SAN JOSE PHOTOGRAPHER: ANNIVERSARY SHOOT ANDRELLIE AND DARREN

If there such thing as a message that hits right through me this will be it.This is a honest and straightforward blog from one of my best client.A person who not only feeds my creative side but helps me grow as well.  A bond and friendship thats uniquely ours. Thanks for always believing in me .And Where ever my lens will lead me,I will always look back and thank you for the trust and friendship.

“I really don’t know how to begin my endearing list of great things about Christian, our family photographer. But let me first, share the fondest story of how I met him. First things first… I met him at my Godson’s First Birthday Party in San Jose. At that time, I was not at my best as I just went through a not so “pretty” divorce. His wife Nicelle was manning the computer and photo printing machine, while Mr. C was busy taking pictures of the guests at the photo booth. I was one of those who posed with gusto along my kids and the birthday boy. Needless to say, I had a blast. Days later, I bothered my Kumpadre because I wanted to to get a hold of Christian to have order some prints from the party. Maybe now you can sense that I quickly got impressed with his quality of work. It was not long after I asked him for our first ever project. The first family shoot was booked and took place in no time. Well, from that shoot… I’d say the rest was history. As you can see, I am one of his “frequent flyers!.” You are probably saying “her face looks familiar.” Well, you got that right!

Let me take you to my time machine so I can give an accurate account why I kept on hiring Christian and why every session with Mr. C feels turns out to be magnificent and spectacular. Alfred Eisenstaedt, a well-known photographer said that “It is more important to click with people than click the shutter.” I knew from the beginning that strong bond that will develop between Christian and I. That bond is called “CONNECTION” It is actually the energy that exist between two individuals when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship. In other words, we have a CHEMISTRY. I never liked Chemisty in high-school more so when I took it again in college, but I realized years later that it plays a huge role not only in science but also in humanity particularly human relationships.

They say that “a brand is worthless if it doesn’t connect to the right audience in a relevant manner.” His passion for love of photography apart from the art and science of nursing, captured me beyond words. His creativity and workmanship is exhibited by the positive energy that exist on and off camera. The caliber that Christian had in him, will make your experience a lasting one. That is brand that goes along with Christian Alcazaren Photography.

Days, months, and years quickly came by, Christian became more than our family photographer. Him and his family soon became a part of ours. He is one of the few that I would say that “grew with us.” One of the few that we embraced to share our joys, triumphs, challenges, and hopes. He captured special and candid moments in our lives, shared laughter and giggles even when under pressure, his patience was countlessly tested for having uncooperative kids, sweat and hard work to bring out our the best smile ever, motivated us to have a colorful painting of our feelings or expressions, carved our imagination to help grasp the unseen, influenced us to relive and enjoy the moment or even leap to the future. I can go on all day enumerating the greatness of this photographer but one thing is for sure. He can MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I know that this is taking too long but please give me the opportunity to give due credit to this guy!!! Perhaps, this is long overdue too!!! Keep on reading, please:

a. Passion for photography- He is obsessed with every shot that he takes. He spends time to get to know you as a client, he values your opinion and suggestions, and puts a lot of thought about the project and never ceases to use creativity and imagination.
b. Dedicated to his craft – He continually betters himself. I guarantee you that, you will always have an itch to indulge in another project.
c. Great storyteller – He knows that the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera. Every picture is really worth a TEN-Thousand Words coz 1,000 doesn’t give justice at all.
d. Perfectionist and Detail-Oriented – He invests quality time to assure that subject’s photographs as if it is the only way it will be remembered throughout all the time. He focuses even on the minor details to create a lasting memory.
e. Patience, Patience, and lots of Patience – His pursuit is always a product of his unending patience. Patience to wait for the right moment to capture, patience for bright or dim light, and of course bags of patience not only for kids but also for the not so kiddos anymore. LOL.
f. Vast sense of wonder and imagination – What more can I say….He is very curious and lets his imagination wander around to bring out the best in you.
g. Willing to Share – He is a nurse by profession like me, but I’ve always wanted to be good in taking pictures too. He shares his expertise and makes you feel confident even at your lowest.
h. Unique Style – trust me… This guy photographed me and us relentlessly (in a good way). He generates classic and impressive transformation because of his style and ingenuity. A real and intense adventure-seeker.
i. People Person – One thing I really love about Christian is his charisma. He never ceases to smile and motivate his subject(s) to give it all for that picture perfect even he is not feeling well or tired. He can definitely brighten up your day.
j. Unafraid to make mistakes – Christian knows No Fear. He is a legit risk-taker. He will try and dare all angles, mood, exposures, and even subjects. His zest for life is truly remarkable.
k. Technical Skills – A for awesome. His got the SKA- Skills, Knowledge, and Attitude!
l. Professional – Last but not the least, he exhibits superb professionalism. Always early at the venue and lives up to his client’s expectations. He makes you feel that you are the V.I.P.

