Behind every camera is a storyteller...
Meet the Storytellers
Alvis Pham Photography and Norbert Tsi Photography are now merged into one great company to bring you best in class wedding photography and videography!
The joining of these these two to create the Paper Birch Collective combines years of studied artistic craft under one roof, all to give you, our dear clients, the greatest possible experience.
Some might even dare to say "the most ambitious crossover event of all time" maybe?
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Alvis Pham and I am the founder of AP Photography and now co-founder of Paper Birch Collective.
I recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine and I've been doing what I love ever since. I still find myself going to remote locations to take landscape photos whenever I get the chance and I recently picked up film photography!
Very happy to meet you! I'm Norbert Tsi and I am the founder of Norbert Tsi Photography and now the proud co-founder of Paper Birch Collective!
Before getting into wedding photography and film making, I trained as a documentary photographer and lent my talents to publications near and wide. I love capturing that magical moment and weddings are full of them!
"Wait what? How young are you guys?" Those are probably some of the most frequent questions we get when talking to new clients, it's still hard to believe that just handful of years ago we were a broke college students trying to find our place in the world. We met by a chance encounter on a local Facebook group. Our relationship blossomed the moment we got together and talked for a couple hours about cameras and photography; from then on, we've been working together ever since!
Before all the weddings, engagements, and other shoots I do now, I started off with graduation shoots. Luckily it was around graduation season when I bought my camera. A dozen or so graduation photo shoots later I realized how much I loved doing photography and I knew that I wanted to make it my career. I knew the journey wasn't going to be easy, but that didn't matter because as long as I was behind a camera, I was happy. I offered to shoot weddings & engagements for free to build my portfolio, built a website, and spent all my free time trying to become better than I was the day before. I followed my passion without thinking twice and it has taken me around the world all while allowing me to witness one of life's most beautiful moments.
I've always been chasing after that perfect image that brings together storytelling and art. It all started back in high school when I borrowed a camera from the photography teacher and snapped a photo of my friend running down the hall in a tux with a cello in his hand. I later submitted that image to a photo competition that the school paper was running and I won! Ever since then, I've been in love with photography and have taken photos of anything and everything, while enjoying every moment of the learning process past, present, and future. Although I have been in the photography world for almost ten years, there's always something different to see and new memories to make. So let's make some memories!
Of course, we love to do personal projects along with our travels! We never go anywhere without our trusty backpacks and cameras.
Even though we've been working nearly 24/7 for the past couple years, we are constantly thinking about the next big project! Passion will do that to you. We're always looking for ways to improve my craft and might just find inspiration at the most random moments and we always have to act on it. Inspiration is a beautiful thing and we can't let it go to waste (even if its 4 a.m and we're tired from a long day of work).
2019 was the last normal year, but we're always looking forward to our next big adventure! Check out Alvis's travel video from the good 'ol days; hope to see more soon!
Our photography team is based in beautiful Orange County, California. It is our goal to provide not just a professional image, but an experience to remember. It is our belief that every photoshoot, whether it be a family, wedding, or engagement photoshoot, should be a memorable and fun experience for everyone. When shooting your event, we will bring out all of the emotion, laughter, expression, and love in you with each and every photo. We strive to capture moments that cannot be replicated, while also hoping to connect with our clients on a deeper level than just for work. Our repertoire includes weddings from various cultures such as Vietnamese, Indian, Jewish, Hindu, Greek, Middle Eastern, and many more!
In the end, we pursue perfection by focusing on the composition as well as the emotion conveyed in the image. We want each picture to tell a story so that each look will take you back to exactly how you felt in that moment.
We're dedicated to delivering you the best photos and the best service at an affordable price. We will work with all of our clients to create the perfect package for any budget with wedding coverage starting at $2999!
1 | What's Included :
All photos will be sent via Online Drive/dropbox/or delivered personally through USB drives. There is also an unlimited amount of retouches for the photos and we will edit the best of the photos before sending it to our clients. Photos will be sent within 4-8 weeks. We also offer professional photo prints from sizes ranging from 4x6in to 13x19in (if you're interested in customized sizes and prints, let us know!). A second photographer can also be added to the package upon request. We are dedicated to creating a custom package that will suit any occasion!
2 | Booking Process
This is a HUGE decision, and we want you to make sure that we are the best choice for you.
Firstly, we would love to meet you, whether it be in person or online, to get you to know you and your significant other. This would be the perfect opportunity to share your love story and to express your vision for the wedding day.
To book, we just require a contract that both parties sign, and the deposit will be 30% of the total balance.
3 | Pricing for Family, Engagements, Maternity, and Portrait
For small sessions such as engagements, family photos, corporate events, professional headshots, etc we just charge a flat rate of $399 per hour or $249 for a half hour mini session. With that, you get unlimited photos and pictures will be edited before sent in full resolution. Return time is 2-4 weeks.