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Apertura

Pasadena , CA
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160 S. Grand Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105 US (map)

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What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
High-Res, Liability Insurance
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Prints, Thank You Cards

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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
Services Used: Photography
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Lisa
Wedding:
5/23/2010
5.0/5.0
Planning for a wedding is always a hectic-stressful-exciting-emotional, all mixed into one surreal process. Hubby & I agreed upon investing on a solid professional photographer. After all, your wedding photos are the ones you'll proudly parade on the walls of your (potentially plus your parents' plus grandparents') home. We wanted photos that will last through time - 5,10,30,60+ years from now. Apertura provided just that, and oh if not more! Browsing through Apertura's blog kept us wanting to see more images. One phone call with Ray, and we knew we've found our photographer. He was very professional, friendly, and best of all - upfront.

I met Ray for the first time during our engagement photo shoot - and I was not only l-a-t-e, we brought our beloved dog who hates looking at the camera. Ray was totally forgiving and we hit it off like we've known one another for years. Fast forward to our wedding in Bali. We were very impressed at how quick, personable and flexible Ray was. He came prepared with all the locations he wanted to shoot, under what lighting, was up for challenging family members (mostly mine)... Oh, and he did all that under the hottest, most humid day imaginable (we had to bring extra towels - honest to god).

Looking at our engagement and wedding photos, I'm always amazed at how Ray was able to capture some of the dearest moments of us, without my recollection of it. That's what we love of his work. We received our wedding album the week of Valentine's day, and we went through it at least 3x that day. The way Ray had set up the images pages after pages, it all came together perfectly.

We are so blessed to have found Ray, not only as our wedding photographer, but now as a dear friend as well.
Planning for a wedding is always a hectic-stressful-exciting-emotional, all mixed into one surreal process. Hubby & I Read more...
Planning for a wedding is always a hectic-stressful-exciting-emotional, all mixed into one surreal process. Hubby & I agreed upon investing on a solid professional photographer. After all, your wedding photos are the ones you'll proudly parade on the walls of your (potentially plus your parents' plus grandparents') home. We wanted photos that will last through time - 5,10,30,60+ years from now. Apertura provided just that, and oh if not more! Browsing through Apertura's blog kept us wanting to see more images. One phone call with Ray, and we knew we've found our photographer. He was very professional, friendly, and best of all - upfront.

I met Ray for the first time during our engagement photo shoot - and I was not only l-a-t-e, we brought our beloved dog who hates looking at the camera. Ray was totally forgiving and we hit it off like we've known one another for years. Fast forward to our wedding in Bali. We were very impressed at how quick, personable and flexible Ray was. He came prepared with all the locations he wanted to shoot, under what lighting, was up for challenging family members (mostly mine)... Oh, and he did all that under the hottest, most humid day imaginable (we had to bring extra towels - honest to god).

Looking at our engagement and wedding photos, I'm always amazed at how Ray was able to capture some of the dearest moments of us, without my recollection of it. That's what we love of his work. We received our wedding album the week of Valentine's day, and we went through it at least 3x that day. The way Ray had set up the images pages after pages, it all came together perfectly.

We are so blessed to have found Ray, not only as our wedding photographer, but now as a dear friend as well. Read less
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Anne
Wedding:
3/13/2010
5.0/5.0
Ray shot our wedding in Houston, and as the other reviews say, he is incredible. He is truly passionate about what he does, and it shows. His #1 priority is to get the best shot he can, and he is a complete professional, and a true artist. Other vendors I dealt with kind of phoned it in, or gave me the sense that they didn't love dealing with brides -but not Ray. He understands that for most of us out there, the most important thing is the pictures. He was worth every penny. If you want the peace of mind that you will get the best possible photographs at your wedding, then you should hire Ray or Erwin. It is as simple as that. Skimp other places if you must, but not on the photography. These guys are the best, and I am so glad I went with them.
Ray shot our wedding in Houston, and as the other reviews say, he is incredible. He is truly passionate about what he Read more...
Ray shot our wedding in Houston, and as the other reviews say, he is incredible. He is truly passionate about what he does, and it shows. His #1 priority is to get the best shot he can, and he is a complete professional, and a true artist. Other vendors I dealt with kind of phoned it in, or gave me the sense that they didn't love dealing with brides -but not Ray. He understands that for most of us out there, the most important thing is the pictures. He was worth every penny. If you want the peace of mind that you will get the best possible photographs at your wedding, then you should hire Ray or Erwin. It is as simple as that. Skimp other places if you must, but not on the photography. These guys are the best, and I am so glad I went with them. Read less
Services Used: Photography
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Katherine
Wedding:
1/15/2010
5.0/5.0
My husband will tell you that if there is any fault to be found in something that I will find it. So rarely do I find a place/vendor that I am truly satisfied with, but Apetura is one of the few. Below is what I experienced with Apertura/Ray Soemarsono...

