Summer months are usually very busy months for HyStudio. Reading back on HyStudio blog, there are lots of pictures, but again, lack of life stories. You can’t name your blog “Life Behind the Lens” if you only show life before the lens, but not behind. 🙂 So, here we go. Let me give you a dump on how things roll behind the lens.

I would summarize my summer so far as ‘intense, enlightening, awe’.

There were lots going on this summer besides weddings for Hy and I. For me, in times of changes in my full time job, my work life pattern has been repeating cycles of surprising incidents following by reacting, team work and resolution. Within those sometimes painful cycles, fortunately, I am always surrounded by great teams with their support. During the process, there are often excitements when we discover if we work together as a team, we are stronger and able to achieve more. I often told my upper management how lucky we were to be able to work with great talents among us. For Hy, he switched to a new company this year. He has been working extremely hard for past months which most people go through during the on-boarding process to a new job. He finally got over that hurdle last week. A good timing as we are now full speed in our wedding season 🙂

On the topic of team work, I am enlightened and owe during this Olympic season. I’ve sat in front of TV a lot recently, working through the pictures (giving our Editor in Chief a break to prepare for her upcoming wedding in Sept.), and watch snippets of Olympic. For the beach volleyball, I saw Misty May & Walsh overcame five set points in the first set to beat Belgium. For gymnastic, we saw young ladies in both US and China team went through their routines, made mistakes, but continued to push through and not gave up. For men’s program, we saw US team worked together routine after routine, cheered each other up even after problematic performance to achieve a bronze. And of course, there’s Michael Phelps achieving golds that he worked hard for. One consistent theme through out the Olympic story, during the trials, hardship, and difficulties, these star athletics never gave up. They continued to work toward their goals.

On a lighter note, on the Olympic opening ceremony night, Hy and I were actually at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe camping with our God son Lucas and his mother, who are visiting from London. For my faithful blog readers, you’ve seen Lucas last summer on our blog as well. This is Lucas’ first time camping, so he was super excited. this is Lucas’ interpretation of Olympic! Hy took some really cool photos during our trip, I will share with you girls when we have a chance.

Since my Taiwan trip, I’ve been reading up life stories of different artists in the area of sketching, painting and drawing. This afternoon, I spend quite some time browsing through Tim Cantor’s life story. I’ve fallen in love with Cantor’s work during a visit to his gallery at San Diego. In his life story, he talked about his drive to follow his artistic mind of continue creation of new images in his heart, and not be limited in a particular style. This requires courage, because a new style may mean a new audience. This made me think of HyStudio’s passage as well. Hy’s style now is quite different from when he started, because Hy too, wanted to follow his heart as an artist, instead of following financial rewards. And I would reveal, if you read thus far, in 2009, there will be break through for HyStudio. It will take courage, but I know, it’s necessary for the artists in our studio to following their artistic instincts. I support their decisions to follow their hearts!

Sunday evening, Hy and I will be meeting up with the pastor who married us at Sausalito. I plan to visit Tim Cantor’s Sausalito studio in the afternoon. I am so looking forward for the trip!