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It's a bit ironic, but I hated being photographed growing up. Half of my childhood pictures are of me scowling at the camera, or of me storming out of the frame. My middle and high school years aren't much better -- filled with embarrassing and awkward pictures that I hope never see the light of day again. I'm not exactly sure what changed since then, but photography has since become a major part of my life, and I can tell you why I pursue it today:

The Challenge. When I shot my first wedding, it was hands down one of the most challenging and stressful experiences of my life. Just about a million things need to go right with each click of the shutter. From behind the lens, all technical pieces that I can control need to be in place - the right camera settings, the exposure, the composition. Surrounding the lens, the scene must be interesting, free of distractions, with just the right lighting. In front of the lens, the couple needs to be at ease, relaxed and comfortable enough to trust us with one of the most significant moments of their lives. There are no do-overs in wedding photography -- everything has to be right the first time. I know that there is no such thing as the perfect picture, but it's still a goal that I can strive for.

The People. Whether they make a living flying helicopters for the military, or college students simultaneously planning their wedding and studying for finals, each of our couples have their own unique backgrounds and fascinating stories. Every groom has their story of their proposal gone awry. Every bride has their own elaborate vision of how they want wedding day to look like. But the one thing that we all share in common, is our complete and utter commitment to another person, and with each couple, I feel lucky to be able to document their own personal story.

My Wife. If I were to choose a single reason if why I love photography, is because it's one of the most important activities that I get to share with my wife. Photography is more than a hobby to us, it's the documentation of our lives together. It's the mutual help and encouragement that we give to each other. It's the healthy competition we have between us to get the "winning" picture. It's the the communication and teamwork involved that strengthens our marriage. And for every time that we have privilege to witness another couple begin their own journey together, wedding photography allows us relive one of the happiest days of my life, our own wedding.

San Jose Family Portraits : Jones Family

I just adore this family! The last time we photographed Olivia she was teeny tiny. Now, she’s a loving big sister to her sweet brother Ian. They grow up so fast! Ian, like his big sister when she was his age, is extremely easy going and didn’t cry once. We had so much fun catching up with our friends Sena and Rodney while capturing their cutie pie children.

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    Your mom sent these to me. These are wonderful. What an amazingly beautiful family you have created. i love seeing you, your kids and your happiness. Thanks for being a joyful presence in myi life!!! Love, Elaine

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Bentley Reserve Wedding : Teresa + Jing

It was obvious from the first time we met Teresa and Jing that they complimented each other just perfectly. Teresa has a smile that lights up the room and Jing really knows how to make her smile. From the simple things like the way he looks at her to knowing just exactly what purse she had her eye on for the longest time.

We were thrilled to be back to the beautiful Bentley Reserve for their wedding where every detail was planned to perfection. Aside from the gorgeous cake and flowers, the most noticeable thing was how much love was in the room for these two. We’ll never forget the energy that was exuded from the moment the bridal party entered the room and lasted throughout the night.

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More of Teresa and Jing’s beautiful wedding can be seen in their slideshow:

Teresa and Jing, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day. We hope you had an amazing honeymoon in Hawaii!

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Sheraton Petaluma Wedding : Alex + Crystal

Alex was somewhat of a self proclaimed bachelor. That is, until he met Crystal and everything changed. While it seemed to family and friends that he wanted to always remain a bachelor, he really was just waiting for his perfect match.

Alex and Crystal compliment each other so well. She is sweet, down to earth, and spends much of her time caring for puppies who will one day be service dogs. He is charming, friendly, young at heart and has the best sense of humor. Together, they are so easy going and just happy to be together.

We have known Crystal and Alex for quite a long time. Our families have been celebrating Christmas together ever since I was six. So when we heard of their engagement and were asked to be their photographers, we were ecstatic and completely up for having more hang out time with them outside of our typical yearly gathering. As an added plus, we got to work with our other dear friends and an amazingly talented couple Chris and Tina from iDesign and Events who did an amazing job putting together all the flowers, DJing, and coordinating!

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More of Crystal and Alex’s sweet wedding can be seen in their slideshow:

Alex and Crystal, we hope you had a fantastic time on your honeymoon cruise! Thank you for giving us the honor of capturing such a special day. We can’t wait to hang out again!

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