Portrait photography

An Authentic Japanese Portrait - Los Angeles Custom Portrait Photographer

Many of you know that I've just had a trip to Japan.  As exciting as it is to share the experience, it can be overwhelming when you try to tell the stories through photography.  Especially when you visit many unique and vastly different cities, the question that begs to jump out is "where do you start"?Well, hulling through all images and process and edit to make a 2012 calendar in itself can feel like a paramount project.  And yet, the remaining tasks seem a bigger mountain to climb.  (Side note: for those that know me or will get to know me, I do not like climbing mountains. :-))  And of course, I never forget my mission in this photographic journey - it's a beautiful world and I'm here to share the beauty the way I see it.  So, I decide to pick an image from an encounter that leaves the most impression to me on the trip.

This started when we ran into a real beauty while visiting the Ritsurin Park in Takamatsu.

Ritsurin Park is among the many beautiful parks/gardens that we've visited in Japan and is one of my favorites.  As I always say, people make part of the scenery anywhere you go.  When you have  great interaction with people at any locale, you end up liking this place for the fond memories.  I won't digress into too much details of what this Park is about as this will be the subject of my travel blog.  I just feel that it was my lucky day to have met Arisa with her hair dresser/make-up artist Doiko (I hope I didn't butcher her name. :P).

They were so nice to allow me to take portraits of Arisa while they were there for business.  Arisa was a natural and with little directions, she looks really good in this image.  A Japanese girl, in the beautiful kimono, with a real Japanese setting.  What an authentic experience! 

Japanese Girl in Kimono at Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu, Japan - ©Jean Huang Photography
Japanese Girl in Kimono at Ritsurin Park, Takamatsu, Japan - ©Jean Huang Photography

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What a unique way to present your portraits on a "floating" gallery block - Los Angeles Children's Photographer

One of the ways that I add value to my clients is to always be on the look-out for unique and creative ways to present the beautiful portraits.  I had a portrait session with the family of Beau and Stacy and never had a chance to write about it.The fact is, their daughter Savannah gave me lots of interesting images, as you know how my photography is inspired by children.  I thought the "floating" gallery block would be a nice addition to any family's nursery or a child's bedroom.  As a result, I designed this sample product using some images of Savannah's cute expressions:

Floating Gallery Block - Beau & Stacey Family Portrait Session - ©Jean Huang Photography - View 1

Floating Gallery Block - Beau & Stacey Family Portrait Session - ©Jean Huang Photography - View 1

Floating Gallery Block - Beau & Stacey Family Portrait Session - ©Jean Huang Photography - View 2

Floating Gallery Block - Beau & Stacey Family Portrait Session - ©Jean Huang Photography - View 2

As you see in the images above, this "floating" gallery block is a series of smaller gallery blocks constructed as a collage on an overall large background, also made of a gallery block.  The photographs are printed on Kodak ENDURA Metallic photo paper with a satin laminate, which are then adhered to solid wood with perfect 90-degree corners.  What's not reflected in the above 2 images is the beautiful sheer glow that came from the metallic photo paper, toned down just perfectly by the laminate.

This is another frame-less, ready to hang product that will add colors and characteristics to any family's walls and sizes and colors can be customized.

I would love to hear your thoughts and/or questions.