October 28, 2008

Happy Times {a trip down memory lane.}

I admit that I've been spending a lot of time on flickR lately. Maybe too much. :P But as I have been going through stuff I realized that there are several images that I love but have had no home to post them in on my blog. So why not share them all together!

It's been such a compliment that people actually like the work that I do. But here's a little secret - I don't really view it as work. :) Of course it means a lot especially as some of my closest friends have been remarking on how much my work has improved in the past year. Thanks guys! I hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Mel @ the HK Museum of Science {Hong Kong 2005.}
I think this was the first photograph that I took where I was surprised by my creativity. I had just bought a brand new SD300 (my that's an old camera now) and I was taking pictures of everything...

Julie, Papa Beards in Hacienda Heights {2006.}

Kristin at Villa Sienna in Irvine {2006}.
My dear college roommate and I used to go on photo adventures all the time. Most of the time they would involve water and/or climbing because Kristin would always be looking for fountains to jump in. I would just take pictures of her playing. and we;d laugh about it later. Taking pictures back then was merely so that we had a record of the crazy things we did in college.

Whitney, University and Campus Drive {October 2004}
After my China adventures where i went buck wild with taking pictures, Whitney had to humor me multiple times with different "photo adventures" in Irvine. She has ALWAYS photographed better than I, and that's a really good thing.

Kristen's high school graduation {June 2006} & Syd's first time to La Jolla {Spring 2007}
Two of my four sisters...Kristen, who has always inspired me (as I just wrote so I won't bore you again). When my younger sisters were born (Aimee, Brianna and Sydney), it was THEIR cuteness that got me hooked on taking pictures of kids. Nowadays, child portraits are some of my favorite things to shoot.

Whit, at PV Camp {September 2005}

Leslie and the fab 5 visit {May 2007}
When the fab five came to visit, it was another creative milestone for me. Combine the fun, laughter, good conversations and memories with Lightroom and it was the start of finding my visual niche. Warm, happy with lots of light.

Lillian at Renaissance {Summer 2007}
It was Lil and her small group that gave me the first opportunity to start working on my shooting skills, not long after I purchased my Rebel XT. This was the funnest afternoon in La Jolla. Lil, we should do it again!

Joyce @ Le'Anna's birthday scavenger hunt {November 2005}
Along with Kristin, Whit, Joyce and Lyndsey are two other people who have survived my many "photo adventures" from my college days. Its like I should make them a girl scout badge for doing so.

Kathy, Singles Retreat {January 2008}
I've shared this photo before but this is still one of my favorites. She's so pretty. :)

Joyce, Singles Retreat {January 2008}
I can almost hear Joyce's laughter. Hi Joyce! {Who is probably reading my blog right now. ;)}

Mabel and Brenda, Camping in San Clemente {May 2008}
There was never an afternoon with such perfect light. This was the weekend I tried to used more bokeh (a.k.a. a super blurred background.) I'm hooked!

Sarah, English Camp {August 2008}
This is one of my favorite portraits of alllllllll time.

*Even though I delayed it by quite a few days, Mrs. Christie Gilmore is the winner of my little giveaway. She was the first person to email me at courtlynn.photography@gmail.com with what inspires her: similar to my story, Christie has always been inspired by her grandfather and dad who always captured their family memories. She's pretty use to being in front of the camera (I have to admit that she and I definitely hit up photomakers and those other asian photobooth places more than once in our middle school years) but now instead of just being in front of the camera (she is also married to a wedding photographer :]) she's starting to get behind it. Her work is quite pretty and I look forward to getting together. Congrats Chris!

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