Friday, September 19, 2008

This Week's Update.

I never realized how much time I don't have anymore ever since my child was born until I look at my blog and noticed I don't post enough. Amanda has been pretty busy at work, so I have been picking Dylan up from my mom. And with Dylan fussing and crying due to teething, I am spending most of my time trying to make him feel comfortable. Not a easy job to do that's for sure.

So this past Sunday we came home after a 4 days weekend in Stone Mountain Georgia for Mandy and Justine's wedding. It was very nice. Totally had an awesome time. Dylan had a white shirt, red vest w/ a black tie on... hehehe! He was so cute and adorable.

I took Monday off from work and gave my mom another day off from Dylan, so my dad can visit his Senior Citizen Center. heheh! I was planning on heading out in the city with Dylan and maybe stop by my office and show him to my boss who still haven't meet Dylan yet. But because Dylan didn't sleep much on Sunday, I decided to put him to sleep instead of a long day out. So I spent the day doing laundry while he was sleeping. I did drive my wife to and from work because I needed the car to pick up my dog, Meko.

About a year ago, I had the honor to photograph Katie & Kenneth's wedding in Aruba. There were a few things that was never completed due to timing of our busy schedule (mainly Prego & then baby). Well tomorrow I will be doing some more photographing, so that we can complete their wedding album. Weather is gonna be nice, so it should be a fun morning.

I really didn't take too much pictures from the wedding, one of the reason was because the host of the church as like a German Nazi. You cant do this, you can do that. Hey I totally know about No Flash Photography in the House of God.... But we cant even stand up to take a pic w/o flash. Because of that I was scare to get yell at. Yes, the lady told this old man to sit down. hahahaha!

Well I don't want to bored you too much. Unfortunately I didn't process any of the images. actually the camera is still in the bag sitting in the living room since I came home on Sunday. hahaha. So looks like the images will be posted tomorrow maybe?! :D

I promised on the next post will be pictures from the trip....

Saturday, September 13, 2008

In Stone Mountain/Snellville Georgia

We have a wedding to attend this weekend in Georgia. Normally we drive down here from New York (16 to 18 hrs drive). But because I won two free round trip airfare last christmas from my company, we decided to use it for this trip. Plus with the baby and Amanda being at a new school this year (only asked for one day off). We just figure it would be wise to use it.

Because we flied on the day of 9/11, the flight was very empty. We got to the airport 4 hours early, because I wanted to get a good parking spot in Long Term Parking at LGA, and because we had so much to carry going to security, we didnt want any delay and rush to catch our flight. Unlike JetBlue in JFK, there were no Free Internet access at the American Airline terminal or gate. Since we had so many hours to wait, we decided to pay for it. $9.95 a month for the 1st three month, then $24 thereafter. Note to self, need to cancel after the month is over. It was a very good flight. Dylan did fuss a little, but thats because he was sleepy, but wanted to see everything around him. hehe. We arrived in Atlanta about 9:40pm. Pickup the rental car and drove to our Hotel in Stone Mountain. ...woohoo! Free internet at the Hotel.

Friday morning we rush to Walmart to get some things for the Bridal Shower that my wife is in change of (Matron of Honor). After I dropped her off at the Country Club, I met up with my Father in Law and headed back to the hotel, so he can spent some grandpa time with Dylan. Here's something funny... We were hungry, so we headed to Wendy's for some food. When it was time to pay for the food, I told my father in law, "I got it Dad". The cashier at Wendy looked at me and said, "did you say Dad?" My replied, "yes". She said, "seriously?" I said, "yes seriously" LOL then I said, "its my father in law" LOL. I guess she didnt noticed my chinese redneck or something. HAHAHAH!!

That evening, we had the rehearsal at the Methodist Church in Snellvile, GA. Everyone were saying how cute & handsome Dylan is, and that the combination between Amanda and myself really did an awesome job with him. hehehe! I did went up to introduce myself to Mandy & Justin's wedding photographer, Jared Baker, just so he know who I am. Very nice guy. The Church doesnt allow Flash Photography at all. heheh! I hate that. I guess it is my 1st test to see how I can do without a flash in a church. I didnt bring any of my fast lense. Only have my 24-105 with me on this trip. Guess the ISO will have to be increase to 800 or 1600... and must shoot in RAW. we will see what happen. Its gonna be hard to do much when Dylan will be with me. After the rehearsal, we headed to the Bride's mother place for dinner - Mexican food. YUM YUM!!!!! Later I did give my business card to Jared, just so he has my information, and maybe we can network together and expand our business and industry even wider. Jared is actually a personal friend of the Groom (Justin).

Well today is the wedding day and my wife is about to head over to the Bride's place so they all can get ready to do their girlie thing. The Bride (Mandy) is my wife best friend. They go way back to their college's year at University of Georgia (Bulldogs). Actually Mandy was the Maid of Honor on our wedding. hehehe! well time to get myself ready so I can drive her over. Hopefully I will get some awesome pictures today..

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Day to Remember...

