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Apertura

Pasadena , CA
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LOCATION

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

PHONE

626-252-6665

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Photography

INFO FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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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Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I just happened upon Apertura's website when searching for wedding venues online. We both fell in love with their style and the unique way they captured the vibe and energy of the couples and their weddings. So we set up a meeting with Ray and my entire family. Each us quickly fell in love with his talent and passion for what he does. That is very evident in the quality of what he puts out. Once the big day came they handled everything with great professionalism. All I kept hearing from my family and friends the next was OMG your photographers were amazing. They were everywhere. On the floor, behind the chairs and in the middle of the crowd. And the results are fabulous. We have the most beautiful pictures that captured the amazing memories of our big day. We didn't interview any other photographers because we both new from the beginning that Apertura was it. And after meeting Ray there was no reason to even shop around for us. I would HIGHLY recommend them without a trace of a doubt. They're absolutely amazing at what they do.
My husband and I just happened upon Apertura's website when searching for wedding venues online. We both fell in love with Read more...
My husband and I just happened upon Apertura's website when searching for wedding venues online. We both fell in love with their style and the unique way they captured the vibe and energy of the couples and their weddings. So we set up a meeting with Ray and my entire family. Each us quickly fell in love with his talent and passion for what he does. That is very evident in the quality of what he puts out. Once the big day came they handled everything with great professionalism. All I kept hearing from my family and friends the next was OMG your photographers were amazing. They were everywhere. On the floor, behind the chairs and in the middle of the crowd. And the results are fabulous. We have the most beautiful pictures that captured the amazing memories of our big day. We didn't interview any other photographers because we both new from the beginning that Apertura was it. And after meeting Ray there was no reason to even shop around for us. I would HIGHLY recommend them without a trace of a doubt. They're absolutely amazing at what they do. Read less
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Massimo
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were recently married in Newport Beach, CA and we were fortunate enough to have Ray from Apertura take our wedding photos.

We met Ray and Erwin when they shot a friend’s wedding in Italy (I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos!) in 2010 and we struck an immediate friendship with both of them, given their relaxed style and fun loving attitude.

So, when my now husband and I got engaged, the first thing we agreed on was that we wanted Apertura to shoot our special day. Bear in mind, our wedding had a certain ‘degree of difficulty’ in that we live in Australia, but were getting married in California…

All in all, working with Ray was extremely easy – he’s a consummate professional with a great eye for the creative, and more importantly, candid shot.

We could not recommend Ray (or Apertura) more highly. They have produced breath-taking photos of our wedding day that we will no doubt cherish for years to come.
My husband and I were recently married in Newport Beach, CA and we were fortunate enough to have Ray from Apertura take Read more...
My husband and I were recently married in Newport Beach, CA and we were fortunate enough to have Ray from Apertura take our wedding photos.

We met Ray and Erwin when they shot a friend’s wedding in Italy (I’m sure you’ve all seen the photos!) in 2010 and we struck an immediate friendship with both of them, given their relaxed style and fun loving attitude.

So, when my now husband and I got engaged, the first thing we agreed on was that we wanted Apertura to shoot our special day. Bear in mind, our wedding had a certain ‘degree of difficulty’ in that we live in Australia, but were getting married in California…

All in all, working with Ray was extremely easy – he’s a consummate professional with a great eye for the creative, and more importantly, candid shot.

