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SimplyTwo Photography

San Gabriel , CA
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San Gabriel, CA 91776 US (map)
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...a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Southern California, John loves loves loves his brides and grooms! Regularly gracing the pages of wedding magazines and fireplace... Read more
...a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Southern California, John loves loves loves his brides and grooms! Regularly gracing the pages of wedding magazines and fireplace mantles, John's art is deeply inspired by the influence of modern art, fashion, and photojournalism.

Brides often describe his highly refined style of wedding photography edgy, chic, and brilliantly narrative.There's so much more to wedding photography than gear, lighting, and technical hoo-ha. It's about timelessness. It's about story telling. And it's definitely about bending over backward just to get that o.m.g. shot.

You see, that's where John's experience, love for people, and intuitive desire for awesomeness come into play. Not only does John play the role of a "ninja in a tree" to capture the candid and unrehearsed moments but he also loves it when he gets to step up to compose the imagery that brought you here in the first place.

John's best advice to brides: Keep a pair of flip-flops near you all day. Your feet will thank you!

John is available for both local and destination adventures and travels to photograph his clients. Read less
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What primary photographic style do you identify with?
Contemporary, Photojournalism, Portraiture
What photography services do you offer?
Custom Graphics, High-Res, Liability Insurance, Slideshow/Montage
What photography items do you offer?
Albums, Digital Files, Flush Mount, Matted Prints, Negatives, Prints, Proofs

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Ian
Wedding:
3/25/2017
5.0/5.0
John is a master at what he does. A true artist with a huge dedication to his craft. He is super friendly and accommodating and shot some masterful pieces for our engagement and wedding. I would definitely recommend him for his craft! He's a real stud and you won't be disappointed!
John is a master at what he does. A true artist with a huge dedication to his craft. He is super friendly and Read more...
John is a master at what he does. A true artist with a huge dedication to his craft. He is super friendly and accommodating and shot some masterful pieces for our engagement and wedding. I would definitely recommend him for his craft! He's a real stud and you won't be disappointed! Read less
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Angel
Wedding:
2/11/2017
5.0/5.0
Awesome quality for the value, would highly recommend him! John is really good at capturing the moments that are important and can get amazing shots out of what seems so ordinary or would be difficult to get a good photo. It shows how he is really good at his trade. Also he's very personable and great to work with!
Awesome quality for the value, would highly recommend him! John is really good at capturing the moments that are important Read more...
Awesome quality for the value, would highly recommend him! John is really good at capturing the moments that are important and can get amazing shots out of what seems so ordinary or would be difficult to get a good photo. It shows how he is really good at his trade. Also he's very personable and great to work with! Read less
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Chris
Wedding:
12/16/2016
5.0/5.0
We met John at our friends wedding in Lake Tahoe back in 2015. Right off the bat, I could tell there was something pretty special about the guy and it wasn’t his fancy camera gear or good taste in watches. What captured my attention was the amount of knowledge and passion he had for photography. He truly understood that photography is not just “point and shoot” but should be more about story telling. We could have hired any photographer in the world but his easy- going personality and artistry were some of the main reasons why we hired him for our wedding in Bali.

Since we were having a destination wedding, I wanted to make sure that the photographer was someone not good, but great. He was extremely professional and fun to be around. This guy was willing to be away from family for about a week, and was willing to fly over 20 hours around the world to be our photographer. That tells you something about how dedicated he is to his clients and work. We spent 4 days with him and not once did we hear any complaints. As expected, the guy did an amazing job. His high attention to detail and relaxed personality made everything a lot easier for us. He’s definitely someone who would go above and beyond to get the job done. I would definitely hire him again.
We met John at our friends wedding in Lake Tahoe back in 2015. Right off the bat, I could tell there was something pretty Read more...
We met John at our friends wedding in Lake Tahoe back in 2015. Right off the bat, I could tell there was something pretty special about the guy and it wasn’t his fancy camera gear or good taste in watches. What captured my attention was the amount of knowledge and passion he had for photography. He truly understood that photography is not just “point and shoot” but should be more about story telling. We could have hired any photographer in the world but his easy- going personality and artistry were some of the main reasons why we hired him for our wedding in Bali.

