March 17th, 2011
I’m pretty familiar with this family. In fact, I work with the mom and we’ve been to the birthday parties for each other’s kids. But this is actually the first time I’ve photographed them. That has happened often enough for me and it reminds me that just because you know someone well, it doesn’t mean that they’ll be comfortable in front of the camera right now. I’ve chosen just a few photos of the boys here. As you can probably tell, one brother was much more happy than the other to be photographed
March 15th, 2011
This mom and daughter are really familiar with me and having their portraits taken. This is the 6 or 7th event/portrait session I’ve had which has included them and their extended family. Needless to say, I didn’t have to spend much time warming them up to capture their wonderful smiles. Just a few highlights from their fall session.
March 9th, 2011
It’s pretty rare when two older children are BOTH into having their photos taken. But with the ‘L’ family it was actually pretty fun since both kids were giving me ideas about poses. It makes for a much more interactive session and it shows in how close the family is and how they appear in their portraits. Here are some highlights from the ‘L’ family’s portrait session last fall (yes, I’m still catching up!)
February 15th, 2011
Continuing with updates on recent family portrait sessions, the ‘M’ Family was a lot of fun, but kind of a crazy session. As you can see, they have one older daughter and two twins which means it’s more kids than parents! It was actually pretty funny getting all three settled onto the couch or on the rug for a photo with all of them looking towards me. After the first few minutes I realized they were playing games with me by moving JUST before I was about to take a photo so that was actually pretty funny.
Anyways, hope you enjoy!
February 15th, 2011
Contributing to charity is important for me in my personal life and I like to keep the same attitude for my professional work through Samay Studio. Every year, I try to ensure that Samay Studio allocates at least $1000 of services and monetary donations to charity.
One of the places I’ve donated services for is the South Asian Bar Association Foundation. I first learned of it through a client who’s a member of SABA. As noted on their site, one of the main ways in which the SABA Foundation achieves its mission is by awarding annual public interest fellowships to enable law students to dedicate their time, effort and knowledge for the benefit of the South Asian community in Northern California.
So SABA has an annual gala where they auction off various products & services with the proceeds going to the SABA Foundation. I’ve donated portrait services in the past and I’m doing the same this year. If you’re interested in helping out, you can attend the gala (non-SABA members are more than welcome to attend). I’m donating two family portrait sessions to SABA worth a total of $400. Hopefully they auction for a lot more so that the foundation can benefit even more!
I encourage you all to help SABA as well as strive to help charitable efforts throughout the year!
February 13th, 2011
Continuing with a series of family portraits from last fall, here’s the ‘A’ family with their 4 month old daughter. Look at those cheeks!
February 10th, 2011
I had a lot of fun photographing families at the end of last year. It’s actually a refreshing change from wedding photography since the interactions are so different with a family that’s relaxed and having fun in the park (as compared to couples living through the most important day of their lives!!)
So here’s the ‘T’ Family that I photographed in Mountain View on a crisp Saturday morning. As you can see, we did a little bit of posed family portraits then let the kids (and parents) have fun in the play area. It’s amazing how much of a motivator it can be to tell two little boys that they’ll get to play on the swings & slides after the photos are done! There’s a lot more to share so keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts coming soon!
February 8th, 2011
Well hi there! It has been a looooong time away and I’ve got a very good reason for you. Let me introduce you to my son, Aiden. He was born on the first of this year and I’ve been rather busy with him These are copies of his birth announcement (photos taken by your’s truly). Now that I’m getting back into the swing of things, you can expect a lot more updates from me!
November 22nd, 2010
It’s been a little while since I posted wedding photos. Well, I’d like to share a lovely outdoor ceremony from last month. For this post, I’m focusing on just the details and decoration so you won’t see the usual examples of emotions that I normally include. Thanks to Khoa Tran for his outstanding second shooting!
The couple started their afternoon with a Hindu ceremony outdoors followed by a tea ceremony. The outdoor reception was held directly afterwards. It was such a warm evening that I think it worked out perfectly!
November 12th, 2010
I just had to share a few photos I did for baby A. He’s such a darling and was just 7 days old during this first portrait session. He was just barely 6.5 pounds when born so you can image how tiny he was! Luckily, this little guy was so sleepy that we had a really easy time taking these wonderful photos of him. Welcome to the world little guy!