Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009, Hello 2010!

It's the last day of 2009 here in the US. Some people are ready to bid 2009 goodbye and embrace the new year. Things weren't always flowery this past year especially with the tough economy in America.

For me personally, I have a lot to be thankful of this year - of being married to my wonderful husband (followed by the move from California to Colorado) and a nice growth of my photography business. While there are still lots of things I can learn and improve, I am especially happy and grateful being able to hoist my camera for a living. And those sweet moments like newlyweds' kisses at weddings, new parents' celebration of a newborn, or an innocent laugh of a child - makes me appreciate my job even more.

As the end of the year is fastly approaching, I would like to offer my special thanks to all my clients this year - thank you for allowing me to take a small part in your life and got to know all of you a little bit better - whether it was at your wedding, or at your home photographing your family or your newborn...thank you. for being wonderful. for the kind words. for everything.

And as much as I loved my 2009 days, I am ready to embrace and unfold what the coming year would bring. With faith, hope and love, lots of love. Happy New Year!

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Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Some families have traditions on holiday. As for me and my husband, we enjoy cooking together. Each of us claim to be a better cook over the other, but I think we both just have different specialty ;) Well, we joined forces and cook special meal on holidays. I would have to say that it's our holiday tradition for now, at least before we have our own kids - then we'll come up with some creative stuff down the road that are more 'family-oriented' :)

We just had a superb Christmas dinner together and there are plenty of great food. I took a few quick snaps of the food we prepared/cooked.

For appetizers, we had some sweets - Christmas cookies (more like pastry) and my fave sweet wine.
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...and chips/salsa.
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For the main courses - first, we have maple pecan pork loin. So good... lean, tender and sweet.
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Juicy steak...
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Homemade cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.
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Homemade chocolate cake...it's so out of this world!!
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Yum yum yum....
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There was also Christmas gifts with pretty bows...
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...aaand my gift from Joe was "something pretty". I love it! :)
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There's still a few hours left today so let me say MERRY CHRISTMAS from our home to yours! Hope you're having a wonderful day - may your Christmas day be Christ-filled and merry!! :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Reminiscing Winter

As predicted, it started snowing since yesterday in my area. The freezing cold air and this fluffy white stuff reminded me of my single years when I used to live in the state of Maryland. One day after a snow day, I was trying to shovel the snow on my sidewalk by my own - a (married) male neighbor came by and said hello. After his friendly "how are you", he offered his help and started shoveling my sidewalk with me. Shortly after, he jokingly told me that I needed a husband to help me out with this "chore". I laughed and thought that there was a truth in it.

It was around 5:30 pm today and my beloved husband just got home from work. After giving me a big hug upon his arrival as always, he took up the shovel and told me that he was going to shovel our snowy sidewalk. I smiled and for a moment, my heart was just flooded with a warm, fuzzy feeling. I guess I just want to say that I am thankful for the gift of (sweet, loving) husband :) I love my hubby and glad to be able to spend this first Christmas with him!

A post is best with a picture. So here you go - not the best picture of us...but it works :)

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Monday, December 21, 2009

White Christmas

Taking photos in the cold weather can be so challenging for us photographers. I had to admit that I was so nervous when I found out that it was snowing the day before one of my clients' wedding and just prayed for the best. Unbeknownst to me, the photos turned fantastic and I couldn't be happier that it was snowing the night before! The photos came out amazing - they are strong images yet so tranquil and there are something about the light and mellow sky that really added to the beauty of wintery captures. I was reminded that it's very important for us photographers to just be flexible, accept things that come our way and 'make things work' because sometimes different settings can present us a new challenge, a different kind of look to your images that you might love.

