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This is part of a photo documentation series for Majer Metal Works. Documenting the life/work at the wood shop, the metal shop and to installation of their projects–visually preserving their essence. I always enjoy working with everyone there. They are incredibly welcoming, professional, and most of all their work is like chocolate; unequivocally delicious with endless possibilities.
The Deckers asked me to photograph their family holiday get-together for 2015. It is quite remarkable to see the changes and passage of time with the Deckers since my first session with them in 2011. I hope to see more additional layers to the family down the road.
Collection of loose leaf photos from Arizona to Colorado. Road trip is always fun with a camera.
The first night it rained heavily in Page, Arizona. Once it passed the landscape revealed a different textures, aspects, and motions. It’s humbling to have observed the rare instance of it.
When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know.
Photography some times feels like a fools errand–trying to capture infinity with a finite tool. The psyche of the landscape was so dynamic filled with unimaginable textures, unheard of colors, and irresistible contour. I picked up some earth sample and rubbed it on my hands, smelled it, and I melted for I felt molecularly connected.
Going through Lower Antelope feels like flowing through her hair–the waves, lines, and color.
Driving through New Mexico was curiously beautiful. During our trip we experienced wide range of weather from eerie ice storm to Martini dry weather. Of all the places we loved exploring Petroglyph National MonumentM in Albuquerque. The hike was seamless, quiet, and filled with petroglyphs!
In December of 2003 I saw a photo of people at a beach enjoying a campfire and each other’s company right as the sun was setting. The shot was framed by the suicide door opening of the brand new model called Honda Element. I was immediately captured by the photo. Then I found out it had an iPod hook up and polyurethane floor and that was it! Right then I had a connection with the Element and understood the power of photography.
There is something to be said about effort and its reward. Little over a month we decided to do a family photo shoot, but due to life and its sense of humor it almost did not happen. Then we finally got a exhale of a break. Saturday morning from eight to nine was the small sliver of time we both were able to agree and boom!
“Wow!” is the first word that come into my mind when thinking of the engagement photo shoot I did for Adam and Kim. They are both so energetic, funny, and engaging–and not to mention their dog who equally had a role. We did our shoot in Jarrettsville Maryland. Kim choose this place because she heard of the vast field of sunflowers and vast it was, more like an infinite ocean of sunflowers.
When I lived in Page, Arizona there was this one spot I loved going after work. The locals called in Beer Can Hill or . There I would go for long walks in solitude, ponder about many things, wrap myself in its silence, and keep on walking–sometimes at hours at end. Also, when I had to make a call that spot had the best cell reception. I called this rock my communication rock, allowed me to connect to the external world as well as my internal. I sincerely miss taking my evening stroll there.
This is an oldie, but a goodie. Last night I was cleaning and organizing my Lightroom and found this from March of 2013. It is my first photography session with Majer Metal Works. They were installing a steel reception desk at RE/MAX Sails in Baltimore. I tagged along with them to capture the installation process and the final product. Who know this would be a start of a beautiful relationship.
Creative Foundation and I collaborated on photographing hero images and head shots for Right Source Marketing‘s new upcoming website. We did the photo shoot in two sessions–one in their Virginia office and the other in Maryland. Everyone at Right Source Marketing was professional and friendly, which made the day go fast.
Goodwood Design Studio designed and fabricated a reception desk and a built-in shelf for JellyFish in Baltimore. The reception desk is 6′ x 2.5′ x 4.3′ (182 cm x 76.2 cm x 131 cm) made from reclaimed heart pine. The built-in shelf is made with lacquered medium density fiberboard with the dimension of 9′ x 9′ (274.32 cm by 274.32 cm).
Majer Metal Works fabricated an amazing reception desk for Parks and People Headquarters in Baltimore. The basic dimension is 15 feet x 30 inches x 40 inches (457.2 cm x 76.2 cm x 101.6 cm). It is made with powder coated steel, reclaimed maple, with white laminate. It was designed by Ziger Snead Architects
Dan Keebler was looking for a simple headshot for his Linkedin profile. What started out as a straight forward photo shoot turned into a good conversation session and I captured his relaxed state of being. We shoot it in his old neighborhood Butcher’s Hill in Baltimore using available light for a warm natural feeling.
