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Hi, my name is Mike, a professional wedding and portrait photographer born, raised, and based here in beautiful, Silverlake, Los Angeles, California.

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Archive for 'Events'

Happy New Year everyone!!! Wow, can’t believe it’s 2013! Wasn’t it just the turn of the century a couple years ago? Regardless, I hope your holidays were filled with much fun, family, and celebration. Plus, hope you got something great for Christmas too!

So here we are, in the first full week of the new year, and I’m already reminiscing about how awesome the holidays were. Despite the unnaturally cold temps this season, I had a great time attending a few X-mas parties, indulging a little too much in all the great food, and hanging out with family and friends. Ah, the holidays…

Oh, in addition to all this, we all survived the end of the (Mayan) world! How cool is that?! Oh, those Mayans – freaking us out just because they ran out of room on their stone calendar tablet. We’re so crazy.

Okay, enough of the jibber-jabber. Here are a few photos from my awesome sauce holidays. The first set is from the Ota family Mochitsuki making day (MMD – I just made it up), and the second set is from our good friends’ the Iketani family’s MMD. Enjoy!

 

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Mochi before being heated, pounded and shaped

Mochi before being heated, pounded and shaped

 

raw mochi before being shaped

raw mochi before being shaped

completed mochi

completed mochi

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And of course, plenty of this :)

The Iketani clan’s annual Mochitsuki making day , December 29, 2012

 

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Mochi being cooked prior to pounding

Mochi being cooked prior to pounding

 

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into the pounding container

Into the pounding container

 

Mochi pounding tent

Mochi pounding tent

 

Kids mashing the mochi before pounding begins

Kids mashing the mochi before pounding begins

Everyone took turns pounding the mochi.

Everyone took turns pounding the mochi.

 

 

Our lovely host Denise taking a turn

Our lovely host Denise taking a turn

 

 

Mochi MEN

Proud mochi MEN

 

 

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Mochi making is fun!

Mochi making is fun!

 

The finished product.

The finished product.

 

Generations :)

Generations :)

 

When all is said and done, regardless of what you believe in, the holidays are here for us to spend time with those closest to us. Hope you guys had a terrific season, and here’s to 2013 – may it continue to bring you joy and happiness with the ones you love.

Huge thanks go out to the Ota and Iketani families for allowing me photograph this traditional event.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whoa! When did May come around? Wasn’t it just January five months ago? Plus, it’s mid-week now, and we’re almost to the weekend. Crazy. 


In the middle of rehearsals for our new musical, Ordinary Days, I’m still shooting away at events, and East West Players asked me to cover their yearly dinner awards gala, held at the Universal Hilton Hotel (next to Universal Studios). 

As always, the night is filled with a host of Hollywood stars, both big and small, but it’s mainly a night to celebrate Asian-american talent. Plus, I regard it as the yearly East West “prom”, as I get to see old friends all decked out for an evening of food, alcohol, networking, and desserts (yes, desserts!). Oh, did I mention there was also a silent auction? Yeah, there’s one of those too. 

For me, I like covering the event cause I get to see all my “old” acting friends, and every now and then, meet a cool celeb or two. Last year it was Harry Shum, Jr. of “Glee” fame, and this year it was Kimora Lee Simmons and Kelly Hu. Plus, a couple of other “celebs” that are more “friends” than celebs to me. Check out the photos below. 
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What do you do when you see two beautiful celebs like Kimora Lee Simmons and Kelly Hu? You get a photo with them! (Photo courtesy of Sthanlee Mirador)
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Parvesh Cheena, Me, and my beautiful pal, Tamlyn Tomita. 
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Reggie Lee (“Pirates of the Carribean”, “Fast and the Furious”, etc.) and me. 
I love Reg. He’s so cool :) 
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Aaron and I have been buddies for over 10 years now and have done numerous shows together. Now I see him everyday in every other commercial on T.V. Way to go dude!
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So there you have it. Just another Monday night in La La Land. Sorry for the blatant plugs about my friends and the photos of me. But, two things – you hardly ever see me in photos, and second, I love bragging about my friends and their accomplishments. So thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your week, and the month of May!!!

Ah yes, it’s that time of year again, when there’s snow up in local mountains, nearly an inch of rain falls right before my first triathlon of the season, and during a weekend where I had to wake up before the sun rose… ah, springtime in L.A. Yup, all of the above happened! All during the weekend that I returned back to the “land” of medieval merriment, the Renaissance Faire! Woo hoo!!!


