Archive for December, 2009

  • Family Portraits

    Tuesday, December 29th, 2009 at 22:08 | 0 comments
    Categories: Portrait

    We’ve spent Christmas in Virginia each year since 2006. This year, we spent a day photographing the family. Looking over the previous year’s photographs, the kids sure have grown. And, they’re much more patient this year putting up with my day-long portrait session. Here’s a few sample highlights of the day.

    With the grandparents recently returning from Vietnam, they brought back a ton of Vietnamese traditional dresses. Here’s just a few of them.

    A few formal shots…

    And a few casual ones…

    A silly one…

    And the sisters…

    Click here for a few more in a slideshow. Make your browser full size to see larger photos. Since this a day-long session, it’ll take me a while before I can get the rest of the gallery online.

  • Christmas in New York City

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 at 01:47 | 1 comment
    Categories: Travel

    This year, we did a quick jump to New York City for Christmas. This was a short trip to enjoy a few Broadway shows. It all started with a 4am alarm to head to the airport. We thought we had plenty of time to get to the airport and relax. Instead, we barely made it in time through airport security.

    Arriving through JFK, we were happy to get early check-in at the Renaissance New York Time Square. Then, it’s off to enjoy the Times Square area. For lunch, we shared an italian sausage and roasted chestnuts. We were either very hungry from the travel or that was one amazing sausage. Maybe both.

    Later that evening, we enjoyed dinner at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain. Dai is a big fan of the Food Channel. Unfortunately, Bobby was no where to be seen that day. Fortunately, his menu rocked!

    Then it was off to see Mamma Mia! at the Winter Garden Theatre. Having seen the movie, I was afraid I might not enjoy it. But it was an amazing show.

    Surprisingly, we frequent the nearby Saigon 48 for a few meals. It was Vietnamese/Chinese/Thai food all in one restaurant. The Pad Thai was pretty good, but the $1 Thai Ice Tea was a favorite.

    We took a quick subway ride down to the Ground Zero area. There was a certain souvenir that we were looking for, one of the Wall Street Bull. I thought the following photo was neat as I caught the American flag flying by.

    For our final broadway show, we saw The Radio City Christmas Spectacular at the Radio City Music Hall. Having seen the Rockettes before, we still thoroughly enjoy the show.

    Our last stop before heading back home was to have dinner at Tao.

  • The Nutcracker 2009

    Thursday, December 17th, 2009 at 18:22 | 4 comments
    Categories: Events

    Once again, I’m sorry for the delayed post. Back in December, the Sawnee Ballet Theatre did another amazing performance of “The Nutcracker.” If you haven’t seen their performances, look for their upcoming spring concert.

    To see a full gallery of their performances, click on one of the following:
    December 17 performance gallery.
    December 16 dress rehearsal gallery.
    December 15 dress rehearsal gallery.

    If you would like to order prints, the online cart is available for ordering. However, these are three separate galleries so if you order prints from all three galleries, you would have to place an order in each gallery separately. If you place multiple gallery orders in the same day, you can choose only one shipping fee and I will combine them together.

    Here are some highlights of the performances.

  • Nicholas and Chloe

    Sunday, December 6th, 2009 at 03:36 | 0 comments
    Categories: Portrait

    This isn’t the first time I’ve photographed Nicholas. But this time Nicholas has a new sister, Chloe. Like Nicholas, the two of them are probably the most photographed kids I know. Rarely does a day go by that I don’t see one of their new pictures on facebook. Here are a few highlights from a recent shoot.