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Newsletter - December 2007

Notice: I will book budget photography jobs per request. I am retired from photography because I am financially stable, not because I am unable. But photography still brings me joy. Please ignore my package/pricing. I will only take budget customers per request. I served Ventura County for over a decade. I've been to hundreds of weddings. Email me.

* If you have a normal budget, I am not a photographer for you. And PLEASE, I will not work for free. Expect to pay something. It takes me 5 hours just to get ready.


Malibu Wedding Photographer

Wedding customer from Japan

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Stauffer Chapel, Pepperdine University, Malibu

I had a wedding customer from Japan. She got married at Malibu, Stauffer Chapel in Pepperdine University. I photographed both their engagement portraits and wedding only in 1 week apart. A signing board had to be made in 5 days. Wedding album was completed and delivered in 5 days. The bride and groom stayed in the US for less than 2 weeks.

I found makeup artist and florist for the bride and groom. Below is my journal on Aki & Noji's wedding.

  • October 15: I received an email from Japan. She said she's coming to Malibu, from Japan, to get married. She also stated that he's already decided to send me a deposit. I was very skeptical about this email. I sent her my generic reply. I was hoping she will not reply my email.
  • October 16: The prospect from Japan replied my email the next day. We exchanged 8 emails that day. The bride and groom are Japanese. They live in Japan. But they have American friends in Malibu area. They already booked Stauffer Chapel in Malibu (Pepperdine University). Well, that's what she wrote. I am still very skeptical.
  • October 16: I asked the bride if she needs any help organizing her wedding. She said she's looking for a makeup artist and a florist. I happened to know a Japanese makeup artist in LA. I introduced the makeup artist to the bride.
  • October 17: The makeup artist sent me a "Thank You" email. The makeup artist stated that she's booked for her wedding. I replied "Don't get excited until you see the money".
  • October 21: The bride asked more questions. She asked about engagement photography, easel, etc.. The bride, as a Japanese, had a very good English skill.
  • October 22: I received deposit from the bride via PayPal.
  • October 23: I received detailed wedding information from the bride.
  • November 8: Florist is booked.
  • November 24: Bride and Groom arrived in the US
  • November 25: Engagement photography session at Griffith Observatory. Since wedding was only a week away, everything had to be done in rush. Web album was made in 1 day. Bride and Groom picked their favorite shot the same day. The signing board was ready by Friday

Malibu Wedding

  • December 2: Wedding at Malibu. At beautiful Stauffer chapel in Pepperdine University.

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  • December 2: Dinner at Geoffrey's Malibu. I was treated as a wedding guest. 12 of us set at one table. Geoffrey's Malibu is a top notch restaurant where rich people come. The parking lot looked like a European car dealership.

     Malibu Reception

  • December 7: Album was completed and delivered to the Bride and Groom. We met at Starbucks in Woodland Hills. They loved the pictures.

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  • December 8: Bride and Groom flew back to Japan, bringing a lot of memory, leaving a lot of new friends behind.

PS: Oh, The bride and Groom brought a gift from Japan. They read my blog and learned that I drink coffee when I take pictures. They brought some exotic imported coffee for me. Thank you.

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