Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Europe Trip

Musee du Louvre, Paris
Seeing many people vacationing in Europe these few weeks made me miss our Europe vacation 2 years ago.  I want to go back again.  

Grand place, Brussels, Belgium

Amsterdam Canals at night, Netherlands

Zaanse Schans windmills, Netherlands

Backup process

My photos and backing up process have gone out of control since my baby arrived. I took tons of frames to make one picture perfect. Most of the time, I didn't get a chance to cull through all of those.

Now that it's time to back up, there are lots of un-culled photos to sort out. I was going though the old photos to delete as much as I can to sort out. I found it very hard to delete anything, even for almost identical photos with just a twitch of baby's mouth different. It's all because those little baby faces are gone now. I'm having a hard time to let go of unfocused ones just because her expression was slightly different from other similar 20 pictures of the same pose. Ahhh. So difficult. Being sentimental makes my job harder.


Pinterest lies. Facebook lies. People on Facebook lie. Photographers lie. And I lie.

This post is for my dear friend, Ivy, who had been planning cake smash photoshoot for her 1 year old since the baby was like 6months. We failed. Baby was totally not into the cake, and we were like "Christopher, smash the cake, smash the cake! Dig in! Yum Yum". Nope. He just didn't want anything to do with the cake. All the cake smash photos look so good in the pictures. All babies look like they are having a ton of fun, smashing those pretty cute cakes. In reality, they might not be having as much fun as we thought.  I figure maybe it's us grown-ups who would love to smash the cake and make a mess and think it's fun. As babies, they are already making a mess out of everything anyway; sand, water, food, etc etc. Cake? More of the same. At the end of the photoshoot, cake was intact, but baby had lots of tears.

Baby had an early morning, and he was tired and cranky already.

Many of my friends said I have the best family photos, looking so fun and natural etc etc. In reality, I spent hours and hours for many days to make one "perfect" photo. And as a perfectionist, I'll try it again and again till I get it close enough.

People have fun, babies have fun. We are a fun family. But not necessarily when the pictures are being taken. It's stressful to be in front of the camera, and to make good photos. There are lots of faking and acting involved. I assume fun cake smash photos on Pinterest would be of the same. Are they really having fun smashing the cake?  All in all, who needs to know? It's all behind the scene, right?

It's not what we envisioned. But I hope when we look at these photos a few years from now, it will give us a few laughs of how things evolve on their own when it comes to kids. And that it was a reality.

Seattle trip again

This time we really stayed in Seattle for two nights. Our last trip to Seattle a few years ago was  actually a stop-over to Vancouver, so I didn't get to see Seattle much.

For foodies:
Lowell's in pike place market has "the best breakfast in town".

Coming full circle

This is my first photography family coming back, with another baby!  They were my first guinea pigs 3 years ago when I just started thinking about doing photography business. And look where we are all at almost 3 years later. They have a new baby, I have launched my photography business and gone through many clients, and I have my own baby. It only makes sense that I'm reflecting on my photography journey after hearing from the mom, asking me to take photos of her new baby. In honor of upcoming thanksgiving, I'm thankful for this family.