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Los Angeles, California
Apertura is a photographic duo that combines artistry and kinetic energy with a documentary style. "Great stories are made of a series of real moments and emotions," says co-founder Ray Soemarsono. "Since we believe that the images should be about the personality of our clients, we continue to push beyond complacency by trying something new at each wedding."
Soemarsono and his partner, Erwin Darmali, took up wedding work in 2005. "We discovered that we are both emotion junkies, and wedding photography is the perfect vehicle to take our passion to the next level," Soemarsono says. "We enjoy coming to shoot a wedding and being treated like close friends. As cheesy as it may sound, we love getting a big hug from our clients and their family at the end of the day!"
Their advice for newcomers: "Know your cameras-let them be an extension of your senses," Soemarsono says. "Sense, anticipate, and capture. It is a privilege to witness two families come together as one."
He adds that a wedding photographer's ultimate goal is to create a timeless document. "We are recording a slice of family history through a series of emotionally charged images," he says. "The impact may not be felt right away, but it will definitely grow as time passes by."