Archive for 'MY LIFE'

October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

These pics are cute overload!!!! Cute kids, cute costumes, and pumpkins!

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane. A few months after my niece was born I made her into sushi and yes that’s a real platter. I can’t believe she was so small at one point!

And last year she was a flower (excuse my blurry phone photo)

This year she’s….a COW! Mooooooooooooooo!

On Saturday we went to Arata’s Pumpkin Farm. It was Karly’s first time at a pumpkin farm and she had a blast!

Seriously how CUTE are these two?!?!?!

CJ the monkey & Karly the cow!

Ladybug, Monkey, Cow!

Karly’s been taking photos with my iPhone and sometimes she actually gets some good ones! Budding photographer!!!

Looking at a spider.

Olive the ladybug!

How cute are these two?!?!?! They kept holding hands all day!

Taking a little stroll in the corn field together.

The farm had this huge maze that we decided to try. It took 5 adults, 2 kiddies, & 1 baby 45 minutes to complete it!

We really wanted to find the Minotaur so we could get the golden pumpkin! Karly was terrified of the Minotaur! So sad, but she was happy with her golden pumpkin!

Still in the maze!

Pony ride!

Choo Choo!!!

A beautiful sunset in Half Moon Bay

 How cute are they doing the same exact pose!

Have a safe Halloween everyone!


August 29, 2011

Last week I had the opportunity to assist Junshien International Photographers shoot  a wedding in Boston! It was seriously a last minute trip (I found out less than a week before departing) and I have to say events like this just make me love my job even more. The spontaneity of my life!

After the wedding I spent a few days with a friend hanging out and exploring. About 2 years ago I visited Boston for the first time to help my friends move. (Part 1, Part 2, Freedom Trail) I wanted to go whale watching on that trip, but I felt unprepared both in the motion sickness and camera department. I figured if you’re going to go whale watching you might as well try to document it right?

Luckily on this trip I had to bring most of my equipment with me so I brought my 70-200mm on my whale watching excursion! I have to admit, it was probably one of the first times in my life I felt self-conscious with my camera because the minute I pulled it out I think half the upper deck on that boat was staring at me, but who cares because I was able to capture these moments.

I crossed my fingers, took my motion sickness pill and hoped we could see some whales! The New England Aquarium takes their boats to the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary which is about 1 – 1.5 hours away. The day I went we didn’t have to actually go all the way into the sanctuary because we saw whales right before we reached it. The naturalist on board gave us lots of interesting info about the whales. Unfortunately because I was trying not to throw up I honestly don’t remember much. The ride there was pretty smooth, but as soon as we stopped to observe the whales the boat rocked back and forth pretty violently. They said it was a lot more rough than normal (probably because Hurricane Irene was coming!) I probably wasn’t supposed too…but I took a second motion sickness pill…just in case!

On the bright side, I can cross off whale watching from my bucket list! We got to see humpback whales doing tail breaches which was pretty cool (although I wish I could’ve seen one actually do a full breach) & I now know that even under severe nausea I can still take a decent photo! All in all it was fun feeling like a National Geographic photographer for an afternoon!

Cute little lighthouse on the way to see the whales! They said it’s the first time in the history of the lighthouse that a woman is the caretaker.

The clouds were looking pretty ominous on parts of the ride!

My first glimpse of a humpback whale!

We got to watch two humpback whales doing tail breaches for awhile.

We saw another whale watching boat. Pretty neat perspective on the vastness of the ocean and how big the whales are.

As we were leaving the two whales breached together as if they were saying bye to us!

I have no idea why I remember this fact, but they told us that the water reached that clock tower before and it was the original location where ships would check in. It’s also Boston’s 17th tallest building.

May 23, 2011

It’s amazing to see how little ones change so fast! My niece is now 21 months!!! Only 3 more months until she turns 2! I can’t believe it, a full-fledged toddler! She’s an endless ball of energy, has her own language (but my whole family understands her), she’s fiercely opinionated, independent & social, and she makes my heart melt everyday.

We did this quick shoot of her a few months ago when she was 1.5. My sister and I literally thought “Oh man, we need to document this day.” So we took her outside our house in whatever outfit we could find and took a few photos. The light was oh so pretty! It’s actually quite difficult to get a good photo of Karly because she’s so active and she absolutely refuses to smile on command, but I think I managed to capture a few here!

March 09, 2011

Hello Blog World!
Yes, it’s been quite some time since I’ve visited you, but I’m back! With a cute new look here and a refreshed perspective on blogging I’m ready and better than ever! Aside from lemon & orange flavored candy (seriously I will pick out all the lemon/orange flavors and throw them away if I can’t find someone to share them with), it seems like this blog has become my arch nemesis. Back in the days of Xanga I loved to blog, but somewhere along the way I just got so behind on blogging that I didn’t know where to begin anymore. Please don’t tell me I’m the only one who feels like this! Anyways I have an entire season of material to blog, a lot of fun personal tidbits and occasionally (or more frequently) I will be going through my vaults and sharing some older images as well!

I’m very excited about 2011, I’ve been working on a totally awesome side project, taking a lot of photos, working out a lot, updating my blog, and soon I’ll be traveling to attend a lot of my friends weddings and to shoot weddings myself! I can already feel that this year will be amazing! Thank you again for taking this journey with me!

September 25, 2010

It’s the weekend!  I should be getting ready to shoot a wedding tomorrow, instead I decided to do a quick weekend blog post!

My family went to Hawaii last month!  I think this trip was SO special because it was the first time our entire family including my grandma went on vacation together since middle school or high school!  On top of it, minus my sister it was the first time we’ve all been to Hawaii!  Come to think about it, it’s so weird that I’ve traveled the world, yet going to Hawaii took this long.  It’s been a month and I’m still thinking about how much fun we had.  I can’t wait for the next time I get to go!  My family even started saving money in our lil pineapple piggy bank we got from the Dole Plantation.

We only went for 3 nights, but I really packed in the activities.  I think we did almost everything most tourists do in a week in those 3 days!  And the best part…I saw a sea turtle…swimming!  It was a dream come true for me!

Also it was probably the first time I went on vacation without my DSLR!!!  *gasp*  All these images were taken using a point and shoot (Canon S90) the underwater photos were taken using the underwater housing for the S90.  I absolutely LOVE this lil camera!

A vacation just isn’t a vacation without eating a lot of great food!

It was my first time snorkeling and what’s funny is I found out I get seasick snorkeling!  I love swimming and I normally can swim for hours, but the water was pretty rough so that took a toll on me!  My sister took a bunch of the fish photos!  Some of these fish were HUUUUUUGE!

Karly LOOOOOVED swimming so much!  She had a blast just a few days shy of her 1st birthday!

We even saw a rainbow when we got to the top of the Diamond Head hike!  Too bad it wasn’t a double rainbow 😛

I was SO excited we got to see sea turtles, but one thing I didn’t realize was how big they were!  Also the water was so murky you couldn’t see if there was a turtle nearby and although it’s illegal for you to touch them, two of them swam into me!

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