Headshots are usually the first impression prior to meeting or hiring someone. Hence, a beyond good looking headshot is essential for a lasting impression. Headshot is for everyone. Whether actors, models, business professionals, lawyers, real estate agents, performers, etc. need a professional headshot to represent themselves. Other popular uses are social media profiles such as linkedin, Facebook, and online dating services such as match.com, eharmony, etc.
Call us today for your headshot for just $125. The photo shoot takes one hour, and you will have an eye-catching head shot that can be used for any purposes.
Paul came by the studio to update his modeling portfolio. He asked what he should wear, and I suggested Banana Republic look - neutral color, life style and fashionable. It looks great on him.
I was often asked by aspiring models on what makes a great modeling portfolio. First the print size in the portfolio should be 8x10, 9x12 or 11x14, include a good variety of looks from various photographers, and a good mixture of color and black and white prints. 6 to 12 photos is adequate to present yourself to a new agency but no more than 20. and of course, the most important key factor is awesome photos that make your agency and clients "wow!".
St. Peter and Paul Church and Marines Memorial Club are both highly popular wedding venues in San Francisco. Built in 1924, the church was featured in the Clint Eastwood movies Dirty Harry. Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe and famed baseball player Joe DiMaggio had their wedding photographs taken on the steps of this church.
Marines' Memorial Club is a splendid venue for wedding receptions. Located in Union Square, it is a private social club for United States Marines and other veterans of the United States Armed Forces. However, wedding couples don't necessary need to serve in the military to have wedding reception there.
On the wedding day, we begin capturing the very lovely bride Marissa at MMC's exquisite hotel room. Then got on the cable car with the bridal party to the church. It's always so much fun riding on the cable car for weddings, as we watch bystanders on the street joyfully cheer out loud for the wedding party. I feel so blessed that I have the best job in the world!
Alison was noticed by two model scouts in separate occasions. Realizing that she has a potential to be a model, she came in our studio for a high fashion modeling portfolio.
She's amazing even as a beginner. Not at all camera shy, Alison knew her best angles and body movement. She will be meeting an agent at a modeling agency next week. I hope she get signed and paid for major gigs.
Ascension Cathedral of Oakland is one of the grandest and most stunning churches in the Bay Area. The metal plates that frame the ceiling change color as the interior lighting changes. For wedding photographers, it is a dream church to photograph for all seasons.
Joanne and Niko held a big fat Greek wedding at the church. The gym next door was totally transformed into an exquisite ballroom with long drapes and chandeliers. There was always plenty of delicious food and unstoppable dancing as part of Greek's passionate culture. We celebrated and captured their precious wedding moments as they dance the night away.
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.
Brownstone Gardens is a secret wedding venue tucked in the town of Oakley, CA. After an hour drive from the city, I was surprised to find such a beautiful garden full of shady trees and bountiful flowers. No wonder Tracie and Sean were so excited to have their wedding at the secret garden.
Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service.
Kurty Photography has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2014.
“Only about 5 percent of the photography companies in the San Francisco Bay Area have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a really high standard.”
Angie’s List Super Service Award 2014 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2014 Super Service Certification logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.
Little Joysee's wish was to be a princess and meet Elsa and Anna from Disney's Frozen. With the planning of Wish-A-Wish Foundation and generosity of various vendors, Joysee celebrated her surprising 5th birthday at the San Mateo Marriott. Kurty Photography is happy to be a part of the team in making her wish come true.
Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in the United States and change the lives of the kids they serve. We first learned about the foundation from Batkid, Miles Scott, an American child and cancer survivor who is in remission. Miles wish was to be "Batkid", a sidekick to superhero Batman. The city of San Francisco kindly supported the event on November 15, 2013 for one of the largest and most elaborate Make-A-Wish projects ever staged. It was truly awarding to contribute our photography skill to make a difference for the kids.
Event sponsors: Event Planner Bridal Stop & Events, flowers Mints & Honey Dot, DJ Verducci Event Productions, Cake Kathy's Kreative Kakes, Balloons Paradise Sweets LisaMarie Sablan, Linens Napa Valley Linens, Food Round Table Pizza, Horse Carriage Fancy Ferriage by Horse & Carriage, Jump House EJ Jumpers, The Best Princess Parties, and Kurty Photography.
