Sunday, September 28, 2008

Truckin' for Kids 2008

Tiamo was “Blinded by the Shine!” These are no ordinary truckers, but rather men, and even ladies, who not only know the value of a great cause like Juvenile Diabetes, but also take immense pride in their trucks. Tiamo Photography once again had the privilege of photographing the Truckin’ for Kids Truck Show and Races. Those astounding semis began arriving on Saturday morning out at the Irwindale Speedway and out came the polish and rags. It is chrome so shiny, that you can see your reflection (just check out the photos for the proof)!

Some of the real magic happens on Saturday night when the lot turns into a light spectacular courtesy of the thousands of lights coming off the trucks and trailers. As photographers, it’s magic to see what we see traveling around the states delivering goods and produce become a piece of art. Sunday the gates open to the public and they are treated to the sights of these hard-working folks as they are given the opportunity of getting up close and personal with the trucks and drivers. Of course, they are treated to the sounds as well when the racing begins on the drag strip in Irwindale. The crowds fill the stands to watch the rubber being laid down and the smoke off the tires as the trucks compete for top speed.

Tiamo photographers truly appreciate being a part of an event that year after year does so much to benefit the children they represent and the hard work on their behalf. Diabetes hits close to my heart because my Mom has been living with this disease for the past 35 years. It's difficult to see my mom take insulin shots every day. The add bonuses are the meeting of new friends and the renewing of old ones, and of seeing trucks we’ve enjoyed photographing before and discovering new favorites. We will see you all next year!

(We invite you to take the time to visit our online proofing to see for yourself just how fantastic these trucks are, and ordering images for yourself is also available.)

World Team Tennis Sectionals

The Finalists fo 2008 8.0 WTT National Qualifiers

These guys met up against a very tough team this morning playing last year's National 8.0 WTT Champions. They fought hard and provided the spectators with thrilling tennis that equal to the professional level. I'm so proud of all of them. It was a long journey for them this season and unfortunately it ends here this year. Well, there's always next year. :-)

Friday, September 26, 2008

"Window in Arizona"

Brick Window by Meteor Crater in Arizona
I photographed this picture exactly 10 years ago today when I traveled to my first Arizona camping trip. This brick window was at the visitor center by Meteor Crater exhibit. It intriqued me because it looks like we're peeking into the great southwest of this great country. I remember reading many details about Arizona when I was in the 4th grade. Now that I was there 10 years ago, I thought it would be so cool to capture it and bring it back home with me.

I photographed this picture with my first Sony Mavica digital camera. That camera used floppy disks as storage media and each picture is less than a megapixel. But it did the job for me back then when I primarily photographed everything on film... from 35mm, 6x6cm medium format, to 4x6 large format plate film. *Sigh* I haven't looked at this picture for almost 10 years.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Edna and Paul Driving to the Petroleum Club

I've been tailing Edna and Paul for the past 15 minutes waiting for the perfect moment to photograph their wedding day while driving from one venue to the next. They looked so cool in their vintage Mustang convertible. Everyone was driving by and honking at them as a way to congratulate their recent nuptial. This is such a Southern California Style Wedding. :-) I'm glad to be part of their special day.

Edna and Paul Ramirez Wedding

This is a picture I took with my iPhone right before the lovely couple exchange their vows. The St. James Church in Redondo Beach is gorgeous add to the perfect afternoon lighting. I rate this church as one of the best churches to get married.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Amanda & Cris Montoya Wedding

I wasn't feeling well today so our associate photographer Jennifer "pinched-hit" for me working side by side with Brian. I came by later in the afternoon to join the dynamic duo in photographing Amanda and Cris's wedding. Their wedding coordinator Helen Wu did a fantastic job in assisting the lovely couple with their choice of venue at the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel, CA. This church had the right amount of ambiance to make their wedding ceremony extra special.

We then headed out to LA River Center and Garden for their reception. This place is magnificent as it's decorated with beautiful greeneries. We couldn't be happier to be part of Amanda and Cris's special day . Here's a sneak peek of their wedding images. Enjoy and turn up the volume. :-)

Here's what Amanda and Cris have to say about Tiamo Photography, LLC.

Amanda & Cris Montoya Wedding from Terry Chan on Vimeo.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Titanic Exhibit at the Tropicana Hotel

My high school buddies and I spent a day touring Las Vegas. We ventured into the Titanic Exhibit at the Tropicana Hotel. We were not allow to take any photos inside the exhibit. However, we did take a photo by the house photographer in front of a green screen. She then superimposed us in front of the grand staircase of the Titanic. By the way, this is a real set. They did a great job replicating the grand staircase. The tour was relatively short because we read every entry and looked at every artifact carefully. And still, the whole tour took less than 1 hour even though we spent 15 min at the gift shop. Fortunately, we got half price tickets at the Tuscany Suites Hotel where we stayed last night. I believe the exhibit will be moving to the Luxor Hotel next month. All in all, it was facinating looking at the artifacts that are almost 100 years old and how well it was restored from the bottom of the ocean. Definitely a must see but leave the kids home as it is a somber exhibit.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Photoshop World Star Trek Spoof Blooper Reel

This is the Star Trek Spoof Blooper Reel at Photoshop World Las Vegas 2008... ahem the G version. There's a R rated version as well. :-)

Photoshop World Las Vegas Star Trek Spoof Blooper Reel from Terry Chan on Vimeo.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Please Say a Prayer for Jasmine Star's Mom

I met Jasmine Star briefly in the past and most recently at David Jay's Freedom to Succeed Tour. She's a wonderful and gifted photographer. In fact, I have seriously considered to hire her as my wedding photographer if and when I get married.

On her post today, she spoke of her Mom's illness. Click here to read Jasmine's blogpost and say a prayer for her and her mom. Jasmine's mom produced such a talented and gifted child, she deserves to win this battle against cancer.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Adobe Announced Photoshop CS4

Adobe announced Photoshop CS4 Launch Date today. I signed up for the webcast on 9/23 at 9AM. You can also sign up by clicking here. Johnny L gave us a sneak peek of CS4 at the Photoshop World Keynote this morning.

Photoshop World Las Vegas 2008

Well boys and girls, I'm heading down to the Mandalay Bay Convention Hall to attend the Keynote Address and other entertainment by Scott Kelby and his crew of Photoshop Instructors. I've been looking forward to this convention for several months now because it is a fun place to learn a very difficult graphic program... Photoshop CS3. I get a good bang for my bucks because for $399 I get 3 days full of instructions from the nation's best instructors. Can't beat that! Stay tune, I will update what I learn from some of the classes this week. By the way, you can download your own hi-res version of the poster above by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Afternoon at the Beach

Finally, kicking back taking a little R&R at the Mandalay Bay wavepool beach. Tomorrow will be hectic running around at Photoshop World Expo and Convention.