Nothing makes life grand as getting together for dinner with friends. We got together at Claire’s house for an evening of delightful food, heady wine, and hearty laugh. Such are the building blocks of good memories and friendship.
When Kara and Tom asked Michael T. and I to photograph their wedding we were both excited. Not only are they a sweet couple, but very kind individuals who are active in the Baltimore Tech arena. The wedding took place in Fells Point area of Baltimore on a cozy August weather. Overall atmosphere was artistic, intimate, and whimsical–topped with a homemade-in-the-city feel.
Goodwood Design Studio recently finished their work at Johns Hopkins–MICA Film Center. They created attractive tables with maple butcher block. The upper box of the reception desk (last three photographs) is made from rift sawn white oak. Its simple, modern, and gentle design complements the space and the atmosphere.
I had a pleasure of photographing Sam Preston’s practice at Good Medicine Acupuncture. I first met her after my ACL/MCL injury. My physical therapy helped in rebuilding the range of motion with my knee, but a year of limping on one side it caused an imbalance within my body. Sam’s acupuncture therapy restored my balance and had a beneficial effect on rebuilding muscle strength on my injured knee. Now I go to her on a regular basis and feel great! Especially her Gua sha–that was amazing after a shoulder injury in the gym.
Ah the joy of spring! The Majer’s wanted a simple photo of their daughters wearing a spring dress in celebration of the warm weather upon us. We went to Fells Point in Baltimore and had some fun with the camera. Family is the most important thing.
One of the greatest joy of traveling is meeting new friends. The exchange of big laughters, crazy stories, and bear hugs are the building blocks of awesome friendship–and my friends in Page, Arizona are just that. Everything from playing Mexican Train, having a BBQ, or simply getting together for dinner, they do it with a glorious gesture. Life is grand and amazing in the Southwest, just like the nature. These are some of photos from us partying and hanging hard. I love you all, can’t wait to see you guys again soon.
Life always surprises me, how a simple “Yes” can have a huge ripple effect connecting to others beyond one’s perception. Four years ago I almost didn’t go on the multi-day trip with the guys at Hidden Canyon Kayak.The owner, Dave Panu, made it work so I could go on the trip and what an life changing experience it was. After the trip I started working for them (website and social media), befriended awesome new people every time I come out here for a yearly business trip. We go out on Lake Powell together, share food, silly stories, and play. Life is grande when you connect.
Baltimore is an amazing city filled with hidden treasures all around its mist. These are photos I took while walking around the city from November to January. Some where taken with my beloved Canon 5D Mark III and some with my iPhone.
I love working with the O’Briens. Their house is always welcomed with laughter, joy, and random running around. Every time I take out my camera they are ready to roll with funny facial expression filled with energy–it is contagious.
The staff of Majer Metal Works are one of the finest people one can interact with. Not only were they professional, but personable as well. Photographing their entire staff was a fun experience. After the shoot they all let loose and started to do arco-hammer work.
The shop at Majer Metal Works is where the magic happens, it’s so much fun to be around it.
The guys at Majer Metal Works has been growing lately and needed new headshots of their staff for their website. One thing I wanted to do differently (in comparison to their original staff photos) was to reveal mini-character flare of everyone. Fun is always a good thing.
Sometimes a cancelation is a direction to an unexpected surprise. This morning a photo shoot got cancelled and I decided to clean a bit. During the process I found a SM card tumbling in my old bag. When I downloaded the content, it was some of my photos from Berlin–it brought a sadden smile to my face.
This is the last part of their Majer’s Moments Series–capturing everyday moments of living and working in Baltimore city. We had a quick outing at the American Visionary Art Museum. The weather was a bit cold, but the sun compensated for it.
