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Since I started photography nine years ago, I have photographed different genres such as portrait, pets, events, landscape, nature, architecture, sports, maternity, food, etc. Most of them are for my own personal projects for portfolio building. Once in a while I receive requests for my service, however most of them are for events which I immediately turn away. There always seems to be a need for event photographers. 🙂
In October last year, an art consultant from Houston, TX contacted me because she found a photo of Lake Pflugerville that she wanted to purchase for her client, a local hospital. I was so excited! The photo she wanted to purchase was taken at the lake using my Sony mirrorless camera during one of my walks. It was a photo that has a caption of “One of Lake Pflugerville’s docks” that I uploaded in one of my blog posts in 2015.
After several back and forth emails, I found out that they would need to enlarge the photo to 96 inches wide. My heart sank, because I know for sure that this will turn out to be pixelated when upscaled to that size. I browsed through my photos to check if there were other photos that I can offer her that can be enlarged to the desired size. Not wanting to turn her away and lose this big opportunity, I decided that the best thing that I can do is to photograph the lake again and come up with different photos that she might like. But after some consideration, she told me that she really thought that one photo that she found online was the one that will work well in the hospital, so I had to mimic that photo that she liked, this time making sure that it can scale up.
Because Pflugerville had not had rain in a while, the lake water was low and the hydrilla and pondweed were overcrowding the water . The original photo that I was trying to mimic did not have the same condition. But I just had to try to get the best of what is available.
To ensure that the photo can scale up, I had to take 21 photos and stitched them to become one panoramic photo of the lake. I used my Nodal Ninja 6 with Nadir adapter panoramic head, a Nikkor 60mm lens on Nikon D600, and Manfrotto tripod.
Long story short, the photo was approved by my client’s client. I had it printed on a museum quality archival paper from a local pro printing shop so I can sign it before mailing it to the client. My client framed it and three months since the initial contact with the art consultant, it’s now adorning the cafe’ at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Pflugerville.
This whole experience has several take-aways. First and most important in my opinion is to keep shooting and posting photos. Make sure that you put your best work out there. You never know who’s going to bump into your work. Second is that you have to be prepared. Know your gear and apps and what it can do for you. This comes with practice. Third, be friendly and professional. Communicate clearly. And if you were asked to deliver something at a certain date, make sure you meet that date or even better deliver it early. Fourth, read the contract carefully for terms and conditions, payment information, and make sure you understand copyright and licensing.
I’m very thankful to God for this blessing. And now, I leave you with a quote that applies to a lot of us . . .
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. “
For the past few months, my focus on photography has shifted to Architectural Photography. I realized that although I would much rather be outside looking at a breathtaking landscape and enjoying the sounds and feel of nature, that is just not the reality of my current situation. That’s mainly because where I live, residential housing and commercial buildings have been coming up like mushrooms. Pflugerville is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, 11th on the scale according to census. More and more people and businesses are coming here.
It’s hard to ignore the reality that the place where I used to enjoy taking photos of sunrises and sunsets are now surrounded by all these houses and buildings. With so much going on around me, I decided it’s time to add Architectural photography to my skills. I have shot some architectural photos before in my travels but as I learn more about this type of photography, the way I see things have changed. It is a different way of shooting compared to landscapes especially when you are doing interiors. The lines must be straight, the colors have to be true, and the angle of shot plays a significant role in the way the room is perceived. There’s a lot to learn because it’s a different kind of specialty.
I am so excited and hopeful with the many possibilities architectural photography skills can lead me to. If you are an architect, a realtor, an interior designer, decorator, home stager or a vacation rental owner, I would love to meet you and discuss how we can work together.
Here are some of the work I have done recently.
You can see these photos and more here.
Let me know how I can help you with your photography needs.
Happy Earth Day everyone! Today the world celebrates the Earth. Many events are happening globally to demonstrate efforts to protect and sustain our beautiful planet and its inhabitants.
As my way of celebrating this special day, I created this image as a symbol that humans and nature are interconnected. With our actions to promote sustainability in our everyday lives, we can help our planet from its further degradation.
There’s a saying that goes “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” The lives of the future generation is at stake. We must do something now!
Exactly one week from now, I will be celebrating my sixth year in digital SLR photography. It was on February 4, 2010 when I received my very first DSLR – a new Nikon D3000 as a birthday present from my husband and my daughter. It wasn’t a surprise. I knew I was going to get it because I requested for it. I had been anxiously waiting for it in the mail.
I owe my introduction to the wonderful world of photography from my brother Alex. He used to have a SLR camera and shot with it occasionally. During Christmas break of 2014, he brought his new Nikon D3000 camera with him when he came to visit. I was so curious and kept asking him questions so he let me borrow it. I remember my very first shot was not good at all. I didn’t know how to make the camera work – I didn’t even know the proper way to hold it. I didn’t know what all the buttons and dials were for and what the numbers meant. I didn’t even know how to focus properly even though it was set on auto focus 🙂 But as I kept firing the shutter, I got more and more curious. I asked my brother if he will give me his new camera, but my pleading didn’t work.
This year, I am participating again the Pflugerville Photography Exhibit at the Pflugerville Public Library. This is a great way to showcase the work of talented local photographers who are passionate about their craft. I have four photos on display. Three of which were printed on 16″ x 20″ canvas, while the other one was printed on a 20″ x 24″ metal.
The exhibit will run from October 4 to November 18, 2015. So if you are in the area, I am inviting you to browse through the photos at the library. And if you’ve already been there, thank you for visiting. Now go tell your family and friends about it. This will help spread the word, and hopefully will get other photographers to join the exhibit next year.