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Seniors Gathering in Historical District of Suzhou (苏州), China – Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I’m sure all creatives can relate. As we progress artistically, our interests in visual cues and expression techniques change. However, it seems that something is “buried” so deep in me that it hasn’t left me these years; or is it something that represents the intrinsic “true me” that’s simply waiting for me to realize one day?

This image was made a few years ago in Pingjiang Road (平江路), Suzhou (苏州), China. Little did I know that my interest in observing and documenting the interaction among seniors, especially in their communal gatherings, has been “set in stone” from a long time ago. 🙂






Catch Me If You Can (2 of …) – What Are You About? – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

Who are you?

What you are about?

Have you thought about how you’d answer these questions?

For those that’s been following my Transformational Beauty Photography, my philosophy is that we are way more complex than what our positions (e.g., accountant) or titles (e.g., CEO) are capable of explaining our qualities and values.  I think that adjectives are more meaningful.  And this is especially true for the even more complex human beings that’s called females. 😉

And what if you’d have to use a photograph to describe yourself?  Those words get condensed into one image.  Hmmm…

Well, for me, I’m a spirit, an energy, a “poof” that moves through this life with no boundary (check out my journeys thus far, if you haven’t).  So, I think this image speaks volumes about who I am, at least the way I feel at the moment.

What words (adjectives) come to your mind when you see this image?

P.S. If you’d like to ride along in this life, catch me if you can… 🙂


Continue on the Painting Frenzy, This Time with a Pet – Los Angeles Pet Photographer

As if it was not enough to get the frenzy out of my system after the hybrid photography/painting that I posted 2 weeks ago, I went on to do it to a pet dog (photography).  So this (long) weekend, be on the look-out when you walk your pets.  Hehe…

Have a happy weekend, everyone, Labor Day or not!


Life has its twists and turns. So does my photography business. :-) – Los Angeles Custom Portrait Photographer

The title should be clear enough and this graph would make it even more clear as mud. 🙂

Back in the days when all I had online was baby photographs, I was hired to photograph an adult, a beautiful woman.

Skipping through the years, later, I attracted interest from body-builders.  While I’m excited at the interesting projects, I don’t want to jump the gun in assuming what kind of work that I show online got them inspired.  Do you want to give it a try by pasting the link from my blog site or website in the comment area?  More heads together is definitely better than my head. 🙂

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

I See Landscape in a Human Body – Los Angeles Fine Art Photographer

For those that’s known me for a while, I’m not someone that likes to affix labels to people or things.  In my mind, it’s a lazy way to understanding people (or things) by categorization.  This world has been around long before we had language.  So, suffice it to say, our vocabulary may be limited in deciphering what’s going on in reality.

Take this image for example.  I did not have words in my mind before making it.  On the contrary, I did what made sense to me visually.  So, I don’t care what you call it.  It’s landscape out of human body.  It’s a fine piece of art, isn’t it?

OK, OK, we’ll have peace if you call it body-scape. 🙂  There’s another piece of my work with a similar concept if you follow the link.

Do you want a tasteful representation of your body?  I can be reached here.

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang


Is Full Sun the Best Light for Portraiture? – Los Angeles Portrait Photographer

My job as an artist is to provide the best portraiture no matter what light condition we have.  More than once, I would hear comments from clients about how a location would be great for photography because it gets “all the sun”.  But let me tell you, personally, I think the best character in the “natural” backdrop comes out when the sun is not “all out”.

Take a look at the below image, and let me know if you agree.  This is where we can create some fine art for our clients:

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang
P.S.  The “dude” in the image is my trusty “assistante”.  When you hire me, it’s included in the portrait packages to meet him. 🙂


I Continue my Quest with Painting with Light – Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

You know I’m a Transformational Beauty Photographer.  If some of you out there are wondering what age group I work with, the answer is, there is no limit to ages.  There is, however, other criteria to make sure that you are a good fit for this kind of “transformation” (and they are not related to weight or look or anything “superficial”, for lack of better word) .  Come on, I’ve got standard!

