An anniversary to remember

Like most people I meet, especially with a session as intimate as a boudoir session, it can be kind of intimidating to be in front of a camera.  Michelle, a beautiful mother of 3 turned the images from soft, sexy and sultry to artsy and alluring.  It  was her opportunity to show off her sexy side and give her husband an anniversary to remember…

Michelle, I know you mentioned you had 3 kids and you were a bit nervous how this would turn out… but I am so impressed.   My favorite images came from the natural light that poured through the window. Congratulations to being married to your best friend of 11 years.

Where it comes from…

That’s right, 3 dots later.

Shella, a really good friend of mine, knows I am often inspired by other photographs, including those from fashion magazines. She has been so wonderful and kind to find and send me magazines that will help inspire me.

I go through each magazine looking for inspiration – pulling out pages, clips, poses, etc. to help me create either new ideas or maybe follow them.  I even jot some ideas for the next couple I plan to photograph.  Notes that sometimes may help my bride/groom(s) with their planning.

Plus, don’t we all want to look like WE belong on the cover of a magazine?

Sorry fellas, it really is a good pose.

I like cool frames.

Oh MaryAnne, this one has your name written all over it. It really does. I have notes already.

Happy Birthday Mom. You are Forever 21.

Its funny, most photographers (please have my back), ok as a photographer, I forget my family would probably like their photo taken from time to time or perhaps on their birthday.  What do you think?  Rarely, do I bring out my camera for family occasions, and maybe I might whip out my small 6.0 megapixel Canon point and shoot and snap a photo or 2.

If you knew my family, once the camera comes out, it can be chaos.  Sina, take your uncle’s picture who is visiting from Canadah.

Sina, you take good picture right?  I want to send to your family back home.

Ok, now take your 3rd cousin’s picture and his family.

And this is sometimes harder than photographing a wedding.  I know I sound a bit dramatic but it doesnt even end there.  Sina, did you make 5 copies of each picture.  One for each person in the picture.

So when it comes time to photographing my family, I actually have to schedule in a session for me to actually do it.

My sister came into town for my mother’s birthday and it was an opportune time to dress up and take a few photos together, and of course we couldn’t have done it with my diva partner in crime and sistah, Teena (giving credit where credit is due.  Holah).   When it was my mother’s turn, oh I’ll just type out her dialogue:

No Si-nah! I don’t need a picture.  Is ok. She is still in the bathroom fixing her hair.

Si-nah, what do you think about red?  You have to wear red on your birthday for good luck.

Ok, how about gold?  If you wear gold on your birthday, the Buddha say you will have lots of money for the next year.  Okay I wear gold.

We also had to take a few photos by the cacti. I like it. Its so booom. Thats her sound effect for its so big.

Here, Lin-dah, hold some flowers. It look nice. Don’t hate on the infamous green socks. She says it will make you lucky when you wear bright colors.

Being goofy is what we do best. Tell us how to pose and we become awkward.

Thanks to our glamorous photographer, Teena.

I did get my door shot even though she did not understand why I would want her by an ugly brick house and a big door when there are so many flowers and cacti around us.

I know I have said this before, I rarely push when it comes to posing. The image I choose of myself is the moment in between the “please look here and smile” and “the hand on your back and stand up straight.” But don’t get me wrong, I will still make you do awkward poses, its fun.

My mother, she is a natural. She poses the way she wants and her smile always comes out so beautifully. She turned 57 this past weekend and she still looks amazing.

Celebrating another New year.

Sin-ah?  You want to go with me to the Thai Temple up on the mountain.  Is so much fun, si-nah.  They have so much food.  A lot of  food, you will like it.

How is my mom going to entice me with food?  She does this all the time.  FUN = Lots of FOOD.  Especially when its free.  2 of my favorite words.

I didn’t want to go at first.  Thinking.  Its far.  I will be so tired from the mud run.  My scheduled diet is to start on Sunday since I couldnt start it the day of the mud run (huge food/beer garden fest.  Why is there always a fest of some sort).  Last week, I was treated to a carbo-fest of more seafood tacos.

It is Cambodian New Year (Thailand & Laos also celebrate this as their new year) and my diet is suppose to start on a Monday anyways.

Okay, mom.  I’ll take you.

Ask Shella and Quoc and all your friends.  They will like it.  Tell them, a lot of food for them to eat.

She was even more excited when I took my camera with me to document the event.  I forget my family appreciates a photo or 2.  I need to get better at that.

Si-nah. Here take my picture by the monk house. And show the mountain in the back.

Uh.  Mom, you are sorta crooked… nevermind.
Did, I ever mention that growing up I had no idea how to match my clothes.

When I photograph my family, rarely do I tell them how to pose.  Well, for one, my mom knows how to pose.  And two, I want to capture it the way they are.

I don’t know about your family, had there been flowers, she would have pulled the flower closer to her face and smiled for the camera with the flower right next to her face.

Happy New Year everyone. Happy Cambodian, Laos, and Thai New Year!

WPPI {The Smugmug PhotoBooth}

This year, I finally made it out to Las Vegas and attended the largest photography trade show, WPPI. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I met wonderful vendors, other Pro Photographers, and had the opportunity to choose the prints, canvas arts, and albums that best suit my style.

Thank you Kerry for sending these pictures. This was a great night along with many others. You 2 were wonderful roomies and already miss you much. Upurbumnobebe! Cheers!

The art of being goofy inside a photo booth.

Seriously its harder than it looks, you are constantly thinking of your next move. This does not come naturally. :0)

Monica + Steve {Engagement Session}

Time flew by so fast. I just wanted to walk, sit, eat yogurt and talk wedding with you. It felt too easy chatting about your upcoming wedding plans, your goals and all of what we both want in life. Oh wait, we’re not getting married are we?

So easily distracted, I think we just ended up confusing each other during the paperwork process. Ha. Love it!

I think I know why Tine said .. Monica & Chandler from friends??  Shhh…. don’t tell her I told you she screwed up on the name (wait, now its on blog).  Well I did too, I guess that makes the two of us.  A day we won’t forget, I like the little things.

Here is a sneak peek of your E-Session and {Your Moment with Me} video.  Oh and by the way, I think we are both in love with colors.. I don’t know, what do you think?

Speaking of colors for anyone who does not know what to wear for their E-Shoot, Check out called Have the Perfect Shoot for some ideas. Do not be afraid of colors cause it really is the new black.

Location:  Beautiful Little Italy

So I was laughing a bit here.  Monica is totally enjoying herself here.  Oh and Steve… you should really see the other photos…

I love shoes, what woman doesn’t love shoes?  ….She’s lying, check the trunk of her vehicle.  Its there.

The rest will be online for viewing by the end of this week.  Thanks and thank you.

Angela + John {Engagement Session}

Not only as a photographer, do I get to fulfill my need to be creative, get a bit artsy or colorful with my couple but my favorite images are images not intended for the camera.  The moment they actually forget you are there.  When they get a bit silly with each other.  Or when he looks at her and falls in love with her all over again.

Here’s a clip of your video: Gosh I’m gushing for the both of you.
Angela & John. Spending the rest of my life with you.

Permission granted to copy and paste this to your online photo album, facebook, and/ blog to share with family and friends.  Thank you Angela and John for being so wonderful!  This is just a sneak peek at your E-session, the rest of your images will be posted on the website soon.  🙂

Location: La Jolla Cove, San Diego.