KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog en-us (C) KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY (KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Wed, 02 May 2018 16:39:00 GMT Wed, 02 May 2018 16:39:00 GMT https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u627065766-o618437139-50.jpg KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY: Blog https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog 62 120 IMPETUS OF GIFT SERIES - "Pastor Lance" https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2018/5/impetus-of-gift-series---pastor-lance

At age nine, Lance was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor. On September 9, 1999, after 15 hours of emergency surgery at Emory Hospital, a 1.5 lb. tumor was removed. The doctor, who did not believe in God, told his mother that he would more than likely be a vegetable for the rest of his life. After the surgery, he went through a very long recovery process. For nine months, he was in a near vegetable state, bedridden and treated by nurses. 

ME: Lance, you were told by the atheist doctor that you would never walk again. But here you are, walking and doing well. Tell us what happened after the first surgery.

LANCE: Sure. On June 11, 2001, at the age of 11, I went through a second brain tumor operation. This time, after 8 hours of surgery, a massive 2.5 lb. brain tumor was removed by a Christian doctor, who told us that he could remove the brain tumor because his hands worked for God. Although the previous doctor said to us that I'd never walk or talk again, I woke up from the surgery and spoke clearly, and asked for my mom. The Christian doctor also told me that I have a calling for my life. 

LANCE: For 25 years, I had epilepsy and mild seizures, but I am now seizure free and consider myself to be a walking miracle. I know that God is on my side, and He has a plan for my life.

But his faith would be tested again and again, as he faced neurofibromas that plagued his entire body. On July 20, 2016, Lance had multiple neurofibromas removed at Emory Healthcare of Atlanta. 

ME: So you continued to find tumor growths and had to have more surgeries?

LANCE: Yes. I have neurofibromatosis, and my body continues to develop tumors in various parts of my body. I will start taking oral-based chemotherapy to stop the tumors from growing until a cure is found. I've had 18 surgeries so far and had over 800 stitches and 300 staples on my body. I have pictures from my previous operations. Do you want to see them?

ME: Wow. You are so brave. I can't imagine the kind of pain and suffering you are going through with your condition. I know that your faith is a big part of why your outlook is so positive and hopeful. Can you share how you came to know Christ and how He is directing your path?

LANCE: I grew up in church. I'd dress up in a suit, tie, and beautiful shiny shoes. But for a long time, I was more in religion than in a relationship with God. My heart was not sold out for Christ. I didn't even want to get out of a particular lifestyle. I wanted to continue to lie, steal and cheat, you know. If I had died back then, I have no doubt that I would have gone to hell. Thank God that I didn't die on those operating tables. When my family moved to South Carolina in 2011, we joined a church called NewSpring. I became a full-time volunteer with the special needs department called Spring Zone. I was finally becoming tired of just living for myself. I knew that I needed to surrender to God. During the Fully Alive Series in December 2012, the Holy Spirit showed me that I had to make a choice - the road to destruction or the path to paradise. I decided it was time, and gave my life to Jesus. Then I was baptized two weeks later. I still have tumors that grow throughout my body, but my God is faithful. 

ME: I'm so glad you came to know God and turned from being stuck in religion to developing an intimate relationship with Jesus. How did that change your life?

LANCE: I believe I've been called to be a youth pastor for special needs children. With my calling, I always turn to Mark 10:27 "Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God."" (NIV).  Since I gave my life to Christ, I have achieved so much more than ever before. On August 10, 2017, I had another surgery to remove neurofibromas from my forehead and left side of my head. Then the very next day, I had to go back into surgery to stop the bleeding of capillaries. But the next day, I walked out of the hospital on own my two feet, not in a wheelchair, and went home to recover. I am not on any pain medication, because of how addictive those narcotics are. I will have to go through these kinds of surgeries throughout my entire life. After all that I've been through and seen in this world, I can relate to how special needs children are mistreated. I know and believe that God's calling is upon my life. Special needs children are no different from you or me. We may all be unique, but we are all the same in the sense that the blood of Jesus is running through our veins. 

