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I’m on a Roll with These Lotus Flowers – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Boy, am I on a roll or not?  It’s the third image that I’ve processed of these lotus flowers (to see the other two, please click here and here).  Needless to say, they are my favorite as we speak.  And I have to thank Rita for letting me in her beautiful garden to capture the short-lived elegance!

What do you think of them?  Have you fallen in love with these delicate angels yet?

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

This image would have been a beautiful addition to your living room as a frame-less canvas gallery wrap as well.  Well, why not create a wall art combination using more than one image?  

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You Know I can’t Get Enough of Lotus Flowers – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

The best way to cool off in a dog day of summer, for me, is to process the beautiful images of lotus flowers.  So, it’s only natural that I made this image shortly after the one I shared the other day.   Plus, wouldn’t it be nice to cool off under the shade like the one provided by this large lotus leaf?

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

This image would have been a beautiful addition to your living room as a frameless canvas gallery wrap panel as well. For additional fine art photography samples, please visit here. To explore home decoration ideas with my photography, please contact me by clicking here.

I’d love that you share your thoughts as well. 🙂 


The sign of any fresh start is exciting – Los Angeles Photographer

I’m a big believer in maximizing the utility of anything before putting it back to the environment.  Needless to say, I recycle papers and reuse plastic bags, etc.  Once in a while, when I use vegetables in the kitchen, I’d imagine the possibilities of growing them in my garden.  Therefore, I save seeds.

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The other day, I remembered some that I kept since last year.  Not thinking much of the season, I planted them and was instantly rewarded with the nice little faces of these sprouts.  How cute they are (remember, I’m a photographer that sees cuteness or beauty in most anything)?  

Do I remember what I planted?  No.  Would I worry if I’d get fruits from them?  Not really, although it’ll be nice.  I don’t worry about the end results as much as I want to enjoy the process and make sure to put in the due effort (Hey, I “single-handedly” brought these lives into this world.  I’d need to be responsible.).  With anything, I believe that if I do enough of right things, the positive energy will go around and eventually come as rewards as I least expect it.

What do you think?  Would love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. I am curious though how this plant will turn out to be.  I know it’s a squash type.  So, would it be a pumpkin, a cucumber, a winter melon or something else that I happened to stash the seeds away last year?  Anybody with a green thumb can tell? 🙂


Let’s Come Together to Help All that are Impacted by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – Los Angeles Photographer

March 11, 2011 evening, I was doing my normal online checking before bedtime (you know what I mean, you social media addicts), a post came in.  Japan was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake, followed by a Tsunami.  The next hour, I was glued to the TV screen, trying to find out every bit of what the people in the area had to deal with.

It may just be me.  It feels that we have seen more than our fair share of the natural catastrophe in the last year or so.  

  • The Haiti earthquake in January 2010 that led to a death toll of 230,000 and 3 million people were affected. 
  • Weeks later, a magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit south-central Chile on February 27. The massive temblor changed the country’s landscape by raising the ground by more than 8 feet near the coast and sinking land farther inward.  
  • The Iceland volcanic eruption in March and April 2010 disrupted air traffic across the whole of Northern Europe, thus stranding many passengers and the aviation losses amounted to around millions of dollars due to the cancellation of the flights. 
  • Just as we thought we’ve had enough earthquakes in a year, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured in Christchurch, New Zealand.

I have to admit that when these disasters happen in another part of the world, I get shocked at the news, follow it and talk about it for a while, then go back to my “normal” life.  When the same area in Japan was hit again with a magnitude 7 earthquake and a Tsunami scare on April 7, it occurred to me that (1) things will take a long while before they go back to “normal” for those that are impacted by this disaster and for some, things will never be back to normal; (2) we all have a chance to face the aftermath of losing the comfort of home and/or our loved ones to a natural disaster.

We don’t plan for these disasters and I hope that no one ever will have the need to.  But when a catastrophe struck, a small token of gesture, such as a warm hand, may make a world of difference to them.  Look at beforeand after images that Stack Jones put together.  What a peaceful and happy life people were leading not long before this devastating day.

I can never bring their houses back.  I can never bring their husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers or pets back.  And I can never bring their lost memories in the photo albums or toys from childhood back.  But I can do small things, small things that when acted upon by many of us, can be meaningful to those that, maybe one day, we will know exactly how much pain they feel when we are in their shoes.

