...a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of Southern California, John loves loves loves his brides and grooms! Regularly gracing the pages of wedding magazines and fireplace mantles, John's art is deeply inspired by the influence of modern art, fashion, and photojournalism.
Brides often describe his highly refined style of wedding photography edgy, chic, and brilliantly narrative.There's so much more to wedding photography than gear, lighting, and technical hoo-ha. It's about timelessness. It's about story telling. And it's definitely about bending over backward just to get that o.m.g. shot.
You see, that's where John's experience, love for people, and intuitive desire for awesomeness come into play. Not only does John play the role of a "ninja in a tree" to capture the candid and unrehearsed moments but he also loves it when he gets to step up to compose the imagery that brought you here in the first place.
John's best advice to brides: Keep a pair of flip-flops near you all day. Your feet will thank you!
John is available for both local and destination adventures and travels to photograph his clients.
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Lauren Cheng · Married on 04/14/2019
A 5 star legend of a photographer
John from SimplyTwo Photography is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!!! Seriously the best photographer out there. Hiring him for your wedding is the best decision you can make. For us, getting a good photographer was the most important thing in terms of vendors, and we are SO glad we went with John. He has a natural ability to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera and is so good at directing you on how to pose. We absolutely loved our engagement shoot with him, where we were able to go to many different locations and wear multiple outfits, and really just get as many awesome photos as possible. The photos turned out amazing of course, and were just a small teaser of what was to come for the wedding. For our wedding, John far exceeded our expectations. He has an eye for knowing what type of scenery and lighting will look good in photos, and he was able to pick out the best places for us to do our first look and bridal party photos. We also did dusk and night time pictures during our wedding and they turned out so incredible. John knows all the tricks of how to make photos turn out amazing thanks to his many years of experience and hundreds and hundreds of weddings he has done. He is seriously a magician of a photographer. He was very accommodating to our schedule and requests, while at the same time giving his professional advice on what would look good in photos. Not to mention he is incredibly fun to hang out with and has a fun, witty sense of humor that we and our bridal party loved. Do yourself a favor and go with SimplyTwo Photography!!! I promise it is the best decision you can make for your wedding!!!Sent on 04/20/2019
Andrew Lin · Married on 09/09/2018
Extremely talented with fun attitude!
John is fantastic at his job and is just overall a pleasure to work with. He sets a very fun, positive vibe and just lets us be ourselves while he works his magic. Another great quality was his work ethic and efficiency. Photo sessions always went by smoothly and at a quick pace, but without feeling rushed. Communication - whether via email, text, phone call, was always responded to and usually within minutes.Sent on 10/29/2018
Zongwei · Married on 08/04/2018
Creative, professional, fun photographer
John is a wonderful photographer and true professional. If we had to do it over again, my wife and I would choose John again in a heartbeat.Sent on 10/21/2018
We initially looked into John because my wife's sister was a huge fan of John's work (via Instagram). If you haven't seen John's portfolio, take a look and you'll be blown away by the epic shots he manages to create. After video chatting with him, my wife and I both felt comfortable booking him.
Throughout the months before the wedding, John was always very flexible and responsive. It's true that he becomes a friend along the way. When we finalized our day-of schedule a few weeks before the date, we realized we would need an extra half hour from what we had booked to capture all of the getting ready shots. We offered to pay for it, but John graciously came by earlier at no charge.
On the day of the wedding, John was the ultimate professional. He stayed on schedule and was able to magically come up with great shot ideas on the fly. Our entire wedding party had a lot of fun taking photos with John, and they came out *amazing*.
Thank you for doing such a phenomenal job capturing our big day!
John, Simple Two we had a lot of same customers who love his style and personality. I love to work with John too, he is easy work with and all my brides were very happy with their pictures.
the man is a genius. 'nuff said.
John Yao from SimplyTwo Photography is simply awesome. He was the photographer at my sister and now brother in law's wedding and not only did he put in time and effort to do a great job on the engagement shoot and wedding, but he went above and beyond. We had a photo booth at the wedding and had some technical issues with the flash. He was kind enough to let us borrow his extra flash unit. John is super friendly and knows how to please not only the wedding party, but the guests as well. Can't wait to see more of his work!