LANCE: Now that we are in Georgia, my family is part of Free Chapel Church in Gainesville, and we are actively involved. People there know my passion for special needs children, and my calling to become a youth pastor for them. They nicknamed me "Pastor Lance", and that's how they address me.

Lance is very transparent and open about the storms in his life and about the reason why he lives with so much hope. He posts encouraging quotes and inspiring words to others on social media all the time, and is always in great spirits, in spite of the tremendous amount of challenges he faces every day. It is incredible to witness the force of God's gift in a believer's life.

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Romantic surprise proposal at a North Georgia waterfall! https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2017/7/surprise-proposal-at-north-georgia-waterfall The past couple of months, I have been on this covert operation to plan a surprise, proposal shoot with a client from Texas. Zoltan was going to be on a vacation with his girlfriend, Anna, who grew up in North Georgia, and wanted to propose to her at the beautiful waterfalls she often visited when she was a child. Because there is no cell signal at the waterfall, we had to make a really solid plan (and a plan B for bad weather) beforehand. I asked him to send me a picture of himself and his girlfriend, so I could recognize them. Given the fact that it was the July 4th weekend, we expected many people to there, so that can pose some challenges and unexpected situations that disrupt our shoot plan. In preparation, I did the location scouting, sent Zoltan a picture with a diagram of our positions, weather reports, etc. 

It was supposed to rain on that day. Well, thunder storm to be exact. But the thing about Georgia weather is that it can change at any minute, and you never know what you get in advance. I prayed for good weather, and fortunately, we did have beautiful sunny weather that lasted half of the day, but we had to move up the shoot time, just to make sure we wouldn't be hit by the afternoon shower.

When I got there, there were quite a few people enjoying the waterfall. I tried to decide where to position myself to get a good view with the least amount of obstacles. Then they came. Zoltan passed me as though he doesn't know me; Anna, his beautiful girlfriend, of course, had no idea what was about to happen. I had butterflies in my belly, then I saw real, tiny, bluish white butterflies flattered around and followed Zoltan and Anna, as they hiked up the cascades of the waterfall.

I aimed at Zoltan and Anna, ready to burst on my shutter, and just as Zoltan kneeled down, a lady who had no idea that I was there to shoot the surprise proposal got right in front of me (GASP!!) I had to move quickly on the murky ground and tried to reposition myself and recompose the shot. First shot was a bit shaky. But the rest went on smoothly.

People around me noticed what was happening and started to say "OMG", "Awwww", "Oh look!", but I didn't lift my eye away from the viewfinder. I felt a knot in my throat. It was so moving. While I was trying to focus on shooting, I couldn't help but to feel emotional about what I was witnessing. Anna fell on her knees immediately following Zoltan, and held onto him so tight. They kissed, she dropped on the cascading stone and started to cry. I could see her lips moving "I LOVE YOU". Goose bumps. What a privilege to be able to witness and capture such a delicate and beautiful, fleeting moment. After the ring was on her finger, everyone there clapped for the newly engaged couple. 

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After they came down from the cascade, Zoltan asked if I wanted to have a champaign with them. Of course I had toasted to their beautiful future. Anna told me she had no idea, because he is usually not like this. Like planning everything meticulously? Zoltan wanted his proposal to be very special to her, and it was so clear he wanted to show her how much she means to him. He planned everything, followed up to make sure everything would work out the way they should. As he gazed at Anna, I couldn't help but to feel his kindness and gentle love for her. It's apparent Anna treasures him just the same. 

I was reminded of how beautiful true love is. Congratulations, Zoltan and Anna. I hope the day was everything you both hoped it to be. Thank you for allowing me to capture this sacred moment. I know you will share the story of how he planned a beautiful proposal and how it was so romantic and perfect in every way, and the bluish white butterflies flattered around your ankles at your childhood waterfall. Your children will share the story someday, and maybe their children also. I know I will...

 

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Photoshoot with Brian Clowdus, the founder & artistic director of Serenbe Playhouse https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2017/6/photoshoot-with-brian-clowdus-the-founder-artistic-director-of-serenbe-playhouse Not too long ago, on a beautiful and sunny spring day, I had an opportunity do an editorial photoshoot with one of the most influential people in entertainment industry, Brian Clowdus. Brian is the founder and executive/artistic director of the unique outdoor theater, Serenbe Playhouse. 

