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.

It’s one of those moments when you know your life is perfect.perfect moment1

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The beautiful one year old Alex…alex portrait bluealex 2alex mom and dad_edited-1playingalex and mommy

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

All good things must come to an end…. Goodbye until next time.endend session_edited-1

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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Nominated for Versatile Blogger

Extremely excited to be nominated for “Versatile Blogger” by one of my favorite bloggers “ARECIPEFORGLUTTONY“.  This really cheers me up because it’s a wonderful feeling to know that there is someone out there reading and enjoying my blog.  If you are always looking for unique food recipes and enjoy great pictures of food like me, check out “ARECIPEFORGLUTTONY” written by two talented sisters, Sally and Becky.   Sally & Becky, thank you so much for your nomination!!!
So I just googled “Versatile Blogger” and I think this is how it works.  I need to share with you 7 facts about myself and nominate my favorite bloggers.

ONE – I am a night owl.  I enjoy working at night because the quietness and stillness at night time enable me to think with clarity.  My inspiration tends to come to me at night too when I’m in my own thought and quiet space.  My mind is calm and I don’t get swayed away by a list of things I have to do during daytime.  No emails coming in. No phone ringing. No dog barking at neighbors.

TWO – I am a foodie but not a big fan of cheesy and creamy stuff.  I grew up in Asia surrounded with all kind of spices, fresh produce and seafood so I’m pretty fortunate to have eaten a wide variety of food.  Always seeking new recipes.  I love all kind of food ranging from Thai, Indian, Indonesian, and Moroccan.  Although I love food, when comes to cooking I prefer no hassles.

THREE – Seafood.  I love it so much that I think it deserves its own bullet point.  If I ever had seafood or shellfish allergy, I’d be very sad.  Overcooked seafood makes me mad!  Here is one I think it’s super yummy while you might think it’s disgusting is blood cockle.  This absolutely has to be eaten fresh and raw.

FOUR – Places left on my bucket list to visit and photograph are Nepal, India, Morocco, Turkey and Greece.  Some of the most amazing places I have been are South Africa, Thailand, Indonesia, France and Italy.  Coming up in my traveling plan that’s new in the next couple of months is Taiwan.  I have heard so much about their street food…I can’t wait to try their famous “stinky tofu”.  Wish me luck!

FIVE – I have music for almost everything I do.  I listen to the traditional Yoga music when I’m working.  It clears my mind and helps me focus.  I love listening to Pavarotti when making dinner.  And I enjoy listening to Dave Brubeck when I am reading or drinking wine.  I play Taylor Swift’s CD when I have clients over at my home-studio for portraits.  My theme song is “One Day I Will be Saturday Night” by Bon Jovi.  Lady Gaga’s “Applause” and Britney Spear’s “Work Bit*h” are my go to workout songs.

SIX – I secretly wish I can do salsa dancing like a pro.  Oh well… Zumba is the closest I have ever come to “dancing” with salsa moves.

SEVEN – All or nothing!  The BEST dessert I have ever eaten in the last 17 yrs living here in the US is The Banana Cream Pie at Emeril’s restaurant.  I refuse to eat a non-Emeril’s banana cream pie ever since.

Here are a few bloggers that I would like to nominate for “Versatile Blogger”.  Not only I look forward to reading their blogs, looking at their beautiful photos, I also find them inspiring.  To these wonderful bloggers (including areceipeforgluttony), thank you for making time to share with us your passion.

Being Nadia

This is a story about a girl, called Nadia.  She might be little but her big brown eyes, big smile, and contagious laughters say it all – big fabulous personality who is not afraid of having a good time in front of the camera!  Follow Nadia into her BIG little world, and she will show you what being Nadia is all about!

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Being Nadia…means…

laughing out loud. Rockin’ out Twinkle Twinkle Little Star like a pro.  Wondering what’s in a book. Bouncing on her horsey fearlessly.

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Being Nadia… means…

waiting patiently while mom prepares an awesome Easter egg coloring project.

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Being Nadia… means…

whatever it takes to create a masterpiece, even it means getting messy.  Oh, she will tell you tasting coloring dye is not such a good idea.

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Being Nadia… means…

staying curious, exploring and testing new limits.

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Being Nadia… means…

having a goofy daddy that makes her laugh so hard, and a loving mommy that comforts her when tears roll down those chubby cheeks. 

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Being Nadia… means…

leaving behind a trail of Goldfish Crackers.

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Being Nadia… means…

giving kisses and showing affection to those she loves.

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 Goodnight & Goodbye…

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Special thanks to The Petrillos for choosing me as their photographer and inviting me to their loving home to create this wonderful family album.  I feel very fortunate to have friends like The Petrillos who have supported me since day one.  xoxo.

Think Love, Live Joy
May Yap