Category Archives: personal
I think it’s every girl’s dream (for that matter, every guy’s too) to have a fit body, tight abs, muscle definition, the works. Everyone wants to stay on a fitness regime, keep a focused diet, and enjoy a healthy life stye, but few actually accomplish it.
I’ve been going on and off (mostly off, unfortunately) to Poletential to get my workout on for about a year. I know dancing is the best form of exercise for me because it’s fun, and not repetitive like most workout routines are. In college I danced competitively on the ballroom dance team, and while I still got the skills to don a pair of dancing shoes and dance the night away, it’s just not rigorous enough alone as a form of exercise. I chose pole because it’s sexy and challenging, but I think the latter is also why I always somehow fall off the wagon because pole dancing is really hard!
Early this July, the owners of Poletential asked if I was available to photograph their very first AirShow. I jumped at the opportunity and I’m so glad I did. Not only did I get to photograph the amazing dancers, I met them, got to know then, and made forever friends. Some have been dancing since they were 18, others only picked it up in the last 5 years. I was completely in awe of the performers flexibility, fluidity, beauty, and strength.
Since the event, I’ve somehow rediscovered my inner diva and found the resolve to go to class more regularly, and it’s really been paying off. Those moves I used to think I’d never be able to do before are slowly starting to become part of my regular repertoire.
Oh, one last thing… AirShow is happening again! December 3rd, at Club Fox and tickets JUST went on sale. I can’t wait. It was completely sold out last time so, get your tickets soon! Also, if you are going, let me know!
Now on to the photos!!!
We kicked off the evening with the Poletential owners themselves, Christina and Pam!
Then there were the students and the instructors, showing off their skills!
Last, but of course, totally not least, were the professionals. They were absolutely amazing!!!
Amber Richard!! Amber used to teach at Poletential – she is an amazing teacher!
Hope to see you at the next show!
Last month I blogged about Joanne and Greg’s engagement session I did back on Christmas Day, 2009.
Today, I’m blogging Joanne and Greg’s wedding because it’s their one year wedding anniversary!
The wedding ceremony and reception took place at the picturesque Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley. The day before, Joanne and Greg invited their guests to attend a cooking demonstration where I took some fun shots, learned to cook a chilled soup, and drank some of the taste the yummy soup…
The weather was absolutely perfect on Joanne and Greg’s wedding day. Henry and I even managed to squeeze in a nice wine tasting at one of our favorite wineries before the wedding. Then, armed with my favorite camera and lenses, we spent the afternoon and evening celebrating the union of this perfect couple with their closest family and friends.
I love this shot of Joanne’s parents’ hands. Yes, being a guest does have it’s advantages when it comes to different vantage points!
The CIA chefs in their element! And the reception setup was simply gorgeous!
Thanks to Henry for snapping a photo of my kissing the bride. Think it measures up to the bride and groom’s kiss?
Love these fun dancing shots!
Happy Anniversary Joanne and Greg!
Joanne is one of my closest friends I met during the 5 years I lived in Seattle. We started off as co-workers in 2004, then became cube-mates, lunch buddies, you name it. Before long, she was helping me plan my wedding in 2006 (ok, actually, she was forced to because, well, she can hear all my conversations with my vendors on the phone!)
Even after I moved to the Bay area, we kept in touch via phone and instant messaging. Since my in-laws live in Seattle, I traveled up north often, and every time I’m up, we always did our best to meet up. We had lots of fun times… And we helped each other through lots of personal things too, although, I have to admit, I seemed to always be the needier friend with more issues!
Joanne always had suitors… But it wasn’t until Greg came into the picture that she was finally swept off her feet. When they asked me to photograph their engagement (I didn’t want to photograph their wedding because I wanted to attend and be a proper guest!), I was so excited!
We started the day at the Olympic Sculpture Park, stopped by the waterfront and ultimately ended up at the Pike Place Market and Post Alley. We went for the less touristy feel version of the famous landmarks, I think the photos turned out great!
By the way, like all of my blog posts, this post seem to be a bit delayed — they have been married now for almost a year! How about I promise that I’ll blog about their wedding soon?