Greetings and welcome to my hand-spun blog+site. My photography journey has been incredible! It began with fun, then grew into passion, then I discovered profound love for it and there was no looking back. Please look around, the pictures here are the reflections of how I see the world. Enjoy exploring it.

Funny video

Last Saturday I went to a wedding, as a guest(finallyyyyyyyy). It was one of my ex-coworker’s(Huy) wedding in the Bay Area(Milpitas). Few of us from work attended the wedding. The bride(Nhu) was absolutely gorgeous, just like a doll. She was dressed in her traditional Vietnamese outfit. One of our friends Don took his camera and we ended up taking all sorts of pictures with it. He put out a 30-sec video compilation of the pictures and shared with us. You have to take a look at the video to find out what’s so special about it! I enjoyed it big time and asked if I could post it here. He said, “Sure!”. So here it is, a video compilation of the pictures from Huy and Nhu’s wedding, featuring Us.

May, 19, 2008

  • david & kimi baxter: ok i seriously cannot stop laughing! that cat is killin me!!
  • Conrad Lim: ummm how come david got it..i don't get it..but that cat is hilarious though...

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The joy of owning a home!

Last Thursday Jason and I decided to mow our front lawn for the first time in little over a month. The construction guys were generous enough to mow our lawn in the past weeks since we were new and didn’t own a lawn mower. Jason bought a push mower(who buys one of those now-a-days?) considering the facts that they are good for the grass and the environment and our lawn is small enough that we won’t need an electric one. Anyways, Thursday we took the mower out for a test run on our front yard. Oh boy, was it not fun!!!!! It was over 100 degrees outside, we were feeling the heat as well as we were feeling that it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be!!!

May, 18, 2008

While mowing the lawn we saw hundreds of lady bugs flying everywhere. They were sooo cute! I ran inside to bring my camera. By the time I was back, they all went underneath the grass. I was able to hunt down one and ran after it to take a few shots.

We also have some flowers now

this was the first one in bloom -

The first yard work experience wasn’t bad. Actually it was fun(minus the heat) and I liked the lady bugs. We have a loooooooooong way to go. Hopefully. Jason will continue to have fun with his regular lawn mowning job. It will be his sole responsibility to mow the lawn from next Thursday(I hope you are reading this J ;))))

  • david & kimi baxter: awesome!!! i used to love mowing the lawn, until i ran out of time. so we just got that fake grass. it's awesome!! so if you ever get tired of mowing, i highly recommend the fake stuff!
  • Nudrat Shams Owens: hahahaha...you cracked me up david :)))) I saw the fake grass, they look so real!!!! I saw the real sod at a friend's place, he was getting ready put them down on his yard...and they looked so fake!!! they don't look that different at all. we may end up doing that for the side yards.
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Mandy + Ryan || Engagement

Before I start this story I need to introduce Melanie. I worked with so many awesome photographers last year, Melanie of Essence Photography was one of them. I had a chance to second shoot with her on a beautiful wedding at Meadow Vista, CA(there will be more this year). She was so cool to work with. So when she approached me to shoot a wedding for her studio on one of the available dates, I couldn’t be any more excited!

Mandy and Ryan are super cool, cute, down to earth couple who I had a chance to shoot with last Saturday. They are getting married in June, I’ll be their wedding photographer representing Essence Photography.

May, 11, 2008

I was already pumped up to shoot their engagement session, after hearing more about the wedding, I can’t wait for their big day to arrive.

We went to the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA for their e-session. It was such a beautiful place! I am so glad that Mandy and Ryan chose the park for the location. We got so many great pictures. I already know that we’ll go back there soon; may be next time we’ll be able to find some gold too :))

Here are some teasers for Mandy and Ryan.

Mandy is so gorgeous, I had to take her single portraits –

  • david & kimi baxter: wow gorgeous couple! love the dip and the last one is just beautiful!
  • Mandy: Wow, Nudrat these turned out great! I can't wait to see the rest. We're very excited that you will be photographing our wedding day. You're awesome :)
  • Nudrat Shams Owens: I'm so glad that you guys enjoyed these images. I hope likes the rests as well. Can't wait for your wedding day mandy!!
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Spring flowers = Allergies

Today I went to Grass Valley, CA(about 50mins from Roseville) for an engagement shoot(commentary and pictures coming soon). The shoot was at the beautiful Empire Mine State Park. We have never been there before so I was pretty excited to explore the new place. The drive was great, the couple was extremely nice and gorgeous, the location was perfect for the shoot. The only thing was that my camera and the lenses were covered with pollen(not sure how to clean them, any ideas?) I was amazed to see the yellow specs all over my gadgets. I looked around, the spring flowers were in full bloom.

May, 10, 2008

I have developed severe allergies ever since I moved to California – I lose my voice every spring, I suffer from sneeze, cold and severe congestion, red eye(what else do I need?) due to this pollen, and now they are all over my cameras? Anyway, the flowers were beautiful, the vibrant colors were to die for. They made me sneeze for sure, but they were really pretty.

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Shaker + Saeeda

Shaker and Saeeda(Joti) are friends who live in the Bay Area. They are also newly weds and were visiting us earlier today. After lunch we headed to downtown Sac for a quick drive and photoshoot. It was a beautiful day and the weather was just perfect for outdoor activities. Here are some teasers -

May, 05, 2008

At the end of the shoot. Jason and I tried to pose for our own romatic session in the beautiful rose garden :)) Jason’s long legs were a bit too long for the bench.

  • david & kimi baxter: beautiful images nudrat! i love the green and that 3rd image is just awesome!
  • Nudrat Shams Owens: Thank you david. You are always so sweet and inspiring :)
  • Jen Stewart Photography: Beautiful romantic photos Nudrat! And I love the ones or you and Jason together! too cute :)
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