diy // tissue carnation ampersand.

diy // paper carnation ampersand.

A simple Spring prop for a quick Spring family photoshoot. That's how I roll. (Last-minute DIYers UNITE!) Initially, I had planned to get fancy with the paper flowers. Dahlias. Roses. Peonies. Daisies. Poppies. All of it. Upon making the first of many paper flowers, I've come to realize -- 'I'm running out of time already!!' -- and just stuck with the easiness of paper carnations. In a mere 15 minutes I was done making paper flowers and quickly filling up the Ampersand. (Lazy DIYers UNITE!)

So. It's not all bad changing up the game plan. Less time DIYing, more time playing outdoors. Yeah?

Besides, Spring has finally sprung!

diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.

Materials // Paper Mache Ampersand. X-Acto Knife. Gold Spray Paint. Tissue Paper. String. Scissors. Newspaper.

diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.

How-To // 1. Using the X-Acto knife, cut out the front part of the Ampersand. // 2. Take out the 'stuffing' found inside the Ampersand. // 3. Go outside. Lay down a few newspaper sheets, plop the Ampersand on top (with the open-side facing the ground) and spray paint away. One layer of spray paint is enough. // 4. As the spray paint dries, make some simple paper carnations! Don't know how? Go here for an uber simple tutorial. I kinda just eyeballed the sizes of the paper flowers until I was satisfied. // 5. Fill the inside of you Ampersand with paper carnations.

diy // paper carnation ampersand.
diy // paper carnation ampersand.

besos ... jin.

Business // Laurel's Leash

FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
FAMILY PHOTOSHOOT // LAUREL AND PUPPIES
I've met Laurel in 2013 and ever since then it's been a beautiful friendship full of doggie adventures. Me and Vince would go to her many fun seasonal parties, and from time to time we would use her dog-sitting services while we travel. One day she approached me to take photos of her and her fur babies, Zeke and Isabella, for her website. And talk about fun times! If you ever need various professional dog services in Austin, Laurel is your gal!

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LAUREL'S LEASH
Austin Dog Boarding and Training




-jin-

TEXAS 2014 // Hotel Saint Cecilia

photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.
photo diary // hotel saint cecilia.

Swank hotel stay in Austin...wait...don't ya'll live in Austin?! Like a boss @jin_chu!! lol - Jerome via Instagram.

That's right, old friend, that's right. Jincent don't mess around when it comes to staycationing! 'Cause ya know, that's what ya do when traveling ain't your full-time job anymore.

Le sigh.

So why spend $$$ on a hotel room just 10 minutes away from Condo de Ferrer? Hotel Saint Cecilia happens to be one of a few legendary hotels in Central Texas famed for it's quintessential Austin vibe.

And have you seen photos of this place? An absolute dream retreat for any creative. Crazy good artsiness echoing the experimental inspiration of yesteryear's musicians and artists. 1 part unconventional mixed with 2 parts modern minimalism. Yes, please.

So yah, we barely left our bungalow. (Again, have you seen photos of this place??) The experience left us rejuvenated and undoubtedly inspired. So inspired I took tons of pix to remember that fuel for inspiration, the fodder for creative spark, the re-ignited memory of the dream. Thanks for letting us pretend we live off SoCo (and for not charging us $1,000 for the trigger happiness ... yet), Hotel Saint Cecilia. Even if for one night.

besos ... jin.

Engagement // Ai Lin + Marjo

ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.
ai lin + marjo.

They make a 4 hour summer session look like a spring day, don't they? Another hour and I would've heard their whole life story! That's how laid-back and talkative this couple was! Thanks for the fun Sunday morning, Ai Lin + Marjo! Too bad the Texas heat got us in the end. You know it's getting a little too hot when talks about sangrias and mimosas and margaritas starts creeping into the photoshoot convos. At 10am! Hah! But, hey, glad to see their fun-lovin' personality still translated through in the pics despite the summer heat. Congrats again, happy couple! June 2014 will be here before y'all know it!

besos ... jin.

photo diary // juan pelota cafe.

photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.
photo diary // juan pelota cafe.