We did it again! Many thanks to the brides and grooms who voted for us as the top wedding photographers. We couldn't have been honored the award without you. We will continue to provide exceptional services and satisfaction for future wedding couples for years to come.
The WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® recognizes the top 5 percent of local Wedding Professionals from the WeddingWire Network throughout the United States, Canada and abroad that demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards® are awarded solely based on the reviews from over 200,000 newlyweds. Awards are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: overall rating (quality), total number of reviews (quantity), review performance from 2014 (recency), and consistency of reviews from year to year (consistency).
The international acclaimed Steinway pianist/composer Kevin Kern has recently released his latest CD "Imagination's Light", and the CD cover photo was taken by Kurty Photography at the recording studio in Berkeley.
I still remember how challenging it was to set my studio lighting - a black Steinway piano against a pitch black background with Kevin in his black Armani suit. The result was a dramatic, low key yet magical and powerful image with just minimal streaks of light to define the shapes. The spot light on Kevin was the key to the CD's theme - Imagination's Light.
The CD immediately soared to number 4 in the Billboard's top chart, and it's got great reviews.
Kevin is currently on tour in Asia, and I will post his upcoming U.S. tour dates here when I find out.
Please visit Kevin Kern's Web site at http://www.kevinkern.com. More of my photographs can also be seen there.
If you enjoy his soothing music with soft piano and warm rhythms, CDs can be purchased at any Major record stores or on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009WFFP4/102-8355386-0079356?v=glance&n=5174
When I wanted to try a new restaurant or find a professional service, I'd first check with Yelp. Since Yelp's reviews are written by real people, it's always a good idea to see what people's experiences are them.
We are so fortunate to receive the letter of recognition from Yelp. We work hard to meet customers satisfaction, and we are thankful to all the great customers who gave us 5 star reviews!
Kurty Photography has been selected for the 2014 San Francisco Best Businesses Award for Photographers.
The San Francisco Best Businesses Program is an annual program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the San Francisco area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
How fun it was to travel to L.A. to photograph a Hollywood style wedding, along with special guests as George Clooney, Brad Pitts, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. The moment the wedding couple Bi and Jimmy walked on red carpet to the grand reception, they were interviewed by chatty Joan Rivers along with paparazzi (so what if they were impersonators).
The zen and intimate ceremony was held under the summer's sun at Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden. The wedding couple exchanged their wedding vows on the moon bridge as guests witnessed surrounding a peaceful pond filled with Koi fishes and white cranes.
The Hollywood theme grand reception at Hilton San Gabriel was the highlight of the night. Giant movie posters starring Bi and Jimmy as the casts prominently displayed by the reception entrance. When the newly wed entered, Robin Thicke performed "Blurred Lines" as the newly wed whirled on the dance floor for their first dance, followed by Lady Gaga shaking the entire ballroom with her greatest hits. It sure was one of the most memorable weddings we have photographed, and we could do this every weekend!
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Known as Sweet Melissa, San Francisco Examiner columnist Melissa Griffin tied the knot with writer Christopher Caen, son of the most famous San Francisco writer of the last century Herb Caen at the history Victorian- era Haas-Lilienthal House in San Francisco, CA. The bartenders at the reception served Herb Caen’s favorite cocktail, the Vitamin V, and instead of a guest book, there was a typewriter on which friends and family were invited to type notes.
I first met Melissa when she came in the studio for her professional headshots for the San Francisco Examiner. Just like how people would call her, she was very sweet. Years later, when she told me she was getting married, I was so thrilled!
Melissa is a Georgia native and a graduate of Cornell Law School. After living in New York for several years, she moved to San Francisco, where she follows City Hall closely, and writes in her own column for the San Francisco Examiner. She's also a TV personality in CBS's show "Mornings
Christopher, a San Francisco native and Herb Caen's only son, attended college at Stanford University. He is also a columnist for the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Independent.
After the wedding, Melissa has written a story for the San Francisco Magazine about how they two met titled, "Herb Caen Like I Never Knew Him". Here's my favorite except, "When I finally told my mother, who now lives in Alabama, about my new boyfriend, I explained that his father was a famous writer: “Herb Caen, do you know who that is?” I asked. “Yeah, but does Christopher know who you are?” she shot back." Click on the link to read the whole enchilada: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/herb-caen-i-never-knew-him
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Engagement portrait photo shoot at night can be charming and enchanting. Thanks to the great winter weather (although California really needs water due to lack of rain in this season), Nicole wear able to put on her favorite red dress and her fancy red shoes for the shoot.