I have donated two pieces of my photographic work to an online auction put together by Artists for Japan.  They are listed below for your convenience.  Click on the image to go directly to the bidding page.  

Artist: Jean (Jiaying) Huang
Title: Serenity in the Japanese Garden (1)
Medium: Color print on Kodak Endura professional photo paper; lustre coating applied for UV protection (watermark will not be in the final product; frame not included)
Size: 6″ X 18″ 
Shipping: $6 in the US; international shipping to be quoted.

Starting bid: $30.00 (Bid has started.  Please click on the image to bid.)
Retail: $100

Artist: Jean (Jiaying) Huang
Title: Spring in the Japanese Garden 
Medium: Color print on Giclée Canvas; satin laminate applied for protection and easy cleaning (watermark will not be in the final product;  frame not included)
Size: 8″ X 12″ 
Shipping: $6 in the US; international shipping to be quoted.

Starting bid: $50.00 (Bid has started.  Please click on the image to bid.)
Retail: $160

Bidding ends on May 2 (see Facebook page of Artists for Japan for details).  All proceeds from the bidding will go to Red Cross in their relief efforts for the Japan earthquake/Tsunami disaster.  

Just remember, in a helpless situation, a warm hand can mean a world of difference.  Let’s gather to do something meaningful.  As I always said, “together, we are stronger”.


Who can say no to these cute puppies – Los Angeles Pet Photographer

If you’ve been following my work, you probably noticed two things about me.

One, I produce work that is “pretty”.  Hey, I’m in a “pretty” business.  Photography, to me, is art.  And art deserves to look “pretty”.  That explains all my fine art photography work.  And yes, the first reaction anybody that’s seen my business cards is “they are so pretty”.

Two, I do work that is “cute”.  Well, there’s a little clarification to make.  I have to say that I have been fortunate to work with many cute subjects.  And I see beauty and/or cuteness everywhere around me.  So photography is my way of living out my philosophy.  I fall in love with the beauty/cuteness first and pour my heart into making them an art before my customers even get to see the final work.  I trust that many of you have seen my children’s photography.  Today, I will share some work of puppies.

As you’ll notice, they are “dressed” in different frames.  Come on, they are all cute in their own way; there’s really no one-size-fits-all kind of solution to present them.

See, this first one looks so perfect in pink:


© Jean (Jiaying) Huang

This cuttie stole my heart by the innocent look.  Hey, the little monster was teething and tried his harmless biting on my hems.

© Jean (Jiaying) Huang
I can not say that I didn’t want to take this little cotton ball home.  What an innocent look with eyes peeking behind the flurry hair.

© Jean (Jiaying) Huang
I have more photos, but can’t wait to share while I’m processing the rest.

Now, if you have a cuttie at home and would want to do something special with/for him/her this Valentine’s Day, participate in the “How Many Ways Can You Say ‘I Love You'” contest and you may win a photo session at 50% the retail rate.  Hurry, you have until this weekend to rally up support!

I wish that you win! 🙂


Beauty is in the Eyes of Beholders – Los Angeles Photographer

At the turn of weather, when the cold air kisses the trees, the leaves start blushing.  The thing is, these trees are lining up a major street.  What does it take for one to start taking in the beauty of the season?  Is it how many times one has to drive through the street?  Is it the time of the day that you are looking at them?  Or is it the right mood that one has to be in?

To me, it didn’t matter that I just came back from a photo session and cuddling up in sofa sounded like a comfortable thing to do.  How can I ignore the splendid display of the colors when the leaves were saying their final farewell?  I parked the car and was blessed with this beautiful piece of art.

Do you want to take a guess at where this is, if you have ever been to Hacienda Heights, California? 😉

© Jean Huang Photography

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2010 is leaving us. I’m working madly to hold on to the tail-end of it. – Los Angeles Photographer

You know what I’ve noticed about myself lately?  When many others are spending time away from work, my speed of posting is up.  Is it seeing 2010 coming to an end and trying to hold on to it?  Or is it the season that’s even more inspiring for creativity?  No matter what it is, I’m playing hard these days (to me, work is play).  Shhh…don’t tell my husband although he’s been suspecting that most of what I do is playing. 🙂

The other day, when I was passing by a row of maple trees, beautifully dotted with hot red leaves, an idea popped into my mind.  I had to turn around to them.

