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Apertura

Pasadena , CA
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35 N. Raymond Ave. #203
Pasadena, CA 91103 US (map)

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626-252-6665

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What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What do your packages include?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, High Resolution Images, Prints, Thank You Cards
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes

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Cindy
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
In my opinion, your wedding photographer is probably one of the most important if not the MOST important element in your wedding. At the end of a whirlwind wedding day, it's the only thing that remains to document the joy, love, and excitement. To say that I was very picky when selecting my wedding photographer is an understatement. After reviewing their portfolios, we both agreed that Erwin of Apertura had it all. We didn't just want a photographer that did the wedding basics...bride looking sweet and romantic, bride and groom gazing lovingly at each other, bride and groom holding each others hands against an accent wall, posed pictures of your groomsmen and bridesmaids lined perfectly next to you, etc. We wanted a photographer that COULD do that but will give us MORE. We wanted a photographer with an impeccable artistic eye, one who will capture moments that not even you notice or anyone else notices is happening. We wanted a photographer that uses lights and shadows and composition to portray mood and ambience. We wanted photos that were so unique that you can imagine seeing them in an art gallery. Erwin did just that.

It seems like I can go on and on singing the praises of Erwin's photography...but the icing on the cake is that Erwin is just a GENUINELY nice guy! He's sweet, calming, professional, and just one of those people you just want to spend more time with.

Hiring Erwin of Apertura was the most important decision in our wedding planning. It is definitely an investment. But think of your wedding album as the first family heirloom that you get to pass down to your children...that's priceless.
In my opinion, your wedding photographer is probably one of the most important if not the MOST important element in your Read more...
In my opinion, your wedding photographer is probably one of the most important if not the MOST important element in your wedding. At the end of a whirlwind wedding day, it's the only thing that remains to document the joy, love, and excitement. To say that I was very picky when selecting my wedding photographer is an understatement. After reviewing their portfolios, we both agreed that Erwin of Apertura had it all. We didn't just want a photographer that did the wedding basics...bride looking sweet and romantic, bride and groom gazing lovingly at each other, bride and groom holding each others hands against an accent wall, posed pictures of your groomsmen and bridesmaids lined perfectly next to you, etc. We wanted a photographer that COULD do that but will give us MORE. We wanted a photographer with an impeccable artistic eye, one who will capture moments that not even you notice or anyone else notices is happening. We wanted a photographer that uses lights and shadows and composition to portray mood and ambience. We wanted photos that were so unique that you can imagine seeing them in an art gallery. Erwin did just that.

It seems like I can go on and on singing the praises of Erwin's photography...but the icing on the cake is that Erwin is just a GENUINELY nice guy! He's sweet, calming, professional, and just one of those people you just want to spend more time with.

