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March 28, 2011
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Back in November I was hired to shoot a wedding in Florida! Well since we were in Florida my sister and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit some of the world’s greatest amusement parks! We went to Universal Studios/Harry Potter World & of course the super magical Disney World (which has to be its own post)!

I am a huge Harry Potter fan! I’ll admit I’ve bought the books the day they came out and obsessively read until I was finished. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any more Harry Potter-ed imagine my shock and joy when I found out they were making an amusement park!!! I knew I had to go…one day…even if it was just so I could try the Butterbeer! Well that day came and went and I still love Harry Potter!

A few things about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

  • It’s part of  The Islands of Adventures (Universal Studios has 2 parks, like Disneyland/CA Adventure) My sister and I bought a park hopper ticket, but now looking back we should’ve just saved our money because we didn’t spend much time over on the Universal Studios side.
  • It’s a lot smaller than you think. You can do the Harry Potter section in half a day, but my sister and I kept coming back, so for Harry Potter lovers like us we could stay the entire day.
  • I think there are only 3 rides.
  • Butterbeer = Butterscotch cream soda flavored amazing goodness.
  • Pumpkin Juice = Tastes like pumpkin pie in juice form. Didn’t taste as bad as it sounds, but Butterbeer was way better.
  • Bring an umbrella or poncho with you. You’ll see sudden crazy downpours. At the end of the night it started to pour buckets of water.
  • Cool tip = Bring some stamps and send a postcard home! They have someone that will stamp your postcard for you!

These are a combination of photos from my Canon s90 and my sister + my phones (Droid X) which actually takes some amazing photos! Bringing a dslr to an amusement park isn’t very practical especially when they make you put everything into lockers each time you go on a ride.

The clouds in Florida are AMAZING!


Hagrid’s house.

If I was a student at Hogwarts!

Don’t let this photo deceive you. It may look like it was nice and cool, but it was so humid and probably 80° !

My sister bought Hedwig for my niece and we had a little fun with him before we left. We even had people borrow Hedwig for their photos in front of the train!

And that my friends concludes our trip to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Up next…Disney World!

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September 25, 2010
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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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March 01, 2010
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As I travel back in time to 2 years ago (I know…these photos are OLD!)  I had the opportunity to go take photos inside the Grand Canyon West.

Long story short my parents friends hooked me up with a photographer from Korea who was coming to photograph the canyon for a book.  So here I was off to the Grand Canyon in freezing cold February weather!

Well as you can guys know I’m not a landscape photographer.  I photograph people and my dogs!  I can say it was a very different experience and I now have a much higher appreciation for landscape photographers.  I’m always in awe when I see those breathtaking photographs, but I just didn’t think about what went into getting that shot.

First of all I had to wake up at the crack of dawn.  Wait let me rephrase that…BEFORE the crack of dawn because we had to off road to some remote location so he could get that shot he wanted.  Second you have to be in good shape because lord knows I ended up on all sorts of ledges and high perches….and last you have to have a lot of patience!  Sometimes things just don’t go as planned, mother nature doesn’t quite care about your plans =P  Also I wasn’t used to having to carry and use a tripod the entire day!!!

I took these photos with my Nikon D70 and whatever kit lens it came with!  This trip was before I got all my fancy equipment and lenses!  Actually after this trip I was wondering why there were so many specks on my photos and realized I needed to get my sensor cleaned (oops!)  Which is another reason it took so long for me to get to these photos, I just didn’t want to deal with removing all those specks!!!!  I wish I could have a “do over” with these photos!  I think if I went now, I would be able photograph it with a much more knowledgeable eye!

What struck me was that the Grand Canyon West was so remote and quiet!!!  Our guide told us they have to use satellite phones because there’s no cell reception on the reservation.  Also it’s hard to see in these photos, but the canyon is so immense!  It’s hard to believe this is only a small part of the entire canyon!  I felt like such a tiny ant.  Seriously without the guide we would’ve had to bust out some survivorman moves!

A DAY IN GRAND CANYON WEST

The Empty Highway

Diamond Peak and contrary to what you see this was taken BEFORE sunrise!

The sun rising

They looked so cute

Another angle of Diamond Peak

Colorado River

We had to do some climbing for this one….

It doesn’t look like it, so I’m really glad I got this shot to show perspective of how high we climbed!

Mr. Photographer from Korea

Sunset

The End.

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February 25, 2010
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I literally have several thousands of photos I took during my 2 months in Korea.  There’s so many I want to share, but I don’t want to overwhelm everyone so I’ll just be splitting them up and adding them to my blog when I have a chance.  These photos were taken in early to mid December before all the crazy snow!  So get ready for some awesome snow pics in my next entry!

I have a thing with going to high places to take in the view.  I love it!  I was actually afraid of heights for a period of my life, but now there’s something so awesome about going up high and getting an unobstructed view!

In my search for awesome views of Seoul I asked my cousin if he knew any places really high up and we snuck up to the top of a building!  Totally worth it!

Namsan Tower

One day after eating sushi with my cousin we ended up at a playground in Hongdae.  We thought it would be fun to go on the merry go round to take some pics, but seriously in order to get this photo I thought I was going to throw up!!!!  The things we do to get a fun photo!

I went to this cool place north of Seoul called Heyri.  They have really awesome art there and an English Village.

The view from this mountain near my cousins place.  Next 2 photos taken with my point and shoot.

In Seoul there’s Seoul Tower also known as Namsan Tower.  It’s huge so you can’t miss it no matter where you are in Seoul.  As I was up there I couldn’t believe so many people lived in such a small amount of space!  It’s pretty apparent when all you see are tall buildings everywhere and you’re bumping into every other person on the street!

All these couples come to Namsan Tower and attach a lock.  There are so many locks up there now it’s insane!

Covered in locks!!!!!

View from the top!  I’m so happy I went on a clear day!

Home!

Hyatt Hotel in Itaewon.  That’s one huge hotel!

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December 31, 2009
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Wow 2009 has come and gone and it’s already 2010 for me!!!  It’s past 4am, but I’m still up and I wanted to start off the new year with a blog post!

I went to the Han River with my cousins and uncle to shoot fireworks, but because it was so cold we were only there for about 15 minutes before we felt like our fingers and toes were going to fall off so we left and went to McDonalds!!!  My first meal of the year = McDonalds chocolate milkshake + french fries!  Most people make resolutions to lose weight and eat healthier, but we headed straight to McDonalds =P  (probably because it was the closest 24 hour place around us!)

Han River

My uncle + fireworks

My cousin + sparklers

My cousins & uncle + fireworks

Finally…
ME + Fireworks!!!!  It was so much fun!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

I hope everyone back in the states has an amazing and safe new year!

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