Me and my preferred boots for weddings in this episode. These are uncut, unedited because I like to demonstrate my thought process, gaffes and all.
I often interpret a wedding as a collection of simultaneous stories involving the couple and their family and guests, yet there’s nothing wrong with a couple being the entire story when there are no guests as we slowly try to exit a global pandemic. Ngoc and Sean visited from NorCal to have their (micro) wedding in Pasadena, where you can find Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and Eastern aesthetic just a few miles apart from one another. Respectively, we visited Pasadena City Hall for portraits and witnessed their ceremony at the Storrier-Stearns Japanese Garden.
They did have one officiant/maid of honor/best friend who showed her dedication to Ngoc through her active involvement the entire day. In the details, they styled their wedding with Totoro and Sailor Moon to showcase their personalities and interests that they bonded over.
However big or small, an event is always worth documenting for those who are celebrating. In the democratization of digital photography, with endless scrolls and unfathomable amounts of data generated per second, I like to think I’m taking my time to craft something. I share photos from various weddings here with my audience, but no matter how proud I am or how many likes they get, the photos will always matter most to the couple, who will always have these memories to look back on.
One of the not-so-hidden treasures on the east side of Los Angeles is the LA Arboretum and it feels great to getting back into my rhythm. The sheer variety of scenery takes you on a journey across several continents in a single visit. If the park is good enough for a Katy Perry music video, it’s good enough for me.
Admittedly, the days following this shoot were full of muscle ache accompanied by expletives. Even with regular exercise in the last year, indoor and out, I had simply forgotten what it’s like to walk for hours with an extra 20 pounds of pendulous weight on me. Funny, though. I don’t remember ever getting ripped from doing this regularly.
During the infamous year of 2020, I had a chance to revisit past works and brainstorm what an outdoor engagement session should be about. It all works out since we still have a lot of work left in curbing the spread of a certain headline-hogging virus.