Lisa and Vireak Wedding

My month of may starts off strong, this is no doubtedly going to be my busiest month ever, I haven’t started it at the starting line either, i’m a few feet back since i still have to finish editting Cathy and Marc’s maternity shoot and Adrienne and Jamel’s engagement shoot. But what was awesome was i did get to start it off with an absolutely beautiful 360 degree LA, OC, Catalina, Inland empire viewfront at the Andrade residence in La Habra Heights for Lisa and Vireak’s wedding. I did Lisa and Vireaks engagement shoot a couple weeks back in LA and I was incredibly happy to cover their wedding, and wow. The outdoor ceremony to the beautiful reception, the bridal and groom portraits, and even the sneak away secret sunset session we had. Lisa and Vireak were so fun and easy to talk to, get along with, and take pictures of because of their energy. Our team and the videography team kept a high octane energy flow and did this wedding solid! If there’s anything I know I can do at a wedding, it’s keepin it fun. I loved loved loved shooting today and we all had a blast. Special thanks to the wedding coordinators Connie Yee and Albert, Alin for the extra help, all the help from Lisa and Vireaks family, Zach Goldman and Brianna the videographers, Gaby for helping light and helping with the make up and anything Lisa needed, and Michael Tremaine and Tony Tran for assisting and second shooting and making it through the 12 hour day. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful. Thank you for sharing your special day with Gaby and I. I hope you love these pictures as much as I do! :]

Here’s a preview, let me take you through the entire day!

Lisa’s Beautiful Dress

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Vireak getting ready!

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The Wedding Rings

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Vireak got ready and we did his groom portraits

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Then Lisa got ready and did her bridal portraits, her shoes are so cool and she looks so beautiful

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Finally Lisa and Vireak got to see each other for the first time before the wedding, this was the first time i witnessed this happen. Most weddings the groom sees his bride for the first time when she is walking down the aisle, but i think i like this idea better because since they got to see each other before the wedding, we got to do some portraits of them together right when they saw each other for the first time. These were great :)

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p.s thanks to chris and david for being temporary assistants, i couldn’t have gotten these shots unless i had your expert shawl holding and blowing skills. “now look into each others eyes” :)

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After doing some family and wedding party portraits, they started the ceremony

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After the ceremony was the reception, their first dance, the toasts, the DJ and the maid of honor and all the festivities

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In the end right before sunset we snook out and took some more pictures down by the orchard. We were out there for long enough that people started coming looking for us, lol

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I hope the pictures speak for themselves about how beautiful it all was. Here’s a picture of the team right after wedding party portraits, zach and brianna the videographers, michael and tony assisting me, gaby ofcourse and lisa and vireak. Thanks for the remarkable day!

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Lisa and Vireak - 05/20/2010 - 4:50 am

What can we say about our wedding day….we loved every moment! We are truly grateful to Justin and his crew for capturing all our memories on camera. There is so much going on the day of the wedding and Justin, Gaby, Michael and Tony fit right in and we truly enjoyed having them documenting us, our family, and friends preparing and celebrating our big day. When I first read Justin's blog and saw the photos it was literally the first time I grasped how beautiful the entire day was for us! He could not have summarized the day bettter, it brought tears of joy to my eyes and heart. To have an amazing wedding and to feel the love of the person you are marrying plus the support of all that attend, and then to have it all vividly on camera to remind you, your family and friends, and future offspring is simply priceless! Thank you Justin for your passion, your love for what you do will always leave your clients gasping for more! We cannot wait to tell you when we are pregnant so we can have you photograph that moment of our lives too! All our love, Lisa and Vireak

Lisa and Vireak - 05/20/2010 - 7:50 am

What can we say about our wedding day….we loved every moment! We are truly grateful to Justin and his crew for capturing all our memories on camera. There is so much going on the day of the wedding and Justin, Gaby, Michael and Tony fit right in and we truly enjoyed having them documenting us, our family, and friends preparing and celebrating our big day. When I first read Justin's blog and saw the photos it was literally the first time I grasped how beautiful the entire day was for us! He could not have summarized the day bettter, it brought tears of joy to my eyes and heart. To have an amazing wedding and to feel the love of the person you are marrying plus the support of all that attend, and then to have it all vividly on camera to remind you, your family and friends, and future offspring is simply priceless! Thank you Justin for your passion, your love for what you do will always leave your clients gasping for more! We cannot wait to tell you when we are pregnant so we can have you photograph that moment of our lives too! All our love, Lisa and Vireak

Graduations, Couples, and Copyrights

My teacher once told me: “just because you own the camera and pressed the shutter doesnt mean its your image. if your assisting or using someone elses lighting or set up, its their copyright, its their image, and you need to ask them permission”

I’ve never had this problem even though he’s warned mee dozens of times to stop letting people just have the pictures i set up or light on my own, but i’ve been seeing it pop up alot lately that i know at one point i would have to stop someone from using my images that are unique to my education. Although i’m not too sure about the morality of this, I have always believed that photography is a sharing experience and that if an assistant helps me, then he can shoot whatever he wants and use it in his portfolio.