Since we were having a destination wedding, I wanted to make sure that the photographer was someone not good, but great. He was extremely professional and fun to be around. This guy was willing to be away from family for about a week, and was willing to fly over 20 hours around the world to be our photographer. That tells you something about how dedicated he is to his clients and work. We spent 4 days with him and not once did we hear any complaints. As expected, the guy did an amazing job. His high attention to detail and relaxed personality made everything a lot easier for us. He’s definitely someone who would go above and beyond to get the job done. I would definitely hire him again. Read less
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Albert
Wedding:
10/9/2016
5.0/5.0
Just go with SimplyTwoPhotography! John is an absolute pleasure to work with and just plain 'ol relaxing and fun. After the first engagement session we were pleasantly surprised by his keen eye for lighting and just overall framing of every single shot. When I say every single shot... i MEAN every single shot. It was amazing. So we booked him for our wedding as well as for an additional white dress shoot the day after the wedding! His personality makes him so easy to work with. He was able to make us both feel comfortable enough to hop out of our comfort zones for some fun shots as well.. John is also a creative genius working with landscapes, wind, and even a full on night shoot (which came out crazy awesome). We love John's work!
Just go with SimplyTwoPhotography! John is an absolute pleasure to work with and just plain 'ol relaxing and fun. After Read more...
Just go with SimplyTwoPhotography! John is an absolute pleasure to work with and just plain 'ol relaxing and fun. After the first engagement session we were pleasantly surprised by his keen eye for lighting and just overall framing of every single shot. When I say every single shot... i MEAN every single shot. It was amazing. So we booked him for our wedding as well as for an additional white dress shoot the day after the wedding! His personality makes him so easy to work with. He was able to make us both feel comfortable enough to hop out of our comfort zones for some fun shots as well.. John is also a creative genius working with landscapes, wind, and even a full on night shoot (which came out crazy awesome). We love John's work! Read less
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Susan and Alex
Wedding:
10/8/2016
5.0/5.0
Pictures speak for themselves right....well behind every picture, there is a photographer. For my wife and I, we were very fortunate to have the most amazing photographer on board for our wedding...John of SimplyTwo Photography. I'm writing this review not only to speak about Johns eye for detail, his understanding of composition, framing and lighting, and his ability to produce stunning photos, but I'm here to speak about John's responsiveness, his organizational skills, and his ability to make the couples, families and kids that he is photographing feel comfortable. He has a way with his words and his character really comes out in the photos...Lighthearted, Fun, Natural, Cool, Composed, Intriguing, Professional...just to name a few characteristics. My wife and I enjoyed interacting with him prior to, during, and after the wedding. We enjoyed seeing him work and we really love the work he produces out of it. If his main purpose in being a photographer is to capture the most memorable moments in a very organized and easy going fashion, while still producing stunning photos, than he has accomplished that...plus some....plus some more. Thanks John.
Pictures speak for themselves right....well behind every picture, there is a photographer. For my wife and I, we were very Read more...
Pictures speak for themselves right....well behind every picture, there is a photographer. For my wife and I, we were very fortunate to have the most amazing photographer on board for our wedding...John of SimplyTwo Photography. I'm writing this review not only to speak about Johns eye for detail, his understanding of composition, framing and lighting, and his ability to produce stunning photos, but I'm here to speak about John's responsiveness, his organizational skills, and his ability to make the couples, families and kids that he is photographing feel comfortable. He has a way with his words and his character really comes out in the photos...Lighthearted, Fun, Natural, Cool, Composed, Intriguing, Professional...just to name a few characteristics. My wife and I enjoyed interacting with him prior to, during, and after the wedding. We enjoyed seeing him work and we really love the work he produces out of it. If his main purpose in being a photographer is to capture the most memorable moments in a very organized and easy going fashion, while still producing stunning photos, than he has accomplished that...plus some....plus some more. Thanks John. Read less
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Connie
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
John John John... what can I say about you except that you are the funniest, more quirky yet professional photographer I've ever met? You helped keep things light-hearted and organized, despite my crazy family taking forever to get in the shot you needed. You even broke out your mandarin and I was duly impressed. Thanks for all your hard work and witty self! Can't wait to see the final products :)
John John John... what can I say about you except that you are the funniest, more quirky yet professional photographer Read more...
