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Brian and Monika rock our socks off – talk about your dream clients!

[as my bro Z would say, “No, really.  Let’s talk about it!”]

Everything about their wedding was absolutely BEAUTIFUL.   The weather, the decor, the couple, everything! We were  honored that Brian and Monika trusted us completely and let us do our thing.   The Hermitage Museum was a gorgeous venue for an outdoor wedding;  we could have stayed there all day.  It was a 100 year old house with great landscaping and gardens to shoot against.   Later, we also loved the contrast of going from the classical gardens of the Hermitage to the sleek, modern architecture of the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach for their reception.    Seriously, wedding photographer heaven.

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How cute are these two?

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They were so fun and let us take a good hour for their portraits:

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With all three of us shooting, we got a ridiculous amount of images we liked, so instead of our usual 5 photo post, we  made a mini-slideshow.  I will shut up now and let you bask in Brian & Monika’s magnificence:

They sent us this lovely email post-wedding:

Hey Guys,

We just wanted to extend a HUGE thanks for all your hard work in helping to make our special day that much more special. You guys have WOWed us from your timeliness, professionalism, friendliness and the shear awesomeness of your collective talents. Basically, you guys rock on all accounts.

Everyone has been thoroughly impressed with you and we thought you should know. We’ll definitely recommend you to anyone and everyone [and actually we’ve already been pushing you for a friend’s spring wedding :)].

So thanks again for everything that you do, and we look forward to working with you moving forward.

Awesome couple, awesome wedding.   We love our job!

– Cies

I shot this session about a month ago, but I’m catching up on posting blogs….

You may remember Tiffany from an earlier blog post showcasing her Malaya-styled maternity session.   Her baby Saiphera Marie is part of our Baby Steps portrait plan where we photograph your baby from the newborn stage through age one.   Fun fact:  at every newborn session, since we photograph the entire family, we give the mama a little pampering too.  Mom’s get their makeup done by Rina and it’s totally on the house.  We know how it is just having a baby and although, yes, parenthood is so amazing, you also have to deal with being perpetually fatigued and stained with various baby fluids.   Not to mention the anxiety wondering if and/or when your pre-baby body will make it’s triumphant return and how that translates in photos.   DCPG’s got your back, mamas – we’ll help you feel good and look good!

Jaison, Tiffany + Baby Saiphy

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Love the matching expressions, plus how her tiny hand is clutching his finger:

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Motherhood suits Tiffany well:

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Jaison wanted to do one of those shots where you hold the baby in just your hands, but being that Saiphy was almost a month old at this point, we settled for this.  Still cute!  She’s so photogenic:

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Tummy time!  Check her sweet faux-hawk:

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Jaison is a local musician (an awesome singer/keyboardist/songwriter) and when Saiphy was being fussy he picked up my daughters $10 keyboard and serenaded her with a song he wrote for her.  She was calmed almost instantly – it was amazing.   I wish I took audio of him singing, it had a really catchy melody.   She seems like she’s listening intently:

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Like father, like daughter:

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Adorable polka dot theme:

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By the way, happy 4th birthday to my nephew (Rina’s son) Tonio!!!  He is so cute it’s just ridiculous:

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– Cies

It’s a small world in Virginia Beach, even smaller between the Filipino community, and Facebook makes it almost microscopic, so needless to say, we’ve been really blessed as far as referrals go. A lot of times, the prospective clients that come to us know more than 4 of our former clients.  Joyce happened to be a fan on our Facebook page as well as a good friend of the Cabatit’s (and about 30 other mutual friends).

I scheduled their session at 9:30am thinking that mornings were optimal for little kids, plus it wouldn’t be too warm, but man, was I wrong! It was HOT.   The kind of heat that multiplies all the indigineous city smells (in this case:  garbage, hobo urine, and seawater).   In typical Tidewater fashion, two days later, the weather was a gorgeous 75 degrees.  Sigh.

Nonetheless, Joyce, Ian and their son Ethan showed up looking fab!  I am loving all these hip, well-dressed families, for real! I heart the purple accents with grey color palette:

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Says Ethan –  “Ethan tired!”  Aww.

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Mama time:

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We saved the awesome new dancing fountains for last hoping it would cheer him up and I’d get a smile or two.   He really liked them, but he was so fascinated that he just stood and stared at it, not moving:

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These photos were taken seconds apart.  Note the barely changed expression:

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Little E, lookin’ sharp!

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Being that I wasn’t able to get E to crack a smile even once, Joyce and I agreed to attempt this one more time when the weather was nicer.   I’m determined to get some happy looking pics of this cutie pie, so stay tuned for part 2 sometime in the coming weeks!

– Cies

I have been dying to blog about this particular session but per usual got caught up in the craziness of home life, work life and all its various overlaps.   Anyone who follows us on Facebook has mos def already seen these photos and heard the story, but here goes for our lovely blog followers…

A few months prior, I did a Malaya shoot of super nice, aspiring photographer Pam.    So pretty!