1. We expect the same professionalism from the people we deal with that we have in our jobs. Ray fell nothing short of our expectations, he was courteous, prompt in responding, kept to his time commits, was trustworthy, and has proper attention to detail. Some of the things that I liked in Ray:
a. He scoped the places out ahead of time (we live in the Bay Area and he’s from LA)
b. He didn’t stop the 6 hour shoot to grab a bite of food or go to the bathroom (though I would be understanding of this one!) – I secretly think he intentionally doesn’t drink before a shoot for this very reason.
c. Though he is a smoker, he didn’t once have a cigarette break and when we found out that he was a smoker we said to go ahead, but he still didn’t. By the way, the ONLY way we could tell was that it came up in conversation otherwise it was unnoticeable.

2. Because the day was just the two of us, we stressed quite a bit on how imposing Ray would be - Julian had only spoken to him on the phone and via email prior to the day of. I am not exaggerating in saying that within the first hour I truly felt like Ray was family. He really is that genuine of a person. How he managed to balance giving Julian and I privacy when appropriate and yet somehow be participatory in the day still boggles my mind. It may not seem like a big deal at first glance, but it could have easily have turned out to be that he was a third wheel or too intrusive.

3. We had a few sentimental places that we wanted photos at, one was a 20 minute hike to the ocean and Ray laden with 3 cameras, crazy big lenses, and smokers' lungs, traipsed the whole way without complaint and managed to somehow stay fully focused such that amazing images were captured the whole way.

4. Julian and I hate having our picture taken. I think we have maybe 20 pictures total of each other – we are both ridiculously camera shy. Yet Ray somehow managed to help navigate us through our fears, cast it aside even. We both look back on that day and are amazed how comfortable Ray made us feel. The reason why we know it was due to Ray is that we are both back to being mortified of being photographed.

5. In all the people that we researched, his work, hands down, stands far above any that I’ve seen. We can’t begin to express our feelings about how the photos turned out, we just won’t do it justice. What we can say is that they are EXACTLY as we want the day to be remembered. Here is a sampling of what he did for us http://www.aperturaphoto.com/blog/2010/03/katherine-julian-san-francisco/

6. I was impressed by his consistency. He was just as dedicated and patient with the ordering of the album as he was in initial contract discussions. So many people nowadays let their service slide once orders have been placed. Not once did he fail in this respect and I’m sure I tried his patience! We had 20+ emails going back and forth for a special album that I wanted to surprise my husband with and he didn’t once complain, he took the time to discuss each and every idea that I had.

7. Though we had a few places we wanted pictures at, we tried not to put any other bounds on him. He has an amazing eye, I would suggest that you let Ray have artistic freedom with the photos and the album. You won’t be disappointed.
Ray really did help to make that day more special for us.

We can’t recommend him highly enough.
My husband will tell you that if there is any fault to be found in something that I will find it. So rarely do I find a Read more...
My husband will tell you that if there is any fault to be found in something that I will find it. So rarely do I find a place/vendor that I am truly satisfied with, but Apetura is one of the few. Below is what I experienced with Apertura/Ray Soemarsono...

