HI I’M HENRY, NICE TO MEET YOU!
THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO GET TO KNOW ME
My vision as a wedding photographer is inspired by the people I meet; whose laugher, joy, and love I get to capture. Stopping by a school in a village while gorilla trekking with my wife in the mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, August 2016.
When I gave my fiancé the portfolios of my top 3 photographers, he quickly chose Henry’s work. Here’s our reasons why we’re so glad we chose Aevitas Weddings: 1. Henry is the all-around package. He’s professional, patient, thorough, and a leader on our wedding day. 2. Very punctual in responding to our e-mails. 3. Brought out a natural, genuine smile in my fiancé. Made us both feel comfortable and relaxed during our photo-shoot for engagement photos.
– Tiffany and Phillip of Los Angeles, married on July 16th, 2016 at Pacific Club in Newport Beach
Henry was so nice and captured every special moment. The quality of his pictures are amazing. His communication was great and he made a great effort to get to know us prior to our wedding. He was very professional and we could not be happier!
– Crystal and Payam from Moorpark, married on August 17th, 2016 at Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara
Henry at Aevitas Weddings is top-notch! He gave such great direction and was so professional and patient throughout the day it was a pleasure to work with him! Even though I booked him “blindly” without ever meeting him face to face having him shoot us was like working with an old friend we had known for years! He made us feel that comfortable right from the start!
– Marya and Charles of Aliso Viejo, married on July 9th, 2016 at Hotel Seven4One in Laguna Beach
Questions and answers from Here Come The Guide. Click the badge below for the full interview:
What 3 words best describe your work?
Artistic, compelling, dynamic.
All of the photos are carefully selected and edited. I love the color, lighting, angle and especially the people’s emotion that were well captured by Henry. We can not wait to share these photos with our family and friends.
– Lingxuan and Zhiping of New York, married on May 8th, 2016 at Los Verdes Golf Course in Rancho Palos Verdes
Henry has the talent to produce vivid, vibrant and artistic photos, and is also kind and flexible in accommodating custom packages.
– Junita and Joseph of Los Angeles, married on May 21st, 2016 at Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica
Tell us about your company name.
“Aevitas” translates from Latin as “the time of existence” or “immortality” and I liked how that resonated with marriage and the relationship between my clients. I also wanted my company name to have a worldly feel to it, which is how I ended up with Aevitas Weddings.
Why should someone hire you?
I’m not only incredibly passionate about my wedding photography work, offering the best service possible and creating the highest quality images for my clients, but also getting to know them and their story. From the moment they contact me, I take the time to really understand their relationship and what is important to them, then translate this into the images I capture on their special day.
He went the extra mile to meet up with us beforehand and learn more about us. He was super organized and provided us with proofs really quickly. And like I said, the finished product is absolutely wonderful. We would, without hesitation, pick him / Aevitas Weddings again if I had to do it all over again!
– Yalda and Zubin of Rancho Cucamonga, married on August 26th, 2016 at Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley
He does not just take pictures, he captures moments and memories which is worth much more than just a photo.
– Aneesa and Bradd of New Jersey, married on April 9th, 2016 at a private estate in Orange County in San Clemente
Not only did he catch the memorable moments between myself and my husband, but also captured tons of great shots of our family and friends. His attention to detail and the amount of thought he puts into his work blew us away. Henry – you are kind, extremely talented and such a joy to work with. Thank you for capturing the most perfect day of our lives.
– Leah and Kyle of Costa Mesa, married on July 2nd, 2016 at Bacara Resort And Spa in Santa Barbara
What are the common misconceptions about your services?
I think in general there is a misconception that wedding photographers just switch the camera on and it’s a simple click of the shutter to come away with captivating and emotional images. But in reality it takes careful organization, adequate time allocation and raw emotions from our couples for photographers to capture all those beautiful details, creative portraits, and candid moments.
What drew you to this field/how did you get started?
When I got started in wedding photography in the Summer of 2007, I had no experience in the field, but there was something about how clients reacted to images and what they meant to them that I thought was really special.
I wanted to do something meaningful, while also being able to express myself creatively as a storyteller and satisfy my curiosity in cultural and religious differences, and I think wedding photography gave me the opportunity in all of those areas.
What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work?
As strange is it might sound, I think that my obsession with basketball and watching the NBA has been a huge influence on my work. I love all the action and drama, the decisive moments that happen in a split second, and the expressions on the players and coaches faces, and a lot of that translates into what I love about wedding photography! Travel also inspires my work as it constantly offers new settings, cultures, and people to capture.
Tell us about a favorite, unusual or very interesting moment at a wedding:
In December 2010 I flew out to Rajasthan for my first multi-day wedding in India which was a whirlwind of new challenges, inspirational moments, and cultural awareness. By the final day I was physically exhausted and a little run down, but while preparing for the Baraat ceremony (when the groom is greeted by the bride’s family), I turned around to see an elephant standing right in front of me, ready to escort the groom in. It was such an unexpected situation to be in, and combined with the sights, sounds, and smells that infused the street around me, it was definitely one of those wedding photography moments I’ll never forget.