He and I walked around the beautiful outdoor space in Serenbe community, looking for a great place to photograph. Serenbe Playhouse is an outdoor theater, so I wanted to capture the essence of his plays. They build unique set for each of production, and it was right before the production of GREASE was to be installed, so the space was just an open meadow. Brian took me to this really interesting, old, school bus that was used as a ticket office, for one of his previous plays. We decided to take some shots with the bus in the background. 


Although he is sought after as one of the most brilliant and influential people in the entertainment industry, his warm personality and charming Southern Drawl make you feel at home and comfortable at once. Since our photoshoot, he has complete his GREACE production and recently opened the new play, Robin Hood, and then soon they will open Macbeth, toward the end of June. He’ll also join The Atlanta Opera this fall to direct Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s The Seven Deadly Sins, the first selection in their 2017-18 Discoveries series. Check out his interview with Atlanta Opera here: https://www.atlantaopera.org/2017/06/01/pick-q-brian-clowdus/ 

Learn more about Brian Clowdus and Serenbe Playhouse: http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com

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Commercial Architectural Shoot - Promoting strong, visual impact to stand out in the market https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2016/10/commercial-shoot-to-boost-your-success Beautifully crafted images can help promote your brand and business by making a stronger visual impact. Look at the below images as an example. If you just shoot an image and use to promote your business, you could be missing a mark in impressing your target customers. Photography in general has lost its value because digital is 'free' in many people's minds, and there is a misconception that anyone with a decent camera can shoot a decent photo and even use it for business promotion. Digital technology has made it easy for many people to get into photography. As a professional, digital photographer, I not only invest in professional equipment, but also invest in software skills to create beautifully crafted images.

Photography is a very complex process. For example, there are a lot of challenges in shooting commercial building exterior, because there are many elements that are out of your control, such as weather and surrounding environment. Take a look at the following 5 images - as you can see, even though the weather was nice on this day, the parking lot was partially wet because of the sprinkler system. I do not always do HDR on architectural images, but I shot 5 bracketed photos to do HDR for this one. I started with Lightroom, then used Aurora HDR 2017 (https://aurorahdr.com) to create the base HDR image, ON1 photo 10.5 (https://www.on1.com) to enhance details, then used Photoshop to clean up wet asphalt, healed small flaws and further enhance and finalize the image.

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While it is always best to shoot it right in your camera, it is absolutely necessary for a modern photographer to have the post production skills, not only to fix problems but also to create beautifully crafted images. Because I initially started MINISTRY OF DESIGN as a graphic designer, software skills have always been one of my strengths, and I enjoy the process very much. I am constantly challenging myself to improve efficiency and proficiency as a working professional, so that I can serve my clients better and exceed their needs.

Don't settle for decent images for your brand and business. Visual impact is one of the most important and effective aspect of marketing and PR. I would love to partner with you and help setting you apart from your competition! just call 770-335-7240 or send me a note through CONTACT page

 

Koko

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Travel Photography - Shenandoah National Park https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2016/9/travel-photography---shenandoah-national-park In my last blog, I shared my experience of traveling to VA and how it inspired my soul to create some fine art pieces.

After the assignment, I took a road trip up to PA, to help my son settle in his new college. With 2 of my furry babes (Zeiss and Moco) in the back, off I drove to Lewisburg, PA. I looked at the map to see if I can make a stop somewhere nice to visit and to photograph. I found that my route was very close to Shenandoah National Park, so I decided to drive up to Shenandoah NP, catch the sunset, and spend the night in the near by hotel. I paid $25 to enter the park, and was told that the pass is good for a week. On the way back from PA to GA, I actually got off from the main highway and drove through the entire park. It took a long time, and the storm came and went while I was driving. But it was well worth it. 

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I thought I captured an eagle, but it turned out to be a turkey vulture... 

 

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ONA BAG Pet Portrait Contest - YAY!! I am the winner! https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2016/8/ona-bag-pet-portrait-contest---yay-i-am-the-winner ONA Bag, one of my favorite camera bag company hosted a Pet Portrait contest in August.