We could not recommend Ray (or Apertura) more highly. They have produced breath-taking photos of our wedding day that we will no doubt cherish for years to come. Read less
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Marisa
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Erwin from Apertura as he was also the lead photographer for my brother's wedding. Not only does he have an artistic eye (both with architectural landscapes and lighting), but he also places the couple at ease. He gets to know the personalities and selects poses and places that will highlight the couple's bond. I would highly recommend Apertura, and in particular, Erwin, as he did an amazing job on both our engagement and wedding shoots.
We worked with Erwin from Apertura as he was also the lead photographer for my brother's wedding. Not only does he have an Read more...
We worked with Erwin from Apertura as he was also the lead photographer for my brother's wedding. Not only does he have an artistic eye (both with architectural landscapes and lighting), but he also places the couple at ease. He gets to know the personalities and selects poses and places that will highlight the couple's bond. I would highly recommend Apertura, and in particular, Erwin, as he did an amazing job on both our engagement and wedding shoots. Read less
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Yasmine
Wedding:
4/14/2012
4.4/5.0
Hiring Ray from Apertura as our photographer was one of the best decisions I made throughout the entire vendor selection process. I have worked in the film industry for a long time and have come to develop a rather sophisticated taste for film and photography. What made me fall in love with Apertura's photography was that their work is not contrived. They're more like papparazzi on your big day, and that's the look I was going for. I wanted natural, in-the-moment photos, rather than posed pics. Ray captured our special moments beautifully and as a result, we now have some kick-ass photographs from our wedding. I mean, seriously stunning and artistic.

They aren't your run-of-the-mill photographers, so expect to spend a little extra.
Hiring Ray from Apertura as our photographer was one of the best decisions I made throughout the entire vendor selection Read more...
Hiring Ray from Apertura as our photographer was one of the best decisions I made throughout the entire vendor selection process. I have worked in the film industry for a long time and have come to develop a rather sophisticated taste for film and photography. What made me fall in love with Apertura's photography was that their work is not contrived. They're more like papparazzi on your big day, and that's the look I was going for. I wanted natural, in-the-moment photos, rather than posed pics. Ray captured our special moments beautifully and as a result, we now have some kick-ass photographs from our wedding. I mean, seriously stunning and artistic.

