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Kimi and Salvo’s ChiTalian Wedding

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For many of the guests who attended Kimi and Salvo’s wedding, the scene above is probably one of their first memory of the wedding.  As someone who had hung out with Kimi and the Salvo and their families the whole morning as well as the rehearsal the night before, I was still in total shock at how beautiful it was to see her parents walked their only child down the aisle.  For the out of town guests  that have not seen Kimi in a while, I cannot possibly imagine the pride and joy they must have felt.  I mean, I have been to a few weddings and it’s always fun because everyone is always so happy but to photograph some of the happiest moment in the life of a close friend, that is quite a surreal experience.

Oh and just before I go on, I have to mention that this wedding took place in Austin, TX not Connecticut, just so all of my friends in Connecticut don’t go asking where in CT is all of this lol.

So for everyone who was not able to attend the morning session at the hair salon, let me explain what happen:

DSC_1328This is very typical of Kimi, she always enjoy life to the fullest!  Even posed for me at 9:00 in the morning lol.  Oh and Kimi even brought dumplings for her hair stylist that morning.

DSC_1329Kimi with her Maid of Honor, Wen.  One thing about wedding guests is that you never know how far someone had travel to be there and it always fascinating to me where people come from.  Wen is one of Kimi’s roommates while they were in New York City.

DSC_1378Long story short, the hair is done and now we’re hanging out at home 🙂 These father/daughter moments are always my favorite to photograph.

DSC_1399Last minute DIY 🙂

DSC_1416I don’t really know if this method really work…..

DSC_1414You really get to catch a lot of beautiful moments during a wedding.

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DSC_1465Kimi getting her make up done by one of her awesome friend in Austin.  This scene for some reason reminds me of Memoir of a Geisha lol.

DSC_1548Putting the veil on is a much scarier than it look.  You really have to commit to pushing the pin down even mean if it means scratching her head lol 🙂

DSC_1555Kimi and Dad.

DSC_3918Like I have said from the very beginning, even though I witnessed all the preparations leading up to the ceremony, I still cannot believe how beautiful everything was.

DSC_3932Salvo’s parents walking down the aisle to start the ceremony.

DSC_3951The Maid of Honor made her entrance.

DSC_3942Salvo with his Best Man and brother, Vincenzo  awaited patiently as the bride was about to make her entrance.

DSC_3978Similar to the first photo in the blog, this is the first time anyone really saw the bride in her wedding gown, including Salvo!  Even though I saw every single part of the process that morning, I was really stunned how beautiful she looked as she walked down the aisle.

DSC_1586Making vows with close friends and family as witnesses.

DSC_4141Mr. and Mrs. Galati!!!!!  Below are a few glamour photos of the couple just right after the ceremony.

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DSC_1726Nicole, Kimi, and Wen.  Nicole flew down from Philadelphia to be there for the wedding.  I love it when I see people go so far to be there for their friends.  In a sense, a wedding is like a big family reunion and you want to have the photo commemorate the reunion.

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DSC_1798The beginning of the receptions as guests are coming in.

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DSC_1845Trouble makers 🙂

DSC_1942Salvo’s dad made a speech wishing the couple well.

DSC_1944I still remember Kimi’s speech almost exactly from that day since it just show the strength of her character.  She stated that (and I am paraphrasing) ever since both parents came over to the United States for the wedding, they have to deal with all kind of problems and frustrations associated with language barriers and therefore she did not feel that her guests should have the privilege of understanding everything; therefore the speeches would not translated into English.  If you think about it, it’s their son and daughter who are getting married, it’s our responsibility to understand them rather than the other way around.

DSC_1965And let’s be honest, you just cannot translate this kind of emotion from one language to another.  You don’t need to either.

DSC_2034Salvo’s best man and younger brother made a toast to the newly wedded couple in broken English 🙂 (I’m just kidding Vincenzo)

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DSC_2055Wen said could not speak any English but she could read English just fine 🙂

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Kimi and Salvo’s wedding is so far the second wedding that I photographed for a friend and the experience is very very surreal.  Doing something that you love has always been fun and I am very fortunate to be able to do something that I love.  Doing something that you love for your love ones is a very neat experience.  As with all the wonderful couples that I have photographed, a heartfelt congratulation to Kimi and Salvo and I know that when they revisit their photo album from time to time, they will remember all those wonderful moments with friends and families from near and far as well those precious moments they shared with each other on that very very special day.

