Wednesday May 31, 2006
People always tell me I look and act like my mom.  Being a guy, I have always tried to fight it and tell everyone I think I look and act more like my dad.  But realistically I think I do have a lot of things in common with my mom and my sister is more like my dad in some ways. 

One thing I think I definitely inherited from my mom is a love of gardening.  My dad also does like to garden but I think he just helps out because my mom tells him to :)

My parents are always planing flowers and a vegetable garden and one thing my mom does is take the seeds from flowers and starts to grow little seedlings in small pots.  Over the last few weeks she has been sending over some little flowers for me to plant in the yard, since we have a lot of old bushes and ivy in our yard that I don't really like and have been pulling it out.

She gave me about 30 Foxgloves that I have planted and the first batch bloomed for the last couple of weeks, they were really pretty to look at and I had to take some photo's of them.  (flowers and photography, go hand in hand for me.  I love to plant things and watch them grow, and then once they are blooming I can photograph them)

Here are some photo's from the other day:

and while out in the backyard my baby "lucky" came to hang out with me.  Since we don't have any children yet, our 2 cats are spoiled and pretty much are our babies.  But lucky is just too cute:

-- Mark
Posted 5/31/2006 at 2:36 PM


great picture of lucky :)

Posted 5/31/2006 at 5:11 PM by kanipark
Great photos... especially of lucky! We are kitty lovers too and have recently, well 9 months ago adopted 2 kittens from a Dude Ranch... boy are they into everything! They light up our lives and were a perfect addition to our family! ~Dawn
Posted 6/1/2006 at 12:16 PM by lastoriafoto

Saturday May 27, 2006
Posted 5/27/2006 at 1:41 AM

Friday May 26, 2006
Here are some shots of Lisa and I in Sonoma.  This was taken the first night at the main downtown park.  I just setup the camera on a post and tried to self time a few photos:

Sonoma has a pretty interesting town square, it is literally a square with a park in the middle and then a bunch of restraunts and shops that surround it.  It kind of reminds me of the town square in Back to the Future for some reason :)

The next day Lisa got a massage at the bed and breakfast we stayed at and I just kicked it in the gardens and read a book.  The grounds are really well maintained with a lot of nice flower gardens so I just soaked it all up and got into a good book. 

It was a pretty short trip, but very relaxing and worth it to get out for a few days and just hang out.  Here is a shot of the place we stayed at, it is called MacArthur place for anyone interested, I definitely recommend it.

-- Mark

Posted 5/26/2006 at 11:29 PM

Friday May 26, 2006
My wife and I just celebrated out 5 year anniversary a few weeks ago!  I had a wedding on the actual anniversary date so we celebrated a few day's later by taking a quick trip to Sonoma.  We have never been to Sonoma and both have a lot going on right now with work, so just drove up there and spent the day and night and then came back the next day.  Even though it was a quick trip, it was so relaxing and beautiful.  I even left my laptop at home so we could just chill and hang out together.

On our way there we stopped off in Bodega Bay to eat lunch.  Ever since watching "The Birds" I have always wanted to go there and see the town for some reason.  There isn't really much there, I think the movie was their claim to fame.  We just drove around for awhile after that and checked out the scenery and then went up to Sonoma.  We stayed at a really beautiful bed and breakfast and just relaxed that evening.

Got to run to a shoot, will finish this later :)

-- mark
Posted 5/26/2006 at 4:8 PM

how dare you take a vacation or celebrate your anniversary, don't you know your a wedding photographer and need to work ALL THE TIME?....... congrats to you and your wife, good for you guys, we deserved.
Posted 5/27/2006 at 2:39 AM by scottrobert
hey, just remember me if your overbooked, I can work for you!
Posted 5/27/2006 at 7:6 PM by scottrobert
Posted 5/29/2006 at 7:55 PM by shooterjt

Friday May 19, 2006
Shawn and Lori were married at Testorossa Vineyards in Los Gatos.  Testorossa is a beautiful winery with a great stone wine cave and stone buildings that made for some great images.  They are such a cute couple and the connection and love they have for each other really came out in the images.  Here are a few of my favorite shots from the day:

-- Mark
Bay Area Wedding and Portrait Photography
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Posted 5/19/2006 at 7:33 PM

nice job! looks like it was a great venue and a wonderful couple. congrats to both of you.
Posted 5/19/2006 at 11:30 PM by scottrobert
Great shots Mark! Awesome job!
Posted 5/20/2006 at 10:29 AM by ehegwer

Friday May 12, 2006
I always have fun at engagement sessions.  It is a good time to get to know the couple more and I always meet such interesting people.  The session is so relaxed and the couple can really be themselves, and the finished images really show their personalities and captures the love and connection they have.

The last few weeks have been very busy with engagement sessions, here are a couple shots from our most recent sessions:

-- Mark
Fine Art Wedding and Portrait Photography

Posted 5/12/2006 at 11:56 AM

the 3rd picture looks like a painting... tight :)
Posted 5/12/2006 at 12:10 PM by kanipark
mark, what do you do in PS to get that soft look?
Posted 5/13/2006 at 4:34 PM by mugen76
Hi there, I came by from Hopeful's site.  I love wedding photos so I just decided to click on your link.  Funny that I am in San Jose as well, so I do recognize some of the places that you mentioned on your blog.  Your photos are GREAT! 
Posted 5/15/2006 at 1:35 PM by LoserYesYouAre
Hi, I like the last photo a lot. Nice job.
Posted 5/17/2006 at 10:57 AM by scottrobert
I came to your site via scottrobert's.  I love the "diffuse glow" look you have on some of your photos.  It makes them look dreamy.  Beautiful pictures.
Posted 5/17/2006 at 1:19 PM by evilroxanne

Friday May 12, 2006
Nick and Georgia has such a nice engagement party.  Lots of family and friends, good food and dancing all night  long.  Here is one of my favorite shots of the night of the two of them during their first dance.

Congratulations again, I am looking forward to the wedding!

-- Mark
Posted 5/12/2006 at 11:24 AM

Tuesday May 9, 2006
Congrat's to all of the couples we have shot lately....

Matt and Asia (getting married next year).  We had a great engagement shot down at Baker beach.  It was a fun shoot and I was happy to meet the two of you and get to know you a little bit. 

Nick and Georgia - you guys had the best Engagement party!  Everyone was so much fun and the energy was great.  I can't believe everyone stayed on the dance floor all night long. 

Connie and Bruce (getting married later this year).  We had a nice shoot at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz.   You guys are a sweet couple and I wish you the best on your wedding day!

Shawn and Lori, were married last Saturday at Testarossa Winery in Los Gatos.  They had a very intimate ceremony and reception up there with just close friends and family.  The wedding was so much fun, you guys are awesome!  We got some great shots of the two of them together you can just tell they are totally in love.

Andrea and Randy are getting married later this year and we shot their engagement photo's at the high school where they met.  It was a fun shoot to be at a high school, we took a walk down memory lane with them and captured some shots at their favorite hangout's.

I will post some images of these sessions up later.


Posted 5/9/2006 at 12:55 PM

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