


So that was my Easter in a nutshell, a great way to end the break! Let me know what you did for easter and what memories you captured. Or if you have any questions about my websites, photography, or websites in general, let me know! Dont be shy, leave a message, and lets see if this works, otherwise i’ll really believe noone reads my blog :( haha now get on that comment box!

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Jeff Frost - 04/05/2010 - 4:49 am

Hey, sounds like you're doing well. Nice to hear!

Brian - 04/05/2010 - 4:54 am

Nice photos and website. I think i might have to hire you.

JUSTINELEMENT - 04/05/2010 - 5:00 am

Thanks Guys! and Jeff, that means alot since I know you absolutely hate being online :) @Brian and Jeff: Lets shoot soon fellas. let me know whenever you wanna get out there

Jeff Frost - 04/05/2010 - 5:07 am

I always wanna get out there, just let me know when.

gabriellemanalo - 04/05/2010 - 9:34 pm

You're just jealous that you didn't get to play Just Dance yesterday. Lol, I'm glad that you had a fun Easter, the Easter bunny didn't give me any candy this year again. :[

gabriellemanalo - 04/06/2010 - 12:34 am

You're just jealous that you didn't get to play Just Dance yesterday. Lol, I'm glad that you had a fun Easter, the Easter bunny didn't give me any candy this year again. :[

Art Institute North Hollywood

One of our teachers at the Art Institute of Orange County moved into the Director of Academic Affairs for Digital Photography at the Art Institute in North Hollywood. Over the last year Kevin has become one of the few photographers and teachers that I can go to for advice and help. He’s taught me a plethora in the art of photography and in getting my feet stabilized. As much as I can say I know what I need to do and I don’t want to be in school for my degree, I know my life wouldn’t be the same and where it is today if it wasn’t for my decisions to go the school and the faculty at my school including Kevin. So Kevin started his first day at AICNoHo as i call it, and we visited him and toured the campus. I’ve never seen Kevin smile as much, we took a few pictures of the campus, regretfully nothing of the group of 7 that went up. The campus was very nice and i really liked it and the atmosphere, Everything looked so artistically professional rather then business driven, kind of the feeling AIC Orange County gives off. Either way i’ll be staying to finish my tenure at Orange County, and take advantage of the great resources at my school. Do you know we can check out 40D’s, lenses, studio lights, and stands over the weekends for free?! thats awesome isn’t it? Sometimes i completely hate my school, but then again sometimes i completely love it. It really is a love hate relationship but it doesnt look like i’ll be leaving anytime soon. :)

After the tour and catching up we headed out, grabbed some munchies at dennys and went into LA. Now thats what i LOVE LOVE LOVE about the North Hollywood campus, its right next door to all of the coolest places like Griffith Park, the Hollywood sign, San Gabriel Mountains, and Downtown LA. The place is in the best location, just so far from home… yes Anaheim and Long Beach. The envy will have to be put on hold because i won’t be moving up there or anything, OC is the place for me and for the amazing wedding industry. So we drove into Downtown LA and scouted out the locations for this Saturdays Engagement shoot which i’ll post up this weekend after its done. Here are some must have shots i got at the 3 locations i plan to visit, the railroads (jump on a train and run :]), the walt disney concert hall (ofcourse!) and finally angel park (bunkerhill from 500 days).BLOG-1BLOG-2BLOG-3BLOG-4BLOG-5BLOG-6BLOG-7BLOG-8

Special thanks to Matt, Devan, Jeff and Michael for letting me drag you all along :)

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