Hiring Erwin of Apertura was the most important decision in our wedding planning. It is definitely an investment. But think of your wedding album as the first family heirloom that you get to pass down to your children...that's priceless. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
1/11/2014
4.9/5.0
We got married in Jakarta, Indonesia, with three different cultural "ceremony" and a reception with 3000 guest, it was for lacked of better word insane. I actually hired Ray as a photographer as a surprise wedding present for my husband, who was a long time fan of Ray's work. He did not disappoint. He was friendly, chill and very re-assuring. On the day itself he was like a calming rock for me, kept reminding me what was important and was able to handle my very difficult family. After the wedding, he also kept us in the loop with all the progress of our album, without us having to keep asking or reminding him (which is what happen with the other photographer he hired). He was very professional all throughout the planning experience, the wedding itself and after the wedding.
We received our album recently, and we are amazed at the result. It was full of memories, and little details that really took us back to our wedding day. We were truly blown away, it was more than we imagined.
I highly recommend them to capture the memories of your wedding day, because that is exactly what they do. No gimmick or over the top set up, just plain simple emotions in a picture. I was so happy with them, i have personally recommended their services to 3 of my close friends.
We got married in Jakarta, Indonesia, with three different cultural "ceremony" and a reception with 3000 guest, it was for Read more...
We got married in Jakarta, Indonesia, with three different cultural "ceremony" and a reception with 3000 guest, it was for lacked of better word insane. I actually hired Ray as a photographer as a surprise wedding present for my husband, who was a long time fan of Ray's work. He did not disappoint. He was friendly, chill and very re-assuring. On the day itself he was like a calming rock for me, kept reminding me what was important and was able to handle my very difficult family. After the wedding, he also kept us in the loop with all the progress of our album, without us having to keep asking or reminding him (which is what happen with the other photographer he hired). He was very professional all throughout the planning experience, the wedding itself and after the wedding.
We received our album recently, and we are amazed at the result. It was full of memories, and little details that really took us back to our wedding day. We were truly blown away, it was more than we imagined.
I highly recommend them to capture the memories of your wedding day, because that is exactly what they do. No gimmick or over the top set up, just plain simple emotions in a picture. I was so happy with them, i have personally recommended their services to 3 of my close friends. Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
7/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Apertura really knows how to create exciting wedding photos with a dramatic edge. My husband has an art background and he hardly entertained the idea of hiring any other photographer after looking through Ray's portfolio. Ray and his assistants were creative, passionate, and stealthy. Their technique and skill made for amazing candids and portraits. Lastly, we live in NYC, but Ray was always accessible and easy to work with despite the distance. We would most definitely recommend Apertura for photos that will impress for generations to come!
Apertura really knows how to create exciting wedding photos with a dramatic edge. My husband has an art background and he Read more...
Apertura really knows how to create exciting wedding photos with a dramatic edge. My husband has an art background and he hardly entertained the idea of hiring any other photographer after looking through Ray's portfolio. Ray and his assistants were creative, passionate, and stealthy. Their technique and skill made for amazing candids and portraits. Lastly, we live in NYC, but Ray was always accessible and easy to work with despite the distance. We would most definitely recommend Apertura for photos that will impress for generations to come! Read less
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Devianna
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
As a graphic designer and a professional photographer myself, I am very picky when it comes to determining the quality of a photo. Themes, concepts, poses, contrasts and angles are some of the many aspects of photography that I take into consideration when viewing a photo. That is why I hired Apertura as my wedding photographer as I know that they produce high quality pictures.

During the wedding planning, my husband and I agreed that the wedding pictures are one of the most important areas that we should not be really skimping on, as they do last forever. I have heard many horror stories from my other friends where they tried to save a few bucks by going with a-whatever photographer and ended up regretting their decision. The photographer has no concept, took unnecessary/low quality pictures, and missed those special moments (and those moments are gone forever!).

With Ray, we did not have this problem. Ray is a very talented photographer, extremely creative and possesses unique concepts. He is very professional and detailed oriented. Ray has never taken any wedding pictures in the venue of our choice, but he quickly adapted to it and captured the most amazing pictures that I have ever seen in my life. I just knew that we would remember those touching moments that Ray took of us for the rest of our lives!
As a graphic designer and a professional photographer myself, I am very picky when it comes to determining the quality of Read more...
As a graphic designer and a professional photographer myself, I am very picky when it comes to determining the quality of a photo. Themes, concepts, poses, contrasts and angles are some of the many aspects of photography that I take into consideration when viewing a photo. That is why I hired Apertura as my wedding photographer as I know that they produce high quality pictures.

During the wedding planning, my husband and I agreed that the wedding pictures are one of the most important areas that we should not be really skimping on, as they do last forever. I have heard many horror stories from my other friends where they tried to save a few bucks by going with a-whatever photographer and ended up regretting their decision. The photographer has no concept, took unnecessary/low quality pictures, and missed those special moments (and those moments are gone forever!).