I know I end up loving my wintery-images, such as this one... (it helps when the couple is so much in love, too :)
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A couple of weeks ago, I experienced a below zero temperature in my part of the world, it was COLD! So cold that it hurts to breathe in when you were outside. I was thinking - what global warming? ;) Well, while it's kinda sunny outside today - I found out from the weather's forecast that the cold blast is moving in tomorrow evening all the way through Wednesday. That means, we Colorado folks will have a white Christmas! Warm food and drinks, Christmas gifts and lots of snuggle times. Yeah!! ;)

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Whether you're going to have a white Christmas or not, I hope you're excited for the coming days as we are celebrating Christmas - the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior. He was here yesterday, He will be here again tomorrow and blessings today!

Friday, December 4, 2009

All Time Faves

Happy Friday! As the end of 2009 is nearly approaching, I looked back and through my computer's hard drive - I seriously have lots of photos from when I first started photography in Fall 2007. Who in the world would've thought that I'd become a photographer. A wedding photographer. Never in my lifetime I dreamt about this.

I have come a long way be at the point where I am now. Years ago I was a fresh graduate who didn't know what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. A few years ago, I was single and bored - one summer I decided to take a photography class for fun. Little did I know that that time of my life would change my life forever. For the first time, I knew what I wanted to be, career-wise and do for the rest of my life. I consider myself blessed to be able to hoist my camera and do this for a living. Thanks be to God.

All posts require photos - so here are some shots I took over time and some of them are my all time faves. Everytime I look at them, I feel happy.

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Have a great weekend! :)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day

It is the time of the year again in America where we are given chance to, especially today, sit down and give thanks for all the blessings we have received each and every day. I can literally list countless of small and big ways I have been blessed with - sometimes even things I don't deserve, things I've taken granted for or even trials along the way that make me a stronger person. So, again, I am reminded of overflowing God's grace and blessings on this very day - being reminded that life is precious and God is good. I am thankful because of that.

Joe and I have been prepping and cooking since last night and like everybody else in the United States - we're going to have plenty of food. Let me share with you our pies for today: chocolate pie and pecan praline pumpkin pie. They are not the best looking pies but..oh my, they are SO good! ;) and we made them from scratch, even the pie crusts! :)

Let's eat, drink and be merry!

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Green Life Update - End of Gardening Season

Almost seven months passed from the first time Joe and I planted a bunch of seeds in our garden. And winter is coming around - the first snow fall here in Northern Colorado pretty much marked the end of our gardening season. We have sown and harvested great fruits and veggies this season and I'm officially hooked on gardening! :) I'll definitely do it again next season in a heartbeat. As for now now, here are some fruits and veggies we harvested at the end of the season...

Pumpkins - Joe made pecan praline pumpkin pie last week out of these and oh so good! the pumpkins are so sweet to begin with.
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Small yellow watermelons. Sweet too!
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Canteloupe
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Edamame (Japanese beans)... and lots of it. Yum!
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Green bell peppers and yellow chilis.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Annalesa + Jeremy | Engaged!

I first met Annalesa sometime last year when she started attending the church I went to in Sun Valley, Southern California. We rarely saw each other again after that but we exchanged our photo blogs since she's also a photographer. Then we got reconnected at some points and she told me that she had moved from California to Colorado as well to be with her boyfriend who's in the military.

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We exchanged mails after emails...led to the news that she had gotten engaged to Jeremy! I couldn't be happier for her and the cool thing about it, she asked me to photograph their engagement session. I was honored and excited for it. They picked the Garden of Gods in Colorado Springs as this was also the place where they ended getting married at on October 19th.

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Anna and Jeremy first met in Full Sail University, Florida a few years back. But nothing outside friendship happened. They finally reconnected again through Facebook and then their relationship blossomed.
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We did some fun posings...
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How cute are these series? I asked Jeremy to jump... and he agreed so we did this quite a few times :)
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Anna wanted to show Jeremy her graceful jump as well.... ;)
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Oh I have to add that Garden of gods is such a gorgeous place! Add the wintery air to it, it's just amazing views all around.
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Congratulations again, Anna and Jeremy for your marriage! As you'll be moving and traveling to different places after this week, I hope for safe trips for the both of you. May love, joy and God's blessings and guidance be upon you guys as you live your life's together. Also - thank you Jeremy for your service and dedication to this country!