Oct 23, 2010

( 5.0 / 5.0 )
I found Ray from Apertura after seeing his work from a family friend's wedding. I simply fell in love his style - he was able to capture authentic and intimate moments while keeping the photos really interesting with his use of light/shadow, juxtaposition, and foreground/background contrast for his compositions. I was planning my San Francisco wedding from NYC, and he was fortunately in my area for another wedding shoot, so I was able to sit down with him and found him to be very warm, really interested in my and my fiance's story and truly dedicated to his work. We booked him for both our engagement session in NYC and wedding day in SF.

Ray was awesome to work with. He was laid back but incredibly prepared, scoping out areas ahead of time to get an idea of what and where to shoot. On the day of the wedding, he and his second Ari were practically invisible, but they had a way of capturing the moments beautifully - especially those private moments that you'd never think to capture. In portraits (both wedding and e-session), Ray could get you to pose in such a way that you'd think you were looking at a modeling ad (except its you!). I had been concerned about what to do during those sessions, but he provided a lot of direction until we felt comfortable - after learning what to do during the e-session, the wedding portraits were a breeze. During the days leading up to the wedding, I was incredibly stressed trying to tie up loose ends I'd been managing from across the country, and Ray stopped by the night before the wedding to let me know that everything was going to be fine - I was touched by his concern and felt better after talking to him, particularly since he'd seen so many weddings.

Ray was prompt to respond to my questions and in processing the photos & albums. Contrary to some other photographers, his blog-posted pictures are not the only best ones. He took a lot of gorgeous pictures, and the composition of the albums he created for us truly recorded the progression of our wedding day. I know of a lot of couples who never get their album (even though it's included in their package) given all the work required to sift through hundreds of photos and pick out the ones they want - I didn't have this problem at all. His albums are simply gorgeous - not only do they tell the story of our day, they are laid out simply and elegantly. I did not feel the need to change many things in our album and when I did, the well-edited series of pictures from our gallery made the decision making process more manageable.

Thinking back on my wedding, there are a number of things that I wish I could have changed, but not once did I ever think that about our photos. Ray was a real pleasure to work with, and I am completely 100% happy with the finished product he produced. I really feel as though I have tangible memories that will last me a lifetime. I'd definitely work with him again!!
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