With Ray, we did not have this problem. Ray is a very talented photographer, extremely creative and possesses unique concepts. He is very professional and detailed oriented. Ray has never taken any wedding pictures in the venue of our choice, but he quickly adapted to it and captured the most amazing pictures that I have ever seen in my life. I just knew that we would remember those touching moments that Ray took of us for the rest of our lives! Read less
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Margareth
Wedding:
1/19/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I lives in Indonesia, at the time when we booked Apertura, we have never met Ray, and had only seen his work from the website and at a wedding bazaar in town. Needless to say, we were nervous meeting him for the first time 3 days before our wedding. However, Ray is so warm, loving, open heartedness, and soon we were chatting it up like old friends. His personality is quite remarkable that he's able to make you feel comfortable and make it seem that you've known each other for ages. And what's more, his talents rivals his personality. His fierce passion for what he does, is astounding, and his pride of his work truly shows in the pictures he took. He's professional and very efficient! As some may know, Indonesians have very elaborate weddings that lasts up to 20 hour long. And Ray has been with me from the get-go with his A-game, and lasted the whole marathon-long wedding day. I am truly grateful for his contribution and presence at my wedding. He's able to meet my criteria and makes the whole family happy with his work. A bride can't ask for a better photographer. We thank you and your team for documenting the start of our marriage in a way that it still brings tears of joy whenever we open that album you made especially for us.
My husband and I lives in Indonesia, at the time when we booked Apertura, we have never met Ray, and had only seen his Read more...
My husband and I lives in Indonesia, at the time when we booked Apertura, we have never met Ray, and had only seen his work from the website and at a wedding bazaar in town. Needless to say, we were nervous meeting him for the first time 3 days before our wedding. However, Ray is so warm, loving, open heartedness, and soon we were chatting it up like old friends. His personality is quite remarkable that he's able to make you feel comfortable and make it seem that you've known each other for ages. And what's more, his talents rivals his personality. His fierce passion for what he does, is astounding, and his pride of his work truly shows in the pictures he took. He's professional and very efficient! As some may know, Indonesians have very elaborate weddings that lasts up to 20 hour long. And Ray has been with me from the get-go with his A-game, and lasted the whole marathon-long wedding day. I am truly grateful for his contribution and presence at my wedding. He's able to meet my criteria and makes the whole family happy with his work. A bride can't ask for a better photographer. We thank you and your team for documenting the start of our marriage in a way that it still brings tears of joy whenever we open that album you made especially for us. Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
12/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We spent a lot of time looking at various wedding photographers. After hearing friends' regrets about not choosing better wedding photographers, we decided to be very particular in our search and made our photographer a high priority. We narrowed it down to a couple photographers, met with them, and then chose. We loved both of our choices, but ultimately chose Apertura. We couldn't decide between Ray and Erwin because they both have such great creative vision, so we booked them both!

Apertura is not cheap photography. However, we believe it's important to budget for the best photographers you can afford because pictures last a lifetime.

For our engagement photos, we visited the Angeles National Forest and did a quirky Halloween afternoon/evening shoot. We had so much fun and the photos were a great mix of silly, scary, and breathtaking. One photo in particular is so unbelievably beautiful that it looks like a painting - it seems too amazing to be real!

Our wedding and reception were indoors, and Ray and Erwin did a great job of capturing the mood and special moments of the day. In addition to really documenting the different experiences and emotions, they also took some great artistic shots. Our wedding was a blur, but we can relive the day through all of our photographs.

Ray and Erwin also put together a slideshow and albums for us and it was clear that they spent a lot of time and thought. While there are other photographers out there who can photograph your wedding adequately, Ray and Erwin will capture the special moments that others miss. They also do a great job with finding the right places and opportunities for those one in a million shots where the lighting is just right and everything about the shot is perfect. Additionally, they are two really great guys - very professional and responsive to the needs of their clients, but also fun to spend time with. We are so happy we chose them!
We spent a lot of time looking at various wedding photographers. After hearing friends' regrets about not choosing better Read more...
We spent a lot of time looking at various wedding photographers. After hearing friends' regrets about not choosing better wedding photographers, we decided to be very particular in our search and made our photographer a high priority. We narrowed it down to a couple photographers, met with them, and then chose. We loved both of our choices, but ultimately chose Apertura. We couldn't decide between Ray and Erwin because they both have such great creative vision, so we booked them both!

Apertura is not cheap photography. However, we believe it's important to budget for the best photographers you can afford because pictures last a lifetime.

For our engagement photos, we visited the Angeles National Forest and did a quirky Halloween afternoon/evening shoot. We had so much fun and the photos were a great mix of silly, scary, and breathtaking. One photo in particular is so unbelievably beautiful that it looks like a painting - it seems too amazing to be real!

Our wedding and reception were indoors, and Ray and Erwin did a great job of capturing the mood and special moments of the day. In addition to really documenting the different experiences and emotions, they also took some great artistic shots. Our wedding was a blur, but we can relive the day through all of our photographs.