Taking portraits at the popular Pier 17 can be challenging. It's usually windy and sometimes crowded. We were fortunately enough to arrive at dusk while the velvet sky was just turning deep blue. The romantic couple Joanne and Niko will be getting married at Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Oakland. They have selected their favorite large framed portrait to be display at their wedding reception. I love their portraits so much that I also printed a colorful large portrait for my studio's back-lit LED frame display.
Does online dating really work? Yes, it does. Based on the stories from the wedding couples I photographed, a good number of them met online.
When it comes to online dating, what matters the most is simply one word: photo. Let's face it, first impression lasts. A photo says a lot about you. When someone browses through hundreds of profiles, it is the photo take grabs his or her attention.
I often receive calls for headshots for online dating. When asked what to bring to the photo shoot, I would tell them the tips below:
Bring clothing you are comfortable wearing, something that shows your personality. While we will work together on retouching, your photo should reveal who you really are, so your date won't be surprised when you first meet. The photos for your profile should be eye-grabbing and yet natural.
According to eHarmony’s matching team, a medium shot from waist up is the optimum choice and gets the most action. Upload blurry, poor quality or super small images will kill any chances of success.
If you are looking for a successful photo for your profile, let me help you capture the real you by bringing out your best body language and facial expression. We'll shoot both studio and outdoor shots for a variety of looks. Remember, you can always give the photos to your family and your loved ones.
Here's a list of the top online dating websites:
and here's a great dating website for Asians: http://www.2redbeans.com
We are pleased to announce Kurty Photography won WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards™ 2014!
WeddingWire annual awards program represents the top five percent of the WeddingWire local vendor community, comprised of over 200,000 Wedding Professionals throughout the United States and Canada.
The winners are determined by recent reviews in recognition of excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.
Many thanks to our wedding couples who voted for us! We love you.
It's been a while since I last photographed a wedding at the Piedmont Community Hall. So I arrived early to scout out ideal spots for portraits and lighting. I then noticed a big tree not far from the ceremony site, and a vision appeared in my head. Wouldn't it be cool if the wedding couple both sit on the tree for a fun and out of the ordinary pose? Well, as I expected, Amelia the lovely bride didn't want to ruin her beautiful dress, so I had her standing by the tree instead. Thankfully, It still turned out to be a cool shot!
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Ever wondered how a custom bound wedding album is made? This video by Forbeyon albums will walk you through the entire album making process from start to finish. See how every fine detail is carefully adjusted for precision.
All of our wedding albums are custom made with a wide variety of cover materials and colors. Choose from leather, silk, acrylic, metallic, or bring your own fabric! We begin by designing the album layout page by page with color enhancements and special effects. Then we send the album layout to clients for approval. Every page is original and a piece of art. Every album we make is hand-crafted for a lifetime of memories.
It's been a while since I last photographed a Persian wedding. Nazanin and Mehrdad are a lovely couple that well fit in the charming setting of the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA.
A funny thing happened shortly after I arrived the wedding. I greeted the groom in the room while he was in casual attire, then walked out toward the ceremony site to take shots of the ritual objects. Then there he was all dressed up in wedding suit waving and smiling at me! Good thing I was warned ahead of time that the groom has an identical twin.
Persian weddings involve many symbolic objects: Mirror (of fate) "Aayeneh-ye Bakht" and two Candelabras (representing the bride and groom and brightness in their future); poppy Seeds “Khash-Khaash” is used to break spells and witchcraft; Salt “Namak” to blind the evil eye; a basket of decorated eggs and a basket of decorated almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts in the shell to symbolize fertility; a cup of honey to sweeten life, and so on.
The Mountain Winery was completely renovated for concerts since I last photographed there. I almost couldn't recognize it at first and had to search around for a good background for portraits. It was good to be back again, and to witness the special Persian ceremony rituals.
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Ever since the state of California legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2013, I have been photographing same-sex couples traveled from all over the United States and from other countries to be married. It is finally fair that same-sex couples may now qualify for federal benefits that were previously only available to heterosexual married couples.
Same-sex marriage is currently legal in 14 U.S. states including California, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.
