We’re into the sixth week of my wedding photography class in Cypress College already! Time flew by so fast – that’s because we’re having that much fun right?! My students’ first hands-on photo shoot was a blast and we got to practice shooting in low light situations all over campus. Topic: Exploring Light. We walked around campus experimenting with low light situations, using video light, ambient light, and various background elements.
Here’s a group shot taken (a la timer) by Romina:
Luz and Jeffrey planned their wedding on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I was excited about this because there are so many places to shoot with interesting backgrounds and we wanted to try a sort of “Titanic” theme to it. Luz is actually a good friend of ours, so this day was extra special! A lot of our mutual friends were there too. And it was Tim’s “maiden voyage” as principal shooter for Bumatay Studio! I really enjoyed being the second shooter for this one:
Click here for their preview slideshow – I wanted to use the Theme from Titanic music so bad, but that was a sad movie so I ended up using one of my favorite love songs from Josh Groban’s Closer album (I also thought it worth it to post the song translation – click here)
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Clara and Lee’s wedding was to take place at St. Denis in Diamond Bar where day began with some light showers and dark clouds. As I waited for my special guest shooter Marianne Lozano, I checked the latest weather report on my iPhone. It was forecasted to rain all day this Saturday, but I wasn’t worried at all. After all, I went 7 for 7 last year on Saturdays that were forecasted to rain – it would always clear up for me during my photo shoots. Now I can say I’m 8 for 8. As the day progressed, the clouds slowly disappeared and we had beautiful weather!
It’s fun to shoot here because there’s access to the balcony where you can see how large this church really is. From this vantage point I got plenty of great shots that show off it’s beautiful architecture.
The release of the doves is always fun to watch!
Clara was such a naturally elegant bride – you can see how relaxed she is in all her portraits:
We continued Clara and Lee’s bridal shoot at The Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency. There are so many great spots with exquisite lighting in this resort that make great backgrounds!
Click here to see more preview images in their wedding slideshow!
Clara and Lee Moscal wedding pictures at Saint Denis in Diamond Bar and reception at Huntington Beach Hyatt Resort. Orange County wedding photography, Diamond Bar wedding photography, Huntington Beach Hyatt Regency wedding photos
What a gorgeous day for a grand wedding in Beverly Hills! Jenny and Rich could not have picked a more scenic venue overlooking Beverly Hills and Hollywood. My hotshot second shooter Britney Alves and I started the day with a nice brunch at The Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The elegant bride Jenny was getting ready there along with her bridesmaids.
Jenny’s exquisite Pronovias gown
Back at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, everyone else were preparing for the wedding. And Rich was patiently waiting for it all to begin…
A special thanks to Linda Ly from Grand Soirees coordinating. Click here to see more of my images in the preview slideshow. Enjoy!
After everyone else left, Britney and I were offered a private tour of the interior of the mansion, which is reportedly haunted. Rather than being frightened, we were overjoyed with the opportunity – as if we won a lotto or something! I guess we both morbidly wanted to be scared. (a whole new post about this coming soon)
Greystone Mansion wedding photos, photography, Los Angeles: Jennifer and Richard Taras wedding pictures at Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA.
Beverly Hills wedding photographer Greg Bumatay
Greystone Mansion wedding pictures
OK I finally had a chance to update my website with some newer images so stop by the Bumatay Studio website to check it out. You’ll find it’s juicier, sexier, and funner than ever! Who knows, your picture might be in there too. (maximize your screen and turn up the volume)
From now on, I’ll do my best to keep all the wedding pictures on my website current. There’s so many new and cool things coming up that I can’t wait to share!
Phillina and Roel’s elegant wedding took place at one of my favorite churches – The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates. It has one of the most scenic ocean views on the penninsula. A big thanks to Phillina and Roel for being great sports throughout the whole day, and for Marianne Lozano for coming out to second shoot for me! Below are some preview images, but you can see more in their teaser wedding slideshow!
I love it when I’m treated extra special! = )
Neighborhood Church wedding photos, photography in Rancho Palos Verdes: The Valdez wedding pictures at the Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes, CA.
Palos Verdes Estates wedding photographer
Good news: My son Joshua was able to come home last Friday so we were elated to have him with us! It was a full house – myself, Lily, Rebekah, and Josh at home together.
Bad news: last Saturday Lily took Joshua to the ER because of a sudden fever, just to be on the cautious side. When I got there, the doctors had already looked at Joshua and the nurse told us that they will have to perform a lumbar puncture on him because they suspected that it could be meningitis. We were floored! We had no idea what kind of a threat that was to Joshua, and our hearts sank. It hit me when the nurse said we’d be much better off if we left and waited in the lobby while they performed the lumbar puncture on our newborn boy. Lily was devastated and began weeping as we walked out of the ER room. We sat outside quietly at first, then we scoured the internet researching what meningitis meant. In all the sites we found, these words stood out “meningitis can be fatal”. I kept telling Lily the chances are slim that it is meningitis…
They finally let us back in the ER where Joshua was crying so hard he was gasping for air. They took samples of his spinal fluid (via lumbar puncture) for testing. An hour later the doctor told us that initial results confirmed meningitis because of an extremely high white blood cell count. The final test results would not be for another 72 hours after they initiated lab cultures for bacterial meningitis. He was also slightly jaundiced. They had to transfer Joshua to ICU at CHOC (Childrens Hospital in Orange County). In there he stayed for a couple of days as we awaited the final test results from the spinal tap. He was also treated with antibiotics, on IV therapy, and they ended up attaching him to a respirator because of his weakened breathing.
Good news: (jumping forward in time) Joshua fought hard like a true hero warrior. They moved him from ICU into a regular hospital room. After a few days his body began to look better (no more jaundice), he was feeding ok, his breathing improved, and the final results from the bacteria culture turned out to be negative. It was a huge relief to know he did not have bacterial meningitis. It was viral, which is much less severe. Eventually Joshua recovered and is now home again with us.
(These images were taken from my iPhone) The paramedics were transferring him from the ER to CHOC
In mommy’s arms in ICU
A HUGE thanks to all our friends and family who kept Joshua in their prayers during this frightening ordeal. I’ll be posting more pics of our healthy son in his own brand new blog page.