Tag: ‘Disneyland’

Contest Winners

September 3rd, 2010, written by Lucia and Isabella
Found in Promotions

It’s been awhile since our contest started (Mid June), so we’ve decided to extend both prize redemption periods to 12/31/2011.  Thanks everyone for your participation!  Now, without further ado, the winners of our contest are: Jennifer Woo and Lennox Wiseley!  Hooray! :D Congratulations guys!!!  You can redeem your Free 30-minute Mini Session and $350 “Photo Goodness” credit anytime between now and the end of next year!

Jennifer and Lennox both picked the same question to answer:
What’s the most romantic thing anyone has done for you? or vice versa?


A guy I was dating told me we were going to drive out to the beach to go star gazing.  About 10 minutes after we settled down on top of his car, fireworks started exploding in the sky.  It turned out that he had timed everything so that we would catch the nightly fireworks show from Sea World.


Michael and I were decorating easter eggs one April, which he’d never done before, because he’s from England and the tradition doesn’t seem to be as popular there. It was a lot of fun and a huge mess and we really enjoyed the day. He was kind of secretive about one of the eggs he was making, and I figured it was because he’d written a surprise Easter message on it. Then, a few days later, he told me to pack a few things, he was whisking me away for the weekend. So I grabbed some clothes and we got in the car and he started driving. I hoped we were going to Carmel, as that has been a favorite romantic spot for us, and we were! We arrived just before Sunset and he said we were going to walk to dinner. So we walked along the beach as the sun was setting and looked out at the ocean. Suddenly, he saw a big rock and wanted to go out to it. So we went out and I sat on the big rock, with a beautiful view of the sunset. And he handed me a small paper bag. I opened it up, hoping it would be an engagement ring, but it was an egg. I looked at it, kind of perplexed, and laughed. “You brought me out here to give me an egg?” “Read it!” he said. So I looked down at the writing and it said, “Marry me!” And when I looked down, he was kneeling down with a beautiful ring and he said, “Will you marry me?” (Needless to say, I said, yes!)

Thank you Jennifer and Lennox for sharing your stories with our readers!

It’s pretty obvious now that romantic surprises are cool in our books :p
And since a post without a picture is like a cupcake without icing, we have searched our pictures “vault” (don’t we all have terabytes of data nowadays?) for images that would help add some splashes of color to this post.  Turns out, we are also fans of fireworks and the charming seaside village of Carmel (and who wouldn’t be? :)

This was taken by Henry during Disneyland’s fireworks with our new Canon 70-200mm IS II:


Taken about 10 years ago in Carmel with a simple point-and-shoot camera, now enhanced with some Photoshop adjustments.
Doesn’t this remind you a bit of Thomas Kinkade’s paintings?


Alice Returns, “Curiouser and curiouser!”

March 5th, 2010, written by Isabella Li
Found in Our Stories

There are two huge things happening this weekend:

  1. The WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) convention is gonna kick off in Vegas.
  2. Tim Burton’s new movie Alice in Wonderland is opening in theaters.

I have been excited about WPPI for months, but man I can’t believe Tim Burton’s new movie is only one more day away!!! :D

Tim-burton-Alice-in-wonderland-tea-party-poster(Image Source: Disney)

I love movies. I mean ALL kinds of movies (except the Horror category for now, because I am a wimp, and those scary scenes and ideas linger in my mind, get much richer in dreams, with sequels and remakes, on and on :p). I still remember seeing “E.T.” in the theater back in Taiwan and being blown-away with the whole cinema experience — sitting in the dark, with a giant screen, the moving images, the sound, the music, the dialogues, the story, the mood, seeing what could only be imagined come alive right before your eyes — it is MAGIC!

Film critic Roger Ebert once mentioned these words in a movie review:

A lot of people these days don’t even go to a movie once. There are alternatives. It doesn’t have to be the movies, but we must somehow dream. If we don’t “go to the movies” in any form, our minds wither and sicken.

WE MUST SOMEHOW DREAM. I love this quote!

To some degree, Lucia and I are living our dreams — this photography venture, our own blog site, connections with industry peers and luminaries, supportive friends and fans, and inquires and referrals that are starting to roll in — these are things that we would not have thought possible just a year ago.  It’s as if we have fallen down the rabbit hole and found ourselves in this wonderland (minus the Tim Burton-esque bizarre spookiness).  There are so many interesting things to learn and people to meet, and the industry is filled with passionate photography greats who are happy to teach, mentor, and support each other.  Nothing seems impossible now! (Except for Jar Jar Binks becoming a Jedi Knight.  Oops!  Sorry Star War fans for the imagery!)   Well, as “Alice” would say:  things are getting “curiouser and curiouser!”

When we were kids, Lucia and I often played this game at bedtime: we would pretend to be asleep until the adults were snoring, and then we would start brainstorming for a story — any story!  We came up with interesting characters and funny lines, and took turns telling each other the next chapter of our imaginary book until we drifted off to dreamland.  Luckily we have retained our playfulness and imagination into adulthood, but too often we notice people who seem to have forgotten the joys of childhood — discovering new things, enjoying the moment, and playing without inhibition.

If you have forgotten how it was like to be a kid, why not go see a movie? Or find a play date and allow yourself to be totally silly and care-free, even just for a couple hours?

Lucia and I also love to play dress up for Halloweens, and recently she was able to convince Henry to join our troupe .  As Henry put it, “every once in a while, you gotta let go and enjoy a chance to laugh at yourself.” Hear hear!!!  Last year, we dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland.

With the release of Tim Burton’s new movie, I think it’s the perfect time for some of our Halloween pictures to resurface and grace the pages of this blog :)

Me, as Alice:


Lucia’s rendition of the Mad Hatter.  She also made Henry’s costume:


And last weekend, Lucia went to the “Happiest Place on Earth” to chase rabbits:

Don’t be late!  Get to the theaters and grab a good seat!


Lastly, I would like to end this post with a little piece by Lewis Carroll:

I’d give all the wealth that years have piled,

the slow result of life’s decay,

To be once more a little child

for one bright summer day.

- Lewis Carroll, author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass