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I'm a photographer that enjoys Wedding photography, Engagement photography, Quinceanera photography, Sweet 16 photography, Family Portrait photography, High School Senior photography and Head Shot photography. I was born in Brooklyn New York, I currently live in Sacramento California and I suspect that one day I may be living in Miami Florida.

Guitar Revisited | Carlo Robelli

A few days after I bought this guitar, I hired an instructor and I quit after one class. Looking back, the instructor sucked, who the hell agrees to teach a newbie how to play Led Zeppelin.

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Camera Connection | Yvette & Miguel

I love photographing people when they want to be photographed, unlike a few portrait sessions that I have experienced when the kids are crying, dad doesn't want his photo taken and mom is trying to make everyone happy.  I love it, but the hustle is real.

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Wedding Photography | Closing Carlos Valentino

Photography has always been a way for me to connect, share and record friends special moments and I've had the privilege of photographing many. I won't go into why Photography and I are separating, just know that we are both in agreement.

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Araceli & Davyd

I am a big believer in following the light, placing the subject in the good light while blurring the background. For this photo, I took Araceli & Davyd to a smelly alleyway behind a restaurant in Old Sacramento. Yup it smelled bad, but they were great and the picture looks like it belongs in a magazine! 

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Jake Shimabukuro | Crest Theatre

I got choked up when my daughter said "I love this song", when he played the Beetles Elanor Rigby. Jake, I know your aren't reading my blog, but nonetheless, thank you for this unforgetable experience. 

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Pushed & Pushed | Solider Fit

The test results are telling me that the odds are against me. Am I going to spend the rest of my life working retail?  I was depressed. I stopped working, I didn't want to be around anyone and I spent a few months in limbo. One morning, I woke up tired of the way I was feeling and

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Happy New Year | Feliz Nuevo Ano 2018

This year wasn't hard on me. My brother, his son and my daughter came to visited me in Sacramento, my girls were able to see "Hamilton" the musical in LA this summer and we all had a great time at Universal Studios. This is how we spent our holiday season this year and each individual in this picture is special to me and I'm honored to call them family.

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Merry Christmas | Happy New Year 2018

It's been exciting, but change is coming. As we approach 2018, my wife is still beautiful, my oldest daughter is now a psychical trainer, my oldest son is recovering from a car accident, my youngest son dream of working at a certain job has manifested itself and my youngest girl is blooming into a beautiful young lady. These developments in the lives of my children have made me realize...

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Nylon & Steel | Bleed or Bust

I loved the sound so much that I ordered one. A close friend told me that true living is challenging fear by trying new things and one day you might go from student to teacher. I don't think I'll ever be good to teach guitar, but I've become a resource for a few up and coming photographers, so who knows.

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Family Portraits 2017

The leaves are turning yellow and red and it's a great time for family portraits. I have a few slots open for a 30 minute family session on 11/10/17.

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LR Elegant Edibles | Wedding Cake

A Bride & Groom that I know decided to get married and they gave themselves 7 days to put on a wedding. In less than 7 days the she got her wedding dress & he got a suit, they also got a cater and a photographer (me).

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It's Autumn | Chrissy Teigen

Goodbye Summer, hello Autumn. This year is moving fast! My favorite thing about Fall is the colors that it brings. I love all the orange and reds that this season produces, these colors are great for environmental family portraits. I look forward to all the great family portraits that I will be working on this fall season and all the great things that are to come as we approach the last few months of 2017.

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Actor Head Shot | BTS On Location

The truth of the matter is that we’re all self-conscious, self-aware individuals who understand the truth behind first impressions and a bad head shot will make a bad first impression. In the acting profession, the head shot is the single most important marketing tool for an actor. A good head shot could elevate an actors chances of being picked for a production, which will make them lots of money so they can live happily ever after, while a bad head shot will keep them working for tips.

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Ballerina Portrait

I wanted to shoot at sunset, thinking that I wanted the orange glow in the shot, but I lost track of time and missed the sunset, which in all honesty turned out to be great. The true challenge of this shoot was preventing the water from getting the flash wet. Once I got the setting correct it was game time.

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Common Concert | Solar Eclipse

I heard from many that a Solar Eclipse can be felt in your body, well I can report that I have a headache. Traffic is going to be a headache today as Sacramento gets ready for the Common concert "Image Justice" at the Capitol Mall.

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Solar Eclipse | The Evening Before

When the sunlight begins to fade and the sky transforms itself into a canvas of orange, reds and blues; I find myself in a state of reflection & gratitude. It must be an age thing because the older I get the easier I recognize my fears which I'm eager to swap out for Wisdom.

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Male Portraits

Men don't verbalize their insecurities when I'm photographing them. On the flip side, women are usually very verbal and are not afraid to say "I've taken enough selfies to know that you are not photographing my best side".

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July 4th | Make it Sexy

I always liked the idea of driving with the top down and when I got my Jeep Sahara one of our first trips was to the beach. With my hard top down and my girlfriend riding shotgun. These cute images of Brittany with the blue wall behind her, draped in red & white stripes reminds me how fun and sexy my summers were back then.

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CrawFord's Barn | Wedding

This was my first time at the CrawFord's Barn. This small gem is a intimate, romantic rustic barn, that is tucked away in the middle of Rancho Cordova.  This barn which once housed Samuel Henry Cowell's race horses, today bared witness to Alex & Kyle, holding hands and exchanging there "I Do's".  

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