Thanks to my beautiful 2nd shooter and an assistant, Zeiss, I won the contest and was awarded $250 gift card! Here is the picture of my beautiful Cane Corso Italiano with ONA Leather Prince Street in Chocolate Truffle, one of my favorite camera and every day bag.

Now I am thinking about which bag to get. I love so many styles of their bags!!
 - KOKO

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A little dose of adventure https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2016/8/a-little-dose-of-adventure This summer, I took a short assignment in Wytheville, VA, and decided to take my 2 big dogs with me to make it a mini adventure. Wytheville was absolutely beautiful. Rolling hills, row and rows of cornfield, charming red farms and morning fog. I just drove around with my camera, looking for something to shoot and I always found something I liked. I was inspired to create a few fine art pieces. I realized how important it is for me to travel, and see the things I normally do not see, smell the air that I have not breathed in, hear the sound that I have not heard. The assignment turned out to be more important to me than I ever anticipated, because it awakened my soul. A deer peeking at me Virginia-Summer-20160728-0697Virginia-Summer-20160728-0697 Virginia-Summer-20160728-0708-2Virginia-Summer-20160728-0708-2 Virginia-Summer-20160725-0088-2Virginia-Summer-20160725-0088-2 Virginia-Summer-20160728-0495Virginia-Summer-20160728-0495 Virginia-Summer-20160726-0210Virginia-Summer-20160726-0210 Virginia-Summer-20160726-0275Virginia-Summer-20160726-0275 Virginia-Summer-20160726-0285Virginia-Summer-20160726-0285 Virginia-Summer-20160726-0393Virginia-Summer-20160726-0393 Virginia-Summer-20160728-0598Virginia-Summer-20160728-0598 Virginia-Summer-20160728-0633-2Virginia-Summer-20160728-0633-2 Virginia-Summer-20160728-0604-2-editVirginia-Summer-20160728-0604-2-edit

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My design is now available at Society6! Check it out! https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2016/5/my-design-is-now-available-at-society6-check-it-out Hi Everyone!

My first design is available for purchase at Society6

Check it out and stay tuned for more designs in the near future!

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Saturday fun in North Georgia Wineries & Vineyards https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2016/3/saturday-fun-in-north-georgia-wineries-vineyards Last Saturday, I visited a few North Georgia's wineries & vineyards with one of my best friends Trinh and her darlin' husband Chris. I packed my camera gears and also grabbed my Petzval 85mm lens. I have not had the chance to have much fun with it yet, and it was time I take it with me to a day trip.

The first winery we visited was The Cottage Vineyard & Winery (http://www.cottagevineyardwinery.com/). We stop by at a near by Ingles to stock up on delicious gourmet antipasto. The folks at The Cottage Vineyard & Winery do not mind that you bring your food to the outdoor picnic areas to enjoy with their wines. The wind was so strong all of our food containers almost flew away, including our wine glasses. But the almost-360-degrees mountain view was so refreshing, and definitely a great place to relax and chill on a lazy Saturday.

A distant farm house in the mountainA distant farm house in the mountainA nostalgic scenery from The Cottage Vineyard & Winery, a distant farm house in the mountain. I couldn't photograph any food or wine, because all of our hands were too busy keeping the containers and glass on the table. But I walked around and took some photos after we were done eating. They serve a few different wineries' wines and being the Southern Belle that I am, I have tried a couple of muscadine wines and thoroughly enjoyed a full glass of wine called Sunset from Currahee Vineyard & Winery (http://www.curraheevineyards.com/โ€‹), which is a muscadine wine infused with strawberries. It has a friendly summer-time scent and deep and rich ruby hue that reminds me of the burning sunset spreading in the Southern Sky in "Gone with the wind". I decided to take a couple of bottles of Sunset home. 

The next stop was Serenity Cellars (http://serenitycellars.com/). Serenity Cellars did not have any sweet wine, but I enjoy photographing their event venue and surrounding elements.

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The fire was going and they had a live music outdoor. But the girl's gotta have more sweet wine. Moved on to the next winery, Cavender Creek Vineyards (http://cavendercreekvineyards.com/#home-splash). 