7 years ago around this time, I was driving a friend out into the city to her job because she was late getting up and needed to be in the office by 8:30am for an important meeting. At that time, I just got laid off from Clear Channel Communication, so my schedule are FREE. I decide what the hell, I got nothing better to do anyway. I normally do not take the Tunnel out into the city, because of the $3.50 fee. But because we were running late, she told me to take it and will pay me back, plus the drop off spot was downtown area. So make sense to do that.

I remember traffic were pretty back up. and once we came out of the tunnel I happened to look up and said "oh world trade center is on fire". I didn't think much of it at that time... but once the 2nd plane hit the second tower, I knew at that point New York was under attack. I am not going to get into details anymore, but I will always remember what happen that day. Many of my friends do work in those buildings or in that area. Just so happen that Tuesday, they all decided either to take the day off, or they were running late into work.

Here's some photos of that morning from my camera.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Last day before VACATION!!!!!!

I am officially on vacation right now. WOOHOO!!! I'll tell you tomorrow where I will be heading too. hehehe.

Tonight, I had the honor to meet an awesome couple, Helen and Brady who I will be photographing their wedding in October. I met them at Starbucks tonight just to get to know one another. Hopefully I didn't talk them to death. you know me, talk talk talk. It was awesome hanging out with them talking for 45 minutes. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding. It is going to be great. I already have some great ideas where to photograph them.

This morning when I went into my office, I noticed a good amount of photographers (w/ L lenses) standing around in front of my building, taking pics of the building across. At first I didnt know why, then once i noticed the News truck and more PRESS, then it hit me - Lehman Brothers. Very Sad.. how the hell can you loss almost 4 Billion dollars in one quarter?! Oh well! I wonder who's going to buy them out. HSBC maybe???

Well its time for bed. I got an early morning tomorrow (errands) to start before our flight at 7pm.


Random Thoughts

It's been awhile since I did some serious writing. The problem is now that I am a daddy, i really don't have that much time anymore. I am NOT complaining. I am totally enjoying and loving every moment of my son. And when I do have time, I am normally on the train heading into the city... and sometime that's when I write - on my ipod touch.. then come home and forget to blog it. lol.

As you know, recently I attended Free to Succeed Tour by David Jay and Jasmine Star. Well after all that information they gave us, I came to realized that a lot of things they mentioned I used to do when my wife and I had our Preschool photography business. We walked into each school and pretty much sold ourselves as who we are.. just two awesome fun people that loves kids who happens to be photographer. At the end of the day, it wasnt about how the images came out. It was all about how great we were with the kids. How much fun they had... and all were captured on paper so that the parents can see it. One thing we made sure was to make a HUGE impression to the teachers, the admin, and the school staff. why?? because they will tell the parents how much fun their kids has.... and when they see the pictures, they dont have a choice but to buy all of them. .... those were the days. Well I got alot of things I need to do to make my wedding photography business better, both myself and for the clients. It will be good. :-)

Over the weekend, Amanda and I werent great parents. Dylan fell off our bed. Thank god he didnt fall on the floor, but to my i guess you can call it a night stand table. he hit his head pretty hard and loud. We ran into our bedroom. Thank god he was ok. It could have been much worst. Good thing it didnt. Scared the hell out of both of us. We love you son. I'm gonna make you a website so i can show you off to the world. :)

We're gonna be out of town on Thursday evening heading down to North Georgia for a wedding. Amanda's best friend, Mandy will be getting married to a fine gentlement, Justine. No I am not their wedding photographer.. but I will try to snap some pics of them. I dont know how much I will be able to get. Amanda will be the Matron of Honor, so that means I got Dylan all to myself. I think my mother in law and sister in law will be coming. Hopefully they can watch him for me. I havent fly to Georgia since the first time I went down to meet her family (4 yrs ago). We normally drive. But because we dont have that much time off, we decided to fly. Plus the airfares are free.. I won it from the company's christmas party last year. heheh!

Well its midnight now, and its time to sleep.. got to get up in 5 hours. Yes this is the only time I have to myself.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

David Jay's Newsletter

Today I get David Jay's newsletter..... pretty much letting us know how much he enjoyed FTS Tour and that he has put together a DVD of the tour and T-Shirt if we were interested to buy. As I scroll down, I noticed my pic and my name. I was a little busy, so i didn't really pay too much attention to it. Then it hit me, thats me on his email... why?? So i stopped whatever I was doing and read the email again. WOW!! DJ gave me a PROPS. WOOHOO!!! How cool was that!! I was touch!!! TOTALLY. The last time something similar happened to me was when TechTV (ScreenSaver) contacted me and asked if they can broadcast my website on their show. I was like go right ahead. LOL! that day I got over thousands of hit in 30 minutes. LOL!! sweet!!!! That was almost 10 years ago. Back to DJ's Props to me - I am honored. How I just have to work harder to get to where I wanted to be in my wedding photography business. Also now I really have to do more blogging and networking with other photographers. That should be easy since I LOVE to talk.. and I LOVE to make new friends.

Again DJ, thank you!!!!!