Professional Photographer Mai Duong, the most enthusiastic photographer you will ever meet.

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First Ever, Bamboo Print Sale!

Travel and Wildlife Collage by MaiCamera Photography

For the first time ever, I’m selling my prints!  For a limited run, they’ll be printed on photographic lustre paper and mounted on beautiful bamboo boards.  Signed, numbered, and dated.  This is all to support Plywerk, the awesome local, green, bike-loving print company!

Gallery can be found here: http://maicamera.pixieset.com/maiart

But wait, there’s more!  There are two ways to save on these beautifully mounted Bamboo Wall Art Prints!

1.  Instantly save $100!  Promo code: 100BAMBOO (case sensitive)

2. AND, loan $50 to Plywerk’s crowd sourcing loan, and get an additional $50 off!

Just loan at their crowd source site, http://www.communitysourcedcapital.com/plywerk, e-mail a proof of donation to mai@maicamera.com, and you’ll receive a special coupon from me.

Promo code sale, as well as the crowd sourcing loan, ends on June 28th.  For those who loan to Plywerk’s loan, you’ll have until July 14th to place your order.  Print sale will end July 14th.

Former clients may place special requests to have their photos.  Just send an e-mail to mai@maicamera.com!

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Mai Duong is a Portland wedding photographer, also based in the San Francisco, Northern California area.  She is available for weddings in the United States and Europe.  MaiCamera Photography focuses on photographic storytelling by capturing natural moments.   For booking inquires or more information about wedding photography in the Portland area and beyond, please contact Mai.


The Blog Has Moved!

After a month offline, MaiCamera Photography’s blog has moved into it’s new home at blog.maicamera.com!  I’ve got a bunch of blog posts that I’m itching to post now that the blog has finally settled in.  Another change is the unveiling of the new site at weddings.maicamera.com.  My next post is one that I’m really excited about, since it’s something completely new to MaiCamera Photography, as well as me!


My new La-Vie Album!

La-Vie Album

Today, my La-Vie Sample album arrived!  I’m super psyched to show this album around.  Each page is handcrafted with photographic prints mounted and protected with laminate.  It feels so nice to the touch!

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La-Vie Album

The album is carefully designed by the La-Vie designers, and they do a fantastic job.  I was very pleased with how designed each spread, especially given the little instruction I offered.  Based on the order of photos I provided, they correctly grouped photos, emphasized the important photos, and provided great artistry.  In the following spread, I love how the accent photo of the table centerpiece carries through the other photos.

La-Vie Album

And best yet, they have fold outs.  Yes, fold out pages.  How cool is this album?  No other album company has fold out pages like this.

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La-Vie Album

La-Vie Album

La-Vie Album

La-Vie Album

La-Vie Album
Kayso wanted in on the excitement. Ha!
La-Vie Album


And the Oscar goes to…

I love movies and I love the Academy Awards.  I figured that last night’s Oscars gave me a great occasion to post my favorites of 2011.  For fun, I categorized all the photos into Academy Award equivalents (you’ll see what I mean).  Some are obvious (Best Actor = Best Groom), some make sense only in my head (Best Animated Film = Best Bouquet/Garter Toss).  Just a note, the photos have been judged by photo quality, not by the actual subject.  In other words, Best Venue is my Favorite Venue Photo, not my Favorite Venue.  Hope that make sense, and enjoy my favorite photos of 2011.  It was very difficult to choose only 24, there were so many runner ups!

Best Cinematography – Venue
The amazing Augustana Lutheran Church.  There’s a great organ overlooking that alter, and if you know me, I LOVE organs.

Best Cinematography

Best Art Direction – Details
A hard one to choose, I went with this lavender/bird’s nest table centerpiece. 

Best Art Direction

Best Costume Design – Dress/Bouquet/Tux/Etc.
Another hard one to choose, but I love Stephanie’s bouquet with her grandmother’s Rosary wrapped around. 

Best Costume Design

Best Make Up – Preparation
For fun, I opted to go away from the Brides (read: could not decide between them) and went with the grooms getting prepped.

Best Make Up

Best Foreign Language Film – Cultural Ceremony
Tough one to decide on, I might have went with this one because the other favorite was taken below. And yes, this traditional Korean wedding ceremony was spoken entirely in a Foreign Language. 

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Supporting Actress – Bridesmaid
By no means a technically amazing portrait, but is she not the cutest?