John John John... what can I say about you except that you are the funniest, more quirky yet professional photographer I've ever met? You helped keep things light-hearted and organized, despite my crazy family taking forever to get in the shot you needed. You even broke out your mandarin and I was duly impressed. Thanks for all your hard work and witty self! Can't wait to see the final products :) Read less
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Phi
Wedding:
9/30/2016
5.0/5.0
John Yao is more than just a guy who takes your photos. He is an artist who can work in any situation. Working with John, his philosophy seemed to be that the happier we were, the more fun we were having, the better the pictures will look - and the pictures look great! During your most stressful, chaotic times, John is a calming presence, reliable, fun, and professional. A few hours with John and he becomes one of your buddies. So many of our guests have complimented John's personable qualities and photos. He knows how to achieve the "wow" effect, which is pretty much everyone's reaction when seeing his photos. He is great at navigating through different personalities and difficult situations in order to make you feel comfortable and happy with your special day. When you go with Simply Two, you're going to have a good time, you're going to look good doing it, and when it's all said and done you'll have your most cherished memories captured by its full beauty
John Yao is more than just a guy who takes your photos. He is an artist who can work in any situation. Working with John, Read more...
John Yao is more than just a guy who takes your photos. He is an artist who can work in any situation. Working with John, his philosophy seemed to be that the happier we were, the more fun we were having, the better the pictures will look - and the pictures look great! During your most stressful, chaotic times, John is a calming presence, reliable, fun, and professional. A few hours with John and he becomes one of your buddies. So many of our guests have complimented John's personable qualities and photos. He knows how to achieve the "wow" effect, which is pretty much everyone's reaction when seeing his photos. He is great at navigating through different personalities and difficult situations in order to make you feel comfortable and happy with your special day. When you go with Simply Two, you're going to have a good time, you're going to look good doing it, and when it's all said and done you'll have your most cherished memories captured by its full beauty Read less
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Jane
Wedding:
9/18/2016
5.0/5.0
I’ve been following photography websites/blogs for the past few years, so when time came to pick our own wedding photographer, I had a few lined up in mind already. However, my fiancé strongly recommended John because many of his friends hired John and highly recommend him. So, we went with John & I AM SO HAPPY we did. His down to earth personality quickly put us both at ease and his eye for light and beauty is amazing. At the end of our engagement session which was over 100 degrees, we both felt like a million bucks after spending a few hours with him. He is very encouraging, uplifting and you will just go wow after wow when you see the photos. On the wedding day, again, he blended right in with all our family/friends, making everyone comfortable and did an absolutely beautiful job. He got to see some of his friends/clients and i am so thankful we could become one of them! :)
I’ve been following photography websites/blogs for the past few years, so when time came to pick our own wedding Read more...
I’ve been following photography websites/blogs for the past few years, so when time came to pick our own wedding photographer, I had a few lined up in mind already. However, my fiancé strongly recommended John because many of his friends hired John and highly recommend him. So, we went with John & I AM SO HAPPY we did. His down to earth personality quickly put us both at ease and his eye for light and beauty is amazing. At the end of our engagement session which was over 100 degrees, we both felt like a million bucks after spending a few hours with him. He is very encouraging, uplifting and you will just go wow after wow when you see the photos. On the wedding day, again, he blended right in with all our family/friends, making everyone comfortable and did an absolutely beautiful job. He got to see some of his friends/clients and i am so thankful we could become one of them! :) Read less
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Stephanie
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
We are very happy to have had John be our photographer on our special day! John is keen to detail and really pays close attention to his clients' vision. He was able to capture the most beautiful pictures in just the right lighting. I highly recommend SimplyTwo for engagement and wedding pictures! Thanks, John!!
We are very happy to have had John be our photographer on our special day! John is keen to detail and really pays close Read more...
We are very happy to have had John be our photographer on our special day! John is keen to detail and really pays close attention to his clients' vision. He was able to capture the most beautiful pictures in just the right lighting. I highly recommend SimplyTwo for engagement and wedding pictures! Thanks, John!! Read less
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Liana
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
About 5 years ago, John was the photographer for one of my best friend's wedding and I had the honor of being in it. As soon as I saw John's work from that day, I knew I would want him to be my own wedding photographer one day.