They aren't your run-of-the-mill photographers, so expect to spend a little extra. Read less
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Jason
Wedding:
3/4/2012
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Apertura was first class. They are very thorough throughout the whole process. We can feel and see that they are very passionate and conscientious about the quality of the images that they produced. Our wedding was documented in a very honest and poignant fashion. We could not have been more satisfied with our experience.
Our experience with Apertura was first class. They are very thorough throughout the whole process. We can feel and see Read more...
Our experience with Apertura was first class. They are very thorough throughout the whole process. We can feel and see that they are very passionate and conscientious about the quality of the images that they produced. Our wedding was documented in a very honest and poignant fashion. We could not have been more satisfied with our experience. Read less
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rita
Wedding:
1/28/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our wedding in Indonesia in January. When we got back to California, we decided to do another photo shoot with Apertura here. We met with Ray and connected right away. Ray is very professional and responsive. When we came to see his portfolio, we were blown away even more than before when we were browsing the website :) We decided right away on the date of the shoot. The day of the photoshoot was a very pleasant and memorable experience. One month later, we were very excited to see the preview. Ray rushed the album per our request so we can show our parents while they are visiting. We got the album last weekend (a few weeks sooner) and of course, we were blown away as it was amazingly beautiful. It was worth every dollar spent. It is an investment...something we will treasure for decades to come :) Thank you so much, Ray for such an amazing work of art. We will definitely recommend you to friends and relatives. All the best, Apertura!
My husband and I had our wedding in Indonesia in January. When we got back to California, we decided to do another photo Read more...
My husband and I had our wedding in Indonesia in January. When we got back to California, we decided to do another photo shoot with Apertura here. We met with Ray and connected right away. Ray is very professional and responsive. When we came to see his portfolio, we were blown away even more than before when we were browsing the website :) We decided right away on the date of the shoot. The day of the photoshoot was a very pleasant and memorable experience. One month later, we were very excited to see the preview. Ray rushed the album per our request so we can show our parents while they are visiting. We got the album last weekend (a few weeks sooner) and of course, we were blown away as it was amazingly beautiful. It was worth every dollar spent. It is an investment...something we will treasure for decades to come :) Thank you so much, Ray for such an amazing work of art. We will definitely recommend you to friends and relatives. All the best, Apertura! Read less
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Wayne
Wedding:
11/6/2011
5.0/5.0
As a wedding photographer myself, wedding photography was the most important part of our wedding day. After following Ray's working for many years, I was glad that he was able to photograph my wedding. We could not have asked for anything better! We wanted a photographer who could capture every special moment that happened on the wedding day without being intrusive. Ray delivered above and beyond what we expected. Every photograph that we received was worth every penny that we spent. The investment was totally worth it. We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos! Thank you, Ray!
As a wedding photographer myself, wedding photography was the most important part of our wedding day. After following Read more...
As a wedding photographer myself, wedding photography was the most important part of our wedding day. After following Ray's working for many years, I was glad that he was able to photograph my wedding. We could not have asked for anything better! We wanted a photographer who could capture every special moment that happened on the wedding day without being intrusive. Ray delivered above and beyond what we expected. Every photograph that we received was worth every penny that we spent. The investment was totally worth it. We couldn't be happier with our wedding photos! Thank you, Ray! Read less
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Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
BOOK ERWIN! This is the third family wedding Erwin has done for us! We are so amazed at his work that we couldn't imagine leaving the job of capturing such an intimate and special event as a wedding to anyone but Erwin. He is wonderfully charming, making him very easy to work with - seriously, he's like family! You will not find the standard group posed pics (unless of course you ask for them specifically!). Rather, his incredibly keen eye for the silly, the unique, the beauty, and the emotion will assure that the pics you get will be like no other. I find it so easy to recall the details of the day when I look back at his shots. He captures the moments, the looks, and the details that most photogs would not likely think to capture. Erwin does not dictate the day or take over your wedding day! He is very much in the background and lets the events flow naturally - yet another measure of his professionalism. If you want unique pics of a day you never want to forget, BOOK ERWIN!
BOOK ERWIN! This is the third family wedding Erwin has done for us! We are so amazed at his work that we couldn't imagine Read more...
BOOK ERWIN! This is the third family wedding Erwin has done for us! We are so amazed at his work that we couldn't imagine leaving the job of capturing such an intimate and special event as a wedding to anyone but Erwin. He is wonderfully charming, making him very easy to work with - seriously, he's like family! You will not find the standard group posed pics (unless of course you ask for them specifically!). Rather, his incredibly keen eye for the silly, the unique, the beauty, and the emotion will assure that the pics you get will be like no other. I find it so easy to recall the details of the day when I look back at his shots. He captures the moments, the looks, and the details that most photogs would not likely think to capture. Erwin does not dictate the day or take over your wedding day! He is very much in the background and lets the events flow naturally - yet another measure of his professionalism. If you want unique pics of a day you never want to forget, BOOK ERWIN! Read less
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Katherine
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
There are plenty of things to worry about on your wedding day, but how your photos turn out should never be one of them. This will never be the case if you book Apertura. Truly Erwin is an artist in his own right. Luckily we had the privilege and honor of having him be a part of an experience you only get once in a lifetime. He has a knack for capturing those special moments, those quiet moments when you take it all in, thinking no one is watching. In looking back at my pictures, I can’t help but to continuously feel thankful that his ever-watchful eye caught many moments that most photographers would have missed; a slow dance to no music when everyone else is busy eating, the look on my husband’s face when he saw me for the first time, a sly glance here and there, a fork hitting a glass, requesting the couple kiss—which we always happily obliged. If there is one thing you should never skimp on, it should be your photos. Flowers die, dresses fade from their original pristine white, and food is forgotten, but these photos will help us relive our moment for the rest of our lives. We will forever be thankful for Erwin’s graceful touch and wonderful eye. Give yourself one less thing to worry about and book him as soon as possible.
There are plenty of things to worry about on your wedding day, but how your photos turn out should never be one of them. Read more...
There are plenty of things to worry about on your wedding day, but how your photos turn out should never be one of them. This will never be the case if you book Apertura. Truly Erwin is an artist in his own right. Luckily we had the privilege and honor of having him be a part of an experience you only get once in a lifetime. He has a knack for capturing those special moments, those quiet moments when you take it all in, thinking no one is watching. In looking back at my pictures, I can’t help but to continuously feel thankful that his ever-watchful eye caught many moments that most photographers would have missed; a slow dance to no music when everyone else is busy eating, the look on my husband’s face when he saw me for the first time, a sly glance here and there, a fork hitting a glass, requesting the couple kiss—which we always happily obliged. If there is one thing you should never skimp on, it should be your photos. Flowers die, dresses fade from their original pristine white, and food is forgotten, but these photos will help us relive our moment for the rest of our lives. We will forever be thankful for Erwin’s graceful touch and wonderful eye. Give yourself one less thing to worry about and book him as soon as possible. Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I met Erwin Darmali over 3 years ago at our good friend's Joy + Brandon's wedding. Erwin also shot their amazing engagement photos, so that's how we got introduced to Apertura. Prior to meeting him at the wedding, my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I scoured the internet to find every photo shot by Apertura in existence. Truth be told, we were quite obsessed. We made a quick introduction towards the end of their reception, and we told him we don't know when it is... but.... we want him to shoot our wedding. Without hesitation, his genuine smile appears, he takes a look at my red hair, and he says, "definitely." Fast forward 2 years, and here I am about to call Erwin... will he remember us? Not only did he remember us (and my red hair), he said he's been waiting to shoot our wedding. Him and I talked like old friends catching up. In 2 years, there was never a hesitation nor doubt that it was going to be Erwin shooting our wedding. It was always him. Over the months leading up to the wedding, there were countless emails/calls/texts with questions, plans, schedules, updates, and all were answered promptly. He couldn't have been more helpful and patient through the whole process.