1. We expect the same professionalism from the people we deal with that we have in our jobs. Ray fell nothing short of our expectations, he was courteous, prompt in responding, kept to his time commits, was trustworthy, and has proper attention to detail. Some of the things that I liked in Ray:
a. He scoped the places out ahead of time (we live in the Bay Area and he’s from LA)
b. He didn’t stop the 6 hour shoot to grab a bite of food or go to the bathroom (though I would be understanding of this one!) – I secretly think he intentionally doesn’t drink before a shoot for this very reason.
c. Though he is a smoker, he didn’t once have a cigarette break and when we found out that he was a smoker we said to go ahead, but he still didn’t. By the way, the ONLY way we could tell was that it came up in conversation otherwise it was unnoticeable.

2. Because the day was just the two of us, we stressed quite a bit on how imposing Ray would be - Julian had only spoken to him on the phone and via email prior to the day of. I am not exaggerating in saying that within the first hour I truly felt like Ray was family. He really is that genuine of a person. How he managed to balance giving Julian and I privacy when appropriate and yet somehow be participatory in the day still boggles my mind. It may not seem like a big deal at first glance, but it could have easily have turned out to be that he was a third wheel or too intrusive.

3. We had a few sentimental places that we wanted photos at, one was a 20 minute hike to the ocean and Ray laden with 3 cameras, crazy big lenses, and smokers' lungs, traipsed the whole way without complaint and managed to somehow stay fully focused such that amazing images were captured the whole way.

4. Julian and I hate having our picture taken. I think we have maybe 20 pictures total of each other – we are both ridiculously camera shy. Yet Ray somehow managed to help navigate us through our fears, cast it aside even. We both look back on that day and are amazed how comfortable Ray made us feel. The reason why we know it was due to Ray is that we are both back to being mortified of being photographed.

5. In all the people that we researched, his work, hands down, stands far above any that I’ve seen. We can’t begin to express our feelings about how the photos turned out, we just won’t do it justice. What we can say is that they are EXACTLY as we want the day to be remembered. Here is a sampling of what he did for us http://www.aperturaphoto.com/blog/2010/03/katherine-julian-san-francisco/

6. I was impressed by his consistency. He was just as dedicated and patient with the ordering of the album as he was in initial contract discussions. So many people nowadays let their service slide once orders have been placed. Not once did he fail in this respect and I’m sure I tried his patience! We had 20+ emails going back and forth for a special album that I wanted to surprise my husband with and he didn’t once complain, he took the time to discuss each and every idea that I had.

7. Though we had a few places we wanted pictures at, we tried not to put any other bounds on him. He has an amazing eye, I would suggest that you let Ray have artistic freedom with the photos and the album. You won’t be disappointed.
Ray really did help to make that day more special for us.

We can’t recommend him highly enough. Read less
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Dave
Wedding:
11/21/2009
5.0/5.0
Stop searching. If you're reading this, I'm happy to assure you - you've found the best.

When my wife and I started our wedding photographer search, we knew we didn't want photo after photo of pre-planned soft focus poses, the type you see with many genera photogs. We wanted real. We wanted US, and someone to visually weave the tale of our big day. Lo and behold, we found Erwin - a master storyteller. He covered every inch of our wedding, collecting moments big and small, and subsequently assembled the images in a way that had us reveling in reliving - tears for my wife and all.

Professional, courteous, kindhearted, and extremely talented, everything about Erwin and Apertura is first rate. Start to finish, an absolute A+ experience.

They are very reasonably priced, but if you're the slightest hesitant, take a second look at your budget and make it work. Treat yourself to the best. You won't regret a red cent, I promise.
Stop searching. If you're reading this, I'm happy to assure you - you've found the best.

When my wife and I Read more...
Stop searching. If you're reading this, I'm happy to assure you - you've found the best.

When my wife and I started our wedding photographer search, we knew we didn't want photo after photo of pre-planned soft focus poses, the type you see with many genera photogs. We wanted real. We wanted US, and someone to visually weave the tale of our big day. Lo and behold, we found Erwin - a master storyteller. He covered every inch of our wedding, collecting moments big and small, and subsequently assembled the images in a way that had us reveling in reliving - tears for my wife and all.

