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When the first time I met Monica and Ben at Peets Coffee last summer, it was quite well, and I’ve been having a good feeling about their wedding photos since that time. Some time in the fall, they showed me around Terra Gallery where would be holding their wedding ceremony. It is a spacious contemporary, and elegant event venue, which is also my favorite style. As you can see in the first picture, a peep from Terra Gallery on the big wedding day.
Back to the wedding day, early in the morning when my assistant and I were on our way to the Palace Hotel, it didn’t rain; it poured. And it didn’t even pause for a while when we arrived at the hotel. I believe rainy day brings good luck, like tempting fate. To me, shooting in rainy conditions can be very creative, presenting unexpected, extraordinary opportunities to capture lovely and funny pictures.While Monica was talking to two little cuties, Kate and Mia, I saw her naturally glowing beauty. I let my assistant move the furniture away from the window so that they could keep chitchatting in a bigger space. This is true affection that doesn’t need any retouch.We drove along the hustling traffic to the Legion of Honor, where still can shoot good pictures on a rainy day. Monica and Ben were very cooperative. With a bit of encouragement to each other, they ended up laughing and having fun in the rain boots even though the bottom of the dress was soaked. It was like a venture out into the rain. What a lovely couple!
Wish Monica and Ben all my best! Happily ever after! Thank them again for choosing me to be their wedding photographer. In the meanwhile, thank my dear Rita for introducing me to Monica and Ben.
第一次见到Monica和Ben还是去年的夏天，我们在San Metro的Peets Coffee交谈甚欢。几个月后，我们一起去了他们选择的婚礼点Terra Gallery，一个开阔的时尚的场所，是我喜欢的简约风格。第一张照片就是他们婚礼那天装饰后的Terra Gallery的一角。回到婚礼的那天早上，是个灰沉沉的雨天，我和助手开车去三番的路上，大雨倾泻，到达新娘住的Palace Hotel时，雨还是在顽强地下，这会是一个很有挑战的拍摄，但我心里依然很乐观，说不定在很特别的情况下会有特别的创造力。
走进酒店房间，看到Monica和可爱的两个小女孩聊天，我觉得她的神态很生动美丽，便让助手把窗前的家具挪开，让孩子和Monica在窗前继续他们自然的交流，这是个意想不到的充满温馨亲情的画面，不需要任何修饰。从酒店出来，我们顺着繁忙的车流缓慢地开到了Legion Of Honor, 一个在雨天依然还可以拍摄的地方，Monica和Ben都很配合，从照片里可以看到他们在一起的快乐是那么动人。不得不说，Monica穿的雨鞋也是颇有特色，这就是生活，快乐的雨天的快乐的一对新人。
Photography: JJ Photo Studio
One week before the wedding day, the forecast came out and predicted a cold rainy day, which was freaking flew Jessica (the bride) off her rocker. She was very stressed out. To help calm her nerves, I told her my “game plan”, the strategy set for the rainy weather, as well as scouting the locations and preparation of the proper equipment to hamper my effort to get her the best photos. Luckily, the weather on the wedding day turned out cloudy with peeping sun.
The makeup artist Rachanee was putting creatively and beautiful bridal makeup for Jessica while my assistant and I arriving at Cupertino’s Cypress Hotel. The second time shooting wedding here makes much progress on lights and compositions.
By around 2 o’clock, the ceremony took place at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto. Unlike Memorial Church in Stanford, photographers are allowed to step in on both sides of the centre podium. When Jessica and Robert looked at each other in the eye, it was so touchy that they couldn’t help crying. The other my favorite moment was when people got out of the church, Jessica was surrounded by all the children, and balloons were all over the sky, which carry the blessing and happiness everywhere. Bless this couple all the best.
Last but not least, thank my friend Rachanee for the great job on bridal makeup and hairdo. In the meanwhile, also thank those best men for helping us make it smooth，last thank my dear friend QIQI for some post editing helps.
婚礼前的一周，新娘Jessica很担心下雨，的确看天气预报，整周都是雨天。但我告诉Jessica，即便是雨天，我们一样可以拍出好的照片，因为我已经安排了雨天拍摄的计划。最后上天给我们的是个阴天，带着点忽隐忽现的阳光。早上我和我的助手到Cupertino’s Cypress Hotel, 化妆师发型师Rachanee正好给Jessica化好妆, 漂亮的Jessica在Rachanee的妙手之下更是显得美丽优雅。我们在酒店的拍摄相当顺利，这家酒店是我第二次来给新娘拍照，光线和角度已经是得心应手。2点左右我们赶到Palo Alto’s First United Methodist Church, 这家教堂和Stanford Memoial Church 拍摄婚礼的规则正好相反，它们允许摄影师在台上的两侧走动。在这组照片里，Jessica和Robert相视落泪的场景真的很感人。教堂出门后的气球飞舞是我很喜欢的一个场景，我让所有的小朋友们围着Jessica和Robert，从照片里可以看出大家欢乐又期待的心情，孩子让人想到希望，那轻舞入空的气球便是带着祝福的另一份希望，祝福这对刚从教堂出来的新人永久幸福和恩爱。感谢Rachanee(也是我多年的好朋友)的化妆和发型，感谢在婚礼上帮助我们拍摄的几位Best Man. 最后要感谢我亲爱的好朋友QIQI在后处理上的帮助。
Here is a special shoot I want to present to Jessica and Robert (Credits shared by my dear friend Yan, a wonderful photographer).
Photography: JJ Photo Studio
Retouch Artist: 凝曦 and JJ
I have been so busy around the two coming up weddings at Palo Alto church and Terra Gallery in SF respectively that I realized even working 7days a week can be super enjoyable. Both couples are amazing, and I’m confident that the work will turn out great. I get to bring joy to people during their most special moments in life and capture images that they will look back on which will provide happy memories for generations to come. I must say, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.
It was Sunday morning, Rachanee, Selena and I we get together in my studio to create this clean beauty sleep shoot.
A Chinese actress and dancer – today is the first time we worked together for some studio shots. Selena is so smart and fun, and she’s such a great pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with her again.