Timeless Thoughts: My Grandparents’ House

February 11th, 2017

It’s been a while since I participated in Timeless Thoughts, which is a linkup hosted by Tara and Georgie! I have been scanning old photos lately and have been thinking back on my time as a child in New York.

Back in December, I wrote about my aunt’s passing and about how my dad’s side of the family is very close. Growing up, we used to have get-togethers all the time at my paternal grandparents’ house in Brooklyn. Sadly, we sold the house after my grandpa passed away (my grandma moved in with one of my uncles), so I actually haven’t seen it in almost 20 years. Even without the photos, I can remember their place very well.

If you’ve never been to Brooklyn before, a lot of the neighborhoods look like this, with houses that are 2-3 stories (not including the basement) and can consist of 2-3 apartments. My grandparents owned theirs, so they lived on the first floor and rented out the apartments above.

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Recap: January 2017

February 1st, 2017

January was a month of getting back into the work routine, post processing a ton of photos, and trying not to play Diablo 3 too much. In the past, I haven’t been consistent in summing up my month, but since I’m trying out monthly goals, it seems like a good idea to do!

Usually after the holidays, I can ease back into my work. This time I didn’t have that leisure and was immediately put on a major project that has hard deadlines. On top of that, I’ve had to figure out some team transitions. I transitioned my team of designers to a different manager (one who is actually a UX/design person), and I picked up a second team of developers instead. It’s been very busy!

Other than work, I’ve gotten back into running. Texas often doesn’t understand what “winter” is, so we’ve been having a lot of spring-like weather. I’m taking advantage of that by running outside more, and it especially feels good after work. Then I spend the night watching shows, playing games, and working on photos. Recently, I’ve been watching One Piece, Psycho Pass 2, and Voltron season 2 – the last of which I finished fairly quickly. I like how Netflix releases all episodes at once, but the downside is that some people bing it in a day or two and then post spoilers online. It makes me feel like I have to rush through them =/ (Why do people feel the need to post spoilers so soon???)

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Behind the Scenes: Photoshoot locations

January 22nd, 2017

When thinking about a photography topic to talk about, I remembered how Liz recently asked me whether I figure out the photoshoot locations or if the cosplayers do. I haven’t really touched on this part of photography, but I thought it’d be an interesting thing to go over!

At Conventions

Most of my photoshoots happen at Anime conventions, which makes sense since it’s where cosplayers typically wear their cosplays. The “pro” is that I can meet cosplayers from other cities, and I can book several in one weekend. The “con” is that I’m pretty much stuck to locations at or within a short walking distance of the convention.

If the cosplayer has a location preference, we’ll use that. For example, when we did a Scooby Doo photoshoot, we used an abandoned building that the cosplayers found as the background.

A couple times, I’ve been requested to do a hotel room shoot, and we’ll use the one they’re staying in for the convention.

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