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Kara's Modeling Portfolio

Published by in Modeling ·
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Many people have dreamed to become a model, but it's not as easy as one would think. Besides the outer beauty and meeting the height and size requirement, a potential model has inner qualities, appealing character, and must be natural in posing in front of the camera.

Although it was her first time, Kara knew the rhythm of her body movement and was all natural during the photo shoot for her modeling portfolio. She even suggested to pose like Wonder Women, and I could see her super power within as she unleashed the energy. Funny that I had just watched the new Wonder Woman movie starring Gal Gadot, and I could see some resemblances.

8 Reasons Why Attending Photo Conferences is Beneficial

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“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” This quote from Ronald E. Osborn explains why we photographers should never stop learning, and one of the quickest ways to sharpen our skills and rediscover our passion is by attending photography conferences.

We are so fortunate to live in a country that has many photography conferences to go to. There are major annual conventions for portrait and wedding photographers such as WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) and Imaging USA; PhotoPlus International Expo to discover the latest in photography, video and digital imaging; PMA International Convention and Trade Show to get a first-hand experience in the newest model of cameras, photo equipment, and digital imaging software. There are also many local conferences and workshops held by various organizations and renowned photographers by roadshows across the states to educate amateur and professional photographers.

Any photographer would agree that photography is beyond owning a nice camera and an ultra-sharp lens. It's about seeing the world through our eyes. We capture whatever that catches our attention or moves us, whether it's an extreme close-up of the blossom flower petals, the satisfying look of a child eating an ice cream bar, a majestic landscape painted in dramatic light, or intriguing patterns we encounter on the street. Photography is about our vision and passion captured on film or digitally.

There are many benefits to attend photography conferences. Below is a list of top seven reasons and tricks:

1. Attend workshops.
For those who just want to spend a day exploring the exhibits in major photo conventions, they can easily spend a day or two wandering from booth to booth to see the latest products. For the serious learners, attending the workshops is the best way to learn in short amount of time. I remember there was a time that I spent a whole semester at school to learn what I learned in two hours at a workshop.

Established professionals can learn from photography experts on the latest trends in shooting style, gain marketing insights, and tools for running a business. Amateurs can learn from renowned photographers on various topics such as choosing the right equipment, how to setup lighting by using flash and continuous light, effective ways in choosing your subject and background, etc. in short amount of time.

2. Touch and feel new toys.
Camera enthusiast can get a hand on experience with the latest photo equipment and technology, and ask representatives questions about products and features. While reading about the products online can be useful, there's nothing compared to the excitement in actually touching and playing with the new toys.

3. Get inspired (again).
Every time I attend a photography conference, I got so inspired that I wanted to try something new immediately. It could be a new marketing idea, developing a new style to shoot, or trying out a new trick to generate more income.

4. Meet new fellow photographers.
Almost all conference attendees are photographers and share the same enthusiasm. Don't be shy to introduce yourself and ask questions. Chances are the person you meet is already familiar with the camera on your bucket list and can give you honest opinions.

5. Win products from by listening to mini seminars.
Many companies reward those attendees who sat through the end of the presentation by raffle ticket drawings. I've personally won an Adobe software that worth $700 while learning some new tricks from the speaker.

6. Bring your camera and lenses to major photo conventions.
Camera makers showcase their latest products at major conventions such as Imaging USA and WPPI. They usually have onsite technicians who can fine tune your camera and lenses at no charge.

7. Do a quick walkthrough to find the best free seminars.
Many big brand companies such as Nikon, Canon, Adobe, etc. invite renowned photography leaders to speak on their specialty. The complimentary mini seminars are usually 30 minutes to an hour long throughout the entire convention. Take a quick walk through the expo hall and write down the seminars that interest you and go back when the time starts.

8. Buy stuff and save money
This is actually my biggest reason to go to a photo convention. You can always expect show specials and discounts when you buy from the exhibitors during the conventions. The savings alone usually paid for my travel expenses and considerably more.

Our new video showcase

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We are so excited to introduce our new video showcasing some of our latest images. This is a one-minute short video that will be used for marketing on social media platforms. We thought about showing the video on the home page of our website, but we dropped the idea in respect to some viewers privacy as the music would auto play and create some unwanted attention. so we are showing the video here on the blog instead.

Kelly and Jimmy Wedding at St. Ignatius and Olympic Club

Published by in Weddings ·
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What a fun wedding celebration for Kelly and Jimmy who exchanged vows at St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco and danced the night away at the Olympic Club.

