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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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Melissa
Wedding:
9/5/2010
5.0/5.0
My (now) husband and I were very fortunate to have Erwin of Apertura photograph our engagement pictures and both our private church ceremony as well as our outdoor ceremony. I was referred to Apertura through friends who were recent brides. After stalking the Apertura website for some time, we were drawn to Erwin's artistic and photojournalistic eye. We greatly admired his ability to capture the many emotion-filled, precious moments through his unique juxtaposition of what is beautiful and what is sometimes regarded as "unattractive". We found his work to be captivating, edgy, emotional, unexpected and simply awe-inspiring. His work stood out with a definite "WoW" factor. Since wedding photography was the most important thing to me for our recent wedding, I knew that Erwin had to shoot our wedding!!!

Working with Erwin was truly a pleasure. He has a very fun and joking personality, and was really easy to get along with. It was almost like hanging out with a long-time friend! He made sure to make us feel at ease during our Engagement Shoot and gave us good direction, which was really key in making us feel more relaxed when he was shooting our wedding.

On the business side of things, Erwin is extremely professional about his work and was very patient in helping us put together wedding packages that worked within a budget. He responds thoroughly and promptly to all inquiries, always making sure to answer all questions and ease our concerns. I really appreciated him following up with us from time to time just to ask if we had any additional questions he could answer for us.

Erwin is a hard worker with great timing. He was able to send us our images so quickly. We were extremely pleased with the final Engagement Shoot, Church Wedding, and Outdoor Ceremony photos. He captured so many great moments and raw emotions. Looking at the photos and the awesome wedding slideshow he created for us felt like we were reliving our wedding. It truly brought a smile to my face.

Hands down, Erwin's work is truly amazing, of great quality, and worth the price. If wedding pictures are the most important thing to you, then you have already found your photographer.
My (now) husband and I were very fortunate to have Erwin of Apertura photograph our engagement pictures and both our Read more...
My (now) husband and I were very fortunate to have Erwin of Apertura photograph our engagement pictures and both our private church ceremony as well as our outdoor ceremony. I was referred to Apertura through friends who were recent brides. After stalking the Apertura website for some time, we were drawn to Erwin's artistic and photojournalistic eye. We greatly admired his ability to capture the many emotion-filled, precious moments through his unique juxtaposition of what is beautiful and what is sometimes regarded as "unattractive". We found his work to be captivating, edgy, emotional, unexpected and simply awe-inspiring. His work stood out with a definite "WoW" factor. Since wedding photography was the most important thing to me for our recent wedding, I knew that Erwin had to shoot our wedding!!!

Working with Erwin was truly a pleasure. He has a very fun and joking personality, and was really easy to get along with. It was almost like hanging out with a long-time friend! He made sure to make us feel at ease during our Engagement Shoot and gave us good direction, which was really key in making us feel more relaxed when he was shooting our wedding.

On the business side of things, Erwin is extremely professional about his work and was very patient in helping us put together wedding packages that worked within a budget. He responds thoroughly and promptly to all inquiries, always making sure to answer all questions and ease our concerns. I really appreciated him following up with us from time to time just to ask if we had any additional questions he could answer for us.

Erwin is a hard worker with great timing. He was able to send us our images so quickly. We were extremely pleased with the final Engagement Shoot, Church Wedding, and Outdoor Ceremony photos. He captured so many great moments and raw emotions. Looking at the photos and the awesome wedding slideshow he created for us felt like we were reliving our wedding. It truly brought a smile to my face.

