Privée Bride Of Ghent | Norfolk Wedding and Commercial Photographers

A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of touring and photographing a beautiful new bridal salon called Privée Bride Of Ghent, located in Palace Station (Norfolk, VA).  Privée is owned and operated by Reamie Tabin:


She created such a lovely show room; we really appreciated the open floor plan, luxe touches and upscale merchandising. If you are a bride or planner, definitely make an appointment. Not only is it a gorgeous space, Reamie and her sales manager are such nice people to spend time with as well.  They have a few trunk shows coming as well, follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with future events!

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Flower arrangement by Michelle Samson of Taffy

Flower arrangement by Michelle Samson of Taffy

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Photos by Mendell dela Cruz and Ciesther dela Cruz of DCPG

Cotton flower arrangement by Michelle Samson of Taffy

Privée Bride Of Ghent
350 W 22nd St Suite 112 & 113
Norfolk, Virginia 23517
Phone (757) 337-2087
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1933 Packard Twelve | Vintage Car Photographers

RM Auctions is a leader in the collector car auction industry. Last summer, they reached out to us to photograph a locally-owned 1933 Packard that was going up for auction in October. Automotive photography is Lester’s specialty as well as he and Mendell’s all time favorite type of commercial photography, so naturally, I sent them both off to Newport News for the shoot.  They had pretty strict brand/photo guidelines we had to follow, so they weren’t able to employ Lester’s usual strobist/extreme angle style, but they did an amazing job of lighting the car up,  yet maintaining the clean, natural look the client requested:

Here are the tearsheets from their auction catalog:

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A few shots I personally loved:

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RM Auction’s website has more details about the car itself and even more photos! It ended up selling for $451,000!!:

  • Photographers |  Lester & Mendell dela Cruz of DCPG Photography
  • Client | RM Auctions
  • Location | Seller’s land in Newport News, VA.

Crystal Leigh Endsley | Norfolk Commercial Promotional Photographer

One of the best benefits of being a photographer is getting to meet fascinating people from all walks of life.  I especially have a soft spot for entrepreneurs or people with very diverse professions/hobbies.  Crystal Endsley, or as we like to call her, Dr. Crystal or the Good Docta, is definitely one of a kind.  I first knew her as a bad-ass spoken word artist, then later learned she is also a working professor w/ a Ph.D.   She is quite literally, a hot teacher.  Personally, she’s one of the nicest, funniest most enthusiastic people I’ve ever met.  Rina and I had a BLAST doing her photoshoot, where we captured a variety of looks for her to use in her teaching, spoken word and activist collateral.   She was also the very first session we did in our new studio/office!

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  • Hair, makeup and styling | Rina Parrilla Garcia
  • Photography | Ciesther dela Cruz

[From] Crystal Leigh Endsley, is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in Africana Studies at Hamilton College. Previously she was an Instructor in the Women’s Studies Department at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania where she also served as Interim Assistant Director for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center. Endsley completed her graduate studies at Penn State’s main campus where she earned a dual Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Curriculum & Instruction…in addition to her academic career, she is internationally recognized as a spoken word artist, activist, and actor, performing and presenting workshops and lectures both in the United States and abroad.

NEWS | Movin’ on up!

…to the 3rd floor!

Before I get to the good news,  I have to go back to the beginning.  A year and a half ago, we moved into downtown Norfolk as an early adopter of a  co-working space called the 757 Creative Space.  It was serendipitous at the time, as I was sick of meeting clients in coffee shops, but we lacked the funds and manpower for a full time retail storefront.  Someone on Facebook (of course) mentioned the Creative Space and lo and behold, the very day I researched it, they happened to have an open house going on.


Not more than 30 minutes into the tour, we were sold.   I was honestly sold before we even got there, but Lester and Mendell luckily loved it as much as I did.   Before we left, we picked out our office:


And planted our flag:


Then returned the following day to sign papers!




