• Isabel

  • Viewing Isabel’s photographs

    Hi there, I'm Isabel. I took my first photography class in 2003 and loved the fact that I was capturing something that didn't exist before. Essentially every photograph I have created wouldn't exist if I hadn't taken it. That simple fact makes my heart happy. I fell even more in love with photography after getting my first digital camera in 2005, yes it was a point and shoot Nikon, but I was fascinated with the different images I could create and see right away on the screen. Got to love the instant gratification di... read more

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  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Indeed, weddings are definitely one of the happiest moments in a person's life. But, this momentous occasion does not always come as blissful as the event itself. Days and even months before the big day, couples usually cram up with the littlest details. The wedding planning process includes listing down and cutting down everything into specific details such as the wedding date, the venue, the reception, the caterer, the designer of the gown and suit, all the way down to the wedding coverage.

    Because of hectic schedules, most couples usually do not pay much attention to one of the crucial things in their wedding: the wedding coverage. Despite the overwhelming tension and excitement, couples do not have to be nonchalant when choosing their wedding photographers if they want their fun times and precious memories recorded very well.

  • The Significance of Wedding Photography In Wedding Planning is indeed the most important. Choose a good quality photographer who is able to deliver great and memorable work.

  • Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

    To avoid making this slight neglect that usually leads disastrous results, couples have to decide first what kind of wedding photography they would want to have. Most wedding photographers today categorize the types of wedding photography into two of the traditional or classic style and the wedding photo-journalistic style.

    Today, the most common style used by wedding photographers is the traditional or classic wedding photography, and is considered as a 'timeless' and the 'safest' style because it's what you normally see in countless wedding albums. Characterized by classic poses of subjects aware of the camera, this style involves so much control from the photographer because he is in-charge in arranging individual and group shots before, during, and even after the wedding.

    Here, the photographer must have excellent portraiture skills to focus more on the quality of the photograph by making the subject look great from the littlest details. Expect typical wedding photos like pre-ceremony pictures, formal shots of the bride and groom posing with bridesmaids and ushers, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss when you choose a classic wedding photography. This style is ideal if the couple would want to keep portraits of family members for their wedding album.

    If the couple is adventurous and unconventional, then you might want to consider the wedding photojournalistic style of photography on your big day. An increasingly popular style today, wedding photojournalism offers fresh and new style of taking photos in the occasion. Characterized by candid shots of the subjects unaware of the moving camera, the photojournalism style lets the attendees act freely to capture their pure and true emotion.

    Sourcing style from his experience in journalism, the 'photojournalist' pays more attention to minute details and candid shots rather than arranged ones. He's more into eyeing interesting moments and capturing those in his lens to produce a narrative collection of images that tell a story. Although some traditional poses will be present, expect photos that show actual emotions of the bride and groom and of other participants throughout the duration of the wedding when you choose the photojournalism style.

    While wedding planning, make sure that you meet up with your photographer first to avoid ruining the documentation of that big event. Make sure that that early on, the wedding photographer meets all of your standards. When you meet with the photographer before hand, you could discuss the details you want. Just keep in mind that you'll be seeing your photographer throughout the whole day, so meeting your photographer is truly important because you want to make the best possible connection with him/her.

    Nowadays, most people rely on reviews, and browsing through wedding websites, social media, or getting referrals through friends and families can definitely narrow down your search. Here at The Memory Journalists, we know how significant photography is. So, if it's important to you, don't skimp on the cost, and find good quality photographers in your area!





  • Mai
  • posted by Mai

  • Belee and Martin's traditional Vietnamese Wedding was The Memory Journalists' last wedding of 2014! And Kelly and I couldn't have asked for a more fun and relaxed couple as these two. The day started with the girls getting ready at The Residence Inn in Sacramento. Earlier that week we were worried it may be raining, but we lucked out and dodged the rain that day. Throughout these images you may notice Belee in different dresses. She changed into four different dresses during the day. Yes, four. Her bridesmaids made her transition from dress to dress swift and quick. A dream team of ladies behind their girl.


  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Loved her shoes and accessories!

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • I love this getting ready photo.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Belee made such a beautiful bride.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • And Martin was just as dashing as he got ready.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Belee and Martin shared a first look at Capital Park. As you can tell it was raining earlier that morning. It stayed dry for the rest of the day. Luckily. :)

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Their dog Poncho showed up to complete the Bridal party portraits.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • The girls were such a blast to work with.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • I love the colors in Belee's bouquet.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • The guys were looking sharp. And goofy.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • The ceremony was held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • St. Francis of Assisi is such a beautiful church and I love that we can use the balcony.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Congrats to the newlyweds!