These are everyday moments from New Year’s eve breakfast to a normal day. A day with the O’Brien is filled with hearty laughters and warm Korean food.
New Year’s eve at one of my favorite place in Mount Vernon–the Owl Bar. What better way to kick down the door of 2015 by hanging with friends.
This was the begin of Majer’s Moments Series. The Moments Series is about capturing moments and musics notes of our daily life. For the Majers I will be a fly in the wall from special occasions, to outings in the city, and everyday life. To kickoff the project they have invited me to their friends/family Christmas dinner.
This Christmas was a special occasion for the O’Briens and I am honored to be a part of it. This year all of their family got together for the first time in many many years. The grandparents were melting with a grin to see all their kids, everyone was hugging, kids running around like molecules, and the smell of amazing food–wow. This is what the holidays are all about–getting together for one precious moment. Thank you!
Celebrating of my BFF’s birthday Mario! Happy birthday my dear friend and Hanukkah! Yay!
Haha!!! There is no better way to start my blog post when talking about the O’Briens. Their kids always give me a hearty laugh every time I photograph them. They run, jump, and sing like a full broadway production with endless supply of energy–with a goofy twist. I wonder what they feed their kids, because I want some!
For 20 years Papermoon Diner has been serving up yummy comfort food to the community of Baltimore (and beyond) with their quirky personality–their interior and exterior design says it all. To celebrate their 20th anniversary they wanted a portrait taken of all their staff members to express their gratitude for all their hard work while doing it with style and smile.
North Charles Street Design Organization (NCSDO) was updating their website and need a fresh headshot of everyone. As always it was a pleasure working with everyone at NCSDO for it brings back good memories when I used to work there.
This spring I was commissioned to photograph a memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery. When I was initially approached by the family about this job I wasn’t sure since I have yet to document a funeral.
National Women’s Studies Association wanted one of their big meeting documented at their headquaters in Baltimore. I worked quietly like a ninja photographing their meetings, interactions, and group discussions.
Few weeks ago it was Camden’s (하은) 1st Birthday. The weather blessed the day allowing everyone to be outside to celebrate the event–more like a block party. We all had yummy Korean food, good drinks, and great time. Happy Birthday!
These are group work out session photo Body By Donavon (BodyByDonavon.com). Donavon trains from personal session to group work out. His classes are always energetic and gets you going.
Photography for me is about capturing the moment as well as an opportunity to listen and experience new wonderful things–it’s similar to meeting a new friend. I was honored to photographed the presentation “Saving the White Lions” given by Linda Tucker. During the session I was photographing and listening to the presentation about the Whilte Lion their role in the natural habitat, they unique DNA markup, and ways to save them. It was really moving to be part of the gathering–Ms.Tucker spoke with genuine passion and love that I just wanted to visit their preservation ground.
NWSA (National Women’s Studies Association Meeting) recently had their Governing Council Meeting in Baltimore. My assignment was to go in silently take photos of the meeting and some group shots. The only encounter I ran into was the room was filled with 18 people and it was getting hot and I was sweating (oh man was it embarrassing). Mental note: not to wear a white shirt during a shoot in the summer.
Every spring Papermoon Diner pulls out all the work for their garden. I love the symphony of colors from the flower, mannequins, and the general decor all throughout. For the spring garden last year I used a fisheye lens to distort the perception, but this year I brought along my Fuji FinePix IS-1 for infraed photo to give it a different reality. I had fun photographing this year’s garden–can’t wait to see next year.
17 hours straight photo shoot, by the time I got home my legs was a milk shake–semi state of liquid and solid. However for 15 hours and 58 minutes (deducting 1 hour of commute) I had an amazing time documenting Amanda and Jesse’s wedding. From wedding prep to after-after party, the whole event was purple epic. I wonder if I went to a massive party or to a wedding?
