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'Tis the Season for Family - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

‘Tis the season for family reunions around the world. Here in the US, Thanksgiving starts off a month-long series of holidays and events for get-togethers.

Family comes in all shapes and forms as if it won’t be right if we don’t take a concentrated dosage of reminder how life is supposed to be. Concentration means higher pitch, bright colors, and, almost guaranteed, deeper valleys. You know I wasn’t just talking about wines, music, holidays decorations and… and depressed wallets. :-)

Everybody in our lives come for a reason. There’s no customization when it comes to family and, therefore, family comes as is.

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In my earlier days, if I come home and find myself being greeted by a family like the one depicted in this image, I’d want to turn around. But, I’m a big girl now. I may still prefer turning around and spending time with “more pleasant people”. I’d stay and try to see through the surface and accept the challenges that this certain family brings, or simply patiently waiting for them to reveal why in the world they come to my life. ;P

Happy holidays and enjoy the family! You know you will miss them the other 11 months of the year. ;-)

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Sometimes, Life Completes Itself in a Shape of Rainbow - Los Angeles Travel Photographer

Creating arte was not my profession yet.  Let's just say, ten years ago, I was a different person.  

A trip was booked to Buffalo, NY to visit Niagara Falls.  It was meant to be a weekend extension of my business trip in NYC.  
But, we did not get to see the Falls, after a series of failed attempts to salvage the situation.  

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t had been raining the week before the supposed trip.  NY state was flooded.  We fought the Friday traffic to arrive at the LaGuardia airport, witnessing people running in rain, trekking in water, on the streets covered in puddles.  After a long line at the check-in counter, we were only told that the original flight had been cancelled due to the storm.  Our only choice was to be put on a plane going to Philadelphia that leaves in half an hour.  We obliged.  We check in our luggage, we went through security, we arrived at the gate, and we found out that the plane to Philadelphia had departed, ahead of time.  We then were pointed to the next gate, where we were put on a wait-list.  When we inquired about our checked luggage, the reply was "we'll know where it is when we get there".

After sitting uneasily for half an hour, a voice told us that we needed to cancel the trip.  Calls were made to cancel the flight, the lodging and the tour.  We then proceeded to the JFK airport, waited in line for a flight back to LA.  By the time we arrived back home, it was deep into the night.  The next morning, we woke up to a typical sunny day in LA.    

A lot can happen to a person in ten years, especially for someone like moi.  We've travelled to many amazing places in the world, waterfalls or not.  Niagara Falls has been brushed to the corner of our mind, until we had an opportunity to visit Toronto, Canada lately.

This time, I'm (supposedly) ten-years wiser, more at peace with myself, and, most importantly, surrounded by family, family that's gotten more meaning to me over the years.  The toughest part was to walk through the misty (more like rainy) stretch on the Canada side.  We all survived it, soaked head-to-toe, with child-like grins to the sides of our faces.  When I turned around, a big rainbow greeted me arching in front of the Rainbow Bridge.  

Thank you, my partner-in-crime, for orchestrating the trip.  Thank you, sista, for insisting on bringing me here.  And thank you, papa and mama, for being such a good sport playing along.  Life is complete on this account.  

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The Angel's Turned One (One Month That Is) - Los Angeles Newborn Photographer

Any parents of a newborn baby would know how fast time swoops by in between the feeding-peeing-pooping-cleaning and feeding-peeing-pooping-and-cleaning-again kind of cycle.  It was just 2 weeks ago when I photographed this little angel.  Before the world had much chance to meet His Cuteness (as opposed to His Highness), he's one (month young)!

Last night, I had a dream and Cooper was in it.  Here's what he told me in the dream:

"Me a happy baby.  I like to check things out and I like to smile, a lot."

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"Tehe...Daddy doesn't know my secret.  I just peed again...Tehe..."

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang "Daddy looks sharp in this outfit.  I can't wait to grow up to be like him."

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"But it sure is boring work.  It ain't easy for my daddy to bring home bread everyday...  Ahhh...get me out of this!"

"Nothing beats a good sleep after all that work.  Dream, sweet dream..."

©Jean (Jiaying) Huang "They say I'm one month old.  Woo hoo... I'm a big baby now.  I want you all to know that I am dealing with some 'growing pain'.  But don't worry, as I will soon learn, 'no pain, no gain'.  I will be OK 'cause I'm Cooper the Trooper."

"You ask where's my mommy?  I hid her from you 'cause she's myyyy mommy.  Shhhh, don't wake her up.  Ever since I came around, she hasn't  slept 30 hours in a day."

Jesus, Carol, your baby reads your Facebook posts?