Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Baby Chloe | Studio Workshop Part 1

A few days ago I had the chance to attend a studio workshop in Denver with some hands-on experience. Great crowd, great sessions, awesome models and volunteers - the event was hosted by the Mile High Photographers network here in Colorado. We learned and shot four sessions that day with different models to photograph.

The first session I shot was a baby session. Chloe was so cute in her tutu dress, everyone went "awww" when we saw her mom brought her in to model for us :) She's super cute, easygoing and such a sweetheart! Check these out! ;)

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I HEART babies! love, love, love!! :)
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My absolute fave from this session :)
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I'll share some high-fashion photos from the second session... in the next few days!

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Sweet First Year

About this late that night, a year ago - I couldn't sleep. I was feeling nervous, very happy and excited... so excited - it was so tough to rest my brain and make myself asleep. In a few hours, I was going to put on that beautiful lacey, off-white dress I had been wanted to wear. And just to think about the man I was going to start a new journey with, made my heart melt. On top of all these frenzies, I was a little anxious hoping and praying that everything we've (read: I've) planned for the last few months would go smoothly!

...And it did. Joe and I were married last year on March 22nd at around noon - it was a beautiful and a very, very good day for both of us :) We were so in love, happy and excited being married to each other.

Fast forward, here we are... It's just so hard to believe that it has been a year. One whole year of married life! I can't say that everything was all roses, wines and chocolates but I'm so blessed to be married to Joe - to love and be loved by him and couldn't ask for a better husband. Happy 1st Anniversary, My Love! I'm looking forward to many more....

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{a little photo collage from our wedding day I made for our thank you card to our guests last year}

Monday, March 15, 2010

Tammy + Harold {Las Vegas Wedding 03.06.2010}

Harold is in love with a married woman - the woman he has been married to for a decade. Tammy and Harold, on March 6th, 2010, renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were married 10 years ago and never really had big celebration of a wedding day, so they always wanted to be able to do this and have a wedding photographer to take pictures for them. Well, suffice to say that I was privileged to be able to do this for them :)

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Both Harold and Tammy wear their wedding rings from ten years ago, but Tammy got him another ring here, as shown on the picture - to commemorate their ten-years anniversary.
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Although I didn't actually get to photograph the ceremony at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino (they have their in-house photographer & videographer) - I hung out with them pre and post-ceremony.
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Just by spending a few hours with them together, I can feel that this couple is so much in love with each other - I didn't feel that they're there to renew their vows after ten years but it was just their wedding day, period. They are just so sweet and gentle with one another. It made me smile just to see the glimpse of their loving relationship.
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Congrats Tammy and Harold - I enjoyed meeting and spending a few hours with both of you in Vegas. Thanks for the honor of letting me photograph you - I wish you more love in your marriage in the next decades!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

WPPI 2010

As I mentioned on my last post - I attended the WPPI 2010 (stands for Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in Las Vegas, NV for about 5 days since last week. It was my second time attending after 2008. WPPI is the largest annual convention and trade show in the world for photographers. It's amazing to see a plethora of people came from all over the world - male/female, old and young with different levels of expertise and different numbers in business... all come with the purposes of learning, networking, finding new ideas for the business...so on, so forth.

The convention was held in the MGM Grand Conference Center, located right on the Las Vegas' strip.
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I personally had such a great time there - met several new people and saw a few old friends, learned a lot from different speakers and got inspired with new, fresh ideas. Did I mention that people were so friendly and open about sharing their knowledge - I just simply love this industry!

I took a few quick snaps of few amazing speakers of WPPI while they were sharing their knowledge:

Joe Buissink - I believe he was talking here about how you need to sync your mind and machine when you photograph a wedding... such a passionate speaker.
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The absolutely fab Jasmine Star - I heart her for who she is and her styles!
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Cliff Mautner - I appreciate his useful insights on lighting and moments on a wedding day.
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...even Marilyn Monroe (ala Vegas) came to one of our classes to sing "Happy Birthday WPPI" to commemorate WPPI 30th year anniversary :)
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Hung out with a fellow Colorado photographer Lindsay Lack....
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...and an old friend, Livia Chandra from Los Angeles, CA.
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And of course, my dear hubs came along with me to the convention.
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We all know that Vegas is a casino-state...I'm not much of a gambler, but I do enjoy playing slots machine once in a while ;) and they are available everywhere, even at the airport.
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When we were waiting for our flight back at Vegas' airport, I saw an interesting guy with a funny-panda hat on... so I pulled my camera out and sneaked in a photo there ;) pshh, if you know him - don't tell him I put his pic up on my blog ;)
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Well, that's all for now. Basically, Joe and I had such a great time and learned a whole bunch. It was eventful, inspiring, incredible and at the same time exhausting! (in a good way, though) :) So long WPPI - hope to see you again next year! :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fun, Food and A Wedding

Those who know me personally and are close to me, knew that I am a HUGE fan of sushi. As a matter of fact, I just heart Japanese food in general. While my husband Joe likes a grilled cheese sandwich as his comfort food, I would take sushi anytime to console me over a bad day...or any days, actually. And with my limited sushi-making-mad-skills I gained during my waitressing-days in college; I make them quite often at the comfort of my own home! :)

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Along with my other fellow photographers across the nation - we are excitedly prepping to attend the annual photography conference in MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. All I can think of now is that we re all going to have a load of fun - learning, eating good food, networking, eating good food, meeting those well-known photographer-celebrities, enjoying warmer weather, and did I said eating good food? ;) I can barely wait!

On top of that, I'll be photographing a destination wedding in Vegas this weekend too. I mean, it's like the cake tastes so good already, now I'm getting the cherry on top of the cake. Seriously, it'll be a full package of great times!

Well, when I return from Vegas next week, I promise to share some photos here on my blog so stay tuned. Have a great weekend, Everyone! Cheers ~