Its good to remember though, 1. raws are your negatives, proof the image is yours, if you give it away you give your image away, and 2. if you didn’t set up the image or your working for someone else, the image is not originally yours, ask permission. Either way, what i am saying is, don’t lose friends by stealing their work, if you want to steal their work, just ask them, :) for the most part they will be fine with it as long as there’s no alterior motive. This is my opinion, but to each his own ofcourse. So hows that for Photography 301?

Anyway to a more lighthearted story line…

I am a wedding and engagement photographer! I can do other things if needed but my passion is in couples, I like posing them, making them look places, having them life, kiss, smile, and find that passion inside of them. People in love are in their element, and thats what i love shooting. So when i did Angela’s grad pictures today, I got really into it when Angela’s boyfriend Daniel got into the pictures. In the end though, i got some great shots of both Angela, and Angela and Daniel. Angela is graduating from Cal State Long Beach and we did a bunch of pictures at the pyramid area of the campus. Hope you like your photos!

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Adrienne and Jamel Engaged – Laguna Beach, CA

Adrienne and Jamel came to me early January asking me to shoot their wedding later this year in September back in their hometown in the Bay Area. I gladly accepted realizing this would be my first destination wedding! I’m so excited since they are accomodating Gaby and I for an entire weekend and after meeting them that first time we absolutely knew they would be incredibly fun. But I have to say i didn’t realize how fun till we did our engagement session this last Sunday.

Adrienne and Jamel were incredible! They had a model look to them that made each picture i took look like it came out of a magazine. On top of that Jamel is a hardcore Laker fan just like I am! The shoot was incredible as we stumbled upon a goldmine, Irvine Bowl Park which was absolutely empty (lucky us) in Laguna Beach. Our original plan was thwarted by this diamond in the rough location and we decided to continue deeper into the coliseum looking place. We found so many great spots, and our hour and a half stay in their went by so fast, i wish we had more time because there were some really nice locations we could have tried to see. Gaby ended up running up a path into the middle of a jungle that would have been perfect to shoot if we had stayed a bit longer. Afterwards we rushed to the beach to go the infamous key hole but once again thwarted by a high tide, darn that almost full moon. Instead we did get some amazing tide shots and a fishing line hooked into Adriennes dress. After some careful sew work by the combined hands of yours truly and Jamel, we were able to escape. :) we ended the night by crashing Benihana, Jamel’s first time there, and finally went back to the office to check out the pictures. All in all Gaby and I had a greaaat time and have really gotten to know Jamel and Adrienne much better. It felt like we knew each other for years, something i completely love about this couple. I truly hope these pictures illustrate half the amazing these two are. Thanks for everything Adrienne and Jamel!

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Adrienne Palmero - 04/26/2010 - 2:13 pm

You are amazing. These are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much once again and we can't wait for the wedding pictures. You just gave us a glimpse of what's in store for our big day. A big thanks to both you and Gaby, we had a great time with you two on Sunday and totally agreed that it feels that we've known each other for awhile. We're so excited and have been sharing this with EVERYONE we know =)

Thanks a bunch….Adrienne & Mel

Quintel Griffin - 04/26/2010 - 4:44 pm

Wow you did a really good job on this shoot the pictures look like a fairytale of a prince and a princess truly in love so amazeing dude!

JUSTINELEMENT - 04/26/2010 - 4:56 pm

Wow thank you for the comments. I had an awesome time at this shoot and Adrienne and Jamel were so fun to work with. I hope in the future all my couples are this comfortable to work with :)

Adrienne Palmero - 04/26/2010 - 5:13 pm

You are amazing. These are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much once again and we can't wait for the wedding pictures. You just gave us a glimpse of what's in store for our big day. A big thanks to both you and Gaby, we had a great time with you two on Sunday and totally agreed that it feels that we've known each other for awhile. We're so excited and have been sharing this with EVERYONE we know =)

Thanks a bunch….Adrienne & Mel

Quintel Griffin - 04/26/2010 - 7:44 pm

Wow you did a really good job on this shoot the pictures look like a fairytale of a prince and a princess truly in love so amazeing dude!

JUSTINELEMENT - 04/26/2010 - 7:56 pm

Wow thank you for the comments. I had an awesome time at this shoot and Adrienne and Jamel were so fun to work with. I hope in the future all my couples are this comfortable to work with :)

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