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! :)