Oct 20, 2014

making faces

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my niece, allison, just one week shy of 7 months.

i just can't get enough of her and her cheeks. <3

Oct 16, 2014

moy family

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karen and joon have two of the most adorable kids that i know. karen is an architect and a close friend of mine. we worked in the same architecture firm before i left the industry. her style is polished, and her taste in everything is exquisite. every time i enter her home, i get the urge to run home redecorate mine. she also plans the best kids' birthday parties. (see photos here and here.) she's a busy working mom, who somehow also manages to stay at home part-time with her kids, and make her home beautiful. she's also a good friend that i count on for mommy advice. karen's a good person to know. :)

i was incredibly honored when she asked if i could take her family's portraits. her little one is only weeks older than nick, after the shoot, we took them to the park to play. not all photos shoots can turn into play dates, but when they do, it's a blast.

Oct 10, 2014


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[film, kodak portra 400, nikon n80]

hello! i know it's been a while since my last post. if you asked what i've been doing the past month, i can't really say. i got sucked into a black hole. it was filled with giggles and ice cream and daily snuggles. i'm doing okay.

a little after his first birthday, nick pulled himself to standing and began to take steps across the room. since then, he's been walking, better, faster, and more stably with each day. it's incredible watching him change and grow. how crazy it is to tell people that i have a toddler now. somedays, i'm still in disbelief that i'm a mom. it was not that long ago that this seemed like something that would never happen for me.

if you recall, i started my photography business almost two years ago. immediately after, i discovered i was pregnant. we were overjoyed to be blessed with a child, but a baby on the way meant photography had to be placed on hold for a bit. i didn't start booking shoots again until nick was 4 or 5 months old. and it was a slow start, just one or two shoots here and there. our friends and family have been kind enough to spread the word for me, and i've receive more and more inquiries. at first, i wasn't quite prepared for the ramp up. i was a full-time mom trying to squeeze work into an already full schedule.

so lately, i've been doing a lot of restructuring—trying to create some sort of balance which will allow me to work and still be a mom. it hasn't been easy. at times, i feel overwhelmed, wishing there were just a few more hours in the day for sleep, or tv, or fun. but being busy doing what you love, it's a good problem to have. life is full. and i'm pretty happy with where it's headed.

Sep 3, 2014

crab cove

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[film, kodak ektar 100, pentax 645n ii]

images from the second roll of film i developed myself at home. :)

Sep 1, 2014

the weekend

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[film, fuji pn 400n, pentax 645n ii]

i developed film at home this weekend!!!!! [can you tell how excited i am about this?]

ever since i took a black and white photography class and learned to develop and print film a few years ago, i've wanted to develop at home, and, someday, print. then a certain baby thing happened, which put everything on hold for a while, and i nearly gave up.

recently, i was invited to join a facebook group of fellow photographers, specifically, film shooters. after lurking around for weeks and feeling awful and that i don't actually belong in a film photography group because i hadn't shot anything on film for more than six months, i finally decided to join in in discussions and reach out to people with questions i've had in the past. these ladies have been so supportive and helpful, they've really inspired me to shoot more film. in the past couple of weeks, i dusted off my film and cameras and shot a couple of rolls, and, just like that, fell in love with film all over again.

i found myself checking facebook regularly specifically to read up on the discussions around film photography. and i thought to myself, i really, really want to develop! after reading a ton of forums, blogs, and discussions, watching countless youtube videos, and pep talking myself, i put together a list of all the darkroom developing equipment i needed and went ahead and clicked 'order!' and last night, i developed my first roll of color negatives in my own kitchen—developing color film [c-41] is really not as hard as i thought it'd be!

here are the photos from the first roll. the last [crappy iphone pic, sorry] is of the two rolls i developed together in the same tank, hung up to dry in my make shift negative drying cabinet, a.k.a. powder room with door shut and space heater on, and binder clips as negative clips/weights, which have yet to arrive in the mail.

will share photos from the second roll in the next post. i can't wait to develop more! :)

Aug 27, 2014

birthday magic!

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another birthday party!

my friend karen's younger son, weston, turned one a month before nick. [yes, i'm aware it's taken me two months to share these photos.]

i thought it might fun to compare these photos with those from her older son's birthday party, here, at which i was also present. they are certainly both very detailed and thoughtful.

karen works part-time as an architect, which, in reality, is very much a full-time job, on top of being a mom to two very active, albeit adorable, boys. i fully expected her to scale down a bit for the second child, but i should've known better. i don't know how she found time to plan this elaborate birthday party, but she did, and it was amazing!

the theme was magic, and the invitations, the cake, the favors were all designed around it. all of the party décor were color coordinated. and...there was even a magician! the kids just LOVED him!

the moral of the story: all of my friends are overachievers, and karen goes a step above that.

Aug 21, 2014

revisit | uc berkeley campus

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this session started in my make shift studio at home, to get acquainted with the kids, and ended at the uc berkeley campus. i've always wanted to do a session there. so, when our friends, sandi and clarence, asked if they could change the location for their shoot, which was originally supposed to take place in their home, i jumped at the chance. yes, please!

york and i often take nick on walks around campus. it's close by, [very] stroller-friendly, and [most importantly] there's good boba tea around almost at every corner. with its historic buildings, beautiful landscapes, and, like, a million trees, there's just so much good light waiting to be discovered and captured.

it happened to be overcast that day, so the lighting in my favorite spots were a bit tricky, but we were able to go out there early and do a bunch of test shots. i LOVED this place as a backdrop! this session felt more like a casual photo walk. we took our time and got a good workout walking around campus, searching for good light. i'm so happy to have finally done a session here!