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Speaking at South Bend Indiana & Kina Grannis Concert

June 11th, 2010

Whew. Time really does fly. Subjectively & objectively. This past month of May has been a whirlwind. I got to attend my first Chicago Blackhawks playoff game, photographed a wedding in New Orleans, shot handful of engagement and family sessions, photographed an unbelievable wedding in Italy, came back to Chicago to photograph a gorgeous Indian […]

 

Whew. Time really does fly. Subjectively & objectively. This past month of May has been a whirlwind. I got to attend my first Chicago Blackhawks playoff game, photographed a wedding in New Orleans, shot handful of engagement and family sessions, photographed an unbelievable wedding in Italy, came back to Chicago to photograph a gorgeous Indian wedding and more. June is no diferent. In just 10 days I photographed another eSession, wedding, spoke at South Bend, Indiana and got to attend a concert of an artist that I really enjoy listening to. Did I mention it’s only June 10th? I wanted to just quickly update you on 2 things:

I. SPEAKING AT SOUTH BEND, INDIANA
I was honored when Katie Whitcomb, a great photographer from South Bend, IN asked me to come out to speak at their local photographer’s meeting. So I dragged my roommate and trekked across state. I had a great time speaking to about 30+ photographers. Here are few photos from that event:

Everyone was so attentive and supported me with positive nods & smiles. I do have to admit though. We had this meeting inside of a chocolate store and the smell of chocolate was killing me!

Then I had a real treat waiting for me. My clients Cory & Sarah from a wedding I photographed in 11/11/2006 made a surprise visit to hear my talk! They drove over 2 hours to show their support. This almost brought tears to my eyes. As if being 2 hours was not bad enough, Sarah just delivered a baby three weeks ago and Cory is currently going through chemotherapy for his cancer! This couple has a special place in my heart as they are one of the reasons why I wanted to go into wedding photography in the first place. Read more about them here in my previous blog post.

I got to hold their precious baby Charis! Thank you Cory & Sarah so much for going out of your way to visit me here. I will continue to pray and think of you guys. Please keep in touch as often as you can!

And finally big thank you to Katie Whitcomb for organizing this meeting and inviting me to speak here. I look forward to coming back again. Shout out to my roommate Kenny Nakai from tagging along with me and capturing all these fun images as well!

II. KINA GRANNIS
I got to attend a concert by an up & coming talented artist in Kina Grannis. She is the youtube/online/twitter gal with a phenomenal voice & musical talent. I’m fascinated because she understands the power of the online social media and uses it to attract a huge following and allows her audience to connect with her through her transparency. This is a lesson we can all learn and apply to our business – allowing our clients to connect with us by sharing our lives with them. Everyone in the audience responded to Kina as if she was an old friend that they haven’t seen in awhile. She immediately connected with her audience just by being herself. I’ve been fan of her music and when she came to Chicago for her concert, I jumped at the opportunity to go listen to her live.

Of course being the camera geek that I am, I can’t help but to bring my camera along as my date and snapped a few photos of/for her:

Thanks for a great concert Kina. She is still on her national tour to promote her new CD called “Stairwells.” Check her out at one of the remaining cities here. Best wishes with the rest of your tour!

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Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas Wedding

January 16th, 2010

Few months ago I had the pleasure of traveling down to The Atlantis Paradise Island, a dreamy vacation getaway location located near Nassau Bahamas. This was my 4th time going down there so the natives consider me a Bahamian now. During the cold season, nothing beats spending a few days in paradise so I always […]

 

Few months ago I had the pleasure of traveling down to The Atlantis Paradise Island, a dreamy vacation getaway location located near Nassau Bahamas. This was my 4th time going down there so the natives consider me a Bahamian now. During the cold season, nothing beats spending a few days in paradise so I always look forward to their warm climate and friendly staff at the Atlantis resort. This is my third wedding that I got to photograph here. Joe & Jina got married here in October 2007 (their wedding was featured in the Destination Weddings & Honeymoon publication) and Jason & Riley had their beautiful wedding in December 2008.