Professional, courteous, kindhearted, and extremely talented, everything about Erwin and Apertura is first rate. Start to finish, an absolute A+ experience.

They are very reasonably priced, but if you're the slightest hesitant, take a second look at your budget and make it work. Treat yourself to the best. You won't regret a red cent, I promise. Read less
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Sami
Wedding:
11/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Ray is so talented. He beautifully documented all of the special little moments that made our wedding day unique to us. We feel lucky that the happy and magical energy of the day was captured on film so perfectly. The photos will provide us with memories for the rest of our lives and we couldn't be happier with them. We get compliments all the time on the book he made us and how classic it is. He was confident and kind. He shared in our emotional moments and made us feel that our day was important. He seemed whole- heartedly committed to producing work he is proud of and it shows. We were blown away.
Ray is so talented. He beautifully documented all of the special little moments that made our wedding day unique to us. We Read more...
Ray is so talented. He beautifully documented all of the special little moments that made our wedding day unique to us. We feel lucky that the happy and magical energy of the day was captured on film so perfectly. The photos will provide us with memories for the rest of our lives and we couldn't be happier with them. We get compliments all the time on the book he made us and how classic it is. He was confident and kind. He shared in our emotional moments and made us feel that our day was important. He seemed whole- heartedly committed to producing work he is proud of and it shows. We were blown away. Read less
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pig
Wedding:
10/16/2009
4.8/5.0
Photography was something very important to our wedding and we couldn't imagine trusting anyone else who can do what Ray & Erwin did for us. That is why we flew Apertura across the country to attend our wedding. From the beginning to end, they delivered and exceeded my expectations. The pictures were beyond amazing and it was worth our whole budget to invest in these memories that will last forever.

As a bride who is budget conscious, I have no regrets in the investment to have Ray & Erwin at our wedding. I can not be more pleased with their service and could not have asked for more. I don't want to sound crazy but I wish to have Ray & Erwin around everyday to document my life. :)

Tak
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Photography was something very important to our wedding and we couldn't imagine trusting anyone else who can do what Ray & Read more...
Photography was something very important to our wedding and we couldn't imagine trusting anyone else who can do what Ray & Erwin did for us. That is why we flew Apertura across the country to attend our wedding. From the beginning to end, they delivered and exceeded my expectations. The pictures were beyond amazing and it was worth our whole budget to invest in these memories that will last forever.

As a bride who is budget conscious, I have no regrets in the investment to have Ray & Erwin at our wedding. I can not be more pleased with their service and could not have asked for more. I don't want to sound crazy but I wish to have Ray & Erwin around everyday to document my life. :)

Tak
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shirley
Wedding:
5/9/2009
5.0/5.0
The 'A' in Apertura stands for Awesome! They're the best photographers in the world. I don't even know how they get the magical shots they get. All the pictures we got from them were great, exciting, and artistic. It told a story of our wedding day and made us look like super stars. Apertura is not only your photographer, they are also your friends. My husband and I enjoyed our wedding day even more because of Apertura. They made us feel so relaxed and like we were hanging out and laughing with them all day. We got great pictures from them even though we were on a strict schedule and they were flexible enough to work through it with us. If you want to document the day you invest so much in, invest in Apertura. You will never regret it and it will be the best decision you ever made in your life. :)
The 'A' in Apertura stands for Awesome! They're the best photographers in the world. I don't even know how they get the Read more...
The 'A' in Apertura stands for Awesome! They're the best photographers in the world. I don't even know how they get the magical shots they get. All the pictures we got from them were great, exciting, and artistic. It told a story of our wedding day and made us look like super stars. Apertura is not only your photographer, they are also your friends. My husband and I enjoyed our wedding day even more because of Apertura. They made us feel so relaxed and like we were hanging out and laughing with them all day. We got great pictures from them even though we were on a strict schedule and they were flexible enough to work through it with us. If you want to document the day you invest so much in, invest in Apertura. You will never regret it and it will be the best decision you ever made in your life. :) Read less
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