Hands down, Erwin's work is truly amazing, of great quality, and worth the price. If wedding pictures are the most important thing to you, then you have already found your photographer. Read less
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Lorelei
Wedding:
9/5/2010
4.6/5.0
We were referred to Apertura through a friend that got recently married and did his wedding photographer research. I also came across Apertura’s work from Junebug Weddings – World’s Best Wedding Photographers.
After combing through their website and getting the feel of the type of work they do, we set up a meeting with Ray. Ray is organized and professional. He took the time to get to know us, our history and background, and the details of our San Francisco destination wedding. We had the opportunity to look through the albums they put together and through that found the value of their work. They really document your big day from beginning to end, telling the “story” of your wedding day.
Our wedding day was the first time we worked with Ray (since our friend did our engagement shots) so some poses were at first awkward and did not feel natural or were somewhat difficult to do (i.e. sun in my eyes) but after seeing our proofs we saw and understood the artistic style Ray was trying to get. And as far as the photo journalism of our day, I barely even noticed Ray shooting away – he was like stealth but somehow got all these shots - which is good because you already are paparazzied with cameras from your guests and Ray is like a fly on the wall.
Oh, and I must give credit to Vanessa, his second shooter. She is a sweetheart and also helped pose and take some fun, artsy shots.
We were referred to Apertura through a friend that got recently married and did his wedding photographer research. I also Read more...
We were referred to Apertura through a friend that got recently married and did his wedding photographer research. I also came across Apertura’s work from Junebug Weddings – World’s Best Wedding Photographers.
After combing through their website and getting the feel of the type of work they do, we set up a meeting with Ray. Ray is organized and professional. He took the time to get to know us, our history and background, and the details of our San Francisco destination wedding. We had the opportunity to look through the albums they put together and through that found the value of their work. They really document your big day from beginning to end, telling the “story” of your wedding day.
Our wedding day was the first time we worked with Ray (since our friend did our engagement shots) so some poses were at first awkward and did not feel natural or were somewhat difficult to do (i.e. sun in my eyes) but after seeing our proofs we saw and understood the artistic style Ray was trying to get. And as far as the photo journalism of our day, I barely even noticed Ray shooting away – he was like stealth but somehow got all these shots - which is good because you already are paparazzied with cameras from your guests and Ray is like a fly on the wall.
Oh, and I must give credit to Vanessa, his second shooter. She is a sweetheart and also helped pose and take some fun, artsy shots. Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
Apertura was the first vendor we contacted and first vendor we booked. We did not take choosing a wedding photographer lightly because the images captured will be the only elements from the wedding that will live on. (Besides the ever-burning flame that exists between my husband and I.) All good photographers have a discernible style and Apertura's drama and storytelling are epic. Luckily, photography is something we know a little about and were able to choose a photographer to match our own sensibilities.

From the first meeting to the final presentation, everything was world class professional. Even their branding rocked. All this really helps you feel at ease since this is a significant investment.

We are not accustomed to being photographed but Ray made us feel comfortable and gave us the right amount of direction and encouragement. The portraits went by swiftly because he was so easy going and personable. And confident. That's something you really need to feel from your photographer. When it came time to document the day, he blended in amongst the revelers. Like a ninja, but in a good way. We did not feel any obtrusion, yet everything was expertly documented. I swear there was some dark arts going on because we didn't notice the photographers until we needed them. Even our bulldog, Flash, sat still for him - see, magic.

Apertura's work speaks for itself and if their style fits yours, there is absolutely no alternative. Aside from the talent, you also pay for their professionalism and service. They do not disappoint in that regard either. All issues are taken care of swiftly.

Awesomeness has it's cost and it does not come cheap. It's hard to put a price on memories and something so subjective can't be quantified. I'd absolutely recommend Apertura to anybody looking for photos to be envious of.
Apertura was the first vendor we contacted and first vendor we booked. We did not take choosing a wedding photographer Read more...
Apertura was the first vendor we contacted and first vendor we booked. We did not take choosing a wedding photographer lightly because the images captured will be the only elements from the wedding that will live on. (Besides the ever-burning flame that exists between my husband and I.) All good photographers have a discernible style and Apertura's drama and storytelling are epic. Luckily, photography is something we know a little about and were able to choose a photographer to match our own sensibilities.

From the first meeting to the final presentation, everything was world class professional. Even their branding rocked. All this really helps you feel at ease since this is a significant investment.

We are not accustomed to being photographed but Ray made us feel comfortable and gave us the right amount of direction and encouragement. The portraits went by swiftly because he was so easy going and personable. And confident. That's something you really need to feel from your photographer. When it came time to document the day, he blended in amongst the revelers. Like a ninja, but in a good way. We did not feel any obtrusion, yet everything was expertly documented. I swear there was some dark arts going on because we didn't notice the photographers until we needed them. Even our bulldog, Flash, sat still for him - see, magic.

Apertura's work speaks for itself and if their style fits yours, there is absolutely no alternative. Aside from the talent, you also pay for their professionalism and service. They do not disappoint in that regard either. All issues are taken care of swiftly.

Awesomeness has it's cost and it does not come cheap. It's hard to put a price on memories and something so subjective can't be quantified. I'd absolutely recommend Apertura to anybody looking for photos to be envious of. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Betty
Wedding:
8/21/2010
5.0/5.0
After I accidently stumbled upon Apertura’s work 6 years ago, I have been a cyber stalker and a loyal follower of Erwin/Ray’s work. I’ve also looked at many other wedding photographers’ work (no less than 70 photographers) for the past 6 years, but I can honestly say that no other photographer’s work touches my heart as Erwin/Ray’s photos do. I believe each wedding is unique in itself, and the photos should capture each wedding’s own story. Therefore when I got engaged, I have no doubt in my mind who I want as my photographer to capture my special day. Since I couldn’t afford both Erwin and Ray (even though I really would like to); after some careful considerations we decided to go with Erwin.

