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    Thamer I. Bajjali
    Founder & Head Photographer
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Eric & Rob’s Destination Wedding: Cancun, Mexico Same Sex Wedding

I’ve known Eric for a little over eight years now and have known Rob almost that long. When Eric told me about his proposal to Rob in Italy, I thought it was the sweetest thing. When they chose me to be their photographer, I was blown away. It was an amazing experience to shoot in Cancun. This was my second trip to Mexico in the last 12 months to shoot a wedding. While in Cancun, I got the opportunity to catch up with some past co-workers from Friar Tux Shop and meet some sweet new faces as we all ate, drank, traveled, and of course partied together.

 The first night was “meet and greet” followed by some dancing at the resort “Disco.” We were the only ones there except for the bartender. The second day we packed 18 people into a 16 person bus which took us from our resort (Aventura Spa Palace) to the Mayan city of Tulum, from there we drove back past out resort to Playa Del Carmin for dinner and shopping.

 The third day was the wedding, and let me tell you, it was hot and humid. We took photos hours before the wedding so as to make sure I as well as the grooms had an opportunity to cool off and allow our attire to dry from shooting around in the humidity. The wedding was gorgeous as the Caribbean Ocean served as the backdrop. Navy, yellow, tan, and white where the colors of the details and tables. My favorites were the pods set out on the sand for the guest to sit on during the ceremony. By the end of the reception, a group of us wanted to keep the party going, so we decided to grab a taxi to take us to Playa Del Carmin for a late night hookah and beer session followed by some tacos al pastor. Believe me, the tacos were out of this world. Very spicy yet cooled down by a slice of pineapple right in the taco. I love that type of food combination.

Check out the photos here as well as other iPhone photos I captured on my trip.
 Finally, the last day was an opportunity for me to back up the wedding photos, get my stuff packed, and just take it easy. So that’s just what I did. I got myself a well deserved 80 minuet massage, ate a bunch, took a nap, swam, and by then end of the evening, finished it off with a goodbye drink with some of the fine folks from the wedding.
 This was a great experience and I hope to do many more same-sex and/or destination weddings!

iPhone Photos from My Trip to Cancun, Mexico

Last month, I had the opportunity to photograph a wedding in Cancun, Mexico. This is a post dedicated to some of the photos I snapped using my iPhone 4. These photos are either unedited, edited through Instagram, DMD, and/or SlowShutter.

This is where I chilled for 6 hours waiting for my plane in Mexico City
 The Aventura Spa Resort
 Late Night Playa Del Carmin
Hookah & Beer
 Tacos Al Pastor

Michael & Giselle’s Concept Video & Same Day Edit: Prince Weddings Orange County Wedding Cinematography

Since may 2010, I’ve been lucky enough to be apart of the Prince Weddings family. There I edit, shoot video and occasionally shoot photos. A few months back, Nathan Prince and I met with Michael and Giselle who were having their wedding in November and wanted to do a fun concept video to show off to their guests. They gave us the music to work with and Nathan and I came up with this video. We also did a Same Day Edit for the happy couple which premiered at their wedding reception at 7 Degrees in Laguna Beach.

Michael & Giselle’s Concept Video from Prince Productions on Vimeo.

Same Day Edit

Same Day Edit | Giselle & Michael from Prince Productions on Vimeo.



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Cinematographers: Nathan Prince, Thamer Bajjali, Brian Knott, Leah Palmer, and Evan Rosenberg

Same Day Editor: Thamer Bajjali


Petra Calling Photography: Chris & Cynthia’s Wedding Orange County, CA

Congratulation to Chris and Cynthia who got married on September 22, 2012.
I had been planning for this wedding since I met Chris and Cynthia in April and got really excited after I worked with the two on their engagement photos in May. These two love bird were so easy going and fun to be around the time flew by so fast and before I knew it, it was time to pack up. A BIG Thanks to Daniel Rodriguez for assisting and getting some sweet candid shots.:)
Also a special thanks to Moises Hurtado for keeping the jams pumping along with Banda Buenavista for their awesome live performances!
Moises Hurtado
Dj Deck A Rec

Take a look at the Engagement Photos posted here: Petra Calling Photography: Chris & Cynthia’s Engagement Photos Laguna Beach, CA


The Space Man @ Proof Bar Santa Ana: Orange County Portrait Photography

 Last night I went to Proof Bar in Santa Ana to check out my buddy Joseph (aka The Spaceman) spin. I have a lot of appreciation for guys that spin vinyl and even more so for the ones that play an eclectic mix of funk, soul, jazz, r&b, and some out there obscure music that makes you wanna pull out Shazam for future reference. This is The Spaceman @ Proof