September 2009

Susan & David have their engagement photo session at San Francisco. It was one of those strange freezing summer day. Regardless of the weather, the photos turned out beautifully.


















Congratulations Susan & David!


Venue: Harvest Inn, Napa Valley, CA
Florist: Laura Miller Design
Dress: Lazaro
Makeup: Audrey Crandell of Glowing Bridal
Hair: Deeanna Reese of It’s a Date
DJ: Jeremy Downing
Cake: Forget Me Not Cakes
Musicians: Eloquence String Quartet and Trio of Napa Valley

Janet and Jason got married at the beautiful Harvest Inn at Napa Valley earlier this year. They both lived in Chicago. Getting married at the beautiful Napa Valley is a destination