2013 – The Best Year In The Making!

I am so thankful to be able to have one of my wedding sessions published in the Ceremony Magazine 2013.  It makes me so thrilled and excited to finally see my work published! Jacinda and Jonathan’s wedding that took place at the stunning Doubletree Hotel in Monrovia, CA last July was as close to perfection as any wedding has ever been! Check out their full wedding photos HERE.
I have always had dreams of becoming a great photographer. Winning my first award in only my first year of photography and then another two awards in my second year, I had started this year off by wondering what new experiences would occur. Only two months into this year, I have already met one of my goals. I have been featured in a wedding magazine! I had always wanted this to happen and now it finally has. Check out the CEREMONY MAGAZINE – 2013 LOS ANGELES EDITION and you can see my publication!
Going into a new year of photography, I couldn’t be any more excited! Last year was pretty surprising and I had a lot of wonderful experiences. This year though, I am looking forward to what will happen and I can already tell that it will be the best year ever in my career!
This year in March we are going to be celebrating our 2nd anniversary as a wedding photographer. Starting in March 2011, we are actually really proud with ourselves because we were able to make it in the very competitive business of a wedding photographer, especially in Southern California where you can find hundreds of wedding photographers on Google Maps in only a radius 10 miles from where you live. It’s awesome that we could!
After 6 months of doing wedding photography, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Paris, France to capture the love of 9 couples as well as 1 couple that was in Milan, Italy. After those awesome experiences, we finished the end of our first year by winning our very first Fearless Photographers Award (image taken from Desiree & Seth’s wedding in San Diego, CA – Click here for complete wedding post). We were so honored and excited that we could accomplish this in just a year! It was awesome!
In the beginning of my second year, I was lucky enough to be able join the WPPI conference in Las Vegas. Why lucky? Because I had decided to stay in Vegas for a whole week while attending the conference and had decided this less than 24 hour before I left for my trip. It was fun! I am so honored because I was able to make new friends and see new wedding vendors. What I was really thankful about while I went to WPPI was being able to meet the photographers that helped me to get into what I am doing today. It was truly a great experience.
While still in the second year of my work, I was also honored to win another award. This time it was an award from Fearless Photographers as well as another from ISPWP. To be able to capture the perfect moments in someone’s life is one of the best feeling that a photographer could ever ask for, but to also be appreciated by other photographers, critics, and people all over the world is a magical feeling, especially when you are given an award for it too! Many people had tried to achieve these awards, but only a few succeeded. 2 years ago I hadn’t even thought that I would win one, but now having 3 of them so far, I couldn’t have felt more honored!
My other goal was to get published on an online wedding blog and wedding magazine. I thought that it would be a great way to have recognition for my business and also be a great experience for me on a personal level as well. Well this experience has finally happened since I just got published on CEREMONY MAGAZINE – 2013 LOS ANGELES EDITION! It’s only my 3rd year and it is starting off great!
So you should join in my excitement by going to the local bookstore, getting that magazine, tearing off the plastic cover, turning to page 256-257 and you will see it there! For all of the brides-to-be, past brides, or my faithful blog readers who actually did what I just said to do, please take a photo of yourself and that page on Instagram or Twitter, post it with an @melvingilbert tag, and I will choose 3 lucky winners to get a 1 hour free photo session (maternity, family, engagement or day-after session) and one 20”x30” Canvas Print with Frame as well! This is my gift to you for sharing in on this exciting moment of my career! Winner will be announce on twitter / instagram at February 28th, 2013, 9:00PM PST.
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Check out the feature as well as the rest of the magazine goodness here!
Thanks for reading and I look forward to all your wonderful pictures! Stay tuned for more updates and posts!

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