 

 

 

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A St. Clements Castle Wedding

A St. Clements Castle Wedding

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Special thanks to Cynthia Hauk from CYN PHOTO Wedding (www.cynphoto.com) for taking me on as her second photographer to this very neat and unique wedding at St. Clements Castle.  Did I mentioned it was at a castle?  Cynthia asked for me to come along to help out during the ceremony as well as the reception since there are always a lot of  beautiful moments to capture.  One of the reason I love wedding photography is because it is fast pace photojournalism capturing years and years of memories between friends and families that can only be together completely for a few short hours.

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Katelyn and Hugh’s Wedding at the Omni New Haven Hotel

Special thanks to Travis Flynn Photography for signing me on as a second photographer for Katelyn and Hugh’s spectacular wedding.  We started the day at the Omni New Haven Hotel, had church service at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Huntington and then back to the Omni New Haven Hotel for the reception.  In the morning, I was responsible for the men’s getting ready photos which was awesome since that was where the ring bearer  was.  As a result, I essentially became his personal photographer for the day 🙂

Now let the photos tell the story:

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Katelyn and Hugh are also very talented musicians and actually went on stage to perform for their guests!  Now that is one performance to remember! Congratulation to Katelyn and Hugh, best wishes to you guys!

Moondeep and Krisha’s Engagement Session

Moondeep and Krisha’s Engagement Session

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By: Hoan K. Trinh

Engagement sessions along with bridal portraits are some of the most beautiful and fun photographic experience that I have been apart of.  You always have two extremely happy (not to mention excited) people who are willing to play Hollywood with you for a few hour and let you push your artistic boundary as much as possible.   That, for a portrait photographer, is nirvana.

Now Moondeep and Krisha’s engagement session is even more special since it also include some traditional Nepalese clothing.  When Moondeep told me that Krisha would be wearing a Saree for the first part of the photo-shoot, I was quite ecstatic since it would be something very different and could look quite interesting with both modern architectures as well as more traditional settings.  With that in mind, we set off to the Wadworth Mansion, where Moondeep and Krisha will be married in November.

 

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Connecticut Engagement Photo12I always start out with a simple portrait,  both in composition and posing, just to get everyone relax, including myself lol. And sometime simple work out the best so it is a win win situation 🙂

Connecticut Engagement Photo8I love artificial lighting and use it quite a bit in my photography.  I mean I love natural light too when it is available, my final delivered images always includes some very diverse styles of photography.

Connecticut Engagement Photo9We stay with these trees for a little while, just to make sure that we get everything we needed.

Connecticut Engagement Photo11I love the catch lights in her eyes.

Connecticut Engagement Photo10The sun went away for exactly 5 seconds and voila….you get a fairly different image 🙂

Connecticut Engagement Photo7I don’t know why, but I really really really image.  If you can explain why you like something, you probably don’t like it that much 🙂

Connecticut Engagement Photo2Finally, we are out the wood 🙂  The Wadworth Mansion definitely has a very interesting facade to work with.

Connecticut Engagement Photo1We had a lot of jokes off camera, this one is on camera 🙂 lol

Connecticut Engagement Photo3I love the way she smile in this photo 🙂

Connecticut Engagement Photo4We decided to end the photo session at the beach with more “traditional” modern clothing 🙂

Connecticut Engagement Photo13 (2)One of the final images from the Connecticut shoreline 🙂 hehe

Getting Married In New York City!

GETTING MARRIED IN NEW YORK CITY!

By: Hoan K. Trinh

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My good friend and in-house model, Chi,  got married last month in New York City.  I can still clearly remember a rather intriguing fact that she had called me earlier in the day but did not leave any messages on my phone.  I just sent quick text asking “hey sis, did you called me?”  or was my phone day dreaming?

She called me two minutes later and the first thing I heard was:  “I AM GETTING MARRIED!!!!!”  She was sooooooo excited when she said that I could barely made out what she was saying.  Now, who would leave that on a voicemail?

Chi told me that she would like to do the ceremony at New York City Hall as well as having bridal portraits done around different areas of the city.  And believe me, photographing in New York city always get interesting, in this case, it was almost pure craziness.  But it was an incredible experience, probably the most fun I had in a while!

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Entering City Hall to get married!  Okay okay, this actually not City Hall like so many other wedding photographers want you to believe.   As a matter of fact, you don’t get married at City Hall.  You get married at a government building that is down the street from City Hall.  For some strange reasons, none of the the taxi drivers know this so they will drop  you off at City Hall.   Also, this is the building next to the building that they got married in.  It just have a really nice stair case so all the photographers and their mothers go here for photos.   As a matter of fact, we took this photo after the ceremony 🙂

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The atmosphere inside “city hall” is is incredible as literally hundred of couples are lining up to get married.  It’s like the happiest place in New York City.  Here is the bride’s parents taking photos of their daughter.