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She really dug our style, so she asked to book family portraits for herself, her boyfriend Chris and their 6 year old daughter Paris.   Due to Chris’ insane travel/work schedule, it took another 3 or 4 months before we were able to coordinate a shoot day.

The day of their shoot rolls around and I wake up late, due to a gig the night before (I play bass/sing for a local band called the Astropop 3) and see that I missed eleventy billion phone calls from Pam and Chris.    I panicked, assuming an emergency came up, but when I finally got in touch with Chris, he told me he had a BIG surprise planned that he wanted us to capture.  And so, through a few more sneaky phone calls,  we devised a loose plan which included a series of signals and semi-code phrases to use when the time/place was right.

Muhahahaha….

Btw, huge style points to all of them!  They were a perfect example of coordinated yet fashionable outfits that didn’t need to resort to that whole white shirts and khaki pants standard.   I honestly don’t know how Chris wore a sweater vest with a long-sleeved shirt in that heat, but it worked out well!

Such a beautiful family.  They were so fun to shoot too; willing to try anything and not taking themselves too seriously:

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Here’s their satire of those uber-serious family portraits.  Little Paris is a pro, she went w/ the flow of whatever her parents were doing and pulled it off perfectly.  She was a total sweetheart too:

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They wanted a fair amount of real moments and ended up buying this next photo as a huge canvas wrap.   I heart their choice because it’s definitely reflective of how they are as a family and it’s an unusual (in a good way) pick for an enlargement.  It’s pretty sweet having clients who think out of the box…or frame, as it is.  Oh and I believe what led to Paris’ laugh in this photo was her dad asking, “Hey, remember that time you farted on your mom’s neck?” Classic.

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This was the last location on our photoshoot, so it was time for the “big show”.    Chris gave us the signal and we responded in affirmative with our code phrase, “We’re going to change our lenses” –  we actually did change lenses, to buy a little bit of time and get everyone in place.   Meanwhile, Chris nervously chainsmoked cigarettes while Pam and Paris were completely oblivious.   Finally, we got all of them into position and stood there awkwardly for a moment (I honestly wanted to yell, “Do it now!!” but thankfully, refrained) and then, to Pam’s complete and utter shock…

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I remember her being so caught off guard, she asked him, “Why are you doing this here?” not realizing that we were all totally in on it the whole time and it was set up.   She hugged me twice afterward.  And look how cute and stoked Paris is for her parents…this photo was so precious, they chose it as the cover to their engagement album:

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So CONGRATULATIONS to Pam and Chris on their engagement and big ups to Chris for having the foresight to do it during a photoshoot.  Not many people get their proposal caught on camera, let alone professionally, so I thought this was a pretty awesome way to put a ring on it.     Here they are, freshly engaged:

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We were super excited for them to see their photos, so there’s a quickly edited slideshow up I did the day of, if you’d like to see more:  http://photos.dc-pg.com/cabatit/

Speaking of engagements/weddings, my partners are leaving today for Las Vegas.  Lester and his BFF Allen are both getting married later this fall (not to each other, although I’m sure its crossed their minds…kidding!), so they’re having a joint 5-day bachelor extravaganza with Mendell and the rest of their homies.  Someone’s gotta stay put and run this joint, so I’ll be here doing shoots and answering emails as always – send me a message 🙂

– Cies

Jasmin and Rina have been good friends since they were kids; I have some fond memories of those two that I cannot post on here because they’d probably kill me (haha).  Anyway, we are shooting Pat + Jasmin’s wedding in October and if their e-session was any indication, we’re going to have a ridiculously good time on their wedding day.  I think we spent most of the time laughing so hard we were crying – Jasmin told me the next day her cheeks hurt from laughing so much.    That’s why I love photographing people I know; there’s a built in comfort level that makes everything easier.

Due to our insane hurricane season, it’s been raining pretty much 75% of the summer, so we decided to shoot indoors  at Chesapeake’s Aloft hotel.   Since Mendell does graphic design/marketing for Aloft’s owner compay, the staff hooked us up with a room to use while we were there and the bartender on duty was super accomodating; letting me go behind the bar for some shots and even making drinks for them as props.

We did this Malaya-style, with Rina doing Jasmin’s makeup and both of them having 2 outfit changes.  Both of them have great style (love the grey/orange palettes!) and were willing to do pretty much everything we asked, even the silly stuff, so all in all, a great shoot.  Can’t wait for their wedding!

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Jasmin, being cute in the 1st pic then gettin the drop on Pat in the 2nd pic , “LOOK AT MEEEEE!!!!”

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Relaxing in the courtyard:

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And finally, a quiet and beautiful moment:

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After we wrapped their session, they invited us (and all our kids + spouses) over for pizza, wings and UFC fights on TV.  Great end to a great shoot!

– Cies

Olivia is the latest inductee into our Baby Steps plan.  I’ve known her mom, Tina, since our high school days slinging fast food Italian for $4.25 (!!!) an hour.    Tina was worried she was too late to get into the portrait plan because Olivia was closer to 4 months, but we’re totally flexible – if your baby is over 3 months (or even later), you can still get the same $250 pricing.  It’s basically a way to get 4 consecutive shoots for a really, really good price.

