Kids

Some Photo Booth Pics from Prince of Peace Harvest Festival, Fremont CA

So another Halloween has passed and we are either left with bags of candy loot or costumes (or both) that will never see the light of day again (Well, maybe until next year...).  But it doesn't really matter, does it? Because what does, is the guilt-free fun that we all had from all that sugar and sensory overload. That one day where we can be anybody we want to be but ourselves, all out in the open! {Honestly, I think we grown-ups need more days like these so we can get all our craziness and pretensions out of our system and be our true selves the rest of the year. }

My son was a zombie hunter but it was "dadtime" so I didn't really get to celebrate that night with him. I did visit him in class during their halloween party earlier that day so it's all good.

If  you know me personally, you know how I love the Prince of Peace School. So when they asked me to do a photo booth for their Harvest Festival this year, I was certainly delighted to do so. This was my second year and I enjoyed seeing all the kids and families who stopped by my booth in full costume galore.  I love the variety, the themes, the colors, the coordination and the spirit that everyone had that night.  Here are a few of them to share with you:

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Pumpkins at the Ardenwood Patch under the the Bright, Glaring Noon Light

Life is hectic and sometimes, as much as I want to take photos at the perfect time of day, our schedule just can't accommodate it. So we squeeze.  We squeeze and we make time.  I was not going to let this year go by without our annual visit to the patch.  So we made our way to Ardenwood Farms in Newark at the worst time of the day: noon.  The sun was directly above us which means a lot of squinting, raccoon eyes, harsh shadows and uber warm tones. Plus trying to get a good photo without the entire nation joining in?  Good luck!  But I must, the mom in me insist and if not now, we will have to wait for next year.  There was only one thing I had to make sure was right: my son's disposition.  Setting the expectation with him that it's going to be hot and that there will be tons of people everywhere ahead of time was helpful. Ok, maybe that accompanied with a little bribe.

Nonetheless, we made it and while they are definitely not the perfectly lit photos, I captured Troy at the patch at nine years of age.  This one is not going on my wall but definitely on my binder of 2013 memories.

(We got two pumpkins: one for him and one for his big brother, who is just too cool nowadays to go pumpkin hunting with us...I also took home some butternut squash, acorns, and winter squash and those never made it for display.  They went straight into the oven and put to good use.)

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Eli's Hair | Campbell Photographer

I definitely have a thing for hair.  The morning I took Eli's photos was the day he was going to cut his hair....waaahhh!!!!  Andrea, Eli's mom said it took almost 3 years to grow those gorgeous, wild fro and while it gives a lot of joy to people...in particular me, it requires so much TLC and it is time to retire them... So I was really happy to capture these images of Eli.  Maybe someday, he will grow it back but for now, it's going back to clean cut.

Good luck on your track, Eli and continue to do well in school!

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Love on Track - I Must Have Done Something Right! | Children Photographer

Choo! Choo!  The Love Train is coming ... Get your boarding pass ready because the train is approaching Platform No. 143 with a final destination to Love City.  Please note that this is not an Express Train.  This train makes frequent stops at the following stations : Happiness, Laughter, Tears, Pain, Fears and Joy.  The ride is long but worth it!

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2012 Valentines Mini Sessions - January 28th and 29th Only - BOOK NOW!

Hi Everyone, I am so so happy to share with you that I am starting to offer Mini Sessions this year!

What Are Mini Sessions:

  • shortened version of a Full Portrait Session
  • 15 minutes long and focused around a particular holiday/ season
  • Provides new clients a chance to try and experience Most Precious Art's Photographic style
  • Provides existing clients with supplemental portraits throughout the year without the investment of a Full Portrait Session.
  • Set Session Fee and discounted print packages

So without further ado, here are the deets:

I'm taking a limited number of new and existing clients to shoot in downtown San Jose (By the Old Spaghetti Factory) on January 28th and January 29th:

Here are the available time slots:

January 28th and 29th:

9:30 - 9:45 AM

9:45 - 10:00 AM

10:00 - 10: 15 AM

10:15 - 10:30 AM

10:30 - 10:45 AM

10:45 - 11:00 AM

3:00 - 3:15 PM

3:15 - 3:30 PM

3:30 - 4:00 PM

4:00 - 4:15 PM

Call 510-918-1852 or e-mail at: owen@mostpreciousart.com  to reserve your slot!

