September 13, 2017

Matt & Kyle - San Francisco City Hall Wedding

I've covered two San Francisco City Hall weddings (and a non-wedding photo shoot for Daily Kabob) but this one was an extra special treat.

When my cousin and his fiance, Kyle first became engaged, I offered "I'd love to cover your ceremony, I don't want to cover the reception." Ceremonies are so visual and emotional, receptions really just need a handful of photos that sum up any speeches or dance parties and I wanted to be participating in the dance party (and hanging out with other family and friends). Not working but rather workin' it.

As they planned, City Hall would be a small gathering with just their friend Stephanie and my parents as witnesses, and then Saturday would be the big dance party at a generous friend's property in Truckee.

My experience so far with city hall judges, they are AWESOME! They have all been super friendly and sincere, not making you feel like they do this is every 15 minutes and you're just another duo on the docket.

Matt was feeling bashful, but we did convince him to take a few photos afterward.

When we went outside (pro tip: if you ever shoot a city hall wedding, don't get so caught up inside city hall that you forget to take advantage of the plaza) and they were being goofy in the trees my mom playfully commented "they look like little fairies"... before realizing that coming from anyone else, that would be extremely offensive to a gay couple. Matt and Kyle laughed it off, knowing my mom, knowing how supportive she has been of their relationship.

June 8, 2016

San Francisco Giants 2 - Boston Red Sox 1

From the south bay back up to San Francisco - covered the San Francisco Giants vs the Boston Red Sox on a breezy Wednesday evening.

A game which lacked a lot of action apart from a home run by each team

Brandon Belt's being a splash hit. Always fun, though not something I can actually capture.

Then Mac Williamson hit a home run (his first MLB home run!) in the eighth which made for some fun photos as the ball went over the wall and everyone watched... including the Chevron cars ;)

Though perhaps he was still too excited from his first MLB home run, that it got to his head, causing him to drop this ball, to put Boston with a runner on 2nd and no outs. Whoops!

Boston tried to send in pinch-hitter "Big Papi" David Ortiz, in what would be his last at bat at AT&T Park.

And he ended up earning a walk against Javier Lopez.

Bochy let Lopez strike out Travis Shaw before going to the third pitcher of the inning, Hunter Strikland to finish it off.

San Francisco Giants defeated the Boston Red Sox 2-1

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May 30, 2016

Warriors Win Game 7- Western Conference Champs!

If you would have asked me last Tuesday evening whether I thought I'd be working Monday night, I would have said "most likely not". Warriors went down 3-1 in the series in almost embarrassing fashion... and the proceeded to win game 5 back at Oakland and game 6 in Oklahoma, only to bring it back to Oakland for a winner take "all" aka Western Conference Championship.

I photographed from up top which gave me two angles on the biggest moments
One: Stephen Curry reacting after a three point basket

Two: Bernie Sanders unannounced appearance.

Big thanks to Carlos Avila Gonzalez who tipped me off about Bernie and had some intel about where he would be entering from. Considering Bernie sat very inconspicuously with the fans and was never introduced on the jumbo-tron like E-40 and other celebrities, he might have otherwise been pretty hard to spot since instead of sitting court side he was 15+ rows up in with the fans. Though I dare say with "the people" considering the average ticket price (including upper bowl) was $980. That's not exactly what the average American pays for 3 hours of entertainment. But at least he wasn't in one of the court side seats that sold for $29,000. Chump change.

For those who could afford a ticket, they got the show they were hoping for.

What a comeback for the Warriors and respect to the Thunder for being the first team to "almost" stop them.

But going up 3-1 isn't enough to take down this team. Warriors ultimately taking Game Seven 96-88 to win the Western Conference!

Even though Riley didn't see too impressed.

This only adds to the legend of their season. Looking forward to covering the Finals. I believe I am assigned Game 2 and Game 7 (and possibly Game 5 if I can get someone else to cover the Copa America game I was scheduled to shoot).

Full set by me and Kyle Terada on USA Today Sports Images

Full set by me in my Archive

And of course - feet!