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Like I said, happiest place in New York City!

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I thought this  sequence was quite funny lol.

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Runaway Bride 🙂

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In the final waiting room, getting ready to go through with the ceremony.

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Exchanging of the rings and there you go, the ceremony is over!

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Now onto a few fun bridal portraits 🙂

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I include a lot of trees in my photography 🙂

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We redefined the definition of “fun” 🙂

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I really like his watch, she gave it to him as present.  Oh and she made the bouquet herself!  She’s too talented!!  I thought it was fake flowers for the longest time too.

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I think this is one of my favorite photos from the day.

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Behind the scene of all of our shenanigans.  Chi’s mom came a long to help with  all the gears and the groom was carrying my lighting equipments for me.   What a fun way to spend a day in New York City and the weather was great too!!!

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FOREVER

THE RING

THE RING

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This is my mother favorite ring and I have always heard her rave about this unique stone since I was a little boy.  She got it as a gift from a close friend on her wedding day almost thirty years ago and she is still amazed by the mystical “deep green vein” that flow through the middle of  this gem.  Knowing how much my mother love this ring, it was quite a pleasure to photograph it, it also give me some practice during the off season here in cold New England.

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VIETNAMESE ENGAGEMENT CEREMONY (DAM HOI)

VIETNAMESE ENGAGEMENT CEREMONY (DAM HOI)

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Hi guys, I have integrate my blog to my website so you can find the entry on the Vietnamese Engagement Ceremony (Đám Hỏi) here: http://www.hktphotography.com/blog/2014/9/-i-ph-ng-and-thanh-phong-m-h-i-dam-hoi.  It is very encouraging that people has been finding my blog on this topic helpful whether they are planning their own Vietnamese Đám Hỏi, attending a friend’s đám hỏi, or just simply curious about Vietnamese culture.  Some couples even include a link to the blog as part of their invitation, I definitely did not see that one coming.  As a photographer, I documents events and stories and I always love a beautiful Đám Hỏi as it is a very exciting time for the couples and their family. Thanks for stoping by!  Hoan

OZZIE & KATELYN’S WEDDING

OZZIE & KATELYN’S WEDDING

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Okay, okay so I know I haven’t update my blog in like a  month…..I’ve been terribly busy lately.  Busy playing, but regardless, I was busy.  So the biggest news in the last few weeks was that I assisted with a wedding for Jesse Anders of On Point Images.  The best thing about assisting is that you’re not really working.  I mean, I wasn’t responsible for the photos per se, so besides helping with setting up some lights, I got to play with my camera for the rest of day.  And the reality is when your subjects only consisted of happy and excited wedding guests as well as the bride and groom looking their best, your job is pretty easy and fun.   So here a few images. 

Since I was just assisting with this wedding, I get to play around and be as creative as I like.   Jesse was leading them through the beach at the Stamford Yatch Club.

The father of the groom and the bride’s nephew looking on as Jesse took bridal portrait below.

This is a complete accident. All of the sudden, people were randomly waving into the sky as if a plane is flying overhead.  Well, apparently there was balcony.

Sometimes the main photographer can’t be at 2 places at once so I actually had to nail this shot.   The bride and her father, I’m sure they will treasure this photo for a long time.

A little fun at the bar during cocktail hour!

The view outside the window is simply too stunning not to capture.

We went back outside to do some more portraiture for the bride.

Ozzie and Katelyn during the speeches.

First dance for Ozzzie and Katelyn.

Ozzie and his mother, a very emotional moment for both.   After this, me and Jesse called it a night.  We had way too much fun that day lol.

A BOSNIAN WEDDING

A BOSNIAN WEDDING

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The first wedding that I photographed was a Bosnian wedding back in January of 2010.  While I quite like the result of the final product, I, without a doubt, make a few rookie mistakes when I did it.  Luckily, those mistakes did not really hurt the wedding photos in any tangible manner.

I was away at law school in Houston, when one of my close friends, Enes,  decided that he was going to get married.   He wanted me to come to the wedding and so do I, but flying home to Connecticut just for a few hours could get expensive for a poor law school student.  But as soon as he announced that he was getting married, he offered to pay for my flight back home to Connecticut to attend the wedding and to photograph it for him.  This sounds like a great deal and all, but being a photographer, I know that photographing a wedding is not for the faint of heart.  The lighting in most wedding venues is a far cry from studio lighting or beautiful sunset photos that you see all over the internet.   The fact that I have never photograph a wedding before does not help.  And no, the fact that I had photographed plenty of portraitures and landscapes before does not make up for that.  Thus, I told my friend, Enes, to try to look for a photographer within his budget and if he cannot find anyone he particularly likes, then call me, because while I do want to be there, I did not want to mess up his wedding photos either.