Ray and Erwin also put together a slideshow and albums for us and it was clear that they spent a lot of time and thought. While there are other photographers out there who can photograph your wedding adequately, Ray and Erwin will capture the special moments that others miss. They also do a great job with finding the right places and opportunities for those one in a million shots where the lighting is just right and everything about the shot is perfect. Additionally, they are two really great guys - very professional and responsive to the needs of their clients, but also fun to spend time with. We are so happy we chose them! Read less
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Shinning
Wedding:
10/1/2012
5.0/5.0
Ray is the best! my husband and i immediately fell in love with Ray's works when we saw Apertura's website!Ray is loving, funny, and off course, so talented!
we were happy that we had other engagement photos token by Ray, so that we got a chance to know him better. we were really stiff and shy at first, but Ray helped us loosen up with his sunny personality. and the photos turned out AMAZING!!
After the engagement shot experience, my husband and i got into the mood really soon on the wedding day. Ray and his team did a excellent job capturing the motion of us and the beauty of our venue.
it brought back so mush memories when we saw the photos after the wedding. Ray definitely captured every detail of our special day. and off course, made us 10 time better looking!!
i have to say i'm a lucky bride that had Ray as my photographer. it was a pleasure working with him. he gave us a documentary of our wedding that will last forever.
Ray is the best! my husband and i immediately fell in love with Ray's works when we saw Apertura's website!Ray is loving, Read more...
Ray is the best! my husband and i immediately fell in love with Ray's works when we saw Apertura's website!Ray is loving, funny, and off course, so talented!
we were happy that we had other engagement photos token by Ray, so that we got a chance to know him better. we were really stiff and shy at first, but Ray helped us loosen up with his sunny personality. and the photos turned out AMAZING!!
After the engagement shot experience, my husband and i got into the mood really soon on the wedding day. Ray and his team did a excellent job capturing the motion of us and the beauty of our venue.
it brought back so mush memories when we saw the photos after the wedding. Ray definitely captured every detail of our special day. and off course, made us 10 time better looking!!
i have to say i'm a lucky bride that had Ray as my photographer. it was a pleasure working with him. he gave us a documentary of our wedding that will last forever. Read less
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Amelia
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Erwin was wonderful to work with. He is a true artist and has an eye for the most unique concepts of vision and lighting. The memories that he captured were so vivid you could almost reach out and touch the person. What we liked best about Erwin and his team is that they were fun, had great sense of humor, worked hard but they never interfered throughout our day. Erwin and his team were virtually undetectable. Erwin was able to capture the beautiful moments as well as the unscripted moments. We had so much fun that day and Erwin was able to capture so many memories that we would've missed out on.

We also had a day after shoot. We met up with Erwin and he was just as friendly and fun as he was the day of our wedding. Always up for anything!! Erwin just goes above and beyond to do his best and get the best quality shots. He will run, position himself on the ground, basically do whatever it takes to get the best shot.

On the day we viewed the gallery, our family was so impressed with the quality and the uniqueness of the images. Everyone commented on how "fresh" the images were and not just your standard wedding images.

We were so impressed by his professionalism and his dedication to his craft. A truly unique individual! We highly recommend Erwin!
Erwin was wonderful to work with. He is a true artist and has an eye for the most unique concepts of vision and lighting. Read more...
Erwin was wonderful to work with. He is a true artist and has an eye for the most unique concepts of vision and lighting. The memories that he captured were so vivid you could almost reach out and touch the person. What we liked best about Erwin and his team is that they were fun, had great sense of humor, worked hard but they never interfered throughout our day. Erwin and his team were virtually undetectable. Erwin was able to capture the beautiful moments as well as the unscripted moments. We had so much fun that day and Erwin was able to capture so many memories that we would've missed out on.

We also had a day after shoot. We met up with Erwin and he was just as friendly and fun as he was the day of our wedding. Always up for anything!! Erwin just goes above and beyond to do his best and get the best quality shots. He will run, position himself on the ground, basically do whatever it takes to get the best shot.

On the day we viewed the gallery, our family was so impressed with the quality and the uniqueness of the images. Everyone commented on how "fresh" the images were and not just your standard wedding images.