This set is from one of 3 coffee shops that me and the hubsters checked out this past Saturday in a (weak) attempt to curb my trigger happiness. But because I'm nice, I'm sparing y'all the pic overload! I ain't gonna lie - this set's barely skimming the top, with me pulling in ~150 pix alone. =X Yeeeah. I'm still working on being more choosy with my camera eye, which I forgot the second I stepped into Juan Pelota! Oi. What to do when everything you see becomes a photograph?? 

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2013 // Butter Business Bureau @ West Elm

photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.
photo diary // butter business bureau @ west elm.

I like butter. You like butter. Who doesn't like butter? You know how that ol' saying goes - 'Everything taste better with butter!' So let me tell ya what happened when me and V came across a table spread full of handcrafted butter blend samples at West Elm. Heck yah we shamelessly tried it all. 15 to be exact. All very derrricious. So de rrricious - we had seconds! Shamelessly, of course, 'cause that's just our style. 

Pam, the butter mastermind behindButter Business Bureau, somehow achieved perfect taste bud harmony with her well-balanced butter concoctions. These butters aren't at all rich and greasy, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming on the palette. They're simply just right. Which I take as uber healthy, but that could just be me. And my excuse to eat more of it. What's even better is that all her butters are made with organic cream from grass fed cows. (Now how could that not be healthy??) Flavors like Shallot Citrus Tarragon, Black Truffle Parmesan, Sweet Lemon Curry will most def rock your taste buds. I mean ... in a just right way. ;-) My absolute fave is Lavender Honey.

But nevermind me. I'm just 'spreading' the love. ;-) Go taste and see for yourself! Viva, Mantequilla! (South Park, anyone? V will be so proud of me.)

Btw - Hi, Pam!

besos ... jin.

Engagement // Liz + Lance

More re-edits from past photoshoots! This time from early 2011. For some reason the vintage touch didn't quite work with these batch of engagement visuals, so I, instead, just toned things down from the previous editing done 2 years ago. Less contrast. Less brightness. Less vibrance. Less is more?? It certainly has made my life easier! Here's what I got:

engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.
engagement photoshoot // liz + lance.

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2013 // Rosewood Collective @ SXSW

3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW

A failed BBQ mission had me and V popping over to Rosewood Collective to see what's good. What greeted us inside are actually THREE boutiques in one! Say wha!? Handmade paper products on the left, vintage wear on the right, terrariums and the likes in the far corner. Wow! This is my kind of boutique! Forget the BBQ. (J/K. We love you, Micklethwait!) Inspired by the creative space, I came back a few days later to snap a bunch of photos and get in on the free SXSW action going on in their backyard. Totally diggin' their bright, airy shop and quirky finds! Creative fodder overload for the camera eye! I couldn't stop shooting! Unfortunately, I had to bolt after half an hour and was only able to make small talk with one of the shop owners for a bit, but most def, I'll be making regular visits to this East Side gem. After all, I do live 5 minutes away! Oh, and they have washi tape. Loads and loads of them. I loves me some washi tape. Thanks to Glade of Paper Party for letting me have a mini photog field day at the boutique! You're awesome.

3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW
3.13 Rosewood Collective SXSW

besos ... jin.

TEXAS 2012 // Carnival Bokeh Dreams

carnival bokeh session.
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carnival bokeh session.
carnival bokeh session.
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carnival bokeh session.
carnival bokeh session.
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carnival bokeh session.
carnival bokeh session.

Stumbled upon loads of forgotten pictures that I've shot back in March 2012. Yes! This time a year ago! (Jeebus, where has the time gone?) I remember that whim of an evening. Something in me had an urge to capture the quiet essence of a chaotic scene. The beauty within the pandemonium. So I moseyed on over to the closest traveling carnival, tuned everything out and snapped away. Nothing says 'getting inexplicably lost in the moment' than 100 pix of colorful bokeh lights against the setting sky. Dreamy. Surreal. Slightly removed. Unhindered creative freedom. Shooting to the heart's content. It was therapeutic! Peaceful, even. I must really find the time to fit in more of these mini sessions from time to time! Good for the mind, soul + camera eye!

besos ... jin.