Long story short, I got the job.  I don’t think he tried looking very hard either,  Enes does not really want his pictures taken to begin with, usually, he would pay you not to take his picture.  Now that I was put in charge of photographing a wedding, I have to get my gears and myself ready.  I only had my DSLR for only a year and I got my SB-600 flash unit 3 months prior to the wedding.  It does help that I that I have been shooting in manual mode with a point and shoot camera for a couple of years before purchasing my DSLR.  Also, I essentially read the DSLR’s manual back to front a million time before I actually bought the thing so I could control that little Nikon D40 without much effort.  But to prepare for a showdown with darkness, I practice various flash techniques in a totally dark room.   With all the light off and all the blind closed, the room was as dark as a dimmed theater, but with ISO crank up and the flash on full power, you can get a decent amount of light.  One thing coming from a portrait and landscape photography background is that you have to make peace with the noise from the higher ISO setting.  Noise is much better than blurriness or underexposed photos.

ISO 1600 at F9 and 1/40 shutterspeed  with the flash on full power.

Now fast forward to the actual day of the wedding.  Well, I kind of had to fly up New England first.  Flying to New England in the winter is always an event, especially, when there is a storm moving through.   Good thing the wedding is on a Sunday so I have plenty of time to fly up on Saturday.  Flying home on Sunday to go to class on Monday kind of suck, however.  To make the story short, my flight from Houston to Baltimore was delay because they decided it was a good idea to change a computer right as we boarded.  Landed in Baltimore late meant that another passenger and myself had to run across the airport to another flight that was already waiting us.  The flight from Baltimore taxi out to the runway and then sat there to be de-iced for like an hour.  So I did not make to Boston until way late that night.

So Jon and I was to drive down to Torrington, CT from Boston for the wedding.  I made a mistake of putting my camera gears into the trunk because the car was going to be packed full that day.  Yeah, I heard  of issue with condensation before and was always careful when bringing my equipment inside  during the winter.  For some reason, on that particular day, I thought the trunk of the car would be warm.   I remember checking the weather that morning and it was only 15 degrees.   So needless to say after a 3 hours trip in the car, my camera was frozen and fogged up bad when I got to the wedding.  This is when it get nerve wracking because this is the day my camera cannot fail.  I quickly wrapped my jacket around the camera and let it sit for a few moments to get itself readjusted to the temperature in the room.    That said the effect of having your camera fog up just a little is not exactly a bad thing, here is a photo.

This is not photoshop, it’s condensation on the lens 🙂  This is probably the biggest blunder in my photography career but at least I kind of like the effect.  The camera recover and photograph the event withoutt missing a beat!  Go Nikon!!   I had a friend brought his Nikon D3000 along to serve as the back up but luckily, we did not need it.

Now that the camera is back to normal, here is the shot with the groom brother.

A shot with the groom’s family.  If anyone want to make a case for shooting in JPEGs, you can make a case with these photos.  I shoot completely in the RAW format now but I have to admit these JPEG from the 6.1 megapixel Nikon D40 look just fine, even by today’s standards.

So after a few quick family photos at home, we headed off to the reception at the Cornucopia Banqueting Hall right in our hometown of Torrington, Connecticut.  There is nothing worst that taking photos of people being bored, this was the case before the guest show up.  You just have to make the best of it.

Sometimes, it’s not that bad though.

In Bosnian tradition, they  would hide the bride in a private room until everyone has arrived and then she would be escorted out with her husband.  But I got permission to go inside to get a few photos done before I too got kicked out.

One last photo of the bride though 🙂

The music got turned on and the guests started dancing on the floor which made the scene livelier.    Now this is where the fun started.  At least I don’t have to take pictures of people being bore to death.

The flower girls laid down flower for the bride before she entered the room.  Well, one is a boy, but he didn’t have a job that day….

The big moment when the bride entered the room.  I was told to stay on one side of the bride as not to cross her path as it would mean bad luck, I picked the left side (camera’s left).

I was told that the younger brother would have to spin the bride during the wedding, I could not imagine what that would be but this is it. For some reason, I was thinking he was going to put her on his head and spin her like a basketball or something.

The groom younger brother put the ring onto the bride.  Not sure how the groom got his ring on.

Now, that the bride had been introduced, the bride danced with all the guests too.

First dance between the groom and the bride.

We got all of the non-Bosnian people involved, Ryan did quite well compare to the rest of us 🙂

Then here is the couple last dance.    And that was it for my first wedding.  I went to the airport right after for a flight home to Houston, Texas.

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