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Sneak Peek For M Family {San Jose Dol/Korean First Birthday Photographer}

What a celebration! The Olivia the Pig themed party was absolutely beautiful. The kids were all treated to face painting, caricature drawings, balloons, handmade pig party hats, mailbox favors filled with goodies and more! *O’s* uncle  and mom collaborated on a one-of-a-kind song just for sweet *O* and her uncle treated all the guests with a live performance. So sweet! With all the musical talent around her,  little *O* decided that music was in her future and went straight for the music sheet for her doljabi. Happy birthday cutie! You look absolutely positively adorable in red (rule of life #100)!

Bella Lee - July 9, 2012 - 10:59 am

Wow Janet- you took gorgeous pics of Olivia’s dohl…everything looks fabulous. I love the theme – olivia the pig (my girls love those books) and love the color theme. Charlynne did a fabulous job on the party :)!!

Nadine Sachiko Hsu - July 9, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Great pics Janet! You really captured the highlights of the party. Don’t you just love these creative mommies!? These shots are so good <3<3

RACQUEL VIADO - July 16, 2012 - 1:26 pm

Absolutely beautiful-such a special 1st birthday!! :)

Bridal Portraits {San Ramon Portrait Photographer}

Last week, I attended Jasmine Star‘s workshop in Irvine and spent the day learning all the ins and outs of branding your business. These workshops are limited to only 20 photographers and sell out in less than an hour. I originally registered for the one back in November and I missed the email saying I got in (I let my 2 year old daughter play with my phone and she had messed up my email box and I missed the email!!) so I was dropped from the workshop. I had just assumed I didn’t get a spot until I came across the email and I seriously was sick to my stomach. Seriously. But things happen for a reason and I waited patiently until another workshop was announced. I am so glad I made it to this workshop with these specific 19 other photographers from all over the US (they are so talented!).  Jasmine has dedicated so much of her time to teach other photographers and share her own experiences and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from the best.

Who is Jasmine Star? She is a fabulous wedding photographer in Orange County who is also the nicest and most down to earth person ever! Yes, I felt like I was meeting a celebrity – a celebrity that I knew everything about because she shares so much of herself on her blog. The person behind the blog and the beautiful images is the same person that I had drinks with the night before the workshop, and the same person who took us out in the scorching heat to show us how to shoot in harsh sunlight. No snootiness (is that really a word?) at all. I also got to meet Jasmine’s husband, JD who second shoots with her and takes amazing pictures. Maybe one day, Danny and I will go back to our roots and do weddings together again!

During the workshop, we worked with Brandon and Erin (a real married couple!) who looked absolutely gorgeous. Huge props go to Vivian Tran of All Made Up  for Erin’s hair and makeup. Look at Erin’s hair! It’s seriously a piece of art. The  bouquet was done by Carissa from JL Designs  and I love the pop of color it added to the images.

I’m not currently doing weddings at the moment but this workshop has got me wedding hungry. Maybe when the kids are a bit older. Until then, anyone want to bring out their wedding dress for an anniversary session?:)

Mark Potter - July 2, 2012 - 10:04 am

Janet, I love your photos from the workshop. That last one of J* shooting is awesome. It was so great meeting you… I know we’ll all stay in touch and find a way to catch up again.

Heather Johnson - July 2, 2012 - 11:21 am

Janet these are wonderful! I don’t do weddings yet either, but I must admit at times I get a bit interested. Glad to hear the workshop was good, I really love her style!

Brooke Merrill - July 2, 2012 - 11:36 am

Janet, great photos of Erin and Brandon. Each one is gorgeous. You did such a fantastic job shooting the couple and managed to include our wonderful host and hostess. Stay in touch. xoxo

Tammy - July 2, 2012 - 3:39 pm

love your watermark janet. the images are awesome. love that one of jd. hope that you will be shooting weddings soon.

Nadine Hsu - July 3, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Your photos are so tack sharp. LOVE! I like that stalker pic of JD!!!

Jamie Simon - July 4, 2012 - 2:05 pm

I love ALL of your photos! What a great day – and you captured the story perfect with your shots! It was so great to meet you, Janet. Please keep in touch!

Jasmine Star - July 6, 2012 - 9:49 am

LOVE it!!! :)

Nena - April 15, 2013 - 1:15 pm

– how’d you sneak in there and get all the straight on sinlge portraits. you are STEALTH. It looks like you have a special soft box following you around. you are full of tricks. i think one of the best things about the workshop was hanging out with cool people i think you’re on that list for sure you’re on that list. i hope you are feeling well!!!August 8, 2009 10:04 pm

Sneak Peek for L Family {San Jose, San Ramon Dol/ Korean First Birthday Photographer}

The past 6 dols/korean first birthday parties I’ve shot have been for little boys. Little *K* broke the boy streak and seemed to love every minute of being a Korean princess. She kept everyone on their toes as she pondered what her future was going to be, going back and forth touching the stethoscope and the book, but ultimately she decided to go with wealth! Happy first birthday *K*!

Sneak Peek for C Family {Mountain View, San Ramon Family Photographer}

The C family did a fantastic job coordinating (not matching) their outfits for a day of fun in the sun at Shoreline Park. The blue and yellow color scheme worked  beautifully against the bright summer sun and greenery. C family- thanks for letting me spend the morning with you. It was worth navigating through all the duck poop!

This was my first full family session using my new Canon 5d mark III and I’m in love! (sorry canon 5d. you have officially become my backup camera.)

Sneak Peek for Y Family {Sunnyvale, San Ramon Dol/Korean First Birthday Photographer}

Once again, Lolliparty did a fabulous job decorating the party. Little *P’s* mom made sure all the kids were entertained and had a section of the restaurant filled with crafts and activities just for them. A fairy princess even came for face painting and magic.

*P* is so blessed to have 3 older sisters who adore him. It was so cute to see them cover him with kisses and guide him on which item to choose for the doljabi. His entire future will be planned out by all his sisters!

Bella - June 21, 2012 - 8:17 pm

beautiful pics as always- loved how you captured all the fun moments of the party!