1. an experienced and trusted adviser.
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
Nate + Ronni Wedding in Santa Barbara
Photographers: Tram and Linhbergh
Venue: Harbor View Inn and private ranch in Santa Barbara
The world is a lot smaller than we know sometimes. I remember speaking with my best friend Art one weekend about one of his volleyball players he coached. He mentioned to me that she starting at one of the companies where I was working at. I’m thinking what a small world and it just so happened that she worked in a department that I support. I met Margie one day and we sparked a nice conversation about everything in general but the one subject we had in common was volleyball. Eventually when I started a volleyball team, I recruited Margie and Margie recruited Nate. During one of our amazingly awesome Tuesday night volleyball league Nate and Ronni mentioned they were getting married and was looking for a photographer. Well, I am sure you all guess who they chose to be their photographer. That’s right, this guy!
Nate and Ronni are some of the most humble and kind people I’ve ever met. You can truly feel this as you speak with their friends and family. The speeches that were given and how emotionally happy people got throughout the night just explains how great it was that these two people became husband and wife. I hope you enjoy the images captured from the day. Continue Reading…
Kim + Ori Wedding
Location: Wood Ranch Golf Club Moorpark, CA
Photographers: Tram Tran and Arthur Yang