Mike and Maria are some of the most happiest people we’ve been lucky enough to meet. Their smiles and laughs are infectious and their genuine love for friends and family resonates in an entire room.
Their wedding took place at Casa Real, nestled in the heart of Livermore, CA. One of our favorite venues to shoot at in that area. Though their wedding was modern and classy they infused it with a little bit of both of their Indian and Island cultures with music and dance.
Check out our favorites from Mike and Maria’s Wedding.
About five to six years ago when these two first got together, I reached out to them to build my portfolio. Being friends of Joanne, Jen kindly agreed. Yeah, it was super awkward. I barely had any idea what I was doing, and I pretty much shot everything at 45 degree angles and processed the photos with over saturated colors.
Jen and Armello are now engaged, and I’ve had the chance to redeem myself of my skewed camera angles. Joanne and I are stoked to finally be photographing their wedding.
As an artist you will always doubt your work. There are moments in your journey, when you get distracted by others and you begin to compare your work, your life, and your success. In those brief moments you almost feel lost. At the end of every year you look back at what you shot, how you could’ve done that differently, what other “epic” composition could’ve came out of it. You almost torture your heart and mind by overanalyzing what you’ve done that you forget to celebrate the emotions that moved you to freeze that moment in time.
You take a step back and you remember that your clients didn’t book you because of your epic shots. They booked you for your ability to capture their life at that moment. They trusted you to document their best moments in life so that they can show their family and friends the memories and emotions frozen in that instance.
Here’s a few of our favorite memories captured in 2013.
On November 8, 2013 the whole world watched as a super typhoon hit one of the 7,000 islands of the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan or Typhoon Yolanda, was the largest recorded super storm in history. Rain poured and waves devoured the small city of Tacloban while winds continued to rip the roofs off of homes that were once shelters for our fellow Filipinos. When the sun finally came through, Jonathan and I watched, with heavy hearts, as the people of Tacloban picked up their spirits, their belongings, and their loved ones and decided to grow stronger as a people and nation.
A few months ago we started a campaign called Portraits for the Philippines to raise money for our For Philippines With Love, a fundraiser put together by our wonderful friends Ever-Ours and Utterly Engaged, awesome wedding bloggers with big hearts. In two weeks with the help of the entire Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter community we raised $5,000 just in portraits alone. To make our voices louder, we offered to donated one discounted wedding at $3,000 with all proceeds going to For Philippines with Love. This is proof that if you raise your voices loud enough, the world will hear and if you pour your heart into it; something amazing will happen.
These are some of the amazing souls who helped us raise $8,000 to donate to For Philippines with Love.
Thank you Henessey and Mike, for your generosity. These two giving hearts are getting married in 2015 and we will be photographing their wedding with love to honor all those who have lost their loved ones in Tacloban City.