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About
Braja Mandala

A DEVOTED HARE KRISHNA SINCE 1995 AND INITIATED DISCIPLE OF HIS HOLINESS RADHANATH SWAMI, Combining her passion for photography and the hindu faith she has a clear understanding of the rituals and celebrations of an indian wedding. Over the past 10 years she has traveled the world and photographed some of the most beautiful locations and people. Her work can be seen in Harper's BazAar, Vouge, and Many other international publications.

Gene Higa

HIS EXTROVERTED PERSONALITY IS CONTAGIOUS AND PLAYS A BIG ROLE IN HIS PHOTOGRAPHY. Born and raised in Los Angeles, educated in san francisco, a 20 year photography career has Taken Gene to the four corners of the earth. From PENGUINS on the beach in South Africa to the whitewashed landscape of santorini making him an expert on DESTINATION weddings. later being NAMED AS ONE OF THE TOP TEN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE WORLD BY AMERICAN PHOTO MAGAZINE.

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Q & A

TOGETHER BRAJA AND GENE HAVE BEEN TRAVELING, PHOTOGRAPHING AND WORKING AS A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM SINCE 2012. AFTER THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19, BRAJA, AND GENE RESTRUCTURED THEIR APPROACH TO PHOTOGRAPHING WEDDINGS WITHOUT LOSING THE INTEGRITY OF THEIR BUSINESS. THE APPROACH IS DIFFERENT, BUT THEIR CREATIVITY AND PASSION REMAIN THE SAME. BELOW ARE SOME OF OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF EVERY EVENT AND THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE WHO ATTEND. WE ARE CONTINUALLY AVAILABLE BY PHONE AND EMAIL TO ASSIST WITH YOUR INQUIRIES AND OFFER DIGITAL CONSULTATIONS.

 

1. ARE BRAJA AND GENE PHOTOGRAPH THE ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHERS?

 

YES. BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH BRAJA AND GENE THROUGHOUT THE PLANNING PROCESS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAYS TO GETTING GREAT WEDDING PHOTOS. THINK OF THEM AS FAMILY WITH BIG FANCY CAMERAS READY TO CAPTURE THE DAY. THEY WORK HARD TO UNDERSTAND YOUR FAMILY, BUILD TRUST AND PLAY OFF EACH OTEHRS STRENGTHS.

 

2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN SELF-QUARENTINE?

AS OF MARCH 14, 2020, BRAJA AND GENE HAVE BEEN IN SELF-QUARANTINE. ONLY TRIPS TO THE GROCERY STORES, HOME IMPROVEMENT, AND ESSENTIAL WORKOUTs HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINED.

 

3. DO YOU HAVE POLICIES IN PLACE IN CASE OF A 2ND OUTBREAK or city shut downs?

BRAJA AND GENE WORK WITH CLIENTS ON A 1 TO 1 BASIS. THEY WILL HELP TO POSTPONE EVENTS WITH NEW DATES BASED UPON AVAILABILITY. CANCELLATION POLICIES ARE ADDRESSED IN THE CONTRACT. If a saty at home policy is put into place by our governor. we will open our calendars to help you reschedule if needed.

 

4. DO YOU WEAR PROTECTION WHILE PHOTOGRAPHING?

 

BRAJA AND GENE WILL WEAR AN N95 FACEMASK AND if needed BLACK RUBBER GLOVES DURING photography sessions. IN THE CASE OF A TEAR IN THE GLOVE OR IF A REPLACEMENT MASK IS NEEDED, BACK UP GLOVES AND MASKS ARE READILY AVAILABLE. HAND SANITIZER AND WIPES ARE CARRIED IN THE CAMERA BAGS AT ALL TIMES.

 

5. CAN YOU EXPLAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING WHILE PHOTOGRAPHING?

A MINIMUM DISTANCE OF 6 FEET TO ANY GUEST WHILE PHOTOGRAPHING THE EVENT WILL BE OBSERVED. NO PHYSICAL CONTACT WILL BE MADE TO ENSURE EVERYONE'S SAFETY. BRAJA AND GENE WORK WITH A VARIETY OF LENSES TO CAPTURE THE DAY.

6. CAN YOU COVER MULTIPLE EVENTS HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME?

HIRING BRAJA OR GENE TO COVER A PRE-WEDDING EVENT IS A GREAT ICE BREAKER FOR THE FAMILY. WE CAN NOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES THEY RECEIVED A TEXT OR EMAIL WITH FAMILY PRAISE. BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IS ESSENTIAL FOR GREAT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY. FOR ANY PRE WEDDING EVENTS GENE USUALLY COVERS THE GROOM’S EVENTS AND BRAJA COVERS THE BRIDES EVENTS, WHICH MAKES FOR A COMFORTABLE ENVIRONMENT.

 

8. WHAT'S YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR A BRIDE AND GROOM ON THE WEDDING DAY?

 

GREAT COMMUNICATION LEADING UP TO THE EVENT IS CRITICAL. Detailed DISCUSSIONS ON LOCATIONS OF CEREMONIES AND OTHER EVENTS UNDERSTANDING HOW TO BEST APPROACH EACH ASPECT OF A WEDDING WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING IN MIND WILL HELP BRAJA AND GENE GET ALL THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS.

 

9. What about Wearing a mask for family portraits?

 

We understand the concern in seeing everyones face in a photograph. We do not ask or suggest the removal of mask at this time. This decision is soley made by the client and everyone involved in the photograph/s.

 

10. Have you been vaccinated?

The PFIZER and Moderna VACCINES have recently been released to the American public. As of This Update on 12/22/2020 we have not been vaccinated. This section will be updated with any medical updates as they occur. Until that time, we will continue to service our clients by keeping the safety precautions above.

 

 

POLICY CHANGES AT YOUR Wedding VENUE MAY HAVE ALSO BEEN UPDATED. CONTACT YOUR CATERING MANAGER FOR ANY UPDATES.

 

IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW BRAJA AND GENE WORK AS A TEAM, HEAD TO THE ABOUT PAGE.

 

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