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April 30, 2009 NOVO fashion show

This past Saturday was interesting, it was the day of the NOVO fashion show.  Quite frankly, I don’t know what NOVO stands for but it was a charity fashion show hosted and run by the local church community.  People donate their clothes, and then designers create clothing lines using the donated clothes.  Pretty cool concept, but I think since it was run by church my expectations weren’t high.

But I was actually very impressed, the turnout was amazing. It was a Fire Marshall’s nightmare, many people didn’t have seats to sit in.  Needless to say there were a plethora of photographers there too.   That’s what I hate about shooting fashion shows, there’s always a bunch of photographers (or people who think they’re photographers) all bunched up in the front.  In a case such as that, the taller photographers always have the upper-hand, and height isn’t something I excel in.  That’s why my photos are all to the side, I stood on a chair and tried my best to get some decent photos.  The fashion show started out with a speaker who was a movie-producer-turned-bum-turned-Christian? Don’t quote me on that, but he was there to share his experiences and stories about homelessness. I thought that was a nice touch. Oh, and it was a pleasant surprise to see a few of my friends (Slingluff, Michelle, and Eve) in it, that was unexpected but very amusing!

Just like anything though, there are the little things that I think could be better.  Since I watch America’s next top model, that makes me an expert on runway walking icon smile NOVO fashion show So many of the models don’t know how to walk properly.  A runway model should never have their hands on their waists until the very end! What a ‘noob’ mistake. I wanted to yell out “You’re doing it all wrong!”  

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April 28, 2009 meet 2 year old jade

This is a notice to all two year old boys in the future: Jade is going to be the hardest girl you’re ever going to woo.

It took me all day for her just to warm up to me.  I tried to using chips, a stick of chapstick, and flowers, just to try to make this girl like me.  As a result, she backhanded the chip, threw down the flower, and broke the chapstick.  Talk about major rejection right? I would periodically ask “Jade do you like me yet?” and “Are we friends yet?”  And I would always receive “No,” and she would say it in the most cutest voice ever, so the rejections were not that heart-wrenching. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried so hard to make a girl like me, and it wasn’t until the very very very end that she warmed up to me a little bit (and I mean a little bit.) But by that time I wasn’t shooting anymore. icon sad meet 2 year old jade

Despite the obstacles, I still had some amazing shots that I truly , truly love.  What I love about baby photography is there are no two shots that are the same.  Adults will sometimes stare at you until you direct them for another shot, but babies/toddlers they’ll do anything and everything at their own whim, and that is the beauty of baby photography. So I hope you enjoy these photos.

There’s no wrong way to wear sunglasses.
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I call this one “No, it’s mine.”

 

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Even Jade needs a rest once in a while 

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Nothing beat’s a good ol’ yawn.

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Pleasant surprise.

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Peek-a-boo aftermath

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After she fell (running away from me.)  :(

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This is how she reacted when she saw a Nikon user. I’m just kidding. This is my last favorite photo of her not wanting to walk.

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It is here.  These are the silly photos, from their engagement, some of them are by far the most ridiculous (in a good way) engagement photos I’ve ever taken in my life.

Jamie and Rich Engagement from Erich Chen on Vimeo.

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April 24, 2009 Workshop Aftermath

So this post has been one that I’ve been trying to get out as early as last week but I was waiting on photos from my friend who I will not mention his name (Michael Tang.) He took some photos at my workshop but has not given me all the images from them, so to post a blog about a workshop without photos would’ve been difficult.  I still don’t have enough photos, but these will do!  So here’s a collection of random photos from the second workshop.

Thank you everyone who came out to our workshops, and super special thanks to Tikko for providing the space and running the workshop with me! Also thanks to Jeramee and Rob the wonderful models, and last but not least thanks to my friend Jen who came out to do make up on the models.

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