Best Supporting Actress

Best Film Editing – Black & White
The traditional Korean ceremony had so many vibrant colors, but I love the timeless feel the Black & White conversion does for this photo. 

Best Film Editing

Best Sound Editing – Band
Um, so I had some pretty cool bands to pick from (a jug band for example), but these guys were awesome.  They serenaded each table, and I thought this guy looked awesome. 

Best Sound Editing

Best Sound Mixing – Dancing
Again, not a technically perfect photo, but don’t they look like they’re having fun? (They were, they were doing flips and spins and craaazy stuff) 

Best Sound Mixing

Best Documentary – Photojournalism
Bride and bridesmaids walking down the street with Pink parasols, could I ask for more? 

Best Documentary

Best Animated Film – Bouquet/Garter Toss
Love her expression, love the bouquet in the shot.

Best Animated Film

Best Visual Effects – Use of Flash
I had barely a minute to set up this shot and get it right before the couple was pulled away.

Best Visual Effects

Best Supporting Actor – Groomsmen
I think this is very Mad-Men-esque.

Best Supporting Actor

Best Original Score – Father Daughter Dance
This dance always makes me cry, no lie. 

Best Original Score

Best Original Song – First Dance
Having fun already! 

Best Original Song

Best Adapted Screenplay – Speeches
Hector didn’t often crack a smile, but these speeches were hilarious. 

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Screenplay – Ceremony/Vows
They snuck  in so many smiles to each other, so smitten the entire time! 

Best Original Screenplay

Best Live Action Short Film – Action Shot
Anyone wanna jump off the dune?  I will!  Bam.

Best Live Action Short Film

Best Short Documentary – First Look
First looks are always my favorite, hooray for Curtis and Nicole for doing one! 

Best Short Documentary

Best Animated Short Film – Flower Girls/Ring Bearers
Maya, the Adorable Flower Girl playing with her mother’s dres

Best Animated Short Film

Best Director – Couple
Taken at Cannon Beach, with haystack rock in the background!

Best Director

Best Actor – Groom
A great silhouette  of Jared.

Best Actor

Best Actress – Bride
I never take a shot from this angle, but Natasha was looking so awesome.

Best Actress

Best Picture
One of my easy favorites.  Not sure why, but I love it.  It also helps that Shawna looks so rawr.

Best Picture

Let me know what you think of my favorites!  Do you agree?  Do the categories make no sense to you?  Heh, I don’t blame you.  Tell me here or at facebook.


Mobile Site is Online!

I’m very excited to announce that www.maicamera.com is now friendly to mobile phone browsing!  It’s still in beta mode, as I’m also working on rebranding MaiCamera Photography (with a super awesome graphic designer :P).  In the meantime, if you could please visit it via your mobile phones and give me any feedback, I would greatly appreciate it!  What do you like?  What don’t you like?  What is confusing?  What do you want to see?  What do you want to be able to do?  Etc, etc.  Thanks!


Website is down!

 Chipmunk

Sadly, our hosting server is down as it goes through an upgrade.  If you need to contact me for more information, please e-mail me at maicamduong@gmail.com.  We’ll try to get the site back as soon as possible.  Thanks!


Bravo Wedding Event

Last Sunday, Eric and I were part of the Bravo Wedding Event, a really awesome bridal show at the Embassy Hotel in Downtown Portland.  It’s a great event, that’s relaxed and low stress with high quality vendors.  I like the style of Bravo’s bridal show versus the huge (intimidating) convention style.  They decorate rooms with themes, some elegant, some fun, and some totally wild.  I recommend.

Bravo Wedding Event


Back from Hiatus

I’m not going to even pretend that I haven’t been MIA from the blog for the past two months by jumping into posts. I was going to jump into a post about the holidays with the family and getting sick with the flu… but, since I’m a stickler for things going in order, I’m going to have to go way back to September with the posts. So, when you see Thanksgiving and Winter holiday posts come up in a couple months, don’t be too confused.

(Yes, the story of Butternut Squash is out of order, but it pertained to Thanksgiving, so I thought, why not?)


New Gallery Page at maicamera.com

Major overhaul on maicamera.com galleries. I’m not a fan of using flash, so I managed to make a gallery out of javascript and html that I’m pretty happy with. Check it out!


Welcome to my new blog!

New blog for a new website domain, maicamera.com. I’ll be updating with news and photos from the website.