I was super nervous when I met Erwin for our first consultation (after all, I have been “stalking” him for the past 6 years, who wouldn’t be nervous..). But Erwin was so easy to talk to, super nice, and it really truly felt like talking to a friend. He really puts me at ease and he was so patient to listen to the story of how my husband and I met (I couldn’t shut up..). He was also very professional, answering all my questions and concerns, and always replied to E-mails and calls in a timely manner.

A co-worker of mine came and asked me for Erwin’s information and website after my wedding. I asked my co-worker how come he was so sure the pictures would come out great, even before seeing the photos. My co-worker said he had been to so many weddings, but he had never seen anyone worked the way Erwin and his team did. He could tell from the way Erwin took the shots and prepared for the lighting, that Erwin was not just a wedding photographer but also an artist, and he could tell the photos would come out great.

And they were! When my husband and I got the photos, we couldn’t help but having big smiles on our faces. Erwin truly captured the raw emotions of our special day. Each photo tells its own story, and each photo is an art work by itself. It is timeless. He captured so many moments that lasted no more than a second. Also, my husband does not like to smile if there is a camera on him; however, Erwin was able to capture some of his best smiles, along with many other details.

In short, you can’t go wrong with Erwin. He is worth every penny. And if the wedding photos are your top priority, then you definitely want to have Erwin and his team on your wedding day.
After I accidently stumbled upon Apertura’s work 6 years ago, I have been a cyber stalker and a loyal follower of Read more...
After I accidently stumbled upon Apertura’s work 6 years ago, I have been a cyber stalker and a loyal follower of Erwin/Ray’s work. I’ve also looked at many other wedding photographers’ work (no less than 70 photographers) for the past 6 years, but I can honestly say that no other photographer’s work touches my heart as Erwin/Ray’s photos do. I believe each wedding is unique in itself, and the photos should capture each wedding’s own story. Therefore when I got engaged, I have no doubt in my mind who I want as my photographer to capture my special day. Since I couldn’t afford both Erwin and Ray (even though I really would like to); after some careful considerations we decided to go with Erwin.

I was super nervous when I met Erwin for our first consultation (after all, I have been “stalking” him for the past 6 years, who wouldn’t be nervous..). But Erwin was so easy to talk to, super nice, and it really truly felt like talking to a friend. He really puts me at ease and he was so patient to listen to the story of how my husband and I met (I couldn’t shut up..). He was also very professional, answering all my questions and concerns, and always replied to E-mails and calls in a timely manner.

A co-worker of mine came and asked me for Erwin’s information and website after my wedding. I asked my co-worker how come he was so sure the pictures would come out great, even before seeing the photos. My co-worker said he had been to so many weddings, but he had never seen anyone worked the way Erwin and his team did. He could tell from the way Erwin took the shots and prepared for the lighting, that Erwin was not just a wedding photographer but also an artist, and he could tell the photos would come out great.

And they were! When my husband and I got the photos, we couldn’t help but having big smiles on our faces. Erwin truly captured the raw emotions of our special day. Each photo tells its own story, and each photo is an art work by itself. It is timeless. He captured so many moments that lasted no more than a second. Also, my husband does not like to smile if there is a camera on him; however, Erwin was able to capture some of his best smiles, along with many other details.

In short, you can’t go wrong with Erwin. He is worth every penny. And if the wedding photos are your top priority, then you definitely want to have Erwin and his team on your wedding day. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
8/14/2010
5.0/5.0
For the past few years, I've been a big fan of Apertura's work. When it was my turn to become engaged, I did my due diligence and researched other photographers along with Apertura, just to be sure my decision was an educated one, and not just on impulse. As I suspected, no other photographers matched their level of quality of work.

I can give you a million reasons why Apertura's/Erwin's work is incredible, but to give you a few examples.

1. As a Human Resources exec, I'm constantly evaluating service and talent. Erwin was truly exceptional: prompt, professional, meticulous, really A++ service. We really felt like he was family.

2. My husband and I are pretty camera shy. Erwin's quiet encouragement, direction and ability to make us feel at ease very quickly, were key to establishing amazing portraits.

