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The Much Anticipated 2012 Calendar is Here

For those of you that know about a tradition that we’ve carried on for years at Jean Huang Photography, I know you’ve been anxious to see the new year’s calendar.

As a tradition, we make a new calendar with the select few images from our travels during the year.  This is our way of sharing our passion with our beloved clients.  This year, it’s Japan!

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The calendar made its début at an event yesterday.  And it’s definitely received lots of “woos” and “aahs”.

Visit this page under the “Holiday Gifts”.  Sit back, watch the slide show and enjoy the colors of Japan unfold in front of your eyes.

If you’ve seen our calendars from previous years, you’d know the quality of paper and images that go into them.  In fact, this year, we’ve made them even better.  They are now 11″x17″ calendars with nice sized images (roughly 8″x10″) guaranteed to impress.

If, and that’s an “if”, you are compelled to own one for yourself or give as a gift, call or e-mail or fill out a form for Jean Huang Photography. 🙂


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New Offerings Just In Time for the Holidays! – Los Angeles Photographer

The holiday season is quickly drawing to an end.  Can you believe it?  Only 11 days to make selections for the important ones in your life (let alone the time needed to package and even mail it).  And your feet are hurting from all the walking and searching.  If you are among the lucky ones, your eyes are red from staring at the computer monitor too long.  And worse, you are at loss for what perfect gifts to pick for the very loved ones.  

No sweat (not easy to sweat in winter :-)), we have an easy and elegant solution for you – the photography gift card!  All you need is 5 minutes of your time and we will take care of the rest.  Time is limited though if you want to make sure the “beautiful item” arrives before the Christmas dinner.

Go make your purchases here.  And the person that receives it would thank you (I mean, really).  Who wouldn’t love a piece of art on their wall, made out of their family, especially their babies’ portraits?

Hurry before the cards run out.  Just 5 minutes will allow you to chill out for the rest of the “shopping season” and look like a hero (with good taste) on the “big day”. 🙂

Here’s the front view of this beautifully designed card:

and the back view:

What are you still waiting for?  Run….!! 


The Angel’s Turned One (One Month That Is) – Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

Any parents of a newborn baby would know how fast time swoops by in between the feeding-peeing-pooping-cleaning and feeding-peeing-pooping-and-cleaning-again kind of cycle.  It was just 2 weeks ago when I photographed this little angel.  Before the world had much chance to meet His Cuteness (as opposed to His Highness), he’s one (month young)!

Last night, I had a dream and Cooper was in it.  Here’s what he told me in the dream:

“Me a happy baby.  I like to check things out and I like to smile, a lot.”

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“Tehe…Daddy doesn’t know my secret.  I just peed again…Tehe…”


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“Daddy looks sharp in this outfit.  I can’t wait to grow up to be like him.”

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“But it sure is boring work.  It ain’t easy for my daddy to bring home bread everyday…  Ahhh…get me out of this!”

“Nothing beats a good sleep after all that work.  Dream, sweet dream…”

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“They say I’m one month old.  Woo hoo… I’m a big baby now.  I want you all to know that I am dealing with some ‘growing pain’.  But don’t worry, as I will soon learn, ‘no pain, no gain’.  I will be OK ’cause I’m Cooper the Trooper.”

“You ask where’s my mommy?  I hid her from you ’cause she’s myyyy mommy.  Shhhh, don’t wake her up.  Ever since I came around, she hasn’t  slept 30 hours in a day.”

Jesus, Carol, your baby reads your Facebook posts? 


Bob, see you later! – Los Angeles Photographer

I have to prefix that this is not my normal post.

I was reading an article about traveling in Ireland and it reminded me of Bob, an Irish descend.

Bob was my professor in graduate school.  He gave me a few “A”s and I hated it when he gave me a “B”.  I was in a few of his classes and he would normally not say much.  He’d ask questions to “probe” around and see if he would hit a sparkle from someone in his class.

Bob was a cancer survivor.  From all I could see, he looked normal.  He said he had cut down on red meat.

A few of us students grew close to him.  We would share aspirations with him and ask questions about our career.  As usual, Bob would not say much.  He’d listen and smile.

After graduation, life took us in a wind-swirl.  But we kept in touch with Bob.  I’d get an e-mail from him once every few months or years.  I’d be so happy to reply right away and to only hear from him again months or years later.  Every time I changed job, Bob would be happy to be my reference and not ask or say much.

Last summer, a friend mentioned that she got an e-mail about keeping Bob in the prayer at the end of 2009.  I said to myself, if anything happened to Bob, it’d be so significant that I’d know about it.

So today, when I realized that it’s been a really long time since I heard from Bob, I went and searched for Bob’s e-mail.  The last that I heard from him was an e-mail forward in June 2009.   I decided to take one step further and Google searched him.

My heart started wrenching and my stomach churning.  I so hoped that the obituary on the top was not you, Bob.  When I saw your picture, I was so not ready for the emotions that follow.

Bob, you’ve always known me better than I do.  Through years of growth, I now finally understand the wisdom that you so casually uttered.

I remember, one time, when I so excitedly told you about the offers that I got from two of the “Big 4”.  You replied, “go to the one with the higher signing bonus”.  At the time, it seemed such an inappropriate attitude to such a serious decision.  But, seeing me putting myself through the wild chase in the rat race, did you know that I was meant for something else?  And yet, you watched and let me go through life in my chosen path.

Bob, I am finally where my heart is and, seriously, I don’t take myself that seriously anymore.  But Bob, all the learning in life did not prepare me for this moment.   

I’m confused.  How can I still have years of e-mails from you when you are not with us anymore?  How can you check out early when you are one of the influences that shaped me into who I am today?

Bob, I know it will be hard to accept for a long time that you are somewhere else now.  And I want to thank you for being there all these years.

I know you loved horses.  Do you have horses up there?  Here’s one for you, captured and processed with my new found talent/passion (and hope that you have internet up there too):

 

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

 

P.S. Had it been an article for our class, how would you grade it? 😉  Thanks for teaching me how to write!



An Angel’s Landed in this World – Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

Newborn babies enter this world in their own styles.  Contrary to a polite hello that’s expected from an adult, we welcome a big loud cry.

While sleep deprived, new parents take time to have newborn photography taken to signify the beginning of a new life.  I had such a pleasure to meet little Mr. Cooper.

What an angel he is.  Lots of great images came out of our session and this one would be a nice introduction for him – a cry(ing) baby, with style.  I assure you though that’s not all he did the whole session.  I will be sharing some of the stunts that he pulled up in a later post.  For now, say hello (or cry to, if you’d like) little Mr. Cooper!

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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.


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.