Ruixiao & Wei | San Francisco wedding photographer | Santana Row wedding

I had great pleasure working with Ruixiao and Wei for their wedding portrait sessions. My assistant Vicky helped the photo shooting during the whole session and she was simply wonderful! The makeup artisit Thucell also did a wonderful job on the bride’s makeup. We first went to Ruixiao and Wei’s home for the wedding preparation photos. Then we went down to Santana Row at San Jose taking some photos in some special spots such as Hotel Valencia. Then we drove up to San Francisco for more wedding photos. We went to the San Francisco City Hall, Palace of Fine Arts, Bakers Beach, etc. It took us a whole day to finish the shooting and we went to so many nice photography spots in Bay Area. It was well worth the effort since I had some of the best shots of all time. The follow are some of my favorite photos.

Wedding shoes photo at Fremont

wedding preparation, Fremont, CA

Wedding photo at Santana Row, San Jose, CA

San Francisco Cityhall wedding photo

wedding photo at Legion of Honor, San Francisco

wedding photo at Legion of Honor

photo of "l love you" at Bakers beach, San Francisco, CA

My best wedding photo at San Francisco

San Francisco pier wedding photo

One of the best night photos at Pier 7

Congratulations to you, Ruixiao and Wei!

snowwhite77 - August 17, 2010 - 10:17 am

Oh, I love the photo at the rock in the sea! So dynamic and classic!

Prepare for Gorgeous Wedding Photos

Plan your procedures aheadit’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of tastings, fittings and appointments and forget to schedule facial treatments until the last minute. Don’t be tempted to get cosmetic lasering or chemical peels within 10 days to a month of the event, depending on the exact type of laser or peel. Even something as simple as a facial should be given a solid week for skin to normalize, especially if any extractions will be performed. Call well ahead of time and discuss this with the technician.

Practice good skin healthstay hydrated and eat healthfully leading up to the event. Don’t try new skincare products, or anything that may irritate your skin. Anticipate your skin’s history, and treat it accordingly depending on changes your skin may experience in the climate or weather that’s expected at the venue.

Start with a good base– be sure that your foundation is the right color and formulation for your skin. You may feel like you should use a heavy cream or stick foundation since you’re being photographed, but heavier formulas will look caked on and are more likely leave a line of demarcation around the neck and hairline that’s tougher to blend away. Just stick with the liquid or powder that works for you, and be sure it’s properly matched to your color. No one wants to look washed out, but it can also age you a bit if your base is too dark for you. Color correcting concealers, like green or yellow for redness, and peach or yellow for undereye circles are a much better choice than simply layering on more makeup. Remember that redness will be easily picked up in photographs so take care to balance that out, and stay away from more pink based foundations.

Avoid the shiny lookglitter will reflect too much on camera, and shouldn’t be worn to a nice event like a wedding anyway. Radiance-enhancing or shimmery foundations make faces look too slick and shiny for photos, so if you must, only keep the sheen on cheekbones and the cupid’s bow for highlighting purposes. Always finish the t-zone with powder, which is especially important to balance any highlighting applied. If you know you’re more oily, pop pressed powder in your bag so that you stay shine free.

The eyes have it– keep in mind that darker eyeshadows and heavy liner make eyes look smaller. A matte or pearl shadow formula will be universally flattering and especially in warm, earthy tones. To keep eyes looking big and bright, highlight the inner corners and brow bone with an off-white, light pink or pale gold shadow or crayon. The older you are, the more important it is to stay fast to the no shimmer rule, as it tends to bring attention to fine lines. Black eyeliner can also look too harsh for older women (same goes for liquid liner) and fair blondes are more suited for eyeliner and mascara in the brown tones. Don’t forget to make sure brows are properly framing the face- everyone looks better and younger with defined brows. Fill the arches with powder or if using a pencil, blend with a brush. Brow color and size are important considerations here, so don’t forget to use a light hand and blend.