3. My husband is a designer, so he has a very critical eye. We can't believe Erwin can see things the way he does- it's really ingenious. One of our engagement shoot locations was at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, CA. We frequent this location often, and there wasn't one shot that Erwin took that we weren't amazed with. Erwin has the ability to take very ordinary locations (sometimes just plain concrete, in our case), and make them look extraordinary, geometrically and aesthetically pleasing. We love that his work is so artistic, and we are not always the focal point of every photo.

4. His clever use of light, reflections, shadow, and color only serve to enhance his already amazing photos. Genius!

5. Erwin has impeccible timing. He was able to catch shots at our wedding that truly were there for only an instant. These photos made all the difference in our wedding album.

6. Our wedding ceremony was in a strict Catholic Church that didn't allow flash or a lot of movement. Somehow, Erwin was able to covertly document our ceremony and capture really artistic shots of the Church and ceremony.

Erwin’s photojournalistic style is really key. Each photo is a cohesive artistic piece that anyone can enjoy, regardless of the subject or subject matter.

From first contact to end result, Erwin exceeded all of our expectations.

Bottom line, Erwin's work speaks for itself. Trust him and his team to run free creatively, and the end result will be amazing - guaranteed.
For the past few years, I've been a big fan of Apertura's work. When it was my turn to become engaged, I did my due Read more...
For the past few years, I've been a big fan of Apertura's work. When it was my turn to become engaged, I did my due diligence and researched other photographers along with Apertura, just to be sure my decision was an educated one, and not just on impulse. As I suspected, no other photographers matched their level of quality of work.

I can give you a million reasons why Apertura's/Erwin's work is incredible, but to give you a few examples.

1. As a Human Resources exec, I'm constantly evaluating service and talent. Erwin was truly exceptional: prompt, professional, meticulous, really A++ service. We really felt like he was family.

2. My husband and I are pretty camera shy. Erwin's quiet encouragement, direction and ability to make us feel at ease very quickly, were key to establishing amazing portraits.

3. My husband is a designer, so he has a very critical eye. We can't believe Erwin can see things the way he does- it's really ingenious. One of our engagement shoot locations was at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica, CA. We frequent this location often, and there wasn't one shot that Erwin took that we weren't amazed with. Erwin has the ability to take very ordinary locations (sometimes just plain concrete, in our case), and make them look extraordinary, geometrically and aesthetically pleasing. We love that his work is so artistic, and we are not always the focal point of every photo.

4. His clever use of light, reflections, shadow, and color only serve to enhance his already amazing photos. Genius!

5. Erwin has impeccible timing. He was able to catch shots at our wedding that truly were there for only an instant. These photos made all the difference in our wedding album.

6. Our wedding ceremony was in a strict Catholic Church that didn't allow flash or a lot of movement. Somehow, Erwin was able to covertly document our ceremony and capture really artistic shots of the Church and ceremony.

Erwin’s photojournalistic style is really key. Each photo is a cohesive artistic piece that anyone can enjoy, regardless of the subject or subject matter.

From first contact to end result, Erwin exceeded all of our expectations.

Bottom line, Erwin's work speaks for itself. Trust him and his team to run free creatively, and the end result will be amazing - guaranteed. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/8/2010
4.9/5.0
Loved working with Erwin and his team! We put a high priority on hiring the BEST photographer for our special day and don't regret making cuts elsewhere to make that happen :)
Loved working with Erwin and his team! We put a high priority on hiring the BEST photographer for our special day and Read more...
Loved working with Erwin and his team! We put a high priority on hiring the BEST photographer for our special day and don't regret making cuts elsewhere to make that happen :) Read less
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Wyatt
Wedding:
8/1/2010
4.8/5.0
Professional and do amazing high quality work!
Professional and do amazing high quality work!
Professional and do amazing high quality work! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/31/2010
5.0/5.0
Apertura took wedding photos for my friend's wedding a couple of years ago, which is when I fell in love with wedding photography. I didn't know that wedding photos could evoke so much emotion, but their work certainly did. Since then, I always knew that I wanted to have an amazing photographer at my wedding. Luckily, Erwin was available for our wedding and he did an awesome job.

If you love the photojournalistic style, Apertura is definitely the way to go. Erwin was able to capture some really touching moments from our wedding and we're so pleased with the results.
Apertura took wedding photos for my friend's wedding a couple of years ago, which is when I fell in love with wedding Read more...
Apertura took wedding photos for my friend's wedding a couple of years ago, which is when I fell in love with wedding photography. I didn't know that wedding photos could evoke so much emotion, but their work certainly did. Since then, I always knew that I wanted to have an amazing photographer at my wedding. Luckily, Erwin was available for our wedding and he did an awesome job.