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Children Makes Things Right ~ in Black and White

It has been so long since I blogged, I don't even know where to begin anymore. If the Zen master hears my whining, I'm sure I will be getting a long, stark stare...because as much as I huff and puff and make things complicated, the answer is simple:

JUST BEGIN

So I do.

I begin.

My "first" post is about children.  Because they make me smile. They always make things right. When I have Troy with me, I am happy. I am complete because my family is here:  Me + Josh + Troy = Family. At the end of the day, that is all who I need to be with... my kids.

You probably guess it right.  I haven't been entirely happy lately.  I've had an asthma attack at the beginning of Thanksgiving Week.  And as I am now just finally recovering and  catching up with work and life, I am sitting here squinting in front of my monitor, nursing a pink eye (not to mention missing two events I was looking forward to attending).

Nothing gets me down as much as getting sick. So I am very grateful to all my clients for the well wishes and for being so understanding and patient. If there is one thing I've learned these past few months, is recognizing that I am not "Super Woman" (well maybe in my dreams)  and know when it's time to ask for help - to ask for it! ....Note taken for next year for sure.

So anyhow, the following photos were taken a few months back (these were supposed to be for my October blogs ~ that's how behind I am).  These are my black and white interpretations and the colored images from this shoot will be on another blog post. You will notice that there are two different treatments for the B&W.  You decide which you prefer better.  But I think that they all evoke a sense of nostalgia and personally, provide warmth and solace to my heart. They make me happy.

I'm sure you've also had those days when you just feel so down. What do you do to shake off the blues?  What makes you get back to a better place?  I know sometimes I just need to ride it out...

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Pumpkin Finders at the Ardenwood Farm Pumpkin Patch

Do you find your pumpkin or does the pumpkin find you?  Regardless, let the kids tell you that amidst the hundreds of bright colored Jack-O-Lanterns, once they set their eyes on one (or two or three or four),  the joy is unmistakable in their faces. What do you think?  Did you get your pumpkins yet?  Visit the Ardenwood Farm in Newark, California...a place for small and big kids alike.

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Family of Love and Strength | San Jose Family Photographer

The photos I am about to share with you are images of a beautiful family, a beautiful child and an amazing couple.  I’ve been taking the Ganac – Khivtrakoun Family Photos for some time now, but this was the first time I’ve met Grandpa Mony and Grandma Dany.  I knew from the moment I met them, that there was something very special about them and I wanted to get to know them more.

Mony and Dany have been married for many, many years and photographing them gave me an opportunity to see something beyond their smiles.  He touched her with a sense of carefulness, delicacy and respect that is hard to miss while she rested her hand on him with such comfort, trust and security that for a brief period of time, I wish that when I get older, I will have what they have too.

Mony and Dany met on their last year of high school when their schools merged together. They lost contact after graduation and it wasn’t until 4 years later, when Mony, moved to the city (in Cambodia) and accidentally met Dany’ uncle that they reunited. They got married on August 8, 1970.

In 1975, the clandestine Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia and Mony was separated from his wife and their children who ran to the jungle to hide and lived in various camps to survive. Eventually, they managed to reunite and eventually move to the United States.

They have found new hope and a new life here since.  Sadly, in 1999, Dany suffered a sever stroke and had to stay at a nursing home and then a rehabilitation center for a very long period of time.  The entire family was devastated but they never left her side.  Mony watched over his wife and made it his reason for existence. Their bond as a family just got stronger.  A few years later, the family once again experienced a traumatic event: Dany got into a bad car accident. But she pulled through. Dany recovered, and Mony and their sons made sure that she was nursed back to health.  They never waivered in their hope.