Few weeks ago I had an opportunity to photograph the review chair meeting for the National Women’s Studies Association. Their organization is national in scope, thus this was a rare opportunity for their leadership to be in the same room. The photography consisted of candid work photos and then a handful of headshot. The meeting took place in their national office her in Baltimore.
I am always happy to be hired for my style over my abilities. When I talked to the Ashton last year they wanted my documentary style photography for their wedding. I was so delighted since I always wanted to apply that style to a wedding.
The paradox of describing a paradox, that is how I feel when thinking about the O’Briens. At first glance they seem like your model citizen family–proper, well behaved, and sweet. However when let loose they are a mega goof ball like a flying fire turtle thats herds cats in the air. I’m not sure what they feed their kids, but I want some of it! Photographing the O’Briens always been a pleasure and a hoot. The kids are just so animated and in your face like a puppies.
One of my mini-joy in life is to observe people who are passionate about their work. To see creation happen from concept, design, process, then to final execution–genesis. I had the pleasure of photographing Majer Metal Works (www.majermetalworks.com) at work and play. I love being at their shop–sound of machinery, the grinding smell, sparks flying like fireflies. Not to mention the people there are super cool to hang out with. It’s primitively and intellectually beautiful to see things created with one’s hand–simply handsome.
While photographing BODY by DONAVON’s Boxing Clinic I also took some video to represent the energy and the pulse of his class. I wish I could throw down my camera and join the class, because it is just exciting just to be there.
These stanchions were laser cut stainless and hand milled bronze by Majer Metal Works. Commissioned by John Hopkins Hospital Interfaith Chapel each piece stands about six feet tall (182.88 cm). These stanchions are interchangeable since the chapel hosts various beliefs. Learn more about their weekly worship service.
Jim has been my friend since the first day of RISD–though we couldn’t stand each other for the first semester. Rather being pushed by our differences, we were pulled together by our commonality. While in college we went through plethora of uglies and more uglies, but always came out laughing. That was 17 years ago. Finally he met the lady of his dream Emilia. As cliche as it sounds, she does complete him. It’s so refreshing to see your BFF smile and just be purely happy. Congratulation you two!
At North Charles Street Design Organization (NCSDO) I have the pleasure of photographing portraits of all the bright and witty staff members. We start out proper then gradually everyone’s quirky side just came out and it becomes hilarious. We took photos not only in the office, but in iconic areas of Baltimore that represents each staff members. From Raven’s stadium, Federal Hill Park, Brewer’s Hill, Edgar Allan Poe’s house, and Mount Vernon Park to name a few.
Majer Metal Works is a boutique metal shop located heart of Baltimore, Maryland. They specialize in furnitures, handsome metal hooks, ergonomic bike rack, slick metal rails and etc. One of my favorite is the metal hook set–I can imagine my cast iron skillets being very happy being hooked up. While I observing them working on a project, it was very clear they handle metal with ease like it was origami. They imagine it, quickly sketch it, and “POW!!” its materialized.
Yesterday we spent our Superbowl party with my nephew. Had some kid snack and chicken noodle soup, but we were excited about the game. Though I am not a football fan however it exciting to watch the game with the rest of the city. After my nephew left we went down to Federal Hill to be part of the celebration.
There is something mystical and yet feral about bokeh photography it brings out the kid in me. The everyday mechanical world, driven by logic and laws of physics, turns into a world where the micro turns into the macro, an optical illusion is a tangible energy, and everything is beautifully possible fueled by naive imagination. When I was capturing these bokehs they reminded me of nebulas and stars–some of them even looked like a sun.
A quick snap of the scene at 2012/12/12 12:12:12. Thank you Aaron (below photo) for your atomic clock! The building act as a sundial for 12/12/12 12:12:12. Photo taken on top of a parking garage in Baltimore, Maryland.
Enjoying the city life with good friends to a food truck rally at Baltimore Museum of Industry, Little Havana, and to Metropolitan. What an awesome night filled social lubricants and great food–I love the city living.