Who was I greeted by in the parking lot? A majestic Great Pyrenees. A lot of wineries keep their dogs on properties to ward off bears in the area. Then I heard my friend say "OMG how cute!" and here comes this bundle of white fluffy fur who is too cute to be true. A Great Pyrenees puppy wobbled towards me as if he was curious about my camera, and unlike most puppies, he greeted me with a calm demeanor and obvious enjoyment for attention and petting.

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I tasted 4 sweet muscadine wines and decided to take home a bottle of Farmhouse white muscadine wine and another bottle of peach infused version. Yummy. Feeling good and happy. There's some good old music playing in the corner and some girls are dancing and singing. Everyone seems so happy here. Tucker roamed around and entertained the wine tasting clients with his charm.

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Even without my favorite mountain view, Cavender Creek was my favorite of the day...  :)

-Koko

 

 

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SYMPHONIE CINÉTIQUE -THE POETRY OF MOTION FILM from MADE on Vimeo.

Their music unweave and release my knotted soul and let it flow in the peaceful, insouciant air in the mountain peak

In this element, I can return to the creative being that I was designed to be

I close my eyes

Morning staff meeting

Afternoon project meeting

Evening strategy meeting

All fall away from my face

and from my finger tips

How can I not be free

How can I not photograph

the beauty

the sentiment

the essence of life

all around us

Eyes slowly open

and I see the soft lavender and orange in the sky

fusing together in an elysian marriage

Time has come to evanesce into the mystery of Creations

There's more to life

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On Instagram, Elle was doing the breastfeeding takeover a couple of weeks ago, where a famous model was sharing her breastfeeding life in such a glamorous, picturesque and even sexy fashion. The hashtag #normalizebreastfeeding was used to advocate breastfeeding. Elle was promoting a natural, most brilliantly designed way of feeding our children through this breastfeeding takeover, and I fully support their effort. But I wish that they had also included more realistic images that most mothers can relate. 

I am a breastfeeding advocate and did so myself for both of my children. Back when I was breastfeeding, there was no FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM nor SELFIE. If there were, I would have taken different kind of images than Elle has portraited. 

Breastfeeding is convenient, but also takes your freedom away, and require dedication. Because babies digest breast milk so much easier and faster than artificial milk, you have to feed them almost every other hour when the baby is still small. My oldest, Selene, started to sleep through the night around 1.5 months old but my son John was a colicky, big fella, and I felt and looked like a zombie for the first 9 months. If Walking Dead was on back then, I would have aced the audition without special makeup. It made my breasts so sore that I had to ice them sometimes, and apply special cream to prevent cracking on my nipples.

When I went back to work, I pumped my milk, froze them and bought them home, so the nursery could continue to feed him breastmilk. When I had to sit in a very long meeting and pass my usual pumping schedule, my milk sometimes almost leaked through my blouse, even with pads. Finding comfortable and well made breastfeeding bras was my kind of victory.

I believe, breastfeeding is one of the most beautiful and brilliant things in life. Mothers' milk continuously and progressively change its content to meet the unique, biological needs of their growing babies. It was ecstatic to be able to see the hungry baby's cry turned into satisfying expression in my arms, but glamour? Maybe not so much... but full of tiny moments of why it is worth all of the sleepless nights and sacrifice. 

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) baby bond breastfeeding child dedication love motherhood sacrifice https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/7/it_aint_always_pretty Sat, 04 Jul 2015 15:51:15 GMT
PROJECT "While You Are Away" https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/7/project-while-you-are-away I have been thinking for a while about this project called "While You Are Away", and I want to make it happen starting this year. The project is about periodically photographing dogs whose owners are serving the country in armed forces overseas, and send the prints to where they're stationed & update on social media so they can check out and see how their babies are doing.

My daughter is in Army and in South Korea right now, and I've been fostering her chocolate lab for about a year now. I do this for her, and it brightens her day and keeps her encouraged in tough days. I thought others could use the same encouragement. This is a free service that I want to provide using my gift and talents, to serve the Lord & brave people who are fighting for our country everyday.

If you live in Metro Altanta area and are fostering a dog/dogs for your family member who is serving the country overseas, would like to participate in this project, please contact me!

