Engagements, Featured

Abbitt + Christina Engagement

April 10, 2018

The stories I could tell you about Abbitt would get us all in trouble and since he is engaged and trying to get hitch, it is better off that we talk about how we met. Touring Formula Drift together there was this band of misfits that were the media members and all we really cared about was to produce amazing photos and videos. We traveled around the United States from one stop to the next just to hustle, shoot, hang, eat and sleep. In the beginning Abbitt came on the scene as this hot shot kid, I believe he was around 18 at the time and there was so much hype behind him. I’m thinking, “Man this kid hasn’t really done jack and he’s the appointed heir in line.” Soon enough he would drop his videos with all the fancy transitions and music that I’ve never heard of before and I’m like damn this kid ain’t half bad but he had this attitude. The, “I’m too good for ya’ll attitude.” Then after a few more encounters we finally figured out that he didn’t have an attitude it’s just that he was shy (never judge a book by it’s cover). Slowly over the years we grew close and he became like a brother to me. Abbitt and I soon met Zak Kerbelis and we started shooting as 1KIND Studio. Our monumental undertaking was making a spoof video of “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. To this day I think we are the only ones to try to do something like that at Formula Drift but that’s something that you would expect when you get Abbitt, Zak and I in a room together.

Over the years as we are grew up, we also grew apart. Life takes you in strange directions, Abbitt moved to SoCal but we saw each other less than when he lived in Seattle. Zak was moving all around in the South and eventually found a place where he could really hone his skills. We don’t hang together often but when we run into each other it’s like we never stopped talking to each other. Eventually Abbitt and Christina found each other on a car show circuit. Even I don’t comprehend the totality of how they met, but it just worked out for the both of them. Christina eventually moved from Houston to LA and they have this amazing little family with Mace and Maui. I love that I got to see Abbitt grow from a teenager to becoming someone’s husband. It’s quite the experience and a gift that I will always cherish.

Photographers: Tram & Linhbergh

Location: FD Studio, Downtown Los Angeles

 

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Weddings

Konstantin + Johanna Santa Barbara Wedding

June 5, 2016

 

men·tor
ˈmenˌtôr,ˈmenˌtər/
noun
1. an experienced and trusted adviser.

verb

2. to act as a mentor to (someone); train

 

When Konstantin and I first met at an Advertising Agency (Formerly Rapp Collins) he was the retoucher and I was his computer guy. We quickly developed a strong relationship and with everything else in our lives the conversations always seem to start with cars. At Rapp we had a car club of sort and took over a row of parking spots on the 4th floor of the garage. There was Konstantin with his Porsche,  Milton (Lotus), Erik (Evo), Desmond and I (Subies). As I got to know Konstantin better I realize he had a wealth of knowledge more than cars. There was the antique road show voice in his head and it would spit all sorts of facts and info I never knew existed. Besides all the antique facts he is actually a brilliant photographer and that’s how our relationship grew into mentor and mentee. When I first picked up a camera there was a lot of guidance I received from Konstantin. A lot of buyer beware and getting to know your camera. However, as I progressed going down the path of being a professional that turned into questions and finding out what motivates me. Criticisms were tough and excuses were not acceptable but it was to understand that the ideas you develop is stronger than knowing how to use a camera.
Sharp photos alone was not enough and was challenged with “Why did you take this photo?” to “What story does your photo tell?”
That challenge took me to a different level of photography that I didn’t think was possible. I owe a lot of my success to this man; my mentor but he will never accept it. He would say, “I earned it myself” and “I deserve all the accolades.”
That’s what makes Konstantin special so when he reached out to me and said he was getting married and wanted me to capture his most important day with Johanna. I immediately responded with, “When?” and “Consider it done.”

 

It is my honor and privilege to share the photos from his wedding to everyone. Hope you enjoy!

 

Client: Konstantin + Johanna
Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse
Reception Venue: Stella Mare’s
Photographers: Tram and Alex Wong

 

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