Beach Crab

Sighting of little crab crawling along the shoreline definitely adds an interesting flavor to the Brunei beaches.  These little crab dug holes and left little balls of sand art all over the beach.  But trying to catch one in action requires a pair of good eyes and lots of patience.  These little sideways moving critters were super fast.  Guess it was my lucky day to find one scrambling its way out of its hole on the sand.

By the time we finally made it to the beach in Kuala Belait, Brunei, the sun was going down.  I was already being under attack by sand flies so I wasn’t planning to stay long.  However during the short period of time, not only I spotted a crab, I also caught a glimpse of the beautiful sunset against the ocean.  I left the beach feeling like a winner!

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Waiting For The Right Moment

 

 

Location, location and location is everything in business.  But comes to photography, timing is everything!  After Angie and Yan looked through their gallery, they said to me “can’t believe you got so many shots of my son smiling and laughing.  All I can remember was he constantly crying and throwing tantrums the whole time!”  To me, this is someone telling me they noticed and appreciate my work.

Session with  a toddler is always challenging, but it’s worth it when they love their pictures, print it, frame it and hang it up on their walls.  We all may remember how hard it is to get the toddler to just sit still for at least 80% of  the photo shoot, but I only need 20% of great moments, no matter how small each window is, to make great pictures.  Be patient and wait for the right moment to click.   But of course, there is no way you are going to get any toddlers to pay attention to you, let alone smile at you and your silly camera, without some form of bribing and lots of treats.

 

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Nebraska Summer Sky

So finally I had chance to attend one of the most popular summer events – Nebraska Hot Air Balloon & Wine Festival.  I missed it almost every year in the last 5 years, I’m glad I made it this year.  I love watching hot air balloons sailing in the sky.  Have you ever wondered what’s it’s like to float in the air and touch the sky?  That mystery feeling.

Although I went, drank some Nebraska wine and enjoyed some great live music, I didn’t sail away into the summer sky and touch the cotton candy looking cloud.  I, however, came home with a lot of great pictures, which I love to do.  While I was editing away one of the pictures, my sweet little girl asked “why is the rainbow round?”  I looked her as she pointed at the picture in my screen and I replied “hmm… because that’s how I dream it.”  Then I remember, yes… that’s why I love photography, it allows me to capture what I see and create what I feel.  Just like what Vincent Van Gogh said “I dream my painting and then I paint my dream.”

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Larry & Stephen – Graduation Party 2014

Larry and Stephen are twin brothers who just graduated high school this May.  Class of 2014 – woot!  woot!  I simply love their fun, out-going, and well-mannered personalities!  Such terrific people.  Sherri, their mom, an aspiring event planner put together this awesome graduation party for the boys and had hired me to shoot the event for them.  I truly feel honored to be able to help capturing this great memory!

Instead of sharing individual pictures like I normally would for a regular session, I feel a slideshow  video would do a better job at showing all the laughters, fun, beautiful decorations, food and activities that were being captured.  Please sit back and enjoy!  For better video quality, select to watch 720HD on the player.  Wordpress set to the lowest resolution by default.

“Sunkiss” – The Otto Family

I have been waiting all week to share this gorgeous family lifestyle session on the blog!  Eek… I am so excited that I’m finally done with the editing part.  In this session we wanted to do Alex’s (that little doll) ONE year portrait session too.  I am so glad when Beth chose to do a lifestyle session for Alex’s one year portrait.  I also want to mention not only Beth is a very dedicated mom, she is also a very talented artist; I have seen her works and I love them.  Working with Beth has been amazing… she is like me, a planner!!!  We exchanged emails, texts and FB messages for several weeks… from planning the outfits all the way to making our visions work together.  I love how she coordinated all the colors of their outfits and even up to the picnic blanket.

For weeks, I had planned and imagined this cute little family having a picnic and playing in the golden sunset.  The sun had been hiding all week but it finally came out just an hour before our session.   I think the sun just came out for us… felt like we have been kissed by the sun.  Now it’s time to sit back and enjoy these beautiful images.
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Their Firstborn.
“A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother’s love” – Thomas Chandler Haliburton

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The moment of “toot”…   This part of the photo shoot we definitely didn’t plan for it.  Ha!  Sometimes the best things in life are unexpected.moment of tootperfect moment2_edited-2

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If you would like to check out this talented artist’s works,  click here to go to her FB page.  Tell her May send you ;o)

Under The Tuscan Sun

Can’t believe it has been a month since I last posted on my blog.  This month just flies; it’s the third week already.  Crazy busy month as I am getting ready for our big trip – traveling to Asia.  I think after this trip, I will need a year break from vacation… vacation is hard work, no kidding!  The amount of work and planning that has to put into it is crazy.  But some trips are totally worth many sleepless nights of planning!This week I have been thinking about Italy so I am going through my photo album from last year.

Have you read the book or seen the movie called “Under The Tuscan Sun”?  Ever since I have read that book and watched that movie, I have wanted to visit Toscana (Italian for Tuscany).  And very often I would wonder if I will ever have that courage like the main character did in the book… just decided to stay and never look back.  Oh well, guess I got my answer.  I went and had a marvelous trip at Tuscany last summer but I prefer to go home – my home sweet home.  Pictures here are taken in Pisa and inside the Cathedral of Pisa.  Tuscany dinner at a beautiful winery called Fattoria il Poggio at Montecarlo.

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