Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Yeh Family | Joy/Vacation Session | Baltimore, MD | Chris

Happy last day of August everyone! Less than three months until Christmas (you are welcome)! One aspect that I would LOVE to offer to my clients are vacation and event sessions where I would go with you to an attraction, sporting event, amusement park or getaway and I would photograph your experience. You would not need to worry about taking a camera with you and you would never have to stop what you are doing to take a photo. You can enjoy your experience comprehensively and have some awesome images to show for it. Uncertain of what I mean? Check out these images from my sister’s family’s trip to the aquarium and I think you will have a better understanding of why I want to offer these options to my clients! Plus, I love this family dearly and especially love my adorable nephews! =)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Amanda & TJ | Wedding | Wamego, KS | Chris

Amanda is an awesome photographer. She has been attending the La Brisa Aspiring Photographer Workshops for quite a while now and I have had the pleasure of having her second shoot several weddings with me in the past. Her and TJ are adorable together and it is always an honor to photograph another photographer’s wedding.

Amanda and TJ’s wedding was FULL of amazing details and they even had a table packed with homemade desserts which was definitely one of the best things that I have ever seen at a wedding! Yes, I helped myself and everything was delicious!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to photograph your day! Best wishes to your new life together!

Special thanks to Falling Leaves Photography, Lauren Gocken Photography and Cassandra Claire Photography for assisting and shooting with me!

Wedding Vendors:
Ceremony – First United Methodist Church in Wamego, KS
Reception – Houston Street Ballroom in Manhattan, KS
Hair & Makeup Stylist – Letica York of Design X Salon
Cakes – Mindy Wilson of Blue Sky Cake Designs
DJ – Mitch of Complete Music
Videographer – Tom Pike of Pike Productions
Caterer – Ricky’s Cafe in Hanover, KS
Photobooth – Say Cheez Photobooth
Flowers – Flowers by Jan in Wamego, KS

You can view all of the images from their session by going to and clicking on “Clients” and “Weddings” or if you are viewing this from your phone, click HERE!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

52 WoA: Week 5 - Sports

Lens: 50mm
Shutter speed: 1/640
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 500
Processing: Adobe Lightroom3

Lens: 16-35
Shutter speed: 1/400
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 50
Processing: Adobe Lightroom3

As a photographer, sometime you need to work on things outside of your normal purview and this project is going to help us (and you) challenge, grow and creatively develop your photography as a whole. Weekly for the next year, we will be sharing our images with you here!

For those of you interested in participating, PLEASE join us! The more the merrier! You definitely do not need to be a professional photographer, this is something you can easily do with your point and shoot, cell phone, ipad2, etc. You can comment with a link to your image here on our blog or on our La Brisa fan page or you can tag La Brisa Photography in your image on your own FB page or use the hashtag #52WoA on twitter that way we can share your efforts with everyone else! If you are interested in joining our La Brisa Aspiring Photographer Workshop group on FB, please request to join as we will also be sharing our images there too.

Next Thursday, September 1st, Week 6: “Guilty Pleasures” will be due. The image must be created between today and September 1st. Good luck!

Let me know if you have any questions!

Here is the full list of 52 Weeks of Awesomeness!
Week 1               Free for All
Week 2               Introduce yourself
Week 3               Show us your home
Week 4               Your Name
Week 5               Sports (anything related, teams, players, equipment, etc,)
Week 6               Guilty Pleasures
Week 7               ONE object shot at 5 different angels/distances
Week 8               One for the road (signs, streets, traffic, etc.)
Week 9               Objects that tell something about you
Week 10             Things that make your life easier
Week 11             Your favorite color
Week 12             Household item
Week 13             Foods
Week 14             Flashed (an image created using artificial light)
Week 15             Sun (sunlight, sunset, sunrise, etc)
Week 16             Emotion
Week 17             Lines
Week 18             What you do outside the world of photography
Week 19             Weather
Week 20             Emotional attachment (heirloom/special gift, etc.)
Week 21             Pets
Week 22             Things you couldn't live without
Week 23             Habits
Week 24             Fire (candle, fireplace, etc.)
Week 25             Scrapbooking (stash, room, lo's, etc)
Week 26             Textures
Week 27             Hands
Week 28             Shoes
Week 29             Jewelry
Week 30             OOF (Out of Focus)…purposely OOF
Week 31             What I consider dessert
Week 32             Fill the Frame (close ups)
Week 33             A week in our lives
Week 34             Faith (what you believe)
Week 35             Dance (body in motion)
Week 36             Family & Friends
Week 37             SOOC (straight out of the camera)…before & after
Week 38             Patriotic
Week 39             Object: straight up shots and then straight down shots
Week 40             Something at night
Week 41             Something that gives you the feeling of warmth
Week 42             Smell
Week 43             Water
Week 44             Animals
Week 45             Music
Week 46             Reflections/Shadows
Week 47             Flowers
Week 48             Sleep
Week 49             Action Shots
Week 50             Circles
Week 51             Your car
Week 52             Self portrait

Monday, August 22, 2011

RIP Coby

Through delicately dripping tears, I write today with a humbled, sad and yet appreciative heart. This morning, Coby, our 16 year old family dog, passed away. She was the best, most loyal, most food-driven and happiest dog ever. All she wanted was to be by your side and have you play with her all the time. I remember going with my sister to pick her up as a 9 month old puppy. At the time, my sisters and I really wanted a dog while my parents were lukewarm on the idea. So when my parents went to Hawaii for a vacation, they left us some emergency spending money and we thought it was completely appropriate to spend all of the money to adopt Coby from a home that had too many dogs. Instantly, I loved her.

Coby slept in my bedroom until I left for college. Each morning after going to school, she would sleep in my bed because there would be a perfect oval shaped imprint in my bedding, but I never actually caught her. She was too smart for that.

We were buddies and always played frisbee together. In fact, she was probably the reason why I loved playing ultimate frisbee so much in college because of all the time we spent together.

Coby was the best. She was there for me whenever I needed her. I loved her very much. I hope she is catching unlimited frisbees without getting tired and eating copious amounts of delicious steaks, ribs and pork chops in doggy heaven.

In March, I took these images of Coby and I am really really glad that I did.

She was still running and playing around as if she was 10 years younger.

Goodbye Coby-rama, Cob-ster, Cobayashi, Cobalicious, Cobs and Coby.