I began with Kelly the bride at the prestigious St. Regis in downtown. Most ladies already have their hair and makeup done, and the bride was just about ready. Heidy the second shooter began with Jimmy the groom at his condo with a gorgeous view overlooking the AT&T baseball stadium and Bay Bridge.

Jimmy the groom and I have something in common. He is the football coach for CCSF where I obtained a photography degree. It was such an honor to capture the couple as they tied the knot at the fully packed church witnessed by hundred of guests.

The Olympic Club Lakeside is one of my favorite reception venues for the open space and bright window lights. It is probably one of the largest golf club house in the nation in size.

The super friendly Olympic Club event coordinator Ava Chin took us on a golf cart and drove us to a scenic green by the ocean. We took some romantic portraits of the newly wed during the cocktail reception while the guests were happily mingling and enjoying the delicious hors d'oeuvres.

Lucky for the guests invited to the wedding, more food was brought in after the bountiful dinner of juicy steak, salmon, and shrimp. Right at 10:00 pm, the staffs pushed a cart full of buttery grill cheese sandwiches and hot dogs to the dance floor. What an exciting evening as the crowd danced along with the live band performed by Pop Fiction.

Photographers: Kurty Wong, Heidy Hernandez
Wedding Coordinator: Julie Briggs Dunn, JBD Events
Olympic Club Catering Director: Ava Chin
Hair and Makeup: Meaganne McCandess
Transportation: BSW Limo, Bauer's
Live Band: Pop Fiction
Photo Booth: Tom Foolery

Golf lession from Hank Haney for Charles Schwab

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Shooting Hank Haney and Charles Schwab clients at Palo Alto Hills Golf and country Club. Hank Haney is best known for coaching Tiger Woods and championship winner Mark O'Meara.

Hank was recognized as PGA's Teacher of the Year and has instructed more than 200 PGA Tour professionals. He is also the Corporate Ambassador for Charles Schwab. When Tiger Wood studied under Haney, he changed Tiger Woods' swing from an upright to a flatter golf swing and greatly improved his skill.

Winner of 2015 Spectrum Award

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It's always an honor to be recognized as one of the top photography studios delivering top quality services. The Spectrum Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction was established to spotlight companies providing exceptional service and experiences to their customers. Their research is done annually and is completely independent and unbiased. The award is only bestowed upon that fraction of companies earning their highest ratings.

We couldn't have received awards without great testimonials from our clients, and we strive to deliver exceptional photographers to keep our clients smiling.

Cindy & Roy Wedding at Treasure Island Chapel and Zen Peninsula

Published by in Weddings ·
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It was a long distance relationship for Cindy and Roy when they started dating. The magic of love sure have accumulated lots of frequent flyer miles for Roy until this perfect day.

After several raining days in a row just before the wedding, the sky became clear blue, and the temperature was just right for the winter weather. The bride and bridesmaids rose before sunrise for hair and makeup with Jessie Weng. The groom and groomsmen anxiously waited outside of the bride's parents' home for permission to enter the house to marry the bride. As a part of the Chinese tradition, the bridesmaids gave the groom an extremely hard time by making him pass a series of ridicules and hilarious games - passing seaweed mouth to mouth between all groomsmen; tasting bitter, sour, sweet and spicy food as a symbol to tasting all situations of life; singing and performing the Korean pop song Ganam Style, and giving enough money in a red envelope to make the bride happy.

Over 200 guests celebrated the wedding ceremony at Treasure Island Chapel, and attend the delicious 8 course Chinese banquet at the popular Zen Peninsula Restaurant in Millbrae. Then it was time to torture the newly wedding by playing games. The wedding party placed a balloon on the groom's lap and asked the bride to burst it by sitting on the balloon. Then asked to newly wedding to burst the balloon again on their chest

Miniature airplanes were on the cake top since travel was the theme. Even when we shot their engagement portraits, they brought along suitcases as prop. Now Roy the groom no longer need to fly hundreds of miles to meet his princess Cindy. They bought a house and live happily ever after.

Lighting Workshop

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It was rewarding to teach a basic lighting workshop to 20 photographers at my studio. What I learned back in college 20 years ago still applies today. The basic lighting techniques are so important that once you've learn the five basic ways to light your subjects, you can almost achieve any looks. The five basic lightings are broad, Rembrandt, butterfly, side, and rim.

On the top right photo, I was holding a magazine to demonstrate how the emulate the lighting from a magazine. And no, I wasn't holding a Playboy magazine.

Special thanks to Amy for being the model for the workshop. The photos above were some shots during the lighting demonstration. Click here to see the photos and notes from the workshop.

If you are interested in signing up for my next lighting workshop, please send me an email.

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