So, how did I “transform” this zero-aged baby, you may ask?  Well, you notice it’s not the usual newborn photography that you see on the internet?  To me, a baby coming to this world is a divine thing.  And I let the light “touch down” on the baby to give that feel.  Is that what you feel?

The creative process is nothing when described in words.  I got the baby and saw the stairs and decided to take a photograph there.  Blah…  All that wonderful chemistry going on in my heart (and brain) is hard to be drawn with words.  But hey, all that stuff that’s bottled up in my heart is why my clients hire me, because I’m creative. 🙂

Look forward to continue “transforming” you, little girl!

P.S. Of course I know how to do the “usual newborn photography” that was mentioned above.  I’m just not showing. 🙂

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

I “Transformed” a Dandelion – Los Angeles Transformational Beauty Photographer

I once received a comment about how I can handle any weather condition when photographing during travels.  Comments like this are always nice, especially when you least expect them.  Lorraine, you know you made my day, and the next day, and the day after, and so one and so forth … 🙂

Lately, I’ve been thinking about this.  In an age where consumers are converse about terms such as saturation and contrast, good photographs are easily reduced down to a bunch of good cameras and some Photoshop tricks.

Is it really so though?

The other day, I picked up a stem of dandelion and had a vision in my mind.  I started out in the flat natural light.  And as you see (in the insert), it’s not bad.  However, my vision includes nothing but sharp detailed hair, and not much distraction from the base of the “hair stems.  So, with some adjustments to lighting, I “transformed” a stem of dandelion.  (After all, photography is painting with light, isn’t it?)

If I can transform something that does not follow instructions, imagine what a difference my lighting, posing, styling and (of course) joking can make to a client. 😛

Interested in a “Transformational Beauty” session?  You know where to find me.

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

I did something about my unruly hair – Los Angeles Portrait Photographer

I’m sure you’ve all seen my ever-crazy, ever-fun-loving profile image (see the image on the left below and here and here).  It expresses the inner peace (should I say passion and happiness instead?  Haha… ;-)) and has gotten tons of compliments.

Well, something like this would be hard to out-do.  And yet, “change is the only constant” is the B.S that I learned in my corporate life.  So, I’ve decided to do something that’s so drastically different from the beloved profile.

For those of you that’s been asking for more images of me online (J.M., are you reading this?), this is to show that I haven’t been playing deaf to you. 🙂

Now, here’s my ask – give me your thoughts before I blast this all over the web (wait, is it already too late to take back?).  At the least, give me a word that you feel from the image on the right.

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang

Red Hair + Long Dress = Floating in the Ocean – Los Angeles Transformational Beauty Photographer

“Love at first sight” is how my client describes this painting of the red-haired beauty.

When I saw it, my heart sang!  For one, I love working with people that are open to chances (hint: think “free spirit”).  Two, do I really need to say?  This client has a true appreciation for art.

Now, I could “figuratively” replicate what she likes about this painting.  But hey, she hired me as an artist and copying is boring for me.  Plus, do you really think that she will be thrilled if I had her hair dyed red, I mean, crimson red? :p

So, when she submitted the picture of the long dress (see below) as one of the potential outfits for the photo shoot, I knew I had to use it, because it’s another “love at first sight” for her. 😉

What happened next, as they say, is history. 🙂  We’ve created a fairy/mermaid* that floats in the ocean.  Don’t ask me what the fairy was doing.  What a dumb question!  The most important thing is this – doesn’t your heart feel the “free spirit” from this image that we achieved?

For me, I know I’ve nailed this one when my client had to have this photograph.  So, is this “love at first sight” for her?  Haha… You’d have to ask her when you see her sporting the lovely dress floating around. 🙂

Remember, the next time you hire an artist, look for the signs that they create, and not merely copy.

* excuse moi for the poor selection of term since English is not my mother tongue. 😛  But, you know where I’m getting, don’t you?

P.S. Does this equation reminds you of a chemistry lab back in school?  Well, you are not alone.  Anyway, chemistry was the only subject that my sister did better than me.  And the secret, as she later revealed, was memorization.  Boring!!

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang