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Italy Exhibit | Old Soul Co | Mark Dong

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

It felt like I was drinking coffee in Italy. It’s been a long time since I’ve made an entry on this page and many things have happen in between however I want to dedicate this entry to my good friend Mark Dong. Mark and I have been friends for a few years, but in the last 2 he has become a mentor and my BFF. I was excited when he said that he was going to exhibit his Italy collection at the Old Soul Co coffee shop on second Saturday. Mark had a huge turn out and everyone was commenting on how exceptional these images were. A few were reminiscing on past trips, others were speaking of making the trip to Italy. Mark has a great way of telling a story with his camera and it was a joy to be a part of this second Saturday experience. If you ever get a chance to see Mark’s work do so you will not be disappointed.


1716 L St (Rear Alley)
Sacramento, CA 95811

ps Check out my latest engagement session in Davis Ca.

2nd Saturday Italy Exhibit Old Soul Co Mark Dong Photography

2nd Saturday Italy Exhibit Old Soul Co Mark Dong Photography

2nd Saturday Italy Exhibit Old Soul Co Mark Dong Photography

2nd Saturday Italy Exhibit Old Soul Co Mark Dong Photography

2nd Saturday Italy Exhibit Old Soul Co Mark Dong Photography

2nd Saturday Italy Exhibit Old Soul Co Mark Dong Photography

Making a dream come true

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

AVAHave you ever been insanely nervous because you were so close to having your dream realized? It is such a powerful and over whelming feeling that it can make a sane person crazy. Now, what if you knew that a dollar would make someone’s dream a reality, would you donate? We can do it! We can help a fellow artist reach the highest peaks with just one dollar. This is the power of the social networking, working together for one common cause, it good karma, a blessing and sky’s the limit.

Accents by Sage

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Accents by Sage and Carlos Valentino PhotographyA few months ago I asked Cheryl Perdue Sage of Accents by Sage to create for a a bold bouquet for a photo shoot. I wanted it it be non-traditional and very true the season of fall which we were shooting in. Cheryl came back with a tight arrangement of deep dark reds and brunt orange highlights, very seasonal, very edgy and very chic. I must report that we worked really hard that day and when the night was over the bouquet looked just as good as when it came in the night before. I’m looking forward to posting Accents by Sage interview on the Sacramento Chic website, it should be a blast.

Thank you Cheryl for lending your talent to this venture which became the image for my ad campaign in Sacramento Bride and Groom.

Lions Gate Hotel

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

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Swopmeet last night at the Lion Gate Hotel was a blast; I heard over 195 vendors attended, fantastic! I met with friends that I haven’t seen in a while like Lora Ward from A Day to Remember, and I finally got to meet Ryan Douglas , which will soon be featured on Sacramento Chic. It was a great night to have a outside event and the Lions Hotel is such an elegant place to have an event. As I walked around the grounds I couldn’t help but feel like I was back on Miami beach, in fact the night was humid which is quite rare here. I look forward to the next event at Arden Hills where The Dream Wedding Show will be throwing a 10 year bash celebration.

Shout out to my new friends:

This image of Allison and I was taken by the beautiful Andrea of Andrea Images

Sacramento Chic Wedding Vendors & Beyond

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Sacramento Chic

I read somewhere that one’s net worth can be best measured by the size of their network. I decided that it was time for me to share my wealth of friends by creating my own network. Welcome to Sacramento Chic where I interview wedding vendors and post their response on-line so Brides and Grooms can get to know them a little bit before they actually meet. Webster dictionary defines Chic as “Smart Elegance and Sophistication…” and my aim is to personally hand select and highlight “Sacramento’s Chic” Wedding Vendors.

Malcontents and a Unincorporated Association

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

I received a this entry as a blog comment a few days ago and I thought that it would service us best if it was it’s own blog entry.

It comes as no surprise to anyone that Sacramento Bride and Groom has had a disagreement with how Afwpi is structured, that was one of the reasons why we decided to withdraw from the association several years ago. Even though we did not receive a mailed letter that was sent to some members, we did get a copy. “THEY” said in their July 6, 2009 letter that they are a “for profit” Unincorporated Association and that many associations are structured the same way. However, most unincorporated associations are non-profit organizations and in the state of California, all unincorporated associations must be registered with the Secretary of State. My question… Is Afwpi registered as an unincorporated association, or are they simply running a business as husband and wife? Their business licenses taken out in 2008, indicate the latter. The letter continues with “We wanted to set the record straight on that”. Their explanation left things unclear, so I did a little research on just what an unincorporated association is, here is a portion of what I found.

A non-profit unincorporated association is any grouping of persons (i.e. a collective, an activist organization, etc.) uniting together for some special purpose or business other than making a profit. Most states will grant tax-exempt status to an unincorporated association or club, you will have to contact your state government to get information about applying for it. However, if you just take out a non-interest bearing account at a bank or credit union (i.e. a checking account) you will not have to file taxes for your association and, therefore, you can avoid dealing with the government at all. The main differences between an unincorporated association and a non-profit corporation is that the members of an unincorporated association can be held directly liable if someone were to sue the association and it is problematic for unincorporated associations to have paid employees. I don’t know about you, but it sounds a little risky to be a member of this type of association.

While I agree that most small businesses have encountered financial hurdles, the solution is not to incur more debt than you can pay. It’s difficult to imagine how adding more shows is going to solve the problem. In fact, adding shows that do not include a sufficient budget for advertising will only make matters worse for the very people they purport to help… the vendors. When a vendor does a show that does not bring in a significant number of quality brides, that vendor has less money to spend for other marketing avenues that does have an advertising budget. When a vendor buys an ad in a magazine they have a right to expect it to come out on time, be distributed as promised, and be of sufficient quality that brides will want to read. The letter suggests that a reason for the money woes is a “reduction in our home values”. Regardless of that, when money is collected for an event, that event must be paid for. These are standards that must apply to all. For the life of me I cannot understand how a group of people on an all expense paid trip to the Philippines …”to discover their country and to develop more members there”… will help pay the bills here. The Philippines Department of Tourism is hoping that the people in this group will send brides over to the Philippines for “destination weddings”. How does “developing more members there” help the Department of Tourism? Don’t we want to keep our brides here, using local venues and vendors? It sounds like a big boon-doggle to me.

I’m happy to hear that they are willing to take responsibility for their problems and I believe them when they say they never wanted to harm the members, however, the end result is the same, and people have been hurt. I also cannot figure out how “all” funds that come into the association are applied to its operations and advancement. Don’t they pay themselves a salary? Don’t they have a mortgage and other bills like the rest of us?

Now, about those “intentions”. We all know where that road leads and what it’s paved with. None of us ever set out to do harm to others, and over the years many of us have given AFWPI countless of hours support. But there comes a time when intentions are not enough, there must be concrete evidence that steps are being taken to correct the problems. Unfortunately, when those of us who have disagreed with their policies and lack of professionalism, we become a member of what is commonly known as the “dead meat society”. We are no longer welcomed and our letters to the ethics committee are never read or addressed. We are quite simply perceived as the enemy, which is unfortunate, because we really do not wish the association any harm. What we want is an organization that actually operates at a level commensurate with the standards of their own “Code of Ethics”, and I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Like Carlos, we feel there are too few who stand up and tell it like it is… we are perceived as troublemakers and malcontents. Nothing could be further from the truth, we are in fact, just a few who are not afraid to stand up for ourselves and let the chips fall where they may. We “choose the harder right over the easier wrong” and we will “never be content with a half truth when the whole can be won.”

So where do we go from here? This Ladies and Gents is my last installment on this issue, it was bitter sweet and the end has arrived. I close this chapter the way I started it, announcing to the world that this is not a personal attack to those involved, but a demand for integrity. I think it’s a sad day when people who we put on pedestals let us down. I once held this organization in high regard and today the voice of history reminds me of how much of a fool I am for doing so. I will never ever ever mention this group in any of my blogs ever again unless, they decide to say a few words. I wanted this to be a fair conversation and though I know many have read the entries, no one has come in their defense. I hope this blog segment encourages others to speak out when things seem wrong and think twice where they place their loyalty.

On Air Sacramento Classic Rock Band

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

On June 20th I photographed a fund raiser in Loomis California for the Marello Youth Retreat Center and in the process auctioned off one of my portrait packages. There on the same floor with Pottery World and Hubacher Cadillac, SAAB, Buick, Pontiac and GMC sat one of my latest portraits; it felt good.

