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

Portraits

Autumn Portraits with Fall Foliage for Otis the Dog

Last November, while I was back home in the Metropolitan DC area (Maryland!), I met up with Jesse, Emily, and Otis for the family photos.  We went to Manassas Battlefield Park in the hopes of finding some vibrant fall foliage.  Alas, most of the leaves had fallen, but we found a few trees had opted to hang around a little longer for us.  I’ll be heading to DC this weekend, hopefully some of those fall colors will be around!

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

Dog Family Portraits with Fall Foliage

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Mai Duong is a Portland wedding photographer, also based in the San Francisco, Northern California area. Originally from Maryland outside the Metropolitan DC, she enjoys flying home to visit and work. 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 portrait photography, please contact Mai.


On Holiday!

Hello!  I’ve been quiet this week on the blog because I’ve been in Maryland visiting my family.  This handsome fella is the reason for my absence.  🙂

Yohan at the Park

Be back next week!


Baby Ben

For his one year birthday, I had another portrait session with Baby “Fetch me my cigar” Ben, along with his parents and grandparents.  Last time he had just figured out crawling, and this time he had just figured out walking!

Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Ben's One Year Old Portraits

These moments are rare and happen in a split second, and boy am I happy to catch them.
Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Not a fan of walking on grass. Haha.
Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Impromptu family photo!
Ben's One Year Old Portraits

I personally love family photos taken in front of the house. It reminds me of my old family photos that we used to take.
Ben's One Year Old Portraits

And then Ben will do something awesome like this.
Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Playtime with the grandparents.

Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Ben's One Year Old Portraits

At one point, they were bringing Bella in for a photo, when Ben, excited to see his canine sibling, decided to hug and snuggle Bella.
Ben's One Year Old Portraits

Ben's One Year Old Portraits

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Lily & Family in Portland

Lily and her family moved to Germany last spring, but before they left, we made sure to get some photos of them in downtown Portland, walking around their NW neighborhood, and hanging out at home.  Downtown Portland proved to be too exciting to hold Lily’s attention for long (playing a game of asking where I was worked to trick her into looking my way), but she had great fun walking around her neighborhood and showing me her room.

Portraits of Lily
Lily, where am I?

Portraits of Lily
Watching the kayakers

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Portraits of Lily

Portraits of Lily

Portraits of Lily Portraits of Lily

Portraits of Lily
Monkey jumping on the bed.

Portraits of Lily
Nicole, Lily’s mom, is an amazing tennis player.  No doubt, they’re starting early with this one.

Portraits of Lily
My favorite photo of the day, taken at the very end.  She looked up from reading the book and gave me this hilarious giggle.

Lily holds a special place in my heart because while being hilarious and adorable, she was also the first child I ever “officially” photographed!  (And because she has a very adorable chipmunk photo that obviously I’m attached to).  I’m sad that they’ve moved to Germany, but I’m so excited for their opportunity (Mom & family are from Germany).  I’m also *doubly* excited for their addition of twins that are soon to come!


My 2010 Favorites: Portraits

Next up for my 2010 Favorites series: Portraits, Children’s Portraits to be specific.

1. Hi Magdalena.  This is a favorite because the experience was so awesome.  Magdalena crawled into my lap, because she’s that friendly and easy going, and said “Hi!”

Children's Portrait Photos

2. Lily at the Park.  Many things I like about this photo.  First of all, I like that it’s in focus, no easy task with a swing at this angle.  Second, I like the blue found in the photo.  And third, I love the hair.

Children's Portrait Photos

3. Lucia at the Park. I’m a big fan of kids walking along walls.

Children's Portrait Photos

4. Ada’s Smile.  This baby girl would not stop smiling at me, it was awesome.  And [geek alert!] this room was filled with harsh overhead lighting, and I managed to use this giant white kiddie table as a reflector.

Children's Portrait Photos

5. Deegan Hiding.  I like shy kids that hide from the camera.

Children's Portrait Photos

6. Fetch Me My Cigar.  The lucky result of a toddler’s attempt to roll out of his chair and crawl on the ground.

Children's Portrait Photos

7.  Paloma and Chloe.  I love their expressions, and their outfits are awesome too.

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8. Blue Steel.  Derek Zoolander has nothing on these kids.

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9. Kai on the Run.  I find this photo awesome due to his expression, and the memory of him running like crazy away and then towards us.

Children's Portrait Photos

10. Lily the Chipmunk.  I have a special, special, attachment to this.  Oh, and [geek alert!] I definitely thought I had enhanced her eyes when I looked back at this photo, but no, that’s how it was.  Go Chipmunks!

Children's Portrait Photos

And… for a bonus, of course, another photo of Yohan!  One of my many favorites of him.

Children's Portrait Photos


Baby Ben’s Portraits

I did a 6/7-month-old portrait session with Baby Ben. He had just started crawling, so keeping him in once place wasn’t easy. You’ll see in the last photo the awesome result of a baby maneuvering to get out of a chair so he can move about.

Baby Portrait Photos

Baby Portrait Photos

Benny also happened to be teething, and I’m not sure what the following sequence means, but he definitely doesn’t look pleased with his impromptu teething toy.

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Baby Portrait Photos Baby Portrait Photos

And here it is, my favorite:

Baby Portrait Photos


Happy Birthday Yohan!

My nephew turns 2 today!!  To celebrate, here are photos of Yohan from this past year.


WPPI

Next stop on the February Awesomeness Train: WPPI in Las Vegas!

WPPI 2011 Photos

Thanks to Leather Craftsmen, I got to go to the WPPI Convention in Las Vegas. Some classes were disappointing, while others were awesome. I tried to go to as many classes as possible, attending classes from 8am to 8pm, and only straying to visit the exhibitor booths at the Trade Show and eat. I was on a mission at the Trade Show to do as much research on album companies (of which there were 50-60 companies) . Mornings started at 7am (waiting in long coffee lines) and dinners weren’t finished until 11pm. Everyone was excited to be around fellow photo geeks, so we stayed up late talking for hours about photography, photo gear, courses we’d been to, and courses we wanted to go to. I’m pretty sure I averaged less than four hours of sleep a night and about 10 miles of walking a day. I was exhausted by the end of the convention, but the amount of knowledge I gained (more on that in another post) and the friends I made was worth it.

WPPI 2011 Photos

Kayso came along to classes in my bag, but I told him that he had to stay behind for the Awards show. He tried to convince me otherwise by dressing up for the event.

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WPPI 2011 Photos

WPPI 2011 Photos


Portrait Session with Wen Shu

Last week, while still in California, Wen Shu and I did a quick portrait session for his profile photo on Canopy’s website.  Canopy is a non-profit environmental organization focusing on urban forestry.  They work to bring trees to the urban Palo Alto area, while also educating people about forest care through tree walks.  I like!  So we, Mr. “Member of the Board of Directors” Wen Shu and I went for a walk and found some (urban) trees to take portraits against.

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Wen Shu's Portraits

Wen Shu's Portraits Wen Shu's Portraits


Portraits of Magdalena

I got to do a portrait session with the adorable Magdalena.  Magdalena is all smiles and and laughs, so it wasn’t difficult to snag a cute photo of her, that is, when I could catch up to her (this girl could MOVE).

Children's Portrait Photos

Children's Portrait Photos Children's Portrait Photos

Children's Portrait Photos

Children's Portrait Photos

The following two photos are my absolute favorites. I was sitting on the ground taking pictures of her when she crawled into my lap and gave me the sweetest serious look.

Children's Portrait Photos

Still in my lap, she turned to me and gave me her signature look: a very cheery, “Hi!”

Children's Portrait Photos

ADORABLE!