Mr. + Mrs. Gish

A little over a month ago we had the pleasure of capturing the Gish wedding at the Admiral’s Mansion in Vallejo. The bride and groom had two ceremonies which included the traditional white wedding and Indian ceremony. We got to know Uma + Kurt through a mutual friend and it was fun getting to witness their traditions throughout their ceremonies.

 

Here are a few photos from their special day….

 

Celebrating Kingston Riley

Last month my wife and I had the privilege of celebrating the expected arrival of our baby boy, Kingston Riley. We spent as many couples do a lot of time looking up definitions of different possible names for our baby boy. We ended up with Kingston Riley.  The name Kingston means,”out of  the kingdom” and Riley means,” courageous, brave and valiant.” There’s no doubt in our hearts, that this baby is straight from God. The trials and circumstances that we faced to come to this day are only because of HIS mercy and grace. Months of ideas, errands, planning, and help from friends all came to fruition on this special day. We want to say, “Thank You”  to all the friends and family that were able to make this day special.

I want to give a special thanks to our friends,Chanelle of http://juststickaforkinit.com and Mary  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Balloon-Works/607383309288268?fref=ts for their talents and hard work.

Please visit their sites to see the talents they give to their communities. I would highly recommend their services for your special event.

Here are a few snapshots from Kingston’s baby shower

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Event Coordinator Mary Ruff of Balloon Works, Vallejo
Event Coordinator Mary Ruff of Balloon Works, Vallejo

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Party Favors
Party Favors

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Chocolate Fondue
Chocolate Fondue
Centerpieces
Centerpieces
Cupcakes created by Chanelle @ http://juststickaforkinit.com
Cupcakes created by Chanelle @ http://juststickaforkinit.com
Cupcakes created by Chanelle @ http://juststickaforkinit.com
Cupcakes created by Chanelle @ http://juststickaforkinit.com
Cake created by Chanelle @ http://juststickaforkinit.com
Cake created by Chanelle @ http://juststickaforkinit.com
Thanks for coming Fam!
Thanks for coming Fam!
Jon and Sterling, thanks for coming guys!
Jon and Sterling, thanks for coming guys!
Amazed by the Chocolate Fondue
Amazed by the Chocolate Fondue
Cheryl and Heidi
Cheryl and Heidi
Don't pop the baby
Don’t pop the baby
GIT IN MY BELLY!!
GIT IN MY BELLY!!

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Balloon Bellies
Balloon Bellies
Bottle Relay
Bottle Relay

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Thank you for all the gifts!
Thank you for all the gifts!
Someone had too much chocolate
Someone had too much chocolate
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PhotoBOMBED

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Chris and Umpa
Chris and Umpa
REPEATS and Meatball
REPEATS and Meatball
The Newlyweds, Jordan and Kayla
The Newlyweds, Jordan and Kayla
Annabelle
Annabelle
Franchesca
Franchesca
Bootleg Batman Jr.
Bootleg Batman Jr.
Bootleg Batman
Bootleg Batman
Wifey
Wifey
A perfect end to a beautiful day. Praise God
A perfect end to a beautiful day. Praise God

Four Months of Milestones and Moments

Hi Everyone! I know it’s been awhile since my last post. These past four months have gone by in a blink of an eye. Along with everyday life, my wife and I have been busy making preparations for the arrival of our baby boy.

From milestones to moments here are a few pictures in no particular order from the past four months!

Birthday Bowling with the Family! Thanks for the wifey for getting everyone together!
Birthday Bowling with the Family! Thanks for the wifey for getting everyone together!
Happy 13th Birthday!
Happy 13th Birthday!
Jordan and Kayla tie the knot!
Jordan and Kayla tie the knot!
See you Later! No Goodbyes! The Quinn's send off before they move to Georgia to serve as missionaries. We'll miss you guys!
See you Later! No Goodbyes! The Quinn’s send off before they move to Georgia to serve as missionaries. We’ll miss you guys!
Giants Fan Fest 2013
Giants Fan Fest 2013
My Blessing carrying our blessing...few months away!
My Blessing carrying our blessing…only a few months away!
Chinese New Year's Parade
Chinese New Year’s Parade
13 years old
13 years old
6 years old
6 years old
4 years old
4 years old
Kingston Riley Manansala
Kingston Riley Manansala – March 2013
Happy Easter 2013
Happy Easter 2013
Surprise Getaway with the Wifey in Carmel, California
Surprise Getaway with the Wifey in Carmel, California
You haven't come into this world yet, but you are already loved. Mom and Dad are waiting for you to come into this world.
You haven’t come into this world yet, but you are already loved. Mom and Dad are waiting for you!