If you love the photojournalistic style, Apertura is definitely the way to go. Erwin was able to capture some really touching moments from our wedding and we're so pleased with the results. Read less
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Xeres
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
I met Erwin when I was a bridesmaid for my cousin's wedding. When I got engaged, I knew instantly that I wanted to meet with Erwin and book him for our wedding. Our initial meeting was lax and comfortable. Erwin was easy to talk to as if we've all been friends for years. He showed us images of previous weddings he had done and we were amazed and impressed. We booked him right away.

On our wedding day, Erwin and his team were very professional. He made us feel at ease and comfortable. He definitely used our wedding venue (Walt Disney Concert Hall) to his advantage. He found every place to capture amazing backgrounds, composition and lighting. You can tell he loves what he does and he's passionate about it.

We were just so impressed at how well he captured our wedding. The details, the angles, the vibrancy, the color, the emotions. We were so happy with how everything turned out and it was worth the money.
I met Erwin when I was a bridesmaid for my cousin's wedding. When I got engaged, I knew instantly that I wanted to meet Read more...
I met Erwin when I was a bridesmaid for my cousin's wedding. When I got engaged, I knew instantly that I wanted to meet with Erwin and book him for our wedding. Our initial meeting was lax and comfortable. Erwin was easy to talk to as if we've all been friends for years. He showed us images of previous weddings he had done and we were amazed and impressed. We booked him right away.

On our wedding day, Erwin and his team were very professional. He made us feel at ease and comfortable. He definitely used our wedding venue (Walt Disney Concert Hall) to his advantage. He found every place to capture amazing backgrounds, composition and lighting. You can tell he loves what he does and he's passionate about it.

We were just so impressed at how well he captured our wedding. The details, the angles, the vibrancy, the color, the emotions. We were so happy with how everything turned out and it was worth the money. Read less
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Bert
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Ray did an amazing job capturing our wedding in Napa in June. I spent countless hours researching photographers, and it is clear from the work on Apertura's website that their work is in a different league than most wedding photographers out there. Ray is a true artist behind the camera and does a great job capturing emotions and composing images in a unique way. If you like their aesthetic approach, which really appealed to us when we came across their blog, you should definitely contact them before your date gets booked.

One thing that I really liked about Apertura's work was that we received so many "wow" images from our day. Most photographers will only have a few great images from the day and will showcase these on their blogs. Not with Apertura. We had 700+ photos, and most were worthy of getting blog status. I had looked at complete albums from other photographers, and no one came close to having such high quality throughout the album.

I think the best way to summarize Ray from Apertura is that he's a photographer's photographer. In addition to the requisite of being technically sound, his work is very artistic and creative. He is a true professional and makes you feel confident that he knows exactly what he is doing when composing shots. Most importantly, he really loves his work (he was a former engineer and changed careers after he fell in love with photography). He attended our rehearsal (which wasn't required) to scope out our venue and to research how the light throughout the day/evening would affect our photos. It's clear when you work with him that he is always trying to push the envelope of his craft. Apertura certainly isn't the cheapest option out there. But if you place a high value on capturing great images from your big day and like their photo-journalistic approach, hiring Ray from Apertura will be one of the best decisions you make.
Ray did an amazing job capturing our wedding in Napa in June. I spent countless hours researching photographers, and it is Read more...
Ray did an amazing job capturing our wedding in Napa in June. I spent countless hours researching photographers, and it is clear from the work on Apertura's website that their work is in a different league than most wedding photographers out there. Ray is a true artist behind the camera and does a great job capturing emotions and composing images in a unique way. If you like their aesthetic approach, which really appealed to us when we came across their blog, you should definitely contact them before your date gets booked.

One thing that I really liked about Apertura's work was that we received so many "wow" images from our day. Most photographers will only have a few great images from the day and will showcase these on their blogs. Not with Apertura. We had 700+ photos, and most were worthy of getting blog status. I had looked at complete albums from other photographers, and no one came close to having such high quality throughout the album.

I think the best way to summarize Ray from Apertura is that he's a photographer's photographer. In addition to the requisite of being technically sound, his work is very artistic and creative. He is a true professional and makes you feel confident that he knows exactly what he is doing when composing shots. Most importantly, he really loves his work (he was a former engineer and changed careers after he fell in love with photography). He attended our rehearsal (which wasn't required) to scope out our venue and to research how the light throughout the day/evening would affect our photos. It's clear when you work with him that he is always trying to push the envelope of his craft. Apertura certainly isn't the cheapest option out there. But if you place a high value on capturing great images from your big day and like their photo-journalistic approach, hiring Ray from Apertura will be one of the best decisions you make. Read less
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