Game day is finally here. Erwin and his second shooter arrives on time and immediately go to work. He had instant chemistry with everyone. I have 100% trust in him and just want him to do his thing. He stayed with me through out the whole day (which I loved), and he blended in so well. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how talented and dedicated he was through the whole night. He was extremely thorough. No detail went unpictured. Needless to say, after getting our photos back, his talent and hard work were definitely show cased. I felt incredibly lucky and so thankful that these pictures were my own.

Plain and simple, Erwin Darmali is an atrist. His ability to tell a story without words, and connect emotion with time is unparallel. His focus is unforgiving and his dedication to deliver is his motivation. His ever so flawless coordination, calculated lighting, and ability to see unconventional angles is always done to perfection. I am forever grateful to him because through his awesome images, I can re-live the best day of my life, anytime I want to.
I met Erwin Darmali over 3 years ago at our good friend's Joy + Brandon's wedding. Erwin also shot their amazing Read more...
I met Erwin Darmali over 3 years ago at our good friend's Joy + Brandon's wedding. Erwin also shot their amazing engagement photos, so that's how we got introduced to Apertura. Prior to meeting him at the wedding, my husband (boyfriend at the time) and I scoured the internet to find every photo shot by Apertura in existence. Truth be told, we were quite obsessed. We made a quick introduction towards the end of their reception, and we told him we don't know when it is... but.... we want him to shoot our wedding. Without hesitation, his genuine smile appears, he takes a look at my red hair, and he says, "definitely." Fast forward 2 years, and here I am about to call Erwin... will he remember us? Not only did he remember us (and my red hair), he said he's been waiting to shoot our wedding. Him and I talked like old friends catching up. In 2 years, there was never a hesitation nor doubt that it was going to be Erwin shooting our wedding. It was always him. Over the months leading up to the wedding, there were countless emails/calls/texts with questions, plans, schedules, updates, and all were answered promptly. He couldn't have been more helpful and patient through the whole process.

Game day is finally here. Erwin and his second shooter arrives on time and immediately go to work. He had instant chemistry with everyone. I have 100% trust in him and just want him to do his thing. He stayed with me through out the whole day (which I loved), and he blended in so well. Our guests couldn't stop talking about how talented and dedicated he was through the whole night. He was extremely thorough. No detail went unpictured. Needless to say, after getting our photos back, his talent and hard work were definitely show cased. I felt incredibly lucky and so thankful that these pictures were my own.

Plain and simple, Erwin Darmali is an atrist. His ability to tell a story without words, and connect emotion with time is unparallel. His focus is unforgiving and his dedication to deliver is his motivation. His ever so flawless coordination, calculated lighting, and ability to see unconventional angles is always done to perfection. I am forever grateful to him because through his awesome images, I can re-live the best day of my life, anytime I want to. Read less
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