a letter from myself

 

I’ve playing ukulele a lot and rediscovering my old songs.  Rewriting old lyrics.  Dusting off the cobwebs.  Examining this historical record of my secret past thoughts and dreams.

Some songs never felt complete.

Some never felt quite right.

Some are just fun to play on the uke.

I was trying to get the intro right and the recording here is probably the 4th or 5th take (hence the swearing at the beginning).  I decided to leave it in because 1: it’s authentic and 2: I like swearing. (笑)

It’s funny how so many years can fly by, but I still feel the exact same way.

Flower Obsession

So my fascination with flowers has grown from photography to gardening to a sketch for a new tattoo to even more ideas that I don’t want to talk about before I complete. I think this might be one of my … Continue reading

petals

petal

I have been eagerly waiting for SPRING all winter, and I found it necessary to document the spring blossoms before they fade away.

Here is a photograph that I took on Sunday, before the frost we had.  My hands were frozen, but I was determined!

I shot this on aperture priority with my 35mm lens on my old Nikon DSLR.  I’ll be posting more soon 🙂

Portraits

Christine, Depot Town

 

So I really like taking pictures of landscapes and flowers, but I also love taking portraits.  Dramatic portraits are fun!

This is one of my favorite portraits that I have taken.  The model for this photo shoot was my sister-in-law Christine!  I had a little bit of luck with the great light from the setting sun, a great location and a person who is comfortable in front of a camera.  If you are looking for a photographer and are in the Ann Arbor/Metro Detroit area, I am available for commission 🙂

Waiting for Flowers

Waiting for Flowers

I have been looking through my spring photos from last year. The winter has been long this year, and it’s finally starting to feel like spring. I’m thinking of starting a small business selling some of my photographs as prints, … Continue reading

Yoga @ the Arb and Island Park

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I met up with some old high school friends for the latest photoshoot!

On this cool autumn day, we wandered around the Arb and Island Park in Ann Arbor taking pictures.  It was very serene and relaxing, the leaves and water were so beautiful!

 

The Hipster-esque Photoshoot with Christine

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Christine is not only a lovely and photogenic model (as you can see in many of my photos), but also she is an artist herself and has helped to assist with many of the photoshoots that I’ve done over the summer.  She works to help those in front of the camera feel more relaxed, helps with thematic elements, hairstyle and make-up ideas and more.

Becky and Mike’s Engagement Photo Session

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My good friends Becky and Mike are going to be married on June 1st, 2012!

As a little pre-wedding gift, I offered to take engagement photos for them.  Although it was a yucky, rainy day, we still got a few nice photos between the showers.  Here are a few of my favorites.

For the love of music

 

 

So today I had the opportunity to sing (as part of a choir group) with Vienna Teng at the Power Center in A2!  This was very exciting for me, as I love her voice and her music (and also, I love to sing ^-^ ).  A local musician, Katie Lee, started the show with a beautiful set.  It was great to see two extremely talented female Asian-American singer-songwriters take the stage and amaze the audience.  Katie and Vienna were both very warm and great to talk to!

The show was really inspiring to me as a musician.

I’ve been writing music since I was 14 years old.  Over the last few years, I’ve felt really discouraged about pursing my love of music and writing and creating music.  I think this will change… my guitar is dusty and needs some attention.  I have bits and pieces of songs scattered around, it’s time to put them all together.  It’s time to record every song that I’ve ever written.  I’m not exactly sure what I’m going to do with the recordings, but I am sure that I need to work harder at becoming more like myself…

Summer Photoshoot with Christine

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This is the first photoshoot that Christine and I worked on this year.

We went for a natural look and had the weeping willow trees set the scene.  Here’s a few of my favorites from this session.

Cassie and Aaron’s Wedding (part one)

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This year, I was lucky enough to witness the wedding of two of my good friends, Cassie and Aaron.  I was honored to be one of two guests invited to their wedding ceremony.  Lucky for them, I remembered to bring my camera!