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Everyone was ready for a celebration to start!

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • I love this one of them!

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • We used the park across the street from the church for a few after ceremony portraits.

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Back at the reception, their wedding topper was so cute!!

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding

  • We had such a blast capturing your day Belee & Martin!! Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of such a wonderful day! Enjoy your extended sneak peak slideshow. Just click the following photo and turn up the music!

  • Traditional Vietnamese Wedding



  • Isabel
  • posted by Isabel

  • Jessica and Anthony were married at Wine and Roses, one of our favorite Venues. Wine and Roses is located in Lodi, California.

    After hearing about how Anthony proposed to Jessica, during a wonderful vacation on the coast of Northern California, getting down on one knee on the beach while family watched from inside the house, we knew their wedding day would be magical.


  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Jessica's hair and makeup was beautifully done by the talented ladies at Wine & Roses Spa. We worked with a fabulous team of vendors all day and it made the day go smoothly.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Jessica and her bridesmaids all looked fantastic.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Gorgeous bouquets by Chris from Big Bang Events.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Jessica and Anthony met while both attending McGeorge law school 5 years ago. Anthony makes a really good attorney face, don't you think? He's got a great smile too. :)

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • All the boys were solid with their serious faces.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • We loved their first look! Jessica shed a few tears that quickly turned into smiles and laughter.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • We are so glad that they decided to do some photos before the ceremony as the light was amazing!

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • The garden setting at Wine and Roses is such a beautiful backdrop.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Loved their first kiss as husband and wife! I am such a sucker of kiss photos when the guy wraps his hand around the girls neck. It's just so sexy and loving!

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Inside the party was about to get started, but we grabbed a few photos before everyone headed inside.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • I loved the light on the cake. Freeport Bakery did a yummy job.

  • Wine and Roes wedding

  • Jessica and Anthony's first dance ended with a kiss. I'm so glad we were there to capture it. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your wedding day.

    Be sure to check out the extended sneak peak slideshow by clicking on the next photo. There is music (in case you are at work!) Enjoy! Be patient as it loads!

  • Wine and Roes wedding



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Kelly and Isabel started Marlo and David's wonderful wedding day at the Westin along the beautiful Sacramento River. They met up with Marlo getting ready with the girls and started with a few inanimate photographs.

    Marlo and David,
    Your family is so beautiful! As I put together the extended sneak peak slideshow (below) and as I'm working on your album photos, and it made me both smile and brought tears to my eyes. I just feel so much love in this day. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your wedding day. Isabel and Kelly did an amazing job of capturing you all exactly as you are!
    Jen

    Now onwards to the photos! We worked with another great crew of wedding vendors!


  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Marlo looked absolutely stunning.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • And so did all her bridesmaids. Flawless!!

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • David felt bad that his groomsmen had to wear pink (blush) colored vests so he wore these pink socks to make them feel better.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • A good looking group of men!

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • The guys did a shot together inside of Scott's Seafood Restaurant before the ceremony.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • I just love their reactions to each other for their first looks.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Beautiful bridal party.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • David's daughters were the best little flower girls. And their Yorkie, Tyson, made the cutest little ring bearer.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • The Sacramento River makes a gorgeous background for weddings at the Westin.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Gorgeous and yummy cake by Freeport Bakery.

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • Sacramento wedding on the river

  • We loved being a part of your day Marlo & David! Enjoy this extended sneak peak slideshow by clicking on this photo. (there is music!)

  • Sacramento wedding on the river



  • Isabel
  • posted by Isabel

  • The Memory Journalists had the pleasure of capturing all the loveliness of Agnes's 90th Hawaiian Themed Birthday party earlier this year. It was such a joyous event and the continued smile on Agnes's face was infectious. I can't believe that this blog post escaped through the cracks and was never posted live. We apologize for the tardy post.

    Gorgeous Floral arrangements from Kim with Bloomers Floral Design.


  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Aimee from 2Chic Events & Design did such a fabulous job with this beautiful decor.

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • This was such a cool cake from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca!

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Love her smile!! She was such a pleasure to be around.

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Well hello Mai Tai's! ;)

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • The Polynesian musicians really set the mood for the evenings event.

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • And the dancers were amazing!!

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Hawaiian Themed Birthday

  • Thank you for letting us be a small part of such an awesome celebration!


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