I’m a little bit biased when I say Olivia is one of the prettiest babies I’ve ever seen because she reminds me a LOT of our daughter when she was that age.     I love getting to photograph all these babies because it brings back memories, plus it’s a perfect excuse to just play with and hold babies all the time.   DCPG loves kids, so we have a great job for sure.

We did mostly solo pics of her in various outfits, but her parents were soo cute with her that I decided to get some shots of them interacting too.

Cuteness on the floor of her nursery:

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Look at this face!!! So precious:

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Tina and Jason absolutely adore her.  They were so sweet to watch:
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We finally wore her out:

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– Cies

Quick post and then we’ll be pretty quiet for the rest of the week settling some home/family stuff!

Mendell and I had the pleasure of running our photobooth at Anna and Darius’ wedding reception at the Virginia Beach Resort & Conference Center.   There wasn’t a lot of room, so we set up in the entryway and I’m pretty sure the waitstaff was totally hating us because the photobooth mobs were constantly in their path to the kitchen haha.   I liked our spot though, as we found a cool blue wall w/ polka dots that made a nice backdrop (and saved us from having to set ours up!)

Per usual, we had a lot of fun! The photobooth is always a huge hit at wedding receptions and we get to talk and interact with everyone – as opposed to shooting the event where we’d have to stay unseen and out of the way.  It’s a nice change of pace, really.  Anna’s brother Leo surprised them by buying our photobooth service for them and they and their guests loved it.    Congrats you two and call us when the bebe is born! 🙂

For more photobooth pics from this wedding, visit DCPG’s facebook page: 

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=110081&id=26389196050

Leo, his lovely gf Kechelle and the happy bride and groom (+1 in the belly!):

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We had a triple header on Sunday, with myself shooting newborn Adriana and recent grad Audrianna in VB and the boys shooting the Wrights off in Oceanview.   I’ll have the Wright family pics up in a later post when I get some edits from the guys!

Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but there were lots of similarities between my two shoots:  their similar names,  the milestone portrait session, they were both beautiful girls and both shoots were gifts from family members (brothers, to be exact).    My homie Gary bought the Baby Steps Plan for his brother and Audrianna’s brother paid for her Malaya session as well.    Portraiture is a GREAT gift – especially for important moments like a new baby or celebrating your first steps into adulthood…priceless.

Btw, take note people,  this is a really good example of coordinating outfits without matching.  Cute color palette and good lookin’ fam!

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Baby Adriana was only 10 days old and slept pretty much through her entire shoot.  When we did get her to open her eyes, I was so glad because she had pretty blue/green eyes:

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Proud papa:

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A few hours after Adriana’s shoot, it was Audrianna’s turn.   I never met her nor really knew anything abut her until the day she showed up; her brother booked the shoot and I only spoke to her via text message (kids these days!) but right when she walked in, Rina and I knew it would be a great shoot.   She was a photographer’s dream – super duper nice and also drop dead gorgeous.   We decided to stay close by and just wander around Town Center.   We avoided the fountain area and instead explored the Westin,  the Sandler Center courtyard and the small “park” across the street.

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Her boyfriend tagged along which I give him mad props for…Malaya shoots are extemely long and boring for the people who aren’t the subject but he hung in there.  When we finished up her shoot, I grabbed a couple of shots of them together:

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Upcoming posts:  Hiecee’s Malaya & family shoot (ask about that discount for both shoots!), the Wright fam, and the Kunda boys.  Oh and if you haven’t, please check out our new mini page featuring recent Phototbooth jobs plus tons of information about booking our Photobooth services at your next event.

– Cies

Rina and I attempted to throw our first Malaya Girls Night In – a  boudoir party where, for a nominal fee, a bunch of girls would get together at a chic local hotel, hang out, eat/drink and each have a boudoir-inspired mini-photoshoot.   There was a lot of interest and several girls RSVP’d and told us how excited they were but as the day grew closer, they started to get nervous and chicken out.  By the time the day of the party rolled around, we only had one girl actually show up.  Nevertheless, we still had a blast – lots of wine, good conversation and a gorgeous subject to work with.  Being the only one that showed, Michelle had our undivided attention so we ended up doing 4 total looks.   She requested us not to post the lingerie shots (although, she looked AMAZING), but here are a couple of our faves for the night:

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Thanks to Michelle for a great night – you were beautiful and we must do this again before you leave for Rome!!

– Cies

I’m running an 8K in a few hours, but of course my workaholic self is here posting blogs.   Today,  I photographed my homie Melbo’s girlfriend, Brittany.   She’s super cute without makeup, so I knew once we got her dolled up in a Malaya session, she would look amazing.   I only had time to edit two of them so far, but I was extremely happy with this shoot.   It was gross and hot outside and I accidentally exposed her to poison ivy (sorry, Brittany!), but we all had a great time and I really love how the photos came out.

She looks gorgeous and I heart the vibrant colors:

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Casual headshot..she’s so cute:

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I actually am shooting AGAIN this afternoon, so these blog posts will keep on keepin on! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!