Congrats my dear ol’ friend JAC on your wedding to your amor. It is obvious she makes you glow like no other. The ceremony was very simple and intimate, but we made a production out of it–since it was a special day for a special friend. Congrats once again!!
Last week I had a photo project that spans from Baltimore, Philly, New York, to Boston. Not only did I get to go on an assignment but had a silky opportunity to visit some of the people who matter the most to me. Some I haven’t seen in six years and others as much as ten. We shared plethora of ups, downs, sideways, highs and lows–almost like the Wonkavator–while attending RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).
Had a great time capturing the wedding for David and Nora Layer. The event was at their house filled with cheers and laughter with Goldilocks perfect weather. They are truly blessed to be surround by such good friends and family. Congratulation on your new beginning.
If there is one thing Papermoon Diner knows how to do is to astonish people. David Briskie is the artist who is the brain child of Papermoon’s decor and this year he went all out on their garden. It is purely a “wow” experience for your eyes. If you are in the Baltimore area, make sure to visit their garden and stop in for a yummy shake.
There is nothing like starting one’s day to a good wholesome brunch. Copper Kitchen prepared a hearty meal to the residents of Silo Point as a sign of appreciation. They prepared Mini Homemade Sticky Buns, Banana Rum Maple Syrup, Challah Bread French Toast to name a few. Another amazing job by the Chef Kevin Miller and Sous Chef Nicole Feldhaus.
After working with Chef Kevin Miller on the Papermoon Diner photography, he asked me if I would be willing to photograph his specialty catering business based in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood called Copper Kitchen. Without hesitation, I jumped on board. I enjoy shooting his fast-paced cooking, as well as his collaboration with sous chef Nicole Feldhaus–they create amazing dishes, like harmonizing musicians.
Five awesome days in Berlin. The food, the people, the arts, and the amazing recycling program. Plus an an infrastructure dedicated to bicycles! Herzlichen dank Berlin for the wonderful time, if I were to pick a city to move to it will be Berlin. I can imagine myself working, living, and contributing to the society here.
I <3 Berlin. Everything form the simplest things has been a joy such as clear taste of tap water, delicate delight of coffee, and the food–yum! Cost of socializing is affordable. We’ve been going out, eating out, and drinking out for three days thus far spent about 120 Euros for two people.
Recently I got the Fuji FinePix IS-1, which is an Infrared (IR) sensitive camera. Thus far I have been enjoying photographing with this bad boy. The pupil are inverted, skin glows, hair is different. It is almost as if they are vampires. When it’s sunny outside the world is a completely different place.
These are collection of photos I took while walking around Baltimore. Some wwere taken during my lunch break, cold rainy winter night, or while running errands. It’s quite amazing how the city reveals to you just by walking around and observing its beauty.
Last week some of us at NCSDO decided to crash Red Maples. We had no reservation on a Saturday night–in the heart of Baltimore–on a busy Holiday weekend. All we knew was to show up looking sexy and just enjoy our collective moment. The whole night was dyn-o-mite.
If you want a fun family photo session, seek out the O’Briens. They are playful like kittens, full of apple juice energy, constantly laughing, and super easy to get along with. On the day of the shoot, the heavens granted us very pleasing weather—a toasty sun and very little wind. Our session took place around Federal Hill Park, in front of the American Visionary Arts Museum, and at the promenade in the Inner Harbor.
BodyByDonavon is an awesome personal trainer in Baltimore–and I speak from personal experience. He conducts group classes (such as Fit Club and Boxing Clinic) in Baltimore’s Mount Vernon and Federal Hill neighborhoods. After a session of classes is finished, he holds a wrap-up party. This party was held at Howard’s of Mount Vernon. The size of the party was just right, with good food and drinks.
There are certain expression in Korean that is purely beautiful that can’t be translated any other way. For example, in English we say “my mom” when talking to others about the person who gave birth to us. But in Korean we say “our mom (우리 엄마)”. Because not only is she my mom, but mom to others as well–it’s a shared entity rather than only for one individual like how we share appetizers.