Here is Moco enjoying life while his mama is away!  
Koko Hunt
770-335-7240
modportfolio@gmail.com

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Best Friend Dogs Fur Baby Pet While You Are Away https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/7/project-while-you-are-away Sat, 04 Jul 2015 00:16:45 GMT
Ode to Bacon https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/7/ode-to-bacon Recently, I bought this chocolate with bacon bits and taters in it.

This inspired me to do a quick little shoot... enjoy the happy pork fat :D


Honey drizzled baconCrispy and sweet, perfect snack when you are craving something rich. Honey drizzled bacon - Crispy and sweet, perfect snack when you are craving something rich.


Milk chocolate with bacon bits and taters - garnished with crispy bacon and kettle cooked potato chips


Simple goodness of bacon - best fried in cast iron skillet


Salty and sweet - perfect companion for movie night


My favorite is crispy bacon drizzled with honey.


Raw agave nectar is also fabulous on bacon.


 

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Bacon Crispy Food Foodie Yummy https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/7/ode-to-bacon Fri, 03 Jul 2015 22:25:16 GMT
Chasing the Light https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/6/chasing-the-light untitled shoot-20150609-0073untitled shoot-20150609-0073 I chased the light tonight, and got to this place. 

I like Twilight. I like finding the light in the night. 

Sometimes the Southern Sky is just amazing.

 

KOKO

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Chasing the light Dusk Finding the light in the night Night Photography Southern Sky Sunset Twilight https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/6/chasing-the-light Wed, 10 Jun 2015 05:37:15 GMT
Cinematic Prom Night Shoot https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/5/cinematic_prom_night_shoot Growing up in Japan, where there is no prom, I always thought that prom was such an interesting rite to passage. One of the things that fascinates me about prom is prom dress. The dress each girl choose really show their personality, so I was really looking forward to seeing Daija's dress.

Her dress was so unique. Black lace, backless, sprinkled with gorgeous stones all over, and cut to fit the hourglass shape. It looked like something that an old Hollywood movie star would wear. Her short honey blond hair was swirled into waves of elegant pompadour, and the shaved sides made it modern and edgy. Daija was breathtakingly beautiful. Strong, powerful, bold and intelligent. Deep brown eyes that sparkled with confidence. The dress really suits her, I thought.

Daija's senior prom 2015Daija's senior prom 2015Daija and her date, Deandre Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija & Deandre

When we got to historic downtown Buford, I knew I wanted to approach her prom with cinematic style. I started shooting by placing Daija and her date, Deandre, under the large oak tree where their shape would be rimmed by backlit sun, but their face would in the shade. I used Canon 580 EXII speedlite with non-brand 24" softbox to light them, and over exposed their background to make their black attire pop. From there, we moved on to the railroad setting...

Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija & Deandre by the railroad in downtown Buford

Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija and Deandre on the railroad in historic downtown Buford

Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija & Deandre in historic downtown Buford

Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's date Deandre and his friend, Antonio.

Daija's Senior Prom 2015Daija's Senior Prom 2015Deandre and Antonio with Brooklyn the Boxer Girl

The shoot was so fun and the results were gorgeous! I always thought the railroad shots were so cliche, but not this one. I think Daija looks like a heroine in film noir. Daija wasn't the only one that looked cinematic; I think these young men look like they're straight out of GQ, don't you? 

Koko

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Cinematic Historic Downtown Buford Prom Night Shoot Railroad Senior Prom https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/5/cinematic_prom_night_shoot Mon, 25 May 2015 11:45:00 GMT
Freddy's Frozen Custard Architectural & Interior Shoot https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/5/freddys-frozen-custard As architectural is one of my favorite things to shoot, I was so excited when Freddy's Frozen Custard called me about a photo shoot for their new McDonough store. In addition, this was the very first project after I got my new Canon TS-E 24mm 1:3.5 L II lens, so I was even more excited and couldn't wait to shoot. 

To shoot Freddy's exterior lights on with empty parking lot, I started fairly early before sunrise. I didn't get a multi-color dawn with pink and orange cloud that I was hoping for, but I got to capture a few shots when the sky had the mysterious blue hue.

Freddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen CustardFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough, GA Store

Freddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen CustardFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough, GA Store

During dawn, my favorite shade of blue lasts only for a few minutes, sometimes a couple of minutes, so it was very important that I get everything setup and ready to go when the right moment arrived. Sure enough, right after I clicked the last few shots, the atmosphere brightened up quickly and the exterior lights turned off. My assistant, who can see and smell Starbucks from miles away, told me that she has seen one on the way, so we drove there and had a short break until the store manager came in to let us inside for an interior shoot.

The interior shoot was a tricky one. Tons of natural light from large window walls, another type of light from the ceiling, extreme hot spots in many areas, not so bright in other areas. "Post with Mike Kelley Photoshop tactics", I thought. And I did. Except that I didn't have the luxury of taking the time to light and shoot each element at a time. But his technique would still work if I can get right shots with right exposures. Plus my trusty onOne Perfect Photo Suite 9.5 (http://www.on1.com/) is a tool that lets me be as creative or flexible as I want to be.

Freddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough, GA Store Interior This image is a result of multiple layers with multiple exposures, but instead of HDR, I have used Mike Kelly's technique to apply element by element retouch.

I know many old school photographers from the film days shun post production. Yes, yes, I know, we are to make things right in the camera. But when time and environment are limited, knowing what tools I can use in post, such as Lightroom, Photoshop and other plug-ins like onOne Perfect Photo Suite, helps me to know what I need to shoot in the minimum time allowed, to bring my vision to life at the end. I like what HDR can do, but I don't like the obvious HDR look often time. So as tedious as it sounds, I use the concept of HDR but manually manipulate where, how much and how the layers are blended.

Freddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough, GA Store Interior This image is a result of multiple layers with multiple exposures, but instead of HDR, I have used Mike Kelly's technique to apply element by element retouch.

With the day time exterior shot, my shoot was over and it was almost time for the store to open for customers. The all American look and colors, and the deep, blue Southern Sky to boot. This shot was a single image and least touched up photo, but the punchy colors makes it look almost like a rendered drawing.

Freddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough StoreFreddy's Frozen Custard McDonough, GA Store Day time exterior

Overall, it was a really nice shoot. I did wish if I'd had a larger and brighter screen to tether for night time shoot, as using the LCD monitor for manual TS lens in the darkness was not so easy. But the lens is extremely sharp and I really love the moments of manually focusing the lens. Maybe I am somewhat old fashioned.

To learn more about Mike Kelley that I mentioned above, here are some links:

http://www.mpkelley.com/

https://fstoppers.com/product/mike-kelley-where-art-meets-architecture

https://www.creativelive.com/instructor/mike-kelley

 

Until next time!

 

KOKO

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) American Architectural Burgars Freddy's Frozen Custard Frozen Custard Ice Cream Interior McDonough, GA Mike Kelley Perfect Photo Suite Restaurant onOne https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/5/freddys-frozen-custard Mon, 25 May 2015 11:45:00 GMT
Mother and Daughter Mini Shoot https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/5/mother-and-daughter-mini-shoot When Terrica called and said that her baby girl has grown up and it was time for a mother & daughter portraits, I suggested to do this mini shoot outdoor at a near by park. I knew the fresh green background would pop their beautiful complexion, and bring out their bright smiles. So off we went to the park for a mini shoot. I arrived early to walk around, taking snapshots of good locations with my iPhone, and by the time I met up with Terrica and her daughter, Kyra, I knew where to go to take their portraits. (iPhone can geo tag the location, so I usually create a Lightroom Catalog with only the scouted locations, for future shoots.)

It was such a beautiful and pleasant day. I am not a fan of hot weather (I know, I live in Georgia...), so the nice breeze and mild temp were awesome for me! I started the shoot under the canopy near the small pond, where I could use the lush trees and lights coming through it to create a nice background, then moved on to the little pond.

