Thursday, April 30, 2009! It's Official!

Well everyone! The moment you all have been waiting for!! Okay - well not really, it's actually the moment I have been waiting for because you all (well most of you) had no idea... okay I'm quickly spinning off topic... ANYWAYS...

Daniel Galang Photography has officially launched! New look, new logo, same 'ol me...

And we will start off with the new blog!!! Here's a lil snapshot!

So!!!! I hope you stop on by, subscribe, leave a comment, say hello, and all that jazz.. please do! I will beg. please?

It's been a great ride blogspot! Great memories... But now, a little over 1 year later, I move on to new things! Please do join me as my business moves and shakes in the new year unfolds more pictures and more good times.. Thanks for following along!

Special thanks to the folks at prophotoblog for the amazing design!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Engaged - Scott and Elaine

Seaport Village - San Diego, CA

Scott and Elaine make this photography thing seem easy. Sweet to each other and easy going for this whole session, I was glad to be able to work with them just before their upcoming wedding in about two weeks!! Wow! Elaine in fact is the very first bride I officially booked way back in the fall – so things are really starting to seem real now that everything is coming together… and it is quite fitting (for reasons you will see in a post or two- stay tuned!) At any rate… we had a good time even though it was a bit overcast and kinda early in the morning for a Saturday :-) Thanks Scott and Elaine for waking up early to do this! I hope you love what we got!

Now this…this is just plain precious…

This last one is one of my faves of the session… We didn’t know the name of the tree, but it was beautiful! Any tree experts that can lend a comment?

Thank you so much Scott & Elaine for trusting me with your special day from day one… As my first official couple to want to work with me, I am really and truly honored you would give me a chance! I just hope I can deliver the best images I can on your big day – just two short weeks from now!!! Excited!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy 25th Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Windsor, CA & Healdsburg, CA

Vaness and I had the good fortune to be able to surprise my parents for their 25th anniversary celebration. It was really more of a surprise to the guests though.. my mom is too smart for stuff like that… After I told her we weren’t able to make it up to the Bay, she says to my dad – well, they still might come… You can’t really sneak stuff by your mom – even at this age – momma always knows.

At any rate, my mom and dad spent a day alone together in Windsor before the whole family came to join them for a 25th Anniversary/March & April Birthday celebration extravaganza… we were glad to be able to join our entire family at a small resort property in Windsor for a day of play… BBQ’n, swimming, eating, and just a straight up good time. My Uncle Reimel says that a wedding anniversary is the birthday of the family. ‘Tis true, ‘tis true… and I have to say that after 25 years of marriage, their example to me is always one of strength, love, affection, and work – lots of hard work… Well of course I had to have a camera in my face during the celebration.. hope you enjoy some of the little details!

Lumpia is like a Filipino French fry – it goes with everything. Yoouuu know what I’m talkin about…

I don’t know if you’re supposed to play ping-pong with 2 paddles, but my wife will try to make anything work… I see a small look of guilt in the last picture!

We all got into it!

Real life can hit you like a ton of bricks if you’re not careful – and even if you are – there will always be a day that comes that tests everything you are made of… True story, and for many who were in attendance at Vaness and my wedding, it was a reality that not everyone realized. Here are my two cousins, Caitlin and Geordi.

Beyond just being good kids in general (because that just doesn’t do them justice) I believe they will continue to grow into the world and be positive contributors to the greater good… Kind, gentle, and fun – they love family and know (probably not consciously though) how to make you smile… Close family is an easy way to describe them and my Uncle Reimel and Tita Myra, but even that isn’t enough of a description… Our whole family is very close really - aunts, uncles, cousins - and knowing that fact helps understand what challenged our entire family just a day and a half before Vaness and I got married…

I got a voicemail at 3am the night before the wedding rehearsal… My phone had been off for most of the night and in truth, Vaness and I were having a rough day together – the stresses of the weekend, might just have been getting the best of us really… It all looks petty now in hindsight. I normally don’t check new voicemails in the middle of the night, but something compelled me to just find out what it could have been. The message on the other end is something I’ll never forget and probably never really believed. The sound of a heart monitor beeping rhythmically in the background and the murmurs of hospital locations and medical speak I did not understand… I was confused – I wouldn’t believe it. In the middle of the second listen, I received a text message… Call now! –Uncle Reimel. I’ll never forget that. It still can bring me to tears. After making the frantic call, I realized that everything – my whole perspective on the weekend that was my wedding was about to change. Life began to creep to a slow stop and nothing much mattered except my family… Vaness and I arrived at the hospital at 345am… I still couldn’t believe it… I was told that they were involved in a serious accident on the freeway, maybe 20 minutes away from their San Diego destination. My Aunt was airlifted to another hospital, and the rest of my uncle’s family to Scripps. Critical condition. Leaving a lot of the story out, you can just imagine the scene… The one thing I will say is, in a situation like that, you come to the scene with no real expectation that you can really do anything – aside from providing the comfort of seeing a familiar face, I felt helpless – like I could do nothing, but wish there was a way to rewind time… Not surprisingly, I found my assignment and I believe it was the core reason for the entire family’s survival. I was asked to pray. On the spot. I was almost speechless...helpless… but I knew I had to… “Romans 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” I still don’t remember what I prayed that night. But, I know that my entire family prayed... for weeks... A second chance at life was given and I can’t say enough how glad and thankful I am that they are alive and well... Recovered and safe... Praise God.

So I was grateful that the day after we had had our fun celebrating at Windsor, my family and my uncle Reimel’s family were able to spend time together going to Healdsburg, a quaint little town of shops and scenery… Here are a few shots the place we visited together…

After our little excursion to Healdsburg, we stopped and picked up a few things at the Petaluma Outlets then had dinner at the Roadhouse in Marin for one last celebration!

Happy 25th Anniversary Mom and Dad!! You guys are the best… Here’s to the birthday of our family… Cheers!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Wedding - Paul & Ashley

Marina Village: Mission Bay - San Diego, CA

The latest wedding features another sweet couple… Paul and Ashley were great: easy-going and down for a fun wedding day… I know I had fun shooting for sure! Thanks to Marjorie Williams for having me along for the day :-) I had a great time and loved shooting with you! Well folks, here’s the post! Enjoy!

Lovin’ the blue wall we ran into at the village…

Sooo…Paul’s dad owns this Harley. The most crazy bike ever… It was B-A-D. MAJOR. I’m not a huge vehicle geek, but Paul was telling me that this is one of the fastest Harely’s around. But, not just that – it’s something that is totally subjective – beautiful. Straight-up beautiful! So usin’ it in the shoot was no doubt an option.

And from this bad-boy of a bike I got one of my favorite ideas/shots from the day…

Love it!!!

Now onto the reception! MmMm… cupcakes…

Love this lil moment they had right before dinner…

Ashley had a lil surprise for guests and dad was definitely down participate and let his inner partier out! They were lovin’ the spotlight on the dance floor!

Now it's time for the bride and groom on the dancefloor...

Another beauty of a moment dancing to Uncle singin’ “Fly Me to the Moon”…

Well Ashley – it was definitely an exciting and full day – you win a well deserved break :-)

Thank you again Marj for having me along. And thanks a lot to Paul & Ashley for letting me be there to capture your special day!