We started out having an informal gathering at the Plato’s Lounge and Patio in the Royal Tower so that all the guests could mingle and get to know one another. We then had the rehearsal at the Cloisters located near the One & Only Ocean Club (where the James Bond Movie Casino Royale was filmed. Also many celebrities have their own weddings & events here). This was where the ceremony was going to take place. It was then followed by a cocktail hour at outside the Dig Deck overlooking the sunset and a sweeping lagoon views as the guests enjoyed some drinks before the big party. The reception was held at the Fathom’s private dining area where they had their dinner while enjoying the underwater view of ocean life and ruins. All in all, this was a special event for me to photograph. (I even got the garter from the bride since I was the only single guy there!). I hope you enjoy these 20+ collection of images that were taken by Bob Davis & myself. Please be patient as it downloads:

Conch shells are popular souvenir items at the Bahamas

Conch shells are popular souvenir items at the Bahamas

One of many beatiful scenery at the One & Ocean Club

One of many beatiful scenery at the One & Ocean Club

Doing some creative shots of their invitation & save-the-date cards

Doing some creative shots of their invitation & save-the-date cards

Atlantis has one of the biggest exotic marine life exhibits in their acquarium

Atlantis has one of the biggest exotic marine life exhibits in their acquarium

Getting some creative shots at the Reef resort in Atlantis

Getting some creative shots at the Reef resort in Atlantis

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Atlantis Paradise Island landscape view

Wedding reception at the Fathoms Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wedding reception at the Fathom's Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wedding reception at the Fathoms Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Wedding reception at the Fathom's Lounge inside the Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

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Leaving for Africa…A Benefit Project for Thirst Relief

November 2nd, 2009

I couldn’t fall asleep last night as I sat in front of my computer pinching myself to see if this is still true. Ever since college, one of my dream/goal was to go to Africa. Many of my friends who have visited there have told me that you owe it to yourself to visit this […]

 

I couldn’t fall asleep last night as I sat in front of my computer pinching myself to see if this is still true. Ever since college, one of my dream/goal was to go to Africa. Many of my friends who have visited there have told me that you owe it to yourself to visit this place. I am going there today and am thrilled and excited like a child going to Disneyland for the first time. I can’t wait to see how God is going to use me on this trip to open my eyes. I’m praying that through this trip my vision will broaden to see the world with clearer eyes and come back a changed man. Here’s a brief description of what I will be doing in Tanzania:

Nov. 2-11, 2009: Four photographers, one purpose . . . to document the work of Thirst Relief International and show how life saving Bio-Sand Water Filters and wells can save lives! Join Bob Davis, Anton Lorimer, Jim Davis-Hicks and me Kenny Kim as we embark on a storytelling journey that will forever impact your life and ours! Follow us online as we tell the story of pastor Mwambungoo who makes a living building and installing thirst relief filters while caring for the needs of his fellow villagers. See how one filter, one well, one person can impact the lives of so many!

Throughout this trip, I will attempt to blog about our experience there as well as some other insights. Follow us on twitter for more quick/brief updates:
Jim Davis Hicks (http://www.twitter.com/jimdavishicks)
Bob Davis (http://www.twitter.com/bobdavis_1)
Anton Lorimer (http://www.twitter.com/antonlorimer)
Kenny Kim (http://www.twitter.com/kennykim)

I have never been to Tanzania so I do not have any images to share with you. So I visited the blog of previous Thirs Relief team that visited there. I found two of these beautiful images by my friend/super-talented photographer Ben Harrison and I hope he does not mind that I am using them here. 🙂
Ben Harrison's Africa Image

Ben Harrison's Africa Image

By the way, I feel extremely thankful today for all the wonderful people that surround me. Thank you to my family, friends & colleagues that have supported me all the way leading up to this trip. I am also grateful for my sponsors that have went above and beyond in partnering with me to see this project grow. Thank you.