Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fun with my new B400!

I bit the bullet and bought my first Alienbees B400! I bit another bullet and bought a new beauty dish to go with it. Not sure if I should have bought the biggest one there, but whatever. I like the output of the light! So who better to test this out on? The best model in the world; my Bella Bear =)

Photos taken by yours truly =)

And of course I had to include the insanity that ensues my daughter.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Eva Marie Barlaan | "Listen to My Heart" Voice Recital | San Jose, CA

It's been a while since I've caught a musical concert such as this. What's more exciting is to see my former piano teacher again! From teaching in her garage for more than 20 years, she and her kids now work out of a huge concert hall in the Evergreen foothills of San Jose.

Eva is the daughter of my piano teacher, Ophelia Raboca. Growing up with her and her brother Eric in Ophie's house, there was no doubt in my mind that they were destined to also become musicians. This was a rare occasion where Eva put down her violin and decided to show off her vocal chops to her students and close friends and family. For the parents as well as Eva, Eric, and Auntie Ophie waiting to see these pictures, I apologize for lagging! I have to sort through 500+ pics of just this event and believe me, I'm not finished adding pictures to this post!

Yes, I do know how to play piano, and yes, I can also sing (kind of). This night reminded me of how far I've come creatively. From the stage to behind the scenes, I gotta say I've pretty much had a well rounded respect for the arts thanks to Auntie Ophie.

Photos taken by Jhory Albayalde and yours truly =)

My two musical mentors; Auntie Aida Briones (L) and Auntie Ophie Raboca (R)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Eva Marie Barlaan | "Listen to My Heart" Voice Recital Teasers

An awesome night of vocal talent! More to come!

Photos taken by yours truly =)

Monday, June 11, 2012

More Portrait Practice

The best model in the world! My Bella Bear! I've been going through a few tutorials lately and I intend to incorporate this type of portrait processing in the future. Whaddayathink?

Photos taken by yours truly =)

This is Bella and my niece Anaya. Best friends? I think so! LOL

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Kelsey and Kellen | Engagement Session | Alameda, CA

It was a nice day in Alameda to take pictures. Along with the theme of "love" there was "wind" and "hair." Mother nature was blowing the wind around like she was trying to put out a fire!

I've never been to Alameda before and after Kellen and Kelsey took us around, I would really consider moving there. After getting kicked out of certain spots on the base, their love for their home teams, and having gigantic sushi for lunch, we all had a great time! If only we had enough time to go to the Pacific Pinball Museum!

Photos taken by yours truly =)
Lighting assistant: Jhory Albayalde

So at this point, the wind was just insane. Kelsey was trying to just get her hair under control.

Kellen felt bad, so he did the same =)

Before the day ended, each of them had jerseys respective of their home team. Needless to say, this is the only issue they're going to have as a married couple.

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