#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 | Imagine being invited to a wedding 👰🏻 of a good friend that you just met (yes, I said a “good” friend, that I just met - I’ll explain later lol), with the only expectations to hang out, vibe out 🤙, and maybe shoot a few photos. Then, next thing you know it, you arrive at an absolute fairytale 😯 wedding - what would you do? Speaking for myself, I did what any other professional photographer would do: grabbed my gear, checked my exposure, and started shooting 😉📸
First things first, I must thank my “good friend” Ice for inviting me all the way to Bangkok to celebrate her 28th birthday, and for inviting me to the wedding. We met at the Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), last month and clicked right away.
Coming into this union/wedding as an impromptu, tertiary photographer, I really learned a lot - these hired creatives were super talented and professional! Much love and respect to their craft as I got to witness what it was like having a full production team at work on such a high profile wedding. Also, very thankful that they let me step in and shoot 🙏. There has been time when I’ve whipped my camera out at a wedding and the photographers got really upset and asked me to put my gear away - but as an artist, it’s all love and respect to the lead photographer.
From the lighting, to the floral arrangements, entertainment (they had a mini-orchestra who killed it!), and especially the food, you got the feel that the night would be special - and that it was. Big shoutout to La Da Wan “The Wedding Planners” for showing me how it’s truly done!
Have you ever been to a larger-than-life wedding? Would you like to have one like that or more of a simple, intimate wedding? Leave your feedback in the comments below because I’m still on the fence hehe. Hope you enjoy these few snaps before and during the ceremony, and a few more snaps from the after-party 😆 coming soon!
#HeyFrancis | After discovering I had the power to "Time-Lapse" lol, I've been on a tear. Last Tuesday afternoon I headed out to Santa Monica, CA an spent a fair amount of time capturing and composing some really fun shots. Here's my latest project: "Santa Monica Dreaming", which is composed of over 1,440 photos processed and exported using Adobe Lightroom, and then rendered using Adobe Photoshop.
All photos were taken at various settings using the Canon 5D Mark III, 16-35mm f/2.8L Mark II Lens, AmazonBasics 52" Carbon-Fiber Tripod, and NEWEER Timer Remote for Canon. What I've learned from this project is that you should always weigh down your tripod with a weight; it'll greatly reduce how the tripod shakes depending on it's foundation and lead to some really smooth and steady shoot for your time lapse.
Thanks for following the journey! For more, check out my Instagram @heymikefranics
#HeyFrancis | Okay okay, I love my photography. But since I've gotten my Stayblcam, I've had nothing but fun playing around and shooting some video. Can you believe all of this was shot on an iPhone!? Told ya, #Stayblcam is awesome!!! Sadly, think I left it on a bench in Peru, never to be seen again 😓. But guess what!? It was so awesome, I've ordered a second one and it's already on it's way 😆 . Here's a quick re-cap vid from my experience in the "Sacred Valley". Thanks so much to Miguel, Julio, and Discover Corps for hooking it up and making this adventure all possible.
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