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Kimberly + Gustalvo | Paradise Cove and Roy's Oahu Hawaii

Published by in Weddings ·
Tags: weddingphotosphotographerhawaiiparadisecoveroysbeachoceandestination

We are always super excited to photograph destination weddings, So far, we had the wonderful opportunities to photograph weddings on a private island only accessible by boat in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, chic weddings in Manhattan New York, lavish weddings on the flashy Las Vegas Strip, Hollywood style weddings in L.A., and the most popular of all - Hawaii.

Kimberly and Gustavo are both from the Bay Area. They wanted a wedding where the families and guests can relax and have fun. Paradise Cove in Kapolei, HI was just the right place for them. It's a secluded beach overlooking the ocean filled with coconut trees. At night, it is famous for the luau, where guests are greeted by a tropical Mai Tai and traditional Hawaiian music that set the festive mood of the evening.

For the wedding reception, the couple chose the internationally influenced, Hawaii inspired restaurant Roy's, which was just a short drive away from Paradise Cove.

The intimate yet romantic wedding was filled with laughter and joy, as no one was in the hurry to leave. There was no reason to leave, after all, they were in paradise!

Hollywood Style Wedding in LA

Published by in Weddings ·
Tags: hollywoodweddingphotographerLongBeachSanGabrielredcarpetphotos

How fun it was to travel to L.A. to photograph a Hollywood style wedding, along with special guests as George Clooney, Brad Pitts, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The moment the wedding couple Bi and Jimmy walked on red carpet to the grand reception, they were interviewed by chatty Joan Rivers along with paparazzi (so what if they were impersonators).

The zen and intimate ceremony was held under the summer's sun at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The wedding couple exchanged their wedding vows on the moon bridge as guests witnessed surrounding a peaceful pond filled with Koi fishes and white cranes.

The Hollywood theme grand reception at Hilton San Gabriel was the highlight of the night. Giant movie posters starring Bi and Jimmy as the casts prominently displayed by the reception entrance. When the newly wed entered, Robin Thicke performed "Blurred Lines" as the newly wed whirled on the dance floor for their first dance, followed by Lady Gaga shaking the entire ballroom with her greatest hits. It sure was one of the most memorable weddings we have photographed, and we could do this every weekend!

Click here to see wedding highlights sideshow.

Online Dating Photos

Published by in Headshots ·
Tags: onlinedatingphotos

Does online dating really work? Yes, it does. Based on the stories from the wedding couples I photographed, a good number of them met online.

When it comes to online dating, what matters the most is simply one word: photo. Let's face it, first impression lasts. A photo says a lot about you. When someone browses through hundreds of profiles, it is the photo take grabs his or her attention.

I often receive calls for headshots for online dating. When asked what to bring to the photo shoot, I would tell them the tips below:

Bring clothing you are comfortable wearing, something that shows your personality. While we will work together on retouching, your photo should reveal who you really are, so your date won't be surprised when you first meet. The photos for your profile should be eye-grabbing and yet natural.

According to eHarmony’s matching team, a medium shot from waist up is the optimum choice and gets the most action. Upload blurry, poor quality or super small images will kill any chances of success.

If you are looking for a successful photo for your profile, let me help you capture the real you by bringing out your best body language and facial expression. We'll shoot both studio and outdoor shots for a variety of looks. Remember, you can always give the photos to your family and your loved ones.    

Here's a list of the top online dating websites:
and here's a great dating website for Asians:

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