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Kae at Her Grand Dad’s Birthday (photos + video)

Kirsten Jae

Kirsten Jae “Kae” with her pretty big eye and sweet smile

I had the chance to shoot some photos and videos of my father-in-law’s 58th birthday celebration last January. Actually it was a double celebration of his birthday and their (w/ mother-in-law) wedding anniversary. It was a late celebration ’cause we only can visit them a week later the actual date. It was a good day for all of us my parents and my wife’s (Jenny) parents have a time to bond before my in-laws go back to Italy. One big happy extended family. Hope you like the photos and video, Kae sure did enjoy posing in front of the camera.

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Madonna and Child: Jenny and Kae

Madonna & Child - Mama Jenny and Kristen Jae

Madonna & Child – Mama Jenny and Kristen Jae

 

Another rainy Sunday evening and we’re about to hit the sack. Jenny and Kae were playing “Monkey Ball” on Kae’s tablet and they’re having so much fun I realized why not freeze the moment. Before Kae realizes what’s going on (’cause she really hates the camera) I quickly grab my cam and shoot away. Our room light is not as bright so I crank up my ISO to 2000, shoot with an aperture of F2.8. Even though I stop down at F2.8 from the widest F1.4,  it’s still considered wide. I guess F4 would be the ideal aperture for this kind of shot.  I can see some softness on the shot making  Jenny’s eyelashes the sharpest part of the photo and Kae’s face a bit soft. Oh and the shutter speed is 1/50 of a second. I took probably 6 shots but this one says it all plus converting it to black and white made it a Kodak Moment in this case a Nikon Moment.

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2minute_pancake Video

Two Minute Pancake

A boring Sunday afternoon just woke up from a nap and suddenly and urge to make a pancake video? What’s up with that? Maybe just a good opportunity to try my new Kamerar Slider and Dolly (2-in-1) before trying it on something more serious. It’s a good buy for what it can do. Build quality is superb something you wont expect from a China-made product but I can say this is an exception. Kamerar is an American brand (known for video rigs and equipment)  but to make cost a bit lower China is the best way to go and I’m glad they do. Hope you enjoy the short film. Try it on 1080p HD. Cheers!

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Ang Batang Yagit (The Vagabond Child)

Ang Batang Yagit (The Vagabond Child) pt.1

Ang Batang Yagit (The Vagabond Child) pt.1

This is one of my personal project that I’m itching to do for a long time. I had a lot of  fun doing this themed photo shoot and Kirsten Jae (Baby Kae) is so cute with her ragged outfit. She never gave any problem while shooting, she just roam around like a “Vagabond Child”, very innocent and full of life. It’s really heartbreaking to see a child stripped off all the convenience in life and force to beg on the streets. Continue reading

Baby Kirsten Jae

One day at the office I received and email from my senior high schoolmate and asking me to vote for her son. I followed the instructions and voted. I replied “done” – informing her that I already voted. I went to the contest website of Little Pepo and saw the mechanics. Sounds interesting. I have no plan in sending Baby Kirsten Jae’s photo but my wife insisted. I said I will but I won’t get involved in any way. She agreed on our small talk and submitted Baby Kirsten Jae’s Photo. After few minutes or so they already uploaded the photo of Kirsten Jae on Little Pepo Facebook page. I’m the first to vote. I informed my wife and start her campaign for the Cutest Baby Contest 2011. As I follow the progress of votes I was drawn to it by some invisible force, I can’t resist the urge to promote my little angel. Now I know how it feels like to be a stage father. This will be an interesting and exciting game. If you’ll read some comments you’ll see that things are getting pretty hot on the parents side exchanging comments on how cute their babies are (love your own), different strategies and campaign. Let’s all remember that this is only a game, not much is at stake here only a custom design t-shirt with the baby’s name, top 3 babies will be features on Little Pepo’s website and most important the parent’s pride (priceless). All in all its an exciting game for the parents and a fun contest to participate in (even though the babies have no idea what the heck is going on). Continue reading

Baby Photography with Kirsten Jae

Baby Photography

There’s a lot of ways to achieve a good baby portrait – the right equipment and the right timing when the baby is in the mood for vogueing and there’s a lot of materials on the web to give you tutorials and advice but the most important teacher of all is experiencing it yourself. It’s not a walk in the park either specially for babies within 6 months to a year old but for babies with the age of 0-4 months is still manageable (‘coz they just sleep most of the times) You might wanna shoot the first yawn. I remember the first time I saw my baby on the nursery window she yawn at me good thing I have my trusty camera with me. You cannot direct babies on what to pose you have to shoot the right timing. Some babies don’t like props because it’s irritating to them. They put everything inside the mouth so don’t put any props that might get swallowed. If possible use hypoallergenic materials on your props so your baby or the client’s baby won’t get rashes – you don’t want clients suing you for that specially if it involves babies, people will see you as Dr. Evil or some evil creature that harms babies (hehe). Use lights that won’t harm babies. Just use a simple speed-light or much better if you can manage without one and use available lighting. A 50mm f1.4 prime will do the trick. Hope this helps, click away and treasure every captured moment (sounds like a good tagline to me).
My Thoughts

A good remedy for stress (in my opinion and it works for me) is looking at baby photos. Why? Because it reminds us how beautiful life is. Babies grow fast. If you don’t monitor them frequently you will miss a lot on their developments. Every second counts – every expression they make; the first smile; the first sound; the first time they play close-open wiith their hands is just amazing. Before I say to myself “What’s the bigga’ deal with this baby stuff?” (that’s when I was single and no kids of my own) yeah it’s cute but that’s it – No! there is more beneath the cuteness and cuddliness of babies. The magic of something peaceful and vulnerable coming to this dangerous chaotic world gives me an indescribable sense of protectiveness so it’s my responsibility to make sure may little angel is safe from harm. This photo session with my baby means a lot to me (actually it’s my whole world). There is no single day that passes without me viewing the photos of my Baby Kirsten Jae.

To Kirsten Jae:

Eventually you will grow up and may choose not to be with us anymore (or get married… something like that) but one thing is for sure – You’ll always be my Little Angel.

“Diaper Model pt.1”

Kae’s Christening

This is one of the happiest day in my life. Another special event on my daughter’s life and I’m there to capture it. Someday me and my daughter will look at this post and cherish each photo of her christening day. I hope you’ll enjoy browsing at the photos as much as I enjoyed shooting them. This is for Baby Kae. We love you so much!

“Give Me A Dose Of Holy Spirit”

Out Of The Womb

This the most special thing that came to our lives. The birth of our daughter Kirsten Jae (Kae). Words can’t express how I felt. I just want share this special moment to the world.
“Out Of The Womb pt.1”