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Am I a Wild-Life Photographer? - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

I did not seek to become a wild-life photographer at the beginning of my career.  I knew I wouldn't have the patience, nor the tenacity.  However, life has an interesting way to teach one to never say never.*

My recent travels have brought me to places where I simply could not resist photographing.  I mean, without making a great image, how could you show off your encounter with this black bird, the yellow-hooded blackbird?  In fact, how would you even go about explaining that such a beauty exists, without expending one thousand words? ;-)  That's why, I chose the jump-first-question-later approach.  Aren't you glad I did?  

*My partner Wayne (as in a CPA firm, in my previous life) used to always say "never say never" and it stuck with for all these years.  I feel that I should give him credit for how I don't ever say never, publicly. :D

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You Must be a Really Good Photographer - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

We were in the Amazonas village of San Francisco.  While most of the group was occupied by the sugar cane juice squeeze demo, Doc alerted me to a baby girl.  I turned around, our travel mate Michael already assumed position. 

As I raised my camera while seeking optimal angle, I heard Michael's comment, "Jean, you must be a really good photographer.  The baby just smiled for you".  Oh yeah, that's right, the baby smiled, and then laughed, and then laughed really hard.  All of sudden, baby D2 popped into my mind, the 6-month fresh baby that I photographed almost 5 years ago.  

On the day that I met baby D2, he was woken up by grandma from a nap.  Therefore, he was not supposed to be very happy.  But as the photo session progressed, D2 laughed at every word that I said, or what seems to be every noise that I made.  Needless to say, the session was a great success, and the grandma deeply relieved.  At the end, she said, "Jean, you are like a baby whisperer in photography (as opposed to the famous Dog Whisperer in a different profession)".  

Judging from lack of teeth, this baby is at 6-month of age the most.  Throughout my career, it has been an amazing feeling to be connected to these (very) young human co-habitants of earth.  Maybe, underneath my skin, there's a pre-teeth baby hiding? 

On this trip, Peruvian babies/children stole my heart.  More on that later...

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When Life Gives you Rain, Dance with It - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

As much as I enjoyed watching kids and kids at heart play in the downpour, I was wishing that the rain would stop before our afternoon expedition in a skiff.  when my wish was not granted, I went out anyway, camera equipments in tow.

I'm glad that I did not let the weather deter me from my meeting with the wild lives.  Or else, I wouldn't have met the ones that still showed up despite "the inconvenience", especially this striated heron.  In him, I saw my unrivaled determination (shameless pat in the back) as the only one on the skiff with a "somewhat water-proof" camera that day. :-)  

As the late Vivian Greene put it, 
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”  How do you like the dance that I improvised? ;-)

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