You see, most of the “pretty stuff” (some call it home decor) in our house come from nature or our travels.  This time, it’s the marriage of both.  From one of our trips to Taiwan, we brought back a beautiful, subtly toned vase.  When I saw the maple leaves, something in my head said they would look nice in that vase.  So, here’s what turned out:

© Jean Huang Photography

One vase, one sprig of maple, an art piece to be put on my wall.  What can I say, life is full of beauty!  Enjoy what it has to offer, my friends!

P.S.  I did apologize to the tree for “stealing” the sprig from it.

P.P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many easy to install solutions to be recommended.


A serene scene brought back from Halong Bay, Vietnam – Los Angeles Photographer

Alright, my friends.  I hope you’ve enjoyed the beautiful scenery from Halong Bay that I posted last week.  As beautiful as the picture conveys, I love anything that’s more than single-element.  This goes for people, food, scenery, or anything else that I can’t put my mind onto at the moment.

So this next picture I’m about to share was also taken from Halong Bay.  But you’d see an obvious difference of feel from the previous one – a lone little fishing boat, floating quietly by itself.  And the fish net seems to be telling a story…

As you look into the (seemingly blank) distance, what feeling/sentiment/emotion did this scene draw from you?  I’d love that you share…

© Jean Huang Photography


P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many easy to install solutions to be recommended.


Beautiful travel pictures from Vietnam and Cambodia to be slowly released – Los Angeles Photographer

OK, I’d have to admit that I’m a little behind on posting pictures.  The truth is, as many of us are familiar with the moment of clicking the shutter, the pictures taken usually go through a digital processing that, in my opinion, takes much longer time than the time of photo shoot.  Plus, the end results are an art, the generation process of which is not anywhere near the ones that involve 1+1 = 2.

So anyway, this sort of explains why my travel photos have a lagging time while I’m painstakingly working on each individual for a way of presentation/expression that I feel good at the time.  And all this is going on while I have the clients’ pictures in the “front burner”.  If you haven’t figured out that I’m the type of photographer that falls in love with her clients’ photos before the client even has a peek, you’d know that I go through the same “perfectionist” type of process with my client work.

So, finally, I feel good about releasing one picture from my Vietnam and Cambodia trip.  While I’m in the process of making a book with the incredible scenery, history, culture and people of these countries, I will make a calendar with a selective few.  And I think that this picture will make the final cut.  What do you think?

Halong Bay, Vietnam - © Jean Huang Photography

P.S. Any image in the Fine Art Photography category can be purchased to adorn your beautiful home.  Please contact me for sizes and presentation options.  Many easy to install solutions to be recommended.


Fine Art Giclée Canvas Gallery Wrap for Sharon and Dennis – Los Angeles Maternity Photographer

Remember Sharon and Dennis, the expecting parents that I worked with on the maternity portraits?  Well, their baby princess has joined us.  But before I get on to  how sweet and beautiful she looks, I thought I’d finish some “old business”.

Sharon and Dennis were exciting about the portraits that turned out and chose one of the maternity portraits to enlarge for the living room.  They have a nice house with contemporary decor.  Much as I expected, they liked the frame-less looks of pictures.  Upon presenting them with the different options, the picture was processed on a gallery wrap with Giclée prints.

OK, time out.  You might ask what a “fine art Giclée canvas gallery wrap” is.

It is a picture printed directly onto museum quality canvas material using high quality archival inks.  The canvas print is then wrapped around a stretcher frame so that the photo’s edges are visible on the sides of the frame.  Frames are available in 3/4, 1-1/2, and 2-1/2 -inch depths.  Given the size and the taste preference of the couple, we chose 3/4-inch frames for their gallery wrap.  Additionally, a lustre finishing spray is applied to protect the surface of the print.  Alternatively, glossy spray can be applied to taste as well.  With the appropriate (easy) care (e.g., no direct exposure to harsh sunlight, etc.), this beautiful wall art will last years and years.

As you’d see in the pictures below, the gallery wrap is finished with paper backing for a more finished look (Customers have the choice of no paper backing as well).  Hanging hardware was attached – in this case, a sawtooth.  So installation is a piece of cake.  At the bottom of the backing, bumpers were applied to provide room for air circulation.

Still have questions?  Please ask in the comments area.

 

 

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