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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The Lopez’s Family Day

Im going to tell a bit of a story from last week. Andrelei called me up a week ago if I can have a photoshoot together with her children. I answered few questions from her about our photoshoot. The only question I can remember from her was “If I can handle kids to relax and pose to the camera? becoz my little baby boy is really shy and doesn’t easily get along with strangers”.
That question was really in my mind the whole time. I had prepared different backup plans just incase as well as things that could make the kids relax during the shoot. I waited for them to arrived in the location shoot.
This is the second time that they saw me shoot after andrew’s birthday. At first Vince was really shy compared to his elder sister. After a while of convincing and bargaining Vince finally fell into my childish charm. I never expected that Vince was so BIBO(naughty cute with so many expressions)-i don’t know actually how to translate that in english. In the end, the whole day turns into a fun, loving and almost like a family day instead of photoshoot. Too little time and yet so many stories to tell, these guys really rocked my weekend last week.
The Day started with an awesome expressions!!
The fun siblings!!Vince is all scene-stealing that day,my best buddy actuallyThis is the sweetest smile that almost broke my camera.There was a widespread of love epidemic that day that is so contagious. Mommy is naturally gorgeous.I told you Vince was all scene stealing that day..
I love this Harry Potter scene.This is the most powerful wand that almost postponed the photoshoot.I love this mother to daughter and grandaughter bonding