Stay tuned as our family awaits our baby boy!

33 Days Away till Jay + Nikki’s Big Day

A few months ago I captured Jay & Nikki’s “Save the Date” pictures. A few weeks later I was blessed yet again to capture their engagement shots. Again, they came with a great wardrobe and site of choice so this second shoot was done in a snap. I know I’m late getting these pictures up on my blog but better late than never, right?

Here are a few pictures from Jay & Nikki’s engagement shoot:

A Little Over a Year Ago….

A little over a year ago I was on a road trip with one of my best friends Mark Benton II.  Our trip began in San Francisco, California and ended in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Mark is part of the army and was to be stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska only to find out he would be deployed to the Middle East of Afghanistan a few months later.  Although it has been difficult for Mark to be away from everyone and everything he knows I’ve been able to be encouraged by his testimony as he is out there. You can’t help but gain perspective when you speak to him because he’s facing something I will never understand. It is almost a year since I took this trip with him and I’m happy to say that Mark will be coming home in a few days. It was one of the best times of my life and the memories we shared will always stick to me.  I took thousands of pictures but of course I can’t post all of them so here’s a few from our EPIC trip.

Our first stop was at a gas station close to Mt. Shasta, Oregon…

Mt. Shasta, Oregon

Leaving Portland….

The Space Needle, Seattle Washington

A dock in Seattle, Washington

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Leaving Seattle a few homeless guys wave goodbye…

A visit with my family close in Washington…

A little boy dancing with pigeons in Granville, Vancouver British Columbia

A image far too common in the world…

I don’t what the heck this is but it’s in Vancouver…

Granville, Vancouver

A stop on the side of the road…Somewhere in Canada??

Somewhere in Alaska…

A little excited in Alaska…just a little bit.

Local wildlife in Alaska…

On the road driving through the snow blizzard Alaska…

Traffic…we gets cars and people. Alaska gets Elk.

Somewhere in Alaska…For about an hour maybe 2 cars passed by while we took some pictures on this bridge.

Epic View…

Silohuette.

A sight that’s a lot better in person.

Buffalo

A little too cold for me.

Point of View.

Faith, Love and Hope. Words my boy lives by.

University of Alaska. Looks like an igloo.

Bench at UOA

Failed attempt at night shots….A little too cold for us. Our cameras started to freeze up.

Breakfast @ Denny’s. Fairbanks, Alaska.

The smallest airport I have ever seen. Time to fly back home to the Bay Area.

Something that I will always take from this trip is that you can see the world, experience the greatest sights and sounds, but if you can’t share it with your loved ones, what’s the point?  Those who know me, know I could care less about traveling and seeing the world unless I get to share it with the people I love.  I’ll never forget the discussions, shared while traveling for hours at a time, hitting city to city each day, and the laughs shared along the way.

I’m just glad I had the opportunity to share this trip with a friend who is not only an uncle to my children, but a brother in life.

I know I don’t speak for myself when I say, “Welcome home Mark.”

“Welcome home.”

Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out ~ Karl Augustus Menninger

Last Saturday, my family took our first trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California.  My wife had the idea of challenging Chris to conquer his fear of roller coasters.  I was totally on board with the idea because I know that continuing to run from conquering this fear will only teach him it’s okay to quit.  It was the first time our son Chris ever went on a roller coaster so the anxiety and anticipation while waiting in line really got to him.  At times in line he panicked, begged to not go on the ride, and even cried. HAHA. I tried making him go on roller coasters in the past few years but he always declined because he was afraid. The point of challenging him to go on the roller coaster wasn’t to scare him but to make him realize that he can overcome fears and that the only way to deal with any fear is to face it head on.  Also, it was done to show him that he can trust my wife and I to put him in situations that won’t hurt him, but that will only cause him to grow and mature in a healthy way. Fear is something we create in our mind and in time if it’s not dealt with, it will only festers, intensifies, and grows.  To further prove my point our daughters, Franchesca 5, and Annabelle 3 years old were introduced by their mother to rides at a young age. Therefore, roller coasters are not a source of fear but instead bring only smiles to their faces.

