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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?

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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?  

For additional fine art photography samples, please visit here. To explore home decoration ideas with my photography, please contact me by clicking here.

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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?

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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. 🙂 


What a Perfect Art Piece for Summer with Lotus Flower – Los Angeles Fine Art Photography

As I’ve said time and again, spring is one of my favorite seasons to photograph nature.  While summer presents fewer opportunities, I would not give up a chance to capture the most elegant flower for summer – lotus flower.

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What could have cooled you off other than the delicate texture and the pastel colors of a lotus flower?

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


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? 🙂


What Part of History Did This Image Capture? – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

I guess we’d all agree that at the flickering of shutter, one split second of history is captured.  As I was processing one image taken at the village of Hongcun, China, one with a history of 900 years, my initial intention was to present to my audience a historical setting where life carried on in those hundreds-year old houses, around the water.  Yet, interestingly, the same life still goes on in the same buildings by the same (amazingly unpolluted) water.  So, which part of history did this image capture?  The one that was lived through by our ancestors?  Or the one that we are living now?

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Wouldn’t this image make a beautiful decoration to your home, bringing peacefulness to your daily life?  It would look awesome on your wall when processed on a piece of aluminum (i.e., metal print).  Please contact me if you are interested in more details.Please visit here for more images that are perfect for your home.For more information about the amazing Hongcun and the surrounding area, please visit my travel blog.

Do you know your lifetime dream(s)? – Los Angeles Portrait and Fine-Art Photographer

I still remember in the days of my corporate life, I’d say things like “when I retire, I would …”.  It seemed that I was saving the best things in life until my “golden years”.  It seemed as if the life before retirement was supposed to be lacking, and suffering through it was part of the “package” that came with life.

©Jean (Jiaying) HuangWell, things do not always go with plans and who would have known that I could change?  I changed, way before I reached retirement age.  Somewhere along the line, I started looking within to search for happiness and contentment.  So today, when I read the blog post “Before I Die – What is Important to You” by public installation artist, designer, urban planner, and co-founder of Civic Center  Candy Chang, I felt a sense of relief.  As I tried to reflect on the things that I wanted to achieve over the years, I am happy that I did not wait for a “perfect time” to act on them.

We may be able to plan our retirement; we won’t know when our last day is in this world.  So what’s on your list the things that you always wanted to do and yet life gets in the way?  Since waiting does not seem to be a good option, make plans to start allowing room to act on your “dreams”.  

So what my dream life was like years ago, you may ask.  I wanted to lead a creative life and travel around the world.  And today, far ahead of my supposed “retirement age”, I am creating as a photographer and oil painter (and many other ways of creating to come), and my passion for travel has taken me to many corners of the world.  And yet, what’s more fulfilling is that I’m able to contribute to a positive life experience to my clients by bringing beauty to their lives or reminding them of such beauty.  I wouldn’t have asked for my life any other way.

So today, allow yourself 5 minutes of your busy life to sit down and complete this sentence: “Before I die, I want to ____________”.  Look forward to your sharing!

P.S. As I was deep in the drafting of this post, a friend that hasn’t called for years rang.  As you would’ve expected, she was shocked (to say the least) at my changes.  It’ll be interesting to find out her husband’s reaction when she tells him first thing back home.  Hehe…


Peaceful Little Village being Brought back in Fine Art Photography – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

They say photographers like to travel.  I’m no exception.  And when designing the itineraries, the choices of locations are largely revolved around whether there are photographic opportunities.

I’ve longed for a visit to the ancient village of Hongcun, China, one that was founded in the Southern Song Dynasty (about AD. 1131-1162), with a history of about 900 years.  This village was touted for its water system that runs through all residents and provides daily water usage.

At the heart of the village is the Moon Pond, which is surrounded by houses and ancestral temples.  As a person being immersed in the facilities of a modern country like the US, it’s amazing to watch residents of the village carry on their daily lives by the water, starting early in the morning washing clothes.

This image was taken in front of an ancient residence, exemplifying the traditional architectural style of the area and the little village life.

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This image would make a beautiful decoration to your home, bringing peacefulness to your daily life, when processed on a piece of aluminum (i.e., metal print).  Please contact me if you are interested in more details.

Please visit here for more images that are perfect for your home.

For more information about the amazing Hongcun and the surrounding area, please visit my travel blog.     


Sample slideshow video with newborn photography images – Los Angeles Photographer

As a photographer, I have long been thinking about a new format of product.  

The idea came about because my clients keep telling me that, even though they have beautiful wall art pieces from a select few of the images that I produce from our photography sessions, they like ALL of the ones that I presented to them.  So to create something beautiful and something that allows my clients to hold on to and to “show off” the nice portraits has been an obsession for me. 

One day, an aha moment came and this slideshow show video was produced, using some sample images from a newborn photography session.


Now, would my mom (and dad) clients be even happier customers? 🙂

P.S. For more images of this baby, please click here


Spring at Descanso Gardens (Part 2) – Los Angeles Photographer

Spring is such an exciting season.  The nature has waken up from its dormant condition and everything seems to be alive, including me.

Meeting nature at its best, my camera couldn’t be happier – it wouldn’t stop blinking. 🙂

Check out the beautiful flower field:

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I’m sure my camera is not alone in exhilarating.  Oh, how I wish I can join this little girl:

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or be as elegant and colorful as this young lady:

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And you know I won’t give up an opportunity when there is a Japanese Garden:

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Let’s celebrate life, even if it’s the small things that are offered.

P.S. For Part 1 of the Descanso Gardens series, please click here

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 ready to hang solutions to be recommended. 


Spring has come to the Chinese Garden in the Huntington Library – Los Angeles Photographer

Depending on which corner of the world we are at, winter can be a bitter and long one.  For th spoiled one like me, I still could not wait for the (mild) winter weather to give way to the next season.

As some already know, spring is one of my favorite seasons (fall being the other one) for photography, I go crazy with Japanese gardens and Chinese gardens when it comes to landscape photography.

Since I’ve shared some images taken at Japanese Gardens of the Huntington Library and the Descanso Gardens, I thought it’s only fair to share those of Chinese Garden in the Huntington Library.

So, what is your favorite?  The fresh green on the weeping willow?  The reflection of the pagoda on the surface of the lake?  The mirror reflection of the bridge?  Or the pink spring flowers?

I tell you how I felt.  At the reminiscence of the childhood memory, I felt that I was back home.

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.