Fast forward to our photo session. I watched Sochea and Cheryl tend to their little girl, Maddie. I saw how Grandpa Mony and Grandma Dany held and looked at their granddaughter. I observed how they ALL interacted with each other.

Then I realized that this was not just about a family photo session.  This was about a celebration of relationships, of triumphs over challenges. Mony and Dany’s love for each other overflows on their children and their families and I’m sure on the people they meet and whose lives they touch by the example of their union.

As Cheryl shared with me:

“Owen, I've never seen a family this close, filled with love... Being a part of Sochea's family made me learn so much about family, love, hope and more..... I feel blessed everyday!”

Amen to that. To Sochea, Cheryl and Maddie: Thank you once again for the opportunity. To Mony and Dany: Thank you for sharing your story with me and for inspiring me. Happy 41st Anniversary and may you have a wonderful time in Paris!

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My First Love in Photography - Children Photographer | Palo Alto

I hope this makes up for my long absence in the blogging world... My passion for photography came to me a few years ago when I was busy putting my kid's scrapbook albums together.  Not long after, I found myself focusing more and more on the images I take and less on the pages I create.  I discovered that what is really important to me is being able to capture their expressions, the way they are at that moment, undisturbed from their "play". It is at this time when I fell in love with photography...children photography.

So when my friend and fellow photographer, Deborah Nagai of Deborah Nagai Photography invited me to come along and assist in her maternity photo shoot (lately we have been shooting together because it is fun doing it together),  I was thrilled to learn that the mom brought with her, her 3-year old daughter.

Here are the pictures I was able to capture in the pockets of time I had during the photo shoot.  I just realized how much I miss working 1:1 with kids. And I cannot wait to do more.

I hope you like these as I love them! These images were developed through constant engagement and play with Neve.  There were a lot of running, hiding and seeking and imaginative play.  Once I fixed my camera settings,  I left it alone as much as I can and concentrated on engaging with her.  I think it worked.  I love it!

Her natural smile....

The many expressions of Neve...

It's Peek-a-boo time...

Some time with Mom.

This is what you get when you are constantly running, twirling around....

No, I do not wear a tiara during shoots, but letting Neve see what's in my camera screen made her giggle and hide from me some more. Thank you Deb for taking this photo.

I told you so...I take what she gives me...even if it is just a foot or her back.

A little something different here..

Now she is One | San Jose Baby Photographer

I've been photographing Kate-Kate  since she was in her mommy's tummy.  I held her when she was 3 weeks old, I was there when she switched from breast milk to formula and she was not too pleased. Then she was sitting up like a cute pumpkin... and now, she is walking at 1 year old with two front teeth and with the energy of a bunny.  She is so adorable and one smile from her takes away all the worries in the world and replaces them with pure joy and purpose.

Oh thank you mom and dad for making me a part of your wonderful life and for allowing to me to see Kate grow...You are in my heart forever.

Photos, Pre-School Graduation, Loved & Cherished

Photos are a great way to remember the little details of the past. I want to remember the details. When Troy grows up, I want him to see his photos when he was a child.... It is good for a person’s soul.... to know they are loved, valued and cherished. The photos always bring back memories.... good memories full of love.... and I want Troy to remember that he is loved always.

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Photo Shoot with Kendall | Fremont Photographer

After so many days of rain, we finally got a beautiful, sunny day.  And as perfect as the day was, so was my subject.  Her smile and super sweet disposition made me warm inside and out.  When I arrived at their home, Kendall ran to me with her pink polka dot bathing suit and vintage gray flower headband all happy and excited...I knew that this was shoot was going to be a fun one...and it sure was. Take a look and see what I mean when I say sweet...look at that smile....

Thanks Mom and Dad for letting me have Kendall for a few hours this beautiful day.