We were the 2nd company to sign up for an office and it’s been amazing to see the space fill up with so many different businesses, people and ever changing local artwork on the walls.    I love working here at the Creative Space and in Norfolk in general, but our office was getting tight (if you’ve ever had a meeting with us, you know the pain of having to move our chairs around haha) and with the unstable Hampton Roads weather, I found myself longing for something a little bigger that we could use as a small indoor studio space.  I told Sarah we were thinking about moving after our term was over and, God bless her, she sprang into action right away.  She and Clint started looking for spaces to expand the Creative Space into, with extra attention paid to spaces big enough to accomodate our studio wishes.  They were looking to expand anyway, but their sheer effort to accommodate us, plus their awesomeness/helpfulness in general is something we will forever be grateful for.   Sarah and Clint (and Harper) rule!

They had a false start with a potential space elsewhere in downtown but it fell through due to overpricing and a next door tenant optioning the two rooms that were the basis of all of us even liking that space.   LUCKILY, it turned out that our upstairs neighbor at 259 Granby was going virtual and vacating the 3rd floor.   So super long story short, I am stoked to say that we’re movin’ on up to the 3rd floor and taking over the large front office that overlooks Granby.  It’s almost 3 times the size of our tiny office, it has huge windows, tall ceilings and exposed brick, and best of all, we are still part of the 757 Creative Space.  Sarah and Clint have great plans for the rest of the 3rd floor and I can’t wait to see how it all develops.

Please excuse my crappy cell phone photos, we’ll post better ones once we’re all moved in and decorated:



But wait, there’s more!!

It’s magazine season and you’ll find DCPG in not one, but TWO local bridal mags:  Premier Bride and Vow.   For Premier Bride, we were contacted by the publisher to shoot an editorial spread for a cotton-candy wedding styled session.  The concept was based on an inspiration board created by Apryl Roberts of Memorable Events by Apryl.    Lester, Mendell and I teamed up and tackled parts of the shoot both separately and together – one of the great advantages to hiring us is the fact that we’re not just a team, but a team of 3 principal shooters, no assistant or second string shooters.  Anyway, right when everything was set up, it started raining.   The large magnolia tree we were shooting under acted as a huge umbrella and we actually stayed dry and the photos came together beautifully!  Here are the tearsheets from our spread, titled “Love is Sweet”:

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Credits again with links!

Everyone was so great to work with; we all threw this together in a week and it turned out amazing! :)

We also had a half page advertisement (we loved the strategic area our ad was placed, thanks Christy!).   She gave us a bag full of magazines, so please stop by the 757 Creative Space sometime and pick one up!


Our photography made some cameo appearances in the latest issue of Vow as well!  The Sheraton Virginia Beach used Kam + Ren‘s hilarious jumping shot in not one but two advertising areas.  They also used one of our detail shots in their main ad as well:

We’ve got some other good things on the horizon as well, but I’ll save those for later.  Thank you for bearing with this long winded post and we’ll get back to posting wedding and baby photos soon :)

– Cies


Photobooth Event | AIGA SHRED | August 22


DCPG has become a sponsor at AIGA’s awesome upcoming summer event, SHRED | Surf & Skate Exhibition.  SHRED is a fundraising competition and art exhibition where local designers, fine artists, surfers, skaters, and students showcase their artwork for a skate deck and/or surfboard. The event will be held at the Virginia Aquarium on August 22nd during the week of ECSC. There will be food, drinks, entertainment, and the raddest surf/skate art you’ve ever seen.

We’ll have the DCPG Photobooth set up in all it’s glory taking photos all night, all of our great staff and a little table setup with more of our photography work for you all to check out.   We have also donated a Commercial Portrait Session for their raffle, so if you need headshots or promo shots, definitely try to get it!

For more info visit:  AIGA | Facebook

This isn’t the first AIGA event that DCPG has made an appearance in; a few months ago Ciesther was a guest speaker on an AIGA-sponsored panel about Facebook marketing.   We are looking forward to what is sure to be a super, super  fun event and we’d love for you to come out and see why DCPG has the dopest staff on the planet:



LTD 2011 Awards Dinner

We had a ton of fun shooting for our long time clients, LTD Hospitality Group. This was for their 2011 Awards Dinner & Holiday Party.

Thank you to all the vendors that made the event a pleasure to shoot.  Event design was done by Janel Keen, the owner of Vivid Expressions.  With the shortest timeline to work EVER with she made the event look amazing. As always, amazing lighting by Blue Steel Lighting.  Arch Entertainment made kept the party going all night! And of course, we brought the DCPG Photobooth for extra fun!


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