Consider your venue and lightingdo take the time to stop and think about if the event/ photos will be taking place indoors or out, and at what time of day. Indoor photos will be taken with flash, so it’s important to use powder to combat shine and to also be sure foundation is matched well. If outdoors, soften makeup a bit as it can easily look too heavy or harsh. Also adjust your makeup look for more formal locations, and later times in the evening. When considering these factors, you will want to use more color and definition over simply adding more makeup.

Keeping these ideas in mind, remember its always most important to look like yourself and feel comfortable on your wedding day. These techniques will help ensure you look flawless both in person and in photographs for years to come.

Content provided by Sarah Logan on behalf of ASI (skin care school, NY), which offers aesthetics certification classes and specialized coursework in cosmetic laser training, as well as microdermabrasion training.

Tamme & Michael | Fresno, central California wedding photographer

Tamme & Michael got married in May. The wedding location is in Fresno area. It is in a beautiful farm in Sanger, central California. There is a nice corn field and lots of greens surrounding the area. The wedding ceremony site is more than 3 hours away from my studio in San Jose. So I had to leave early in the morning and drove a long way from San Jose to central California area. This is a small and intimate wedding with about 50 guests. After the ceremony, I had some time working with Tamme and Michael alone in the surrounding area of Sanger. I enjoyed it a lot since the shooting environment was different from what I used to do before. The following are some of my favorite photos during the photography session.

wedding sign with ballons

the best photo of wedding dress, Fresno, Central Californa

top photo of wedding preparation for the groom

photo of wedding ring and bouquet

The groom wipe off tears from the bride

photo of wedding ceremony at Fresno

Guests celebrate the wedding, Fresno, Modesto, CA

Beautiful image of romantic photo

Best kiss photo, bride and groom

Photo of bride and groom kissing each other

Congratulations to you, Tamme and Michael!

Crystal and Daniel’s Engagement | Bay area wedding photographer

I had pleasure working with Crystal and Daniel and photographed their engagement session at Vasona Park, Los Gatos,  CA. Vasona park is very large and there is a beautiful lake (Vasona Lake) in the center of the park. The park is very special for Crystal and Daniel since they grew up in this area. They came to the park many times. A red bridge is crossing the lake and we got some very nice shots over the bridge. Then we headed down to the playground and the meadow area for more pictures. Crystal and Daniel are really fun and easy to work with. I finally had some time to update the photos in this thread.

best engagement photo by Bayphoto Net

great engagement photo picture

Wonderful best engagement photo

great kiss engagement photo

Great wedding ring photo

wonderful engagement photo, girl smiling

Best engagement photo San Francisco

best wedding photo gazebo, Los Gatos

greatest engagement photo wedding photo

Best wishes to you, Crystal and Daniel!

Libby & Gabriel | Santa Clara wedding photographer

Libby was maid of honor at Elsa’s wedding. She was getting married in April this year. After watching the online album of Elsa’s wedding, she decided to book me to take pictures for her big day. The preparation site is in Hilton, Santa Clara. The wedding ceremony and reception site is in Santa Clara Tennis and Golf Club. There is a restaurant named David’s that can hold more than 200 guests. I had lots of fun shooting this wedding since I met old friends again in the happy, happy day. Libby and Gabriel are easy and fun to work with. There is a large wedding party of 16 including the bride and the groom. So it was time to organize the group shots again 🙂

Here are some of the pictures. I will update this again once I have chance.

Beautiful wedding shoes and wedding gown photo

Great photo of necklace on wedding flowers

Roses wedding flower photo

bride holding flower smiling photo

Best photo of groom and groomsmen

best photo of bride and bridesmaids

The groom is waiting for the bride to enter

Face expression when groom is waiting for bride

best photo of entrance of the bride

best photo of bride entrance

Great photo of bride and groom kissing

best group photo of bridesmaids and groomsmen

best photo of wedding cake decoration

great photo of wedding reception party

best picture of wedding reception

great wedding party photo

Congratulations to you, Libby and Gabriel!