As a parent, we can’t protect our  children from everything but what we can teach them is how to deal and cope when things don’t go their way. Personally I believe protecting your children is a parents duty, but I also believe that overprotecting your children will cripple them. Sometimes as parents we tend to underestimate our children’s abilities and give up on them or aren’t patient enough to allow the children to sort and learn through their mistakes.  Some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned are from my facing my fears.  Confronting those fears have only made me a stronger person and has really taught me that God used these lessons so I could pass them on to my kids.

I know everyone can relate to the topic of fear, whether it’s heights, flying, the dark. Where others could be effected with more personal fears such as rejection, failure, intimacy, and commitment.  Running away and denying to confront our fears will only delay your maturity and keep us from experiencing life’s pleasures.

After standing hours in line, I’m proud to say that Chris went on Kong and Medusa, two of faster and intimidating roller coasters at Six Flags. Although he admitted he’s still afraid of roller coasters, at the end of the day he said, “I’m happy and surprised myself.  I’m happy that I conquered this fear.”

Chris and I on KONG.  Looks at Chris’ face. LMAO!! *Photo credit goes to my lovely wife 🙂

Get ready for take off!! *Photo Credit again goes to the wifey 🙂

That’s Chris and I in the front row. Again….Chris is terrified, but he finished 🙂 * Photo credit goes to the wifey once again.

Monique waves at the camera while Chris holds on to dear life. Hahaha!!

Sky Flyer. Honestly this ride scares me more than all the other rides at Six Flags.

Chris looking up, Chess looking straight down and my wife having a anxiety attack. I don’t blame her.  The idea of being held my thin chains and tall heights doesn’t sit right with me either.

Annabelle just turned 4 almost a month ago 🙂

Franchesca aka Cheese screaming on one of the rides…

Chris expression after telling him next time I’m going to take him on Kong ten times in a row 🙂

Happy Birthday Toadie!!

Today we gathered with family and friends to celebrate our daughter Annabelle’s 4th birthday at “Pump It Up.”  It’s day’s like today that remind me how old I’m getting and that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Cherish each moment with your loved ones because tomorrow isn’t guaranteed.

Happy Birthday Annabelle. Your family loves you, but GOD loves you so much more…

If your looking for some customized cake, cupcakes, or baked goods for that special occasion please be sure to check out my friend Chanelle Molina’s site  http://juststickaforkinit.com/

Annabelle’s Hello Kitty Cake amd cupcakes were a success!

Here’s a slideshow of pics from today!

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Leslie + Scott Sullivan

Last Sunday I had the privilege of shooting with my longtime friend and brother Robert Co. You can find out more about him on his site:

http://thepitcherplantproject.com/blog/

Here are a few pictures in no particular order from Leslie and Scott Sullivan’s wedding! Enjoy!

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Humble Beginnings….

“From humble beginnings we built our empire”

When I took these pictures, it made me think of all the time and effort it took to build this structure.  In the same way I’m going to continue and pursue my career in photography. It’s going to take a vision, plan, and execution, much like this structure.

If you haven’t been there, I highly suggest you take your friends and family for a visit!  This image was taken last year at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The 3rd picture below is my son, Christopher.  A whole lot has happened since these photos were taken. I moved, got married, went from being a single father to being married with 3 wonderful children with very different personalities. I’m also in the transition or restarting a brand new network of shooting models to now gearing towards families and weddings.

This is officially my first post….Well, it’s more of a test to see what my interface will look like. 😛

I’m starting my official blog to document my life, family, and passion for photography. I’ve been on a little break since getting married a little over 6 months ago so there’s been a lot of adjustment. Any newly married couple can relate, but fortunately I have a very supportive wife, family, and most of all God to help me along this journey.

Cheers to this upcoming year!