What makes a wedding memorable for you?
For me it’s not so much about the location of the wedding or the lavishness of the details that have been selected, but it’s about the one-of-a-kind moments that happen between the couple and their family and friends. I love when couples wear their emotions on their sleeves and being a part of those unplanned, candid moments that make each and every wedding unique.
There were so many great moments that he was able to capture. He really did a great job and I was so happy to be able to have those pictures. My husband and I were so extremely happy to see our beautiful pictures that Henry did. They came out so beautiful! If you are reading this post, seriously look no further. This was the best choice we could have made when it came to making decisions for our wedding day! Thank you Henry!
– Nicollette and Martin of Victorville, married on January 29th, 2016 at Mission Inn Hotel And Spa in Riverside
We were floored by how great the photos were – everything from the shots of the venue and the details to the posed photos and candid moments. Our friends and family have also not stopped raving about the photography. We cannot say enough positive things about Aevitas Weddings – 100% recommend!
– Chrissie and Daniel of Los Angeles, married on June 18th, 2016 at Camp River Glen in Angeles Oaks
What have weddings taught you?
So many things! But if I had to choose just one, it would be how diverse and beautiful the world really is. As a wedding photographer, I’ve been exposed to so many different ways that love can be expressed, drawing on unique cultural and customs, as well as personal rituals and family legacies, and it’s a privilege to bear witness to such diversity in not only Southern California, but also all around the world.
What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding?
I think the best advice would be to never underestimate just how much time it can take to plan a wedding. So start early, hire a professional wedding coordinator, and (most importantly) when things get overwhelming, don’t forget why you are getting married and having a wedding in the first place.
If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be?
To create more time! Even during the most carefully planned weddings that run according to schedule, I always wish for more time to capture each and every moment. I would also sometimes love to be able to telepathically communicate with others throughout the day, especially when it comes to wearing their emotions on their sleeve.
What are 3 words that describe your personality?
Passionate, dependable, and personable.
I don’t even know where to begin. Henry is just amazing. He’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and he’s super easy-going which helps if you’re like me and don’t like having your picture taken! Even our wedding planner commented and said in all the years she’s been doing this, she has yet to meet a photographer who was as detail-oriented and responsive as Henry! He wants to know everything and more importantly, he wants to know what YOU want.
– Shanna and Michael of Glendale, married on June 11th, 2016 at Opolo Vineyards in Paso Robles
Henry is a ROCKSTAR! Nothing but 5 star all around, he truly made our wedding day so special. Every single photo is fantastic, and he was such a pleasure to work with. Always remained calm and made us feel so comfortable. We would use him over and over again and highly recommend to anyone getting married! THANK YOU HENRY!!!
– Carly and Sean of Mission Viejo, married on February 20th, 2016 at Back Bay Bistro in Newport Beach
From the start, he was professional, personable, sincere and responded in a very timely manner. We thought “he’s too good to be true” but he is very real!
– Odette and Victor of San Francisco, married on June 26th, 2016 at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes
What’s your favorite book/movie/work of art?
“The Count of Monte Cristo” (the 2002 movie re-make of the Alexander Dumas novel). Even though my wife and I have never watched it together, there are so many aspects that we connect on and have little insider jokes about.
What’s your favorite quote?
“I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.” —Thomas Jefferson. It’s just one of those quotes that I heard when I was young and has always resonated with me.
What’s your favorite marriage advice?
Always think about what you can do for the other person and maintain the mindset that you are the lucky one in the relationship.
Travel photography, backpacking in the great outdoors, and continuing my online education efforts to help other wedding photographers establish their own businesses.
If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you do instead?
Ideally something in travel, whether that be a travel photographer or tour guide, or inspiring young minds in business, entrepreneurship and learning about financial responsibilities.
What’s your favorite way to wind down after a hard day?
As a wedding photographer my working day usually ends at around midnight or 1AM, and there’s nothing better than getting a Double-double at In-N-Out Burger and catching up on the latest LA Clippers basketball game on DVR.
Tell us about your pets, if you have any.
Unfortunately we don’t have any, much to my wife’s disappointment.
What are some of your favorite places to eat—either everyday spots or special occasion splurges?
I love going out for Korean BBQ or just a casual In-N-Out Burger. But if it’s a special occasion, then I put complete trust in my wife’s decision, who is the expert foodie in the relationship!
What would you like to be doing in 5 years’ time?
I would still love to be photographing weddings, but also leading a team of associate photographers and continuing to teach and inspire others to pursue their wedding photography career. I would also love to do work in the developing world inspiring young minds in entrepreneurship. Lastly and most importantly, I’d like to be raising a family with my wife.
Top 6 reasons we loved working with Henry: 1. Meticulous 2. Highly organized 3. Knowledgeable of venue requirements 4. Just so damn nice 5. Artists, he exude professionalism and put such care into his craft. 6. The wedding albums he creates are of the highest quality. My husband and I strongly recommend them for your photography needs!
– Sylvia and David of Downey, married on September 17th, 2016 at Noor in Pasadena