Catherine & Long | santa clara wedding photographer

Catherine and Long had their wonderful wedding party at Decathlon Club, Santa Clara. Decathlon club offers beautiful indoor atrium garden, where the twinkle-lit palm trees, majestic main dining room, skylights and two spacious dance floors create a gorgeous setting for the romantic day. This is more like a traditional Chinese wedding.

The decorations are very elegant and romantic.

I arrived earlier to take some pictures for them alone before the guests came.

Now the party started. The wine and apple cider tasted very good indeed. Though I was taking pictures, I still could not resist to have a cup after taking the following two pictures.

Oh, so sweet !

Congratulations and best wishes to you, Catherine and Long!

qpeter - August 23, 2009 - 4:21 pm

Beautiful images.

christine - August 20, 2009 - 3:05 am

I love the color and composition of your pictures. Wonderful work!

Fashion Shot with Destiny

It was a hot sunny day. Destiny asked for a fashion shot in the corn field and sunflower place at Emma Prusch Farm, San Jose.  Typically, it is hard to shoot under such a strong sun shine in the open field. Some people may think that it is more difficult to shoot inside a dark room, which is totally wrong. In a dark place, a flash or some subtle lights can create nice effects and it is easy to handle. It is one of the most challenging conditions under the harsh sunshine. I would like to see how well I can handle this case. Furthermore, this was the only time slot I had in late July.

Well, the pictures turned out very well. Here are the proofs 🙂

Fashion shot with Destiny


Sim - September 23, 2009 - 6:40 pm

Wonderful job! Beautiful pictures!

My cameras | Bay area wedding photographer

Update on 8/15/2013: I am using Canon system for weddings now. Canon’s new 5D Mark III is simply one of the best all-around professional cameras for weddings by now. My current line up of cameras:

Two Canon 5D Mark IIIs, one Canon 5D Mark II as backup. Professional lens include 35mm 1.4 L, 85mm 1.2 L II, 24-70mm 2.8 LII, 16-35mm F2.8 L, 100mm F2.8 Macro L, 50mm 1.2L II, etc.

Update on 1/1/2012: I am currently using two Nikon D700 and one Nikon D7000 as a backup for wedding and events. With three cameras at hand, I can take photos efficiently and make sure that I can take care of clients the best. There is also plan to add one Nikon D800 and two Canon 5D Mark III to the studio. I will update this post once the cameras are in.


As a wedding photographer, I need to use the best gear possible. I have no bias against other photo equipment manufacturers. Nikon makes the most reliable professional cameras that can deliver the job at the critical moments. The equipements are expensive but they are worth the investment. Currently, I use D700 and D300 at the same time for wedding photography service. I also use different lens to capture the wedding events from different angles and to insure the quality of the images.

Nikon D700 is a full-frame professional camera that provides 12.1MP resolution. Its superb 51-point auto-focus ability and low-light performance also beat my expectations. I enjoy low-light in-door shooting a lot with this pet. The lens that I use most with this camera is Nikon 24-70mm F2.8, simply the best zoom lens in the market. It focus super fast and provides razor-sharp images.

Nikon D300 is a professional DX format camera that can give me a longer reach or a wider range whenever I need it. It can be used with either Nikon 12-24mm or 10.5mm fish-eye lens for a wide-angle effect. It can also be used with Nikon 85mm F1.4 or Nikon 105mm F2.8 or Nikon 70-200mm F2.8 VR lens for the long range.


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Zashkaser - August 5, 2009 - 11:11 pm

I rarely comment on blogs but yours I had to stop and say Great photos!

tinaa999 - July 31, 2009 - 2:57 am

Cool cameras!

Xinxin | Palo Alto wedding photographer

I have worked with Xinxin before. Xinxin is a great model with lots of potentials. This time,  we are creating something that is more dramatic

and the purpose is to combine beauty with nature seamlessly. The shooting site is at Foothills park in Palo Alto, CA.

George - July 6, 2011 - 1:34 am

Great Site……

Hey bayphoto , Extremely nice blog and great glamour photos!

joanparker99 - July 23, 2009 - 10:39 pm

Thanks for posting about this, I would like to read more about this topic.

flash - July 7, 2009 - 8:33 am


Angelat - June 30, 2009 - 6:49 am

So beautiful and elegant!

Mimi | San Jose wedding photographer

Mimi is a very beautiful model with Mid-east blood. It is my great pleasure to work with her.

Here are some shots with Mimi. The shooting place is my favorite spot — Santana Row in San Jose.

This time, I am going to use some larger-size files to show more details.

Month - June 26, 2009 - 1:03 am

Loved your latest post, by the way.

Sarah - June 24, 2009 - 6:02 am

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that I’ve really liked browsing your posts. In any case
I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon!

bayphoto - June 24, 2009 - 7:08 am

Thanks Tom and Sarah. I will try to update as frequently as possible!

Tomtom - June 23, 2009 - 7:00 am

Beautiful color, gorgeous model. I admire your work!