As the official San Francisco City Hall photographer, I am honored to have the privilege to witness, capture and celebrate the diversity in marriages, and meeting wonderful couples from all over the states and the world.
What a pleasant surprise to receive a lovely card from the mother of the bride! Upon reading this card made me want to give a big hug their whole family! We have received many compliments from our wedding couples in the past. Knowing that even the mother of the bride was so pleased with our work is very special for us. Thank you Sheila and Brendon for your amazing wedding, and your mom who has always been so helpful and accompanied you from planning your wedding to the final production of your remarkable wedding album. Your family rock!
Below is what Jeanne, mother of the bride wrote:
There are not enough words to express how grateful I am for Sheila's and Brendon's beautiful wedding album. From the first day that Sheila and I met you, we knew that you were a perfect fit for this special day. Your skills and personal qualities during the year of preparations for our wedding were always very professional! You listened and interpreted our needs and kept us well organized. Your creativeness and good eye for a perfect picture no matter what was going on around you are shown throughout the album. Your motivation and determination along with your excellent technical and photographic skills are also evident with the amount of pictures that were taken.
Every time I viewed the wedding album I am reminded of all the time and energy that went into making this wedding such a perfect day for Sheila and Brendon. Knowing that you were a part of this day is something very special to me, and I will always be grateful to you for contributing in the making of their dreams come true.
Also, I would like to thank your assistant for his professionalism, motivation, determination and creativeness in capturing Brendon with his groomsmen and parents. These are also pictures that will be cherished throughout the years.
What a super fun shoot with the sweet couple Melissa and Christian. They drove all the way up to the city with their family from central valley. I loved their idea of wearing masquerade masks and how they dress in black and white. Click here to see video slideshow.
For Catherine the bride, it wasn't easy to plan for a wedding in such a short amount of time - just three months after Ian proposed to her. As faithful Christians, the couple really wanted have a wedding just a day before Easter. Their challenge was finding an outdoors venue that would accommodate 250 guests. When they had found Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa, they were thankful and relieved.
As I was driving across the Golden Gate Bridge on the wedding day, tiny raindrops began to drizzle on my windshield. I was a bit worry for Catherine and Ian, as the outdoor ceremony might not work out as planned. Miraculously, a brief moment before the ceremony, the rain stopped and sunshine shimmered through the heavy cloud! I guess their prayers have been answered. As a photographer, I knew the optimal quality of light is after the rain. The scenery was so clear because the rain has washed away particles in the air. I was so happy for them that they had the picture perfect wedding they dreamed of, and was happy that my photo equipment didn't get wet.
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It was so much fun capturing Kym and Jody's same-sex wedding at San Francisco City Hall. The beautiful couple flew in from Phoenix, Arizona for their civil ceremony. Their love was celebrated by family and friends as they exchanged their wedding rings. The splendid architecture of San Francisco City Hall provides amazing backdrops with countless photo possibilities.
Brides voted us as the the Knot's Top Wedding Photographers 2013! It's such an honor to receive the recognition from the Knot and many of our wonderful couples. Thanks to you all!
What a beautiful and lovely wedding couple! We just couldn't stop taking photos of them. Crystal looked like a goddess with her hair curled and down in a heavenly white gown. The wedding was held at the San Francisco Fairmont Hotel. We started with preparation shots with Crystal and the bridesmaids at the suite, and followed them down to the lobby by the grand staircase where Dan the price charming met his bride for the first time. The ceremony was held at the rooftop garden in the hotel, and they had an hour of cocktail at the Cirque room. Followed by a grand reception dinner at the Crown Room.
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New website look
Old website look
After many days of updating our website with new images and contents, we have finally officially launched our completely re-designed website. This time, the website is completely writtend in html5 so that it's mobile/tablet friendly. To stay with the latest trends. we've also added social media buttons for Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. It's so much work to keep up by adding contents and uploading latest photos to social media! I am finding myself sleeping later at night because of this.
Hope you will enjoy our new look!
Thousands of brides reviewed their wedding vendors on the Knot, and we were selected as the Best of Weddings Pick 2011!. It came to us by surprise as we didn't know about the contest until The Knot notified us as a winner.
Among so many talented wedding photographers listed on The Knot nationwide, only a few were selected as winners. We were so honored to hear the good new. Millions of thanks to our wonderful brides who recognize us as the best of the best. We will always appreciate your kindness by heart.