ON Air Band Classic Rock Carlos Valentino Sacramento Wedding Photographer

That is where I met this unique and fun Sacramento rock On Air. “…For more than twenty one years, On Air’s eleven-piece power horn, classic rock sound has captured audiences with classy musicianship, quality showmanship and an attitude of sheer joy. They play, and dance, up a rock ‘n’ roll storm! The group first appeared at the old Woodlake Inn on New Year’s Eve 1985. In previous years they have played such popular venues as the Sacramento Blues Festival, the California State Fair, the Vacaville Onion Festival, the Nevada County Fair and other regional events. On Air specializes in solid rockers that lean heavily toward the style of Chicago and Tower of Power. The repertoire ranges from hot Motown and Rhythm & Blues to favorites by Steely Dan, Van Morrison and The Doobie Brothers. The group can also pull out lots of popular frat rock and also includes a smattering of jazz, swing and soul. An On Air performance is a visual treat as well; the group’s showmanship is as superb as the music itself…” I look forward to working with them in the future.

Everyone Needs a little TLC

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

TLC Catering and Carlos Valentino Wedding PhotographerI few moments ago I got the great pleasure of of working with Dawn & Nestor Clavijo of TLC Catering. Their food is fantastic and their service superb but what I love the most is their passion for food and customer service. I would recommend them for any and every event. I took a moment and asked them a few questions about who is TLC Catering and this is what they said”

“Each menu item is carefully created by our chef Nestor, who has been professionally trained, & has worked with Wolfgang Puck. Nestor’s experience includes a wide range of culinary talent. Utilizing this talent, one of TLC Catering specialties is in creating unique, custom menus for brunch, barbecues, holidays, fine dining, wedding receptions, & personal chef services.”

  • Who is TLC? TLC is a family owned and operated business. TLC stands for our daughter Trinity Love Clavijo
  • What does food represent to TLC? Nestor Clavijo is our chef and has been trained fine dining, food to him is love. He gets a joy out of life by creating for the event
  • When did you know you wanted to be a Chef? Nestor changed his major from becoming a lawyer to the culinary arts in 1995. He was encouraged by his girlfriend, now wife and partner to go into the cooking field since he was talented and creative
  • Where did you train? Pasadena City College, along with training under Chef Joachim and Chef Wolfgang Puck
  • What professional in your discipline do you admireChef Wolgang Puck, the reason being as a resident of Austria he was able to come to the United States and create a niche in this field for himself
  • When did you start your business? August 2001 we opened our doors to the public
  • Do you belong to any professional wedding association? We belong to AFWPI
  • What is your favorite dish to prepare for a wedding? Filet Mignon w/Black Cherry Sauce
  • If you were a wedding cake, what flavor would you be? Chocolate (it is very sensual, silky, delicious, aphrodisiac)
  • What’s dinner like in your home? Healthy lots of vegetables and made in 30 minutes, no fried food except for Platanos on occasion
  • What questions a Bride in Groom ask when interviewing a caterer for there wedding? They ask about experience, what would my setup look like
  • Where do you draw your inspiration from? Seasonal California Cuisine, (fresh, light) w/French influence
  • A word that best describes TLC? Exceptional Catering
  • Why should they hire TLC? Not only is our food exceptional, but our customer service is also
  • Where or how can they find more about TLC? Our website is or they can call us at 916/454-0852
  • If you were a shoe would you be Flats, Boots, Pumps, Sneakers, Thongs or Loafers? Pumps of course. The sexiness that a pump gives is exactly how we present our food what is pleasing to the eye

The Ting Tings on Yo Gaba Gaba

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Happy Birthday Baby, Love you.

Johnny Vu – In the Hot Seat!

Friday, May 1st, 2009

“When I was in 3rd grade, at recess my teacher asked me to draw a big collage of the school for a retiring teacher. I was the only kid in the class at recess working on it. During the recess, that retired teacher brought a camera to class for his party. When he showed me it and said, “you might like this thing.” and I did. That’s when I knew. Everything just came naturally and the rest is history.What was your first camera? I believe it was either a Concord 110 or a Hanimex 110 camera – All I know is that it was pink!“

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