It has been awhile since I have written something like this but to write something for our Beloved Pal and Photographer has always been on my bucket list. I am sure I’d write a few more as we continue our life journey but I thought it is a good way to start with something like this. It is merely an appreciation of his craftsmanship not a marketing strategy or advertisement.

He was there every in milestone of my life… a shortlist of which are from kids’ birthdays, engagement, wedding, and anniversary. I am the type of person that is as driven and passionate as Mr. C. and I would say “Photography is a love affair with life.” It is something that fulfills your craving for great pictures. Christian is fortunate to have received the gift of capturing life’s greatest and dearest moments and I am blessed to have been photographed by him.

Today, He is Celebrating an Important Event in his life. I am confident that he won’t Miss any Moment to enjoy it!!! Happy Birthday and May the force be with You Always. ***wink…

Thank you for the greatest and best snap shots coz you are keeping the moment from running away. -Andrellie 

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HAKONE GARDEN SARATOGA CA PRE-WEDDING SHOOT: JACQUELINE+FRANCISCO

With my busy schedule, sometimes I dont have  the luxury of time to looked for a perfect photoshoot venue that fits to my clients preferences and personalities .But whenever a client would ask me whats the best place to hold a pre-wedding or family photo shoot , the first thing that comes to my mind is Saratoga California. The serene, homey, romantic atmosphere makes me want to come back there often. Its like a one stop shop and everything that you need is there.

Ive been to many beautiful spots and gardens in saratoga.The first time I went to Hakone Garden was with my family. I told myself this is the place I wanted to shoot next. The zen calming feeling of this place was amazing and I can’t wait to do a photo shoot there someday.

So when Jacqueline emailed me that she wanted to do her pre-wedding shoot with me,I was so excited. There were lots of ideas coming out on my mind that time. I even did a little research of Hakone ‘s colorful history. Getting to know the place better fueled my excitement more.And whats a better time to shoot than spring. So on the first day of spring, we did the pre wedding shoot . The weather was just perfect. Just the way I wanted it to be. The place was blooming with so much greens and pretty foliage that surrounds the garden. I love the walkthrough bridge in the center of the mini pond. And whats not to love the cascading  mini waterfall as well. It compliments everything about the place.So much calmness. All the elements are there. Feels like yin and yang at its best.

I had a wonderful time with them. They had been together for so many years and making them posed in front of the camera wasn’t hard at all. It was my first time to meet Francisco but damn he rocked that day. The natural moments was just so overflowing and I can’t wait to shoot their wedding soon.

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Cian’s First Long Travel and Disney Experience

This is our baby’s first travel to LA. We made sure that all the baby stuff should be prepared before we hit the road. I had a good experience way back then when I was here last year so Im kinda excited to come here again.This time was full of anticipation,I know its going to be memorable and awesome coz we have Cian with us. We are so excited to stroll him around LA, meet his relatives and to have fun in Disney . I had grown to be a mickey mouse fan and I want to impart it to my little boy. We had such a magical 2day vacation,it feels good to be youthful again and we want to do it next time. Im very proud for Cian for doing well on his first time.
Cian was so amazed inside the castle watching “small world”Its so hot mommy! can you take off my jumper shirtLola loves my feet,it tickles meWith Alice and the mad hatterThe most awesome tour guide ever!!!I love hotel beds mommy!!

Our Little adventures around Half Moon Bay

When it is something beautiful, I never missed posting it on my blog. Last weekend we had a blast.We had been wishing all this time that someday we could go to half moon bay. This place is just so perfect to hang out and watch the magnificent view of the coast. We had our lunch at Ritz Carlton Hotel, a hidden gem that was inspired by a conventional european style of architecture. It could have been awesome to have at least spend a little more til evening and watch the sun as it settles down the coast. Our little boy was a bit fussy,he didnt much enjoy the adult stuff.
To be fair and square. We headed towards the pumpkin farm. Its almost halloween, It would be great to have pictures of our little boy’s first pumpkin patch adventure. I love the way he smile and enjoy the scenery. I felt like losing 15 years of my age,watching him with so much curiosity and amazement. Until next time, well be back to stay for one night even if its worth spending $$$$.(fingercrossed)
The magnificent view of the coast