We were so impressed by his professionalism and his dedication to his craft. A truly unique individual! We highly recommend Erwin! Read less
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Traci
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Erwin captured our day and the uniqueness of our wedding in ways we never imagined!!! He was very responsive in regards to communication and detail oriented in regards to wanting to know what were the details/people that were important to us for him to capture. Throughout my whole interaction with Erwin, he maintained upmost professionalism, a pleasant sense of humor, and more importantly a sincere reverence. The day of the wedding Erwin was very present but never intrusive. And through that he captured honest, true, sometimes raw moments. My husband and I not only consider Erwin an amazing addition to our wedding day, but we consider him a great addition to our lives as a friend. Thank you Erwin for everything and allowing us to see ourselves, our loved ones, and our love in such an amazing light.
Traci McMinn-Joubert
Erwin captured our day and the uniqueness of our wedding in ways we never imagined!!! He was very responsive in regards to Read more...
Erwin captured our day and the uniqueness of our wedding in ways we never imagined!!! He was very responsive in regards to communication and detail oriented in regards to wanting to know what were the details/people that were important to us for him to capture. Throughout my whole interaction with Erwin, he maintained upmost professionalism, a pleasant sense of humor, and more importantly a sincere reverence. The day of the wedding Erwin was very present but never intrusive. And through that he captured honest, true, sometimes raw moments. My husband and I not only consider Erwin an amazing addition to our wedding day, but we consider him a great addition to our lives as a friend. Thank you Erwin for everything and allowing us to see ourselves, our loved ones, and our love in such an amazing light.
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Tara
Wedding:
7/28/2012
4.8/5.0
Erwin photographed my wedding in Portland, OR in July. He is excellent and I would highly recommend him, for a few reasons

First, he has a unique ability to capture the most touching and evocative moments that you both remember and missed. He's agile and knows where to be and when to capture his subjects in special moments that most photographers would miss. For example, he took a stunning shot of my dad's expression as he was giving me away. These are the images that make you appreciate how special your wedding day is and what it means to the people you love.

Second, Erwin has a distinctive and fresh creativity that is rare in most wedding photographers. He sees images that others don't -- eg the shadows that fell on the wall behind us during our toasts, from which he created a masterful image that captured the spirit of the day for us. He also experiments with his photography (eg by photographing my husband and me through grass). I love this about him. He takes something like wedding portraits, which he's shot probably thousands of times, and tries new ways to make the images fresh and new and unique. He takes risks, but is so talented that those risks (at least for us) turned out to be among the greatest and most unique photos he took.

Third, he genuinely cares about and goes to the effort of reflecting who you are as people and telling YOUR story. He worked with us to stage our portraits in settings that reflected us. When he told our story through our photo gallery and album, he made sure that the sentimental and personally-important parts of that story came through (e.g. the rehearsal dinner at my in-laws home, where my husband grew up).

I did A LOT of research on wedding photographers before I selected Erwin. I chose him for his distinctive creativity and ability to capture moments purely. I wasn't disappointed. We spent 1/4 of our wedding budget on him, and it was worth it.
Erwin photographed my wedding in Portland, OR in July. He is excellent and I would highly recommend him, for a few reasons Read more...
Erwin photographed my wedding in Portland, OR in July. He is excellent and I would highly recommend him, for a few reasons

First, he has a unique ability to capture the most touching and evocative moments that you both remember and missed. He's agile and knows where to be and when to capture his subjects in special moments that most photographers would miss. For example, he took a stunning shot of my dad's expression as he was giving me away. These are the images that make you appreciate how special your wedding day is and what it means to the people you love.

Second, Erwin has a distinctive and fresh creativity that is rare in most wedding photographers. He sees images that others don't -- eg the shadows that fell on the wall behind us during our toasts, from which he created a masterful image that captured the spirit of the day for us. He also experiments with his photography (eg by photographing my husband and me through grass). I love this about him. He takes something like wedding portraits, which he's shot probably thousands of times, and tries new ways to make the images fresh and new and unique. He takes risks, but is so talented that those risks (at least for us) turned out to be among the greatest and most unique photos he took.

Third, he genuinely cares about and goes to the effort of reflecting who you are as people and telling YOUR story. He worked with us to stage our portraits in settings that reflected us. When he told our story through our photo gallery and album, he made sure that the sentimental and personally-important parts of that story came through (e.g. the rehearsal dinner at my in-laws home, where my husband grew up).

I did A LOT of research on wedding photographers before I selected Erwin. I chose him for his distinctive creativity and ability to capture moments purely. I wasn't disappointed. We spent 1/4 of our wedding budget on him, and it was worth it. Read less
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