Tuesday, October 27, 2009

headshot practice

The other day, my roommate, Jenny asked me if I would do some head shots of her. Of course I said, yes. I can use all the practice I can get.

Question. Do the shadows in the background of the first 2 shots make them look un-professional and amateur?

Friday, October 23, 2009

kogi for grandma

My grandma doesn't go out much. And when my grandpa was alive she was restricted to eating the things he liked, which was basically...chicken. But now, she she can eat whatever she wants. And the cool thing about Grandma is that, unlike a lot of older folks, she likes to try new foods.

So I decided to bring the Kogi truck...

...minus the cute Korean Kogi truck manager...

...to Grandma.

And the results? It was a true success! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

san diego

Hello! Took a quick trip down to San Diego with some friends for the San Diego Asian Film Festival last Saturday. Toyota was their official car sponsor. Kudos to them for supporting Asian Ams and the arts.

Beach Break Cafe, Oceanside.

Ultrastar Theater in Hazard Center, San Diego.

Q&A after film, All About Dad.

The writer and director, Mark Tran.

I think this trip proved that I need to invest in a flash. I was pretty unsatisfied with my in theater and step and repeat shots. There goes another $300 from my wallet.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

send your recyclables!

Hi all, just wanted to let you know I'm still collecting recyclables to cash in at the end of this month! I'll be cashing in for IJM and Seattle Urban Academy (my auntie Sharon's school!!), so get me your stuff, especially if something like this happens to you:

Jennifer: higakichan
me: yes?
Jennifer: so
on sat
after the gym
i saw this homeless person
who was wheeling a cart full of recyclables
and i thought
i have all these things in my car
i could just give it to this guy who looks like he could really use it
i ran him down
opened my car truck
and yelled, "EXCUSE ME, SIR!"
at which point
he bolted
took off, really.
booked it down the street
looking back at me
like i was going to kill him and stuff him in my trunk.
long story short.
i still have all these things b/c that man thought i was going to hurt him
me: omg

However, if a homeless person or someone in need does accept your recyclables, by all means give them to him/her.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Last Saturday I did my very first engagement shoot with my friend Dorothy and her fiancé, Robert at Venice Beach. I was pretty nervous because I had never shot at the beach before, but with of Dorothy's enthusiasm to try different backgrounds and poses and Robert's camera lessons along the way, things turned out way better than I expected. It also didn't hurt that they were very comfortable in front of the camera. Hugs, kisses and all. I know it's pretty lame to admit this but...I'm really proud of myself. Here are some of my favorites from the day!

It was also my first time shooting in RAW and editing in Lightroom. Pretty mind blowing. Now I just need to invest in a huge external hard drive. And find a student who wants to help me get a discount on Lightroom. :)

Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Congratulations to my father, the 2009 Produce Marketing Association's Floral Marketer of the Year!!

Last Friday, my dad was awarded this honor at the PMA lunch right before Condeleezza Rice gave a keynote speech. The award was a surprise, so he was completely blown away. I was so proud to see my dad up there on that stage, speaking of his gratitude to his company, family and God. Times have been rough for his business because the economy and he's had to make some tough decisions. But in the midst of everything, he's never compromised quality of product nor the integrity of his company. You've done good, Dad.

Also, belated congratulations to Tommy and Karen and their 1st baby Audrey! Karen was my roommate in college, and I had the pleasure of hanging out with her, Audrey and some old college friends last Saturday. Babies are such a joy! And a heck of a lot of work.

Mommy & Baby

3 generations!

And, I haven't forgotten about posting Japan pics. It's just hard to choose my favorites!