Thursday
Aug042011

a right of passage.

being invited into a family's abode is a kind gesture. you get first hand experience of the positive kinks, the nuances, and the inside jokes that stem from years of tradition and being amongst close members of your family!

so what if you are invited to a traditional wedding inside the house?!

the kind gesture takes a quantum leap that unfolds beyond beyond the realm of comfort and all that tradition has to offer....just take off your shoes:) cambodian ceremonies are one of those special moments that must be witnessed, better yet...experienced in the pilot seat: right next to your partner to be!

yes, the details are amazing.

yes, we catch a few elbows in the ribs for getting the shot.

yes, sweat abounds in copious amounts.

yes, the ceremonies warm the heart with everyone elated from the jovial air.

however, there is one feat we can not overlook or dare turn our heads away that is probably the most important feature beyond the exchanging of vows, maid of honor toasts, and the infamous dances....ahem. I share with you: s t a m i n a. (refer to Fig. 278)

exactly. this solo facet is probably the most important characteristic that is overlooked during these beautiful and ornate ceremonial traditions! this gentleman here, we will coin him as MC, is the poster-child for legs that have gone astray for sitting on one particular pose for more than an hour. at certain points, the bride and groom sits with their legs to the side barely moving or convert to positions while praying or holding a sword while bent at the thoracic...again, all the while sitting.

as you can imagine, it is arduous, it is painstaking, and best of all, it commands patience.

the bottom line: it's all for Love.

MC needed all the love to get back on his feet.

~xuan

Figure 278.

Sunday
Jul172011

Bells and Whistles

No longer will we associate a high pitch tone of a whistle as a signal of stop or halt. These two gym teachers have changed that sound to a chime of a life long love and a sweet kiss. Keep up with us and find out more! 

withdad

(The emotion that filled the room when Mary Faith and her father danced was indescribable!)

Thursday
Jul142011

a glimpse into photology studios board meetings.

we believe in creating moments that last and what better way to brainstorm these ideas then at a board meeting?

enter 41.2 lat by 73 lon. aka "starfish rock."

it's out of the box thinking, unchartered at best and when the waves come a rocking...don't come a ____ (this is where you, our fans, fill in the rest:) 

in our past board meeting, Tom totes along a brilliant idea that we spin our meetings with a twist and spearhead an aggressive agenda...fishing. haha...we launch as usual towards starfish rock and drop our lines.

everything is fine and dandy as we recast and I figured, let's REALLY cast instead of dropping the line...so I revved up as though I'm casting for a great white and the hook and sinker soars through the air like a bullet without air resistance and gains entrance into the sea with a thump. happy with my results, I start reeling the line in slowly and I felt a tug..."fish on?!!" I thought to myself, however the line went limp and as reeling became faster with ease, I come to find out that the line SNAPPED!!! naturally, I turned in my buddy's direction and gingerly said..."umm, Tom?!"

he turned with fear and knew trouble was abound. lol.

I rowed back to shore, found some more natural weights...aka stones, and macgyvered the line to stone and it worked like a charm.

towards the end of the day, we've come to several conclusions during the board meeting: photology studios is not very good at catching fish....maybe with a different method, let's say a water spear and TnT, this might increase our chances. However, we are pretty confident that we'll stick with what we do best...capturing your milestones through our lens! lol.

lens-ON!

-xuan

Tuesday
Jul122011

risks: calculated and non-calculated.

sometimes in life, we determine our fate through ...let's say flipping a coin; others beg to differ and resort to a planned approach with excel charts. 

I say, is it too much to ask for both? lol. 

one of the great joys of capturing our clients is the risks that they take and knowing full well the dangers involved... scaling fifty stories, walking on planks above death-defying heights, laying on sharp rocks, and for many of the XY chromosomes...sunlight in your eyes!

this is where you can tell the sexes differ...the men are a little more "weary" should we say about getting down and dirty whereas the ladies are courageous and intrepid.

Strange? yes.

Facinating? very much so.

and that's why we love our clients....because they can tolerate the elements and the commands we give them:) this goes out to all the brides, grooms, newly engaged couples, fathers, brothers, goats, sisters, and all the emotions that are human carrying an air of joviality. 

for the craziness our models endure and the bed of sea moss that comforts them:)

model: christi kunkel

Saturday
Jul092011

The Power of Social Media

The "Web 2.0". Everyones heard it. I hear it all the time on Chase Jarvis's website. I always thought that it was people tweeting where they are now or what their feelings were. I never really understood the meaning of social media until yesterday. I sat at our desk in the extra bedroom and began a task. A task that from that time seemed like a million miles away.

I wanted to build a project of my own for Photology so I began looking through my hard drive for programs from our Adobe CS4 suite. I ended up finding a program deep in our hard drive called "Adobe After Effects". I saw the end results after google'ing it and from there I wanted to improve myself as a photographer, a designer and an artist.But then I recalled, Im not a designer. Im not an artist. I didn't go to school for it. I don't know anything about this program.

And then came along youtube. The wealth of knowledge that came from a teenager on youtube surprised the hell out of me. He understood "social media." heck he was "social media". Here I am, learning to design a sophisticated systematic program from someone from somewhere. Determined, I sat at the desk for 6 hours, listening and learning. Even tho those 6 hours only equaled to a 30sec video clip that is sub-par. I call it a huge leap in my creative thinking. I guess it changed my mind about sharing our knowledge. I realized that the more we teach, the more people learn, the higher the bar is raised and the more we have to struggle to be creative. Hence never stagnant, never plateauing.

So thank you social media. - Tom

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