January 2009 Archives

A fun slide show

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Friday, January 30th, 2009 -

At the studio wew have been playing with new ways to do slideshows. Here is a fun slideshow of “for his eyes only” images.

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Gina & Keith Get Married

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009 -

What a beautiful day in January for a wedding.
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Moments before coming down the isle.
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WE always love catching the grooms face as his bride comes down the isle
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Can you believe this is January. Beautiful Day
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Keith is a fireman. He was able to get his hands on a 1955 fire truck for the getaway car from the church
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A quick family portrait
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I love the cake topper
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This kid loved the camera
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Kaitlyn & Kyle @ Ponte Winery

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 -

My first wedding of the year was last weekend. It felt great getting back to weddings after a month off.
It’s always a blast shooting a wedding at a winery. We had amazing weather for this time of the year. It was a perfect day.
I had a lot of images to blog so I decided just to post a slideshow of the day.
Enjoy!

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For His Eyes Only(Newest Prop)

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Monday, January 12th, 2009 -

I’m so excited about our new car. It’s so much fun to use as a prop for the for the for his eyes only shoots.
This week I finally got to use it on a couple shoots. Here is a sneek peek at a few images from the shoot.
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For His Eyes Only

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Monday, January 12th, 2009 -

I haven’t posted any for his eyes only shoots in a little while. So I thought I should let you know that these shoots are getting more and more popular.
Doesn’t she look amazing!!!! Make up by Carina with Flawless Faces Inc.
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Tara & Bryan in Vegas

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Sunday, January 11th, 2009 -

Well I was back from Thailand for 2 days when I got to head to Las Vegas for a very fun engagement session. I always love shooting in Vegas.
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One last Thailand Post

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Friday, January 9th, 2009 -

Well we made it back from Thailand this week. It was an amazing trip. It was great being able to experience Thailand with our kids. Being able to experience another culture is so important in life.
Thailand is an amzing country. The Thai people are so nice. They are always willing to help you. Always happy. I love it. e spent a month in Thailand. I wish we could of stayed longer. There is so much to do and see.
Another great thing to do when traveling is to not do to much planning before you get there. We always just book the first few nights and then see where things take us. You will always meet people in your travels that will give you suggestions on what to see next. You might like some places more than others an decide to spend a few extra days. You just never know. Plus it’s more of an adventure to travel this way. You just never know where you might end up/
This trip began and ended in Bangkok. We spent most of our trip in the south of Thailand. So many beautiful beaches and islands to see. We really enjoyed the island of Ko Lanta. We actually never heard of Ko Lanta before we left for Thailand. A couple that was part of our volunteer group had spent a few days and said that it was a great place. So we said ok lets check it out. And I’m glad we did. It was a great island.
We stayed at a great place http://narima-lanta.com/. Little huts over looking the ocean. If your headed to Thailand anytime soon you must check it out. From there we headed to Krabi. Krabi is on the mainland. It’s along the coast. So beautiful. Another must see. From there we headed to the Phi Phi islands. I knew that it was going to be very touristy. But I really wanted to see them. I heard they were beautiful and shouldn’t be missed. I’m so glad we made it to Phi Phi. It was one of our best times in Thailand. If you do it right you can avoid most of the tourist crowd.
After Phi Phi it was time to head back to Bangkok. We flew out of Phuket to get there. Most people I talked to said they could of lived without stopping in Phuket. I agree. We did stop for lunch there on the way to the airport. I’m glad we didn’t spend anymore time there than that. It is so touristy. I probably would of loved this place when I was 21 and looking for a party.
I really enjoy the city of Bangkok. It’s a great city just to walk around and experience the people. Great food around every corner. Great markets to visit. In fact on our last day in Thailand we went to the probably one of the largest weekend markets in the world. It’s called the Chatuchak weekend market. It is crazy big. They say around $15,000 stalls. We spent about 5 or 6 hours there and didn’t really even put a dent in all the stalls to see. So much to see and eat. I love eating at these markets. great food at crazy cheap prices. we ate lunch at the market for about 50 cents each.
The only thing I don’t like about Thailand is the traffic. It’s insane. Avoid getting in a car or tuk tuk at all costs. My biggest tip for Bangkok is to stay at a hotel that is near the sky train. When we arrived in Thailand we stayed along the river. It’s nice but if you want to explore the city you hav eto get in a car or tuk tuk. When we ended our trip we decided to get a hotel by the sky train. So happy we made that decision. We used the sky train a few times a day. It was great. It’s easy to figure out the trains and no traffic. We were zipping around town with no problem at all. We stayed at The Asia Hotel Bangkok. It was perfect it had a train station connected to the hotel. I highly recommend it.
The more time I spend in Thailand the more I love this country. This is my 2nd trip to Thailand. I can’t wait for my 3rd. I could even see myself retiring here someday.
I also recommend Thailand to my couples for their honeymoon. Fell free to email me with any questions about Thailand. I’m always happy to help.