Today is another Friday with a numerical twist with an echo, it is 11-11-11. A day full of True and Yes in binary. I put in vacation for this date sometime ago for a dentist appointment. When making the appointment I choose today since it was easy to memorize 111111. After marking that on the calendar I realized this date will not come around for another century. Unix timestamp for today is 1321031471. Today’s weather in Baltimore is sunny and windy with the high of 47.
Erica A. wanted me to capture a mini photo documentation of her and Toby—her beloved four-legged companion. I have to say, he is one sharp dog. He was acutely aware of his surroundings and even posed for me every time I pointed my lens at him. Maybe he was a model in his previous life. Like any beloved pet, he was so excited to see her when she got home.
Cardboard is one of my favorite material to work with–it is sturdy, flexible, and can be found for free. The last time I made something out of cardboard was for a class back in RISD–the assignment was to make a chair, I made a cardboard toilet.
Today I just got the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM. Something I have been saving for few month. I was really excited when this lens came in today. The idea of using a fish eye lens without the rounded corners–since this had zoom ability–on my 7D. So far I am extremely pleased with the lens. I have to be extra careful with the maintenance of such lens since there is no filter to protect the 180 popping out eye ball lens.
Last month I was invited to photograph a poker game held by a group called “The Golden Sperm.” It is a monthly game composed of fathers in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood. The game took place in an office space and was attended by about twenty people. Poker Table Craft provided the Primus table for the gentlemen to enjoy for the night.
Very simple story. One afternoon Chungwon and I met up with my sister, her hubby, and my nephew Vincent for lunch. The day before we ran out of toilet paper (from now it will be referred as “Rolled Paper”) so we bought a whole pack of it. After lunch Vincent was so eager to carry the Rolled Paper by himself. I took it out of the bag and let him have it–thus started the journey. All the other adults were embarrassed by the idea, but it just seemed like a fun fresh idea to publicly carry a Rolled Paper around the city.
Recently, a friend and I built a custom poker table called Primus and she is a beauty. Sleek and classy, this table will enhance any environment and make the poker-playing experience unique and memorable. The water-resistant speed cloth, expertly finished race track, and comfortable vinyl rail are an interplay of textures that give a tactile, elegant feel to the game of poker.
One of the many joy as a photographer is being asked to document various stages in our life, one of which is the 60th wedding anniversary. What a milestone in life–experiencing various seasons of both lives, witnessing changes in our society, and participating in the growth of our youth. Such are these that makes our time so invaluable and remarkable.
After photographing Katie’s bridal shower I was asked again to photograph this time the engagement party for Katie and Justin. The event took place on Kent Island, eastern Maryland, on a nice cool day. Like before, I had such a great time photographing the event. What a great way to do work.
During the day, Erica A. works as a writer/editor at NCSDO. But after her 9 to 5, she teaches yoga around Baltimore city and is studying to be a massage therapist, while touring around the city on her bicycle. She asked me to capture some of her yoga poses for personal use.
I was assigned to photograph a bridal shower for Katie. Overall I had great time with the events, everyone was friendly, happy, and eventful.
Photographs from an office event at Cobblestone Wealth Management, located in the heart of Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood. Brendan O’Brien is founder and principal.
Just as I walked out of the Mount Royale metro station in Montreal, I was instantly drawn to an addictive rhythm accompanied by an impressive guitar rift. They are the CheeseCake Ninja. The drum set was made from big cans and a high hat, but had the rhythm to call down the thunder. And the guitarist was flying all around the area like a grasshopper butterfly! Next time I’m in Montreal, I want to find them and hear them play again.
While walking around Montreal, the first thing I noticed was how quiet it was for a city of this caliber.I could still hear manmade noises all around, but it was only ambient rather than in your face like an infomercial. The sound of the French language was deeply welcoming, like breakfast after a long sleep. Metaphysically, I could smell history in the brick and mortar in Old Montreal.