Melissa came to me for headshots a few years back and came back again for more. This time was for S.F. Gate and her blog. She hated the photographs taken by the photographer they used, and knew that I could work with her to get the shots right. Above is the photo taken from the shoot.
What a sweet, witty and charming woman! Her political blog is growing rapidly in popularity, and she has appeared on TV. As an attorney with a special interest in politic, Melissa brings a sharp analytical mind, matched with the wit and a bright smile, She utilizes the technology of video in her blog. She presents a very interesting point of view in politic. Check out her blog at www.thesweetmelissa.com.
What a surprise when I found out that I won three top awards at Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area (PPGBA) on February 8, 2009. When President Jorg Lehmann handed me "Top Wedding Photographer of the Year", "Wedding Album Maker of the Year", "First Place Wedding Print" awards, I was thrilled! Knowing there are tons of talented photographers in the Bay Area who also deserve to receive the awards, I felt really fortunate and humbly accepted the awards. W
What I love about Indian weddings is the vibrant colors. Vivid colors in red, green, blue, and yellow are often seen from the fancy yet elegant dress to the enchanting ceremony decoration. I've always found their sophisticated henna and ceremony fascinating. The wedding ceremony is often very long, but much shorter and simplified here than in India .
Zarika the bride is the daughter of Situ, the Ambassador of Mauritius. Their admirable wedding was held on the grand rooftop garden at the Ritz Carlton in the city. In the morning, when I arrived to capture shots of Zarika getting ready, I noticed a bridesmaid busy helping the bride. Although she didn't have any makeup on, she was very beautiful. I snapped some shots of her, and she said in a friendly joking tone, "You're dead!". Little did I know that she was Juhi Chawla - a famous Bollywood actress who appeared in over a hundred Indian movies, and she's the cousin of the bride.
Celebrity Juhi Chawla's photo can be seem on the bottom right of the wedding album layout above..
Former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureat, author and Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Feature An Inconvenient Truth. Since his earliest days in the U.S. Congress 30 years ago, Gore has been the leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming. His pioneering efforts were outlined in his best-selling book Earth in the Balance: Ecology and the Human Spirit (1992). He led the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.
I had the wonderful opportunity to have a brief conversation and photograph Al Gore at Deloitte's World Event at the San Jose Fairmont. I thanked Al Gore for elevating American's awareness of global warming and thought he made a difference in the history of mankind.
The image is from a recent engagement portrait session with a lovely couple Ashley and Jeremy. The couple had just ordered their photos, so I was pulling out the images to print. Suddenly, I noticed there was a black spot on the photo, and I thought it was a bird. After I zoomed in to retouch it out, I was surprised to see an unidentified flying object. There were just a few people on the beach, and I was certain no one was playing frisbee. It would have been a huge frisbee based on the size and distance. No one was throwing anything into the ocean, as I would have noticed it in the background. It was neither a blimp nor a balloon. I took several shots within seconds of the same scene and it only appeared on one of the images. Click on the image to enlarge. What could it be?
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.
It was cool seeing another billboard on the street featuring my work for Thunder Valley Casino. There are around 20 billboards in the Bay Area, and I've spotted 5 so far. It was quite rewarding to see my photograph in large scale format seen daily by people.
Food photography can be easy and difficult. Easy when the lighting was properly set, and just use my trigger happy finger to shoot one plate after another. Hard when I saw the iron chef at Koi Palace kept bringing out those mouth watering dishes, and I couldn't eat them.
The next time you dine at the Koi Palace restaurant in Sacramento or Dublin, look at the photos on the menu, and you'll see what I meant while my finger was happy triggering, but my stomach wasn't.
SEPA (Solar Electric Power Association) hired me to cover a four day convention at the San Jose Hilton, and I had a wonderful opportunity to meet and capture shots of Governor Anold Schwarzenegger on the last day. The governor is a major supporter of solar energy in California, and he gave a speech that won applauds from thousands of attendees.
Followed by Germany and Japan, the U.S. is currently the third largest country in solar energy usage. During the convention, I learned that solar panels now come in a variety of colors. The technology has improved so much that some panel design were as thin as film, and some were transparent like glass for light to travel through.
Currently, it takes approximately five years for the investment in solar panel to break even. After that, one can start saving money on energy and even sell energy back to the electric company when the electric meter runs backward.