Here are a few more images from a couple cards I never downloaded until I returned home.

This was during our scooter time in Ko Lanta. For future reference don’t try take on a muddy road on a scooter. They have no traction. I actually dumped my scooter trying to go through some mud. Then about 30 minutes later Travis did the same thing. SO we had to push it out.
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Au Nang beach. Longtail boats waiting to take you over to Railay beach. Which is also a must see.
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Another highlight was Travis getting his tatoo dome the old school way of Thailand. With these bamboo sticks. I still can’t believe the detail achieved with these sticks.
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Matt loved his hat. He wore it most of the trip.
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One of our days back in Bangkok we decided to jump on a longtail boat and cruise through some of the canals that run through the older parts of the city.
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These kids are out playing
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I love this series of shots. These kids were cracking me up.
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This is a must see. The reclining Buddha So cool.
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Another great meal at the street vendors.
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Waiting for the sky train. A must mode of transportation for Bangkok
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Anybody for an egg
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This was a local artist that we bought a couple of her paintings. She was so excited that we loved her work.
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A monk grabbing lunch before 12 noon. Monks can’t eat any food after noon.
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You can always find some interesting entertainment at the street markets.
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Xmas in Thailand

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 -

Well our last day of volunteering was xmas day. So after school we headed back to the island of Koh Lanta. My son Travis had some vacation time so he met up with us in Thailand. Thailand is a great place to spend Xmas.

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We wanted to check out some more of the island. So we rented some scoters and cruised around the island. I wish I had some pictures of the first 30 minutes of our ride. it started dumping rain. We looked like we just got out of the ocean by the time we made it to Old Town.
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We decided to get off the paved roads to see where they moght lead.
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You make a wish when you let these go. They are really popular in Thailand.
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The next day we headed to Krabi. It is so beautiful along the coast of Krabi.
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These longtail boats are great. They will take you over to the beautiful beach of Railay.
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Headed to Railay
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I longtail boats are also great to set up a kitchen.
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I love eating off the street carts. It’s great food for next to nothing.
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We came across this tatoo shop in Aunang. They do the traditional Bamboo tatoo’s. So Travis had to get one.
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It took a couple of sittings but came out amazing.
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I had to put a picture of the tatoo artists car. A classic 68 SS Camaro. I never thought I’d see one of these in Thailand.
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We decided we wanted to check out the Phi Phi Islands. We knew it would be real touristy. But we also knew it would be beautiful. So we headed there to spend New Years. You can jump on a ferry in Krabi that will get you to Phi Phi in about 90 minutes.
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There was a school right next to our hotel. Here are the kids getting out of school.
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All the hotels are on Phi Phi Don. But the best part to see is on Phi Phi Lei.Where the movie The Beach was filmed. So we jumped on a longtail boat and headed to Phi Phi Lei.
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We found out the best time to check out this island is at the end of the day when all the tour boats have headed back. We rented our own private longtail. It was great. There was hardly anybody out there.
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There were a couple people cliff jumping. So Travis had to go for it. It was very high.
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Headed back to Phi Phi Don
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Phi Phi was a blast.

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More from Thailand

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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 -

Exploring the area around Trang
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Here are some more images of the kids Stephanie has been working with.
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This was one of Stephanie’s favorite kids.
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One day the kids got all dressed up for a performance
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They had some special guests
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