Fast forward 5 years to when we got engaged, we didn't even bother looking up other photographers because​ ​we knew immediately that we wanted to book with SimplyTwo Photography. Since we live in SF, our correspondence with John was primarily through phone and email -​ ​he was so quick with his responses and follow-up it was as if he was just​ ​down the street. Not only that, John was ​very ​​flexible ​​in working​ ​with us around scheduling and ​ ​the​ ​logistics of booking ​​his​ ​flights up to San Francisco.

Engagement photos - John worked with us on multiple locations throughout SF. He has an incredible eye for detail, depth, color, lighting and everything else in between. He made us feel comfortable through it all and ​we​ ​never felt​ ​awkward or forced. John could immediately envision certain types of shots upon arrival to a new location and​ ​from that point on it was smooth sailing. Once we got the engagement photos, all of our friends and family raved about how incredible they looked and it got us even more excited for what was in store for us on our actual wedding day.

Wedding day photos - John worked with us for the entire day. He made our entire wedding party, family and friends​ ​feel​ ​so comfortable and at ease. John's ability to quickly identify amazing shots in every new location resulted in the most unique, creative and memorable photos that no one else would be able to capture. The photos truly captured the magic of the day.

We are so glad we were able to have John for both our engagement and wedding photos - he is hands-down the best decision we made amongst all the craziness of wedding planning. Do yourself a favor and book him as soon as you get engaged!!
About 5 years ago, John was the photographer for one of my best friend's wedding and I had the honor of being in it. As Read more...
About 5 years ago, John was the photographer for one of my best friend's wedding and I had the honor of being in it. As soon as I saw John's work from that day, I knew I would want him to be my own wedding photographer one day.

Fast forward 5 years to when we got engaged, we didn't even bother looking up other photographers because​ ​we knew immediately that we wanted to book with SimplyTwo Photography. Since we live in SF, our correspondence with John was primarily through phone and email -​ ​he was so quick with his responses and follow-up it was as if he was just​ ​down the street. Not only that, John was ​very ​​flexible ​​in working​ ​with us around scheduling and ​ ​the​ ​logistics of booking ​​his​ ​flights up to San Francisco.

Engagement photos - John worked with us on multiple locations throughout SF. He has an incredible eye for detail, depth, color, lighting and everything else in between. He made us feel comfortable through it all and ​we​ ​never felt​ ​awkward or forced. John could immediately envision certain types of shots upon arrival to a new location and​ ​from that point on it was smooth sailing. Once we got the engagement photos, all of our friends and family raved about how incredible they looked and it got us even more excited for what was in store for us on our actual wedding day.

Wedding day photos - John worked with us for the entire day. He made our entire wedding party, family and friends​ ​feel​ ​so comfortable and at ease. John's ability to quickly identify amazing shots in every new location resulted in the most unique, creative and memorable photos that no one else would be able to capture. The photos truly captured the magic of the day.

We are so glad we were able to have John for both our engagement and wedding photos - he is hands-down the best decision we made amongst all the craziness of wedding planning. Do yourself a favor and book him as soon as you get engaged!! Read less
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