#HeyFrancis | Just a week ago today, I had the pleasure of visiting Napa Valley, CA for the first time and capturing this beautiful engagement session with my good friend Ashir and his fiancé Emily. I was so surprised to see the remarkable change in colors reminding me of my childhood home of Indianapolis, IN. So grateful being a part of their journey and super excited to be photographing their wedding in August 2019 in Sacramento, CA. Thanks for following the journey and hope you enjoy this gallery!
#HeyFrancis | Welcome to the after party! Following the traditional Thai wedding ceremonies, you could sense that the younger crowd was ready to get litty 🔥! In a flash, the band started playing 🎺 , and the clean-up crew came in and transformed the space from an elegant wedding display to a poppin’ nightclub!
To get the party started off right, Melisa (the bride) got everyone together for yet another celebration - it was Ice’s birthday 🎂 weekend too! After singing Happy Birthday 🎊 and following a few hugs and laughs, the room began to fill with bubbles and lights - it was party time!
Coming into my first Thai 🙏 Wedding, I had no idea what to expect. And near the end of the traditional ceremonies, you could feel that everyone was a bit exhausted - but as soon as DJ Ice 🎧 got on the 1’s and 2’s that all changed. With the help of a large and chilled box of Jello Shot syringes, a seemingly endless supply of Johnny Walker Black 🥃 , and mini buffet of drinking food, the rust was shaken and the party was in full swing! Being new to the crowd, I was very grateful and excited many friends at the event brought me into fun - thanks for showing a brother love! 💛
Wanted to give a big shoutout to the two (2) event photographers 📸 as well for letting me step in capture a couple shots of my own. After shooting a few, I happily put the camera down and picked some drinks up ☝️ lol. All in all, it was an amazing time that I won’t soon forget :)
Last, but not least, I’d truly like to thank my good friend Ice ❄️ again for all the love. Crazy how meeting in an airport and then linking up to take some photos on a rooftop in Bangkok could lead to such a fun and memorable experience. From spending time getting to know her and her family, I’m very thankful to say that I now have a very special family in Thailand 🇹🇭.
And with that (that being about ten (10) personal shots and countless drinks in between), the night was over. Congratulations 🙌 very much again to Bride and Groom for allowing me the honor of being in attendance. A few more bits of fun took place after this last picture was taken, but we’ll keep those in our memory banks for later - or well, what we actually remember hehe 😏. Until next time, thank for all the love!
#HeyFrancis | A couple weekends back, I was privileged to shoot my first "Debut" for an amazing young lady by the name of Kammi. Similar to a Quinceañera in the Latin American community, a Debut signifies a Filipino woman's transition from childhood into womanhood. Going in I didn't know anyone nor what to expect, but by the end of the evening I left out feeling like I was part of the family. As traditional in Philippine Debuts, the program included the "18 Roses", "18 Treasures", and "18 Candles" presentations with a variety of performances in between.
I have to give a big shout out to my man Manny (the DJ) for acting as the host and MC for the event (his link --> www.musicalcreationsdjservice.com). All in all, Kammi's debut was full of life, laughter, and plenty of fun. A special thank you goes out to Kammi's mother, Miss Joanne, for if not for her, this exciting and memorable evening would not have been possible. Connect with me today if you're looking for photographer for your next "Debut"! Thanks for following the journey, and I hope these photos find you well.
- Mike Francis | @hey.francis
#HeyFrancis | Yesterday, I set off on a spontaneous one-day journey of a lifetime. My non-stop Southwest flight from LAX took off at roughly 9pm on its way to the famous ABQ (Albuquerque Sunport) in New Mexico. After a nice conversation with a motorcyclist from Boston, and a couple Deja Blues (Canned Water lol), we touched down safe and sound around 12AM. For those of you who are interested, I guess we're allowed in the cockpit after the flight lands (don't be afraid to ask, the pilots are really nice). A few lens adjustments and a couple of camera clicks later, were off to the hotel.
The next morning, I woke up around 4:15am to get ready for my first encounter with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Our shuttle from the hotel left at 5am and took us to another rendezvous point where we all boarded school buses en route to the Fiesta. Everything after arriving was such a blur. One ballon after the other, balloons began taking flight illuminating the night sky. Next thing you know, the sun was raising over the distant mountains while hundreds of balloons lay suspending in the air. Later we found out that the winds this year were special; which kept most of the Hot Air Balloons above the grounds. Even though the experience was so vivid and memorable, I wish these photos could really capture how beautiful the sight really was. Do yourself a huge favor and visit the festival sometime :)
I have to thank my good friend Traci, for if not for her, I would have not been capable of attending such a memorable event. Life is mean't to be lived people. Do what you love now, because you never know if you'll be able to climb that mountain when you've aged. Check out www.BalloonFiesta.com to plan a trip of your very own.
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#HeyFrancis | No better way to kick off the end of Summer by getting in a little tailgating. New friends, new experiences, and lasting memories; what more could one ask for? Left the house around 7am and boarded the I-101 to Pasadena, CA. After a journey (to say the least), we arrived at the Rose Bowl, and well, the rest is history!
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