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Family and Portrait Photographer in Houston, Texas

Back in Houston!

Wow, a full two years later — I’m back! We moved back at the end of last year, and it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things on the photography front.  I’ve mainly photographed close friends and family (and, obviously, my own kids) over the last 8 months, but I’ve slowly started taking on clients again… Just in time for fall and family portraits. Let me know if you’d like to book a session this September through November.

In the meantime, here’s an end-of-summer photo I took recently of my own sweaty kids after a bit of running around at the park.

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Ten on Ten: August | Personal Photos

For this month’s ten on ten, I’m sharing photos from our long weekend trip to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) in Vietnam. No, I would not recommend anyone with young children to ever travel there — logistics and safety -wise, it was an absolute nightmare — but we’re glad to be able to put into context some history and to have seen a taste of a culture totally outside of our everyday. We stayed at the Hotel Continental Saigon, which is right in the middle of the old French society, and also the center of a lot of history with the Vietnam war journalist scene. On this particular day, we ventured out to see the Jade Emperor Pagoda, and spent the afternoon lounging around Dong Khoi street (the old Rue Catinat) near our hotel.

As with most outings, we couldn’t miss getting some Ca Phe Sua Da, or iced sweet coffee (intense filtered coffee with condensed milk).

The Jade Emperor Pagoda was a lot less polished-looking than our guidebook had led us to believe, but it seemed to be a legitimate place of buddhist/confucianist/taoist worship of some kind — there were a lot of people lighting up incense, and quietly making offerings and praying.

Back on Dong Khoi at the former Place Garnier… we had a great view of the Opera House, and it was just a few steps away.

This view of our hotel really showcases the traffic situation, and the general ambience of Ho Chi Minh City. Motorbikes everywhere, and every which way. No lines on the streets, no order, no right of way — just filth-spewing bikes speeding past every intersection, and sometimes onto the sidewalks themselves. Oh my!

Now you can click through to the next blog in our ten on ten circle — Jessica’s blog.

Ten on Ten: July | Personal Photos

I got a little experimental tonight, with my birthday present: my new Lensbaby! It’s a composer pro with Sweet 35 optic. I’m still getting the hang of it, and I wouldn’t say my shots had a lot of focus (har har, pun intended) or purpose, but it was fun to play with it for the very first time on this outing to Marina Bay. It seems like so many of my monthly ten photos take place in this area, but I promise I don’t just hang around there, snapping photos! We went tonight with my parents, who are visiting us for the first time in Singapore. Hopefully later this week I will get some cute shots of them with my kids, but for those I will go back to my regular lenses, of course.

We started at the Shoppes at Marina Bay. It’s a swanky mall connected to the casino, and on the bay they have a nightly light show, of which we caught a couple of minutes. I would say that the most breathtaking views were not the light show, but the buildings themselves, and the view across the water.

The walk from the back of the Shoppes leads along the bay towards a big Science and Art Museum; this is another iconic Marina Bay building, as it looks like a little white blooming flower.

We walked on, to the Helix bridge, which is lit up very brightly at night with purple lights. It looks very science fiction, and it’s really nice to stroll across it toward the Flyer.

The Flyer at night is definitely more compelling than in the daytime. The views of the city lit up are breathtaking, a little bit surreal, and I’m so glad to be able to share those views with my parents during their visit.

Thanks for looking! Now click through to the next blog in the circle, Allie’s post.

Ten on Ten: June | Personal Photos

This month, my ten photos were taken on a trip over to the Gardens by the Bay, which is in the Marina Bay area of Singapore. It’s amazing that something like 20 years ago, the entire bay area didn’t exist (it’s reclaimed land); even when I was here in 2008 for a work trip, the Gardens and Marina Bay Sands hotel were still totally under construction.

The Gardens are an interesting architectural feature in themselves. They consist of some outdoor gardens, and two glass and metal domes. The domes are like greenhouses, but they are the opposite of every other greenhouse, in that they are temperature-controlled to be cool — and instead of displaying tropical plants, they bring in different exhibits of European flowers, since they are more “exotic” than the orchids and palms that line the streets here! This month, the exhibit is flowers from France.

We visited the first dome, the flower dome, when we had family in town back in April. This time, we toured both domes, including the “cloud rainforest” dome. Right when you walk in the door, you are greeted by this huge waterfall! The kids loved it.

There was a display on stalagmites and crystals, and we noticed something odd — inside the geodes, past tourists had thrown coins in.

We finished our trip with lunch at the park, and Elodie had a bento box of fish and chips — if that’s not Singaporean, with its mix of eastern and British food sensibilities, then I don’t know what is. Except, you know, laksa.

To see ten photos from the next blog in our circle, you can click here to see Sherri’s ten!