Last year was the first time I had been since the 90’s, when it was in Agoura. Now that it’s closer to L.A., it’s easier to get to, plus, it was only minutes away from Bonelli Park in Pomona, site of my first triathlon race of this year (two more to go!). So it all worked out.

What I love most about the Ren Faire is how “in to it” the participants are. Everyday, 21st century folk, dressed up in medieval costumes/clothing, and even speaking the parts in the middle of a dusty field right next to a man made reservoir. Kinda cool to experience it and actually see renaissance themed things for a day. 

This year’s sojourn was made with my good friends Mike and Jenn, along with Mike’s cousin Rachel (who’s from the Philippines, thus making this outing even more remarkable for her, especially in regards to what we Americans do with our “free” time). 

Fun times as always, plus, this year, I really took it upon myself to talk to more participants to get their photos taken, especially since I was shooting with either my 35mm or a 50mm lens, which is pretty close. I definitely had to strike up a conversation before snapping the shutter. I liked it though cause I wasn’t just “stealing” a photo, but actually learning something about the person, and then “making” a photograph. Besides, everyone was so nice anyway. 

Here are some of the photos from the day.
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So there you have it! My day at the Renaissance Faire. I definitely recommend it for those of you who haven’t, just to go back in time for a few hours every spring, back to the age of Kings, Queens, knights, and Ladies (wenches as they were called – doh!). 

Thanks for visiting everyone, till next time! Long live the queen!
March 14, 2012 in Events, Family, Kids

Happy day before the Ides of March! (Remember that line?) I jest, the Ides of March was a pretty bad day for one Julius Caesar, but for the rest of us, it’s just Thursday. 


What a weekend. Would you believe I attended THREE different birthday parties this past Saturday, one right after the other? Yup, I did. Three. 

Of the three, my favorite was for my now one-year-old nephew, Luke, who has appeared here on the blog before. Last year at this time, I was in Europe awaiting word of his arrival into this big world of ours, and here I am, 365 or so days later, celebrating his first b-day. Wow. 

As per Filipino parties, this one had the all the requisite DELICIOUS food, including a roasted pig (the cooked-on-a-spit variety). Very tasty, and rich to say the least. Plus, it was great to see the fam again, from near and far, to celebrate little Lukey’s first bday party.

Oh, and did I mention a pinata? Yup. Something for the kids to do, that and the bouncey house. 

Here are the photos. Great day. Happy birthday Lukey!

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 The birthday boy himself, Luke
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Sacrificial “lamb” (giraffe) 
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Don’t worry, he was able to get some candy :) 
Happy birthday again Lukey, and to all the other March babies, young and old :) 


Lastly, when I’m not photographing people and events, I’m performing. Yup, I started off as an actor and am once again producing another great project! Please check it out at this link, and should you be inclined, we’d love to have you on board as a patron :) 

Thanks again for stopping by! Have a great week everyone!

Happy Wednesday everyone! Now that the Superbowl is done, what’s there to do? J/K! Hope your favorite team won, and if they weren’t in the big dance, there’s always next year. If you don’t follow football, hopefully the commercials entertained you instead. A huge congrats to my buddy Aaron Takahashi for his Superbowl commercial, you know the one, the asian dude in the bath tub full of gold coins? Yeah, that’s him. You may have seen him before ;p


About a week or so ago, I was invited to photograph the first birthday of little Isshin, this cute, cool, adorable kid whom I met that day. He and his family were terrific and so inviting that it was a blast to photograph his party. 

For those of you without kids, YOU try keeping up with a room full of about 50 of them, bouncey-house included! I pride myself with working out and keeping fit, but believe me, it sure does take a lot of energy to keep focused all the time looking for those cool kid moments. Big ups to parents, I’m telling you!

For about 4 hours, there I was, engulfed with all the fun activities the kids had at Isshin’s party, along with the great food, and cool parents! Here are some of the images I took that day. Enjoy!

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Mr. One-Year-Old himself, Isshin, rockin’ that little bowtie while having a refreshing drink. 
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The K family – Mom, Dad, Isshin and his big sister Mion. 
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They’re a cool fam.
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That stroller belongs to his sister’s doll. 
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It’s a Japanese tradition for little boys to carry a satchel of mochi on their backs on their first birthday. Isshin did fine :) 
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Happy birthday little buddy! Hope you enjoyed your day :)
Thanks for stopping by everyone. Enjoy your week! And i
f you get a chance, hug a kid :)