#HeyFrancis | Yesterday, the crew and I explored LA to grab some b-roll 🎥 for a New Balance lifestyle project we’ve been working on. Had a great time flying the drone 🚁, learning about what it takes to make a living shooting photography here in LA, and getting a feel for the next steps I plan to take as a photographer - lifestyle shooting. Hope the LA vibes find you well and much more to come ;)
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#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 | Just what the doctor ordered - a little something sweet to start off the week right. Today, I linked up with the talented Miss @cataltomonte (baking 👩🏽🍳 extraordinaire) for a freestyle #foodstyling session featuring her first-time Banana 🍌 muffin recipe. But if you're looking to cut back on the sweetness, you can always ixnay 🙅🏽♂️ the coconut cream caramel drizzle - but who would want to do that, right?
Learned and had a lot of fun working with new lighting setups and direction when it came to food. We played around with some backlit setups but ended up opting for a more traditional setup with one (1) key light set at 45 degrees from the muffins. Adding a 32"x32" inch softbox in front of that light, we were able to create some really soft shadows and add the glistening catchlight in the drizzle. Here's what we used:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM II
Flash: Yongnuo 600EX-RT II
Tripod: Amazon Basics 52" Carbon Fiber Tripod
Softbox: Neweer 32"x32" Speedlite Softbox
Shutter Speed: 1/8 second
Food photography can be super easy and lot of fun - especially when you get to eat the food after you photograph it. Now it's your turn! Have any tips on your personal experience with shooting Food photography? Please share your feedback in the comments below and let's continue the conversation. | #lehgiddit
- Mike Francis
#HeyFrancis | What a wonderful ending to the Perez Family Reunion in Bangkok, Thailand! On the last evening, I finally brought out the heavy artillery 🌟 and captured some really special moments with the help of Chance and Christian being my lighting 💡 assistants - the wind was crazy and had blown over the flash on multiple occasions 💪🏽.
Moments like these bring me the most joy and encouragement as a photographer. I was asked by my Tita (Aunt) Rachinee, "What is something that you'd like to do on your bucket list if money weren't an option?" I replied, "Just being present with family and friends." There are so many things we can buy and some many things we can do in this life, but in recent years, I've realized I simply enjoy taking out my camera and capturing the present - cuz as a wise man once said, it's called "present 🎁" because it's a gift 😉.
Even though we don't print out photos like we used to, there are still many more ways to keep these memories alive - thanks Squarespace! Subtle reminders 🖼 are key, and I'm grateful for online platforms like this where I can always come back and get a sense for how things once were.
Thank you so much 🙏 Perez Family for having me along, and very much looking forward to sharing stories, taking more silly photos, and enjoying even more beautiful memories with you guys in the future. Much love, always!
- Mikey 😉📸