Mother and Daughter Mini ShootBeautiful Terrica and Kyra with nature background Terrica & KyraMother & Daughter Mini Shoot at the Park

I love when mothers and daughters look like sisters! Because of their laid-back, down to earth personalities, it was so easy to pose them and have fun shooting. They had a cute, matching casual outfits, and we went with poses that naturally bring out their fantastic relationship.

mccarters-20150509-0087Terrica & KyraMother & Daughter Mini Shoot at the Park

As I was editing the images, I thought about how important and meaningful Mother & Daughter (or son) shoot is. As a mom, I often thought the portraits with my kids were for me to preserve MY memories OF THEM. It is, but that's not all. Portraits with mothers, to our children, mean so much more than we mothers think. When my daughter just joined ARMY and went away for boot camp, she held on to the photographs of me and her, and every time she came back on leave, she insisted on taking a shot with me in the frame. It's behind the camera that I feel most natural, and I don't care to be in front of the camera. But to my daughter, it didn't matter how I felt I looked, I was her mom, beautiful and powerful, the source of her strength and encouragement on days and moments that challenged her. So I know that these portraits are not just for Terrica, but more importantly, for Kyra, who will soon fly away the nest, but always remember who she is, because of her mom. So if you are a mom, preserve your legacy in photographs with your children, for your children. If you are a daughter or a son with your mom still on this earth, you are truly blessed! Be good, be honest, be the kind of person your mom thinks you are. And tell your mom you NEED to take photographs with her - trust me, it will be one of the most important things in your life.

 

KOKO

P.S. Here is a snapshot of me and my daughter, Selene, who visited me right before she left for South Korea in May. She has a tattoo of me when I was young, doing the traditional Japanese dance.

 

 

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) At the park Family Mini Shoot Mother & Daughter Outdoor Portrait https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2015/5/mother-and-daughter-mini-shoot Sun, 24 May 2015 18:24:16 GMT
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Trinh+Chris engagement shoot in enchanted Montaluce https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2014/2/trinh-chris-engagement-shoot-in-enchanted-north-georgia-winery It was a rather cold December in Georgia. Sky was gray and the atmosphere was moody. I was hoping to catch a little golden light in the sunset but it was very unlikely. Trinh quietly said, with a very soft tone as usual, "It's okay. I like the barrenness of Winter." She has been one of my dearest friends, more like a sister to me, since we first met in a hiking meetup group a few years ago. Having seen how meeting Chris has transformed her life first hand, I was so excited when they set the date! They decided to do their engagement shoot in the beautiful and enchanted Italian winery & estate in North Georgia, Montaluce, where they had the 2nd date!


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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Couple Engagement Love Love Story Montaluce North Georgia Vineyard Winery https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2014/2/trinh-chris-engagement-shoot-in-enchanted-north-georgia-winery Sat, 15 Feb 2014 17:23:09 GMT
Lisa and Colton's Dream Beach Wedding https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2014/2/lisa-and-colton  

Driving into St. Simon's Island was like entering another world. Massive live oaks with elliptical leaves, Spanish moss leisurely swinging in the hot Southern wind. GRACEFUL. Almost nostalgic. Scent of ocean reminded me of my home town in Japan. And there was this sense of time slowing down...This place is like a fairytale, so perfect for beautiful Lisa and her prince, Colton.

 As the melody of "A Thousand Years" spread on the lush green lawn, my chest tightened to see Colton's tender expression as he watched his nervous bride walked down the isle. So moving, remembering this moment made me tear up many times as I edited their photos!

What an honor to be able to witness and capture such significant moments for Lisa and Colton. I am so grateful...

Beautiful Lisa and her prince, ColtonBeautiful Lisa and her prince, Colton

Surrounded by their family and close friends, Lisa and Colton tied the knot overlooking the beach by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. A butterfly came to add a magical touch to their sand ceremony.

Butterfly came to bless their bliss :)

And lots of fun at their relaxed reception!!

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Colton and his dad, Carl, enjoying a cigar and celebrating in style. Dandy!!

And the two love birds walking down the beach.

To see more photographs from Lisa and Colton's wedding, click here!

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(KOKO HUNT PHOTOGRAPHY) Couple Love Love Story The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort Wedding https://www.kokohuntphotography.com/blog/2014/2/lisa-and-colton Tue, 11 Feb 2014 17:05:50 GMT