Portola Hotel Wedding – Dorothy & Ivan!4:40 PM
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of traveling to Monterey for Dorothy & Ivan's seaside wedding. And though it's been a crazy-busy few weeks here at SimplyTwo, I've finally been able to polish up a few of my favorites from the shoot and am THRILLED to share them with you today =)
I'm really loving this set because the Creatives took on a distinctively coastal element; landscape-inspired portraits highlighting the subtle teals and blues of the bay were complemented by a vibrant outdoor ceremony and moonlit reception that featured bespoke decor, gorgeous centerpieces, and a full dessert bar.
Dorothy and Ivan, hope you enjoy these highlights as we enter the weekend and thanks for bringing me on board and having me around. You guys are are awesome!
Qualities I look for in a friend: Thoughtful. Kind. Trustworthy. Caring. Patient. Dependable. Encouraging. Supportive. Funny.
Qualities I look for in a professional: Respectful. Passionate. Confident. Personable. Dedicated. Equally technical as creative.
Qualities I found in John Yao: ALL OF THE ABOVE.
First of all, it was truly amazing to watch John work; it was captivating to see the passion pouring out of him through every move he made, every word he had to say about each shot, and every time he took in a new surrounding presented to him. I could pinpoint the very moment his creativity would run wild; the moment I knew when all the images of lighting and timing, placement and angles would flash across his head like a film reel and his eyes would light up like a little boy at Christmas. I can promise you, nothing reassures your choice in a photographer than seeing the passion and dedication behind one's work unfold before your eyes.
The next thing that sealed the deal for me? Comfortability. See, there are those who love the camera; those who know how to engage the camera; those who come alive in front of the camera...and then there are those who get anxiety just thinking about ever having to be in front of a camera. Hi. Of course, John reassured me as any photographer would (even after I shamelessly told him how to do his job just to accommodate my fears) but I still had my doubts about being awkward, walking funny, and flashing a smile worth turning into a meme. Yet all these were quickly negated about five minutes into meeting John. It truly takes a lot to make someone feel comfortable in their most vulnerable moments. It's not a skill you can learn; it's not a degree you can major in...it's a characteristic you must possess. John embodies this and more in life and his work is a living testimony to it.
So keep searching for a photographer if you don't want to be disappointed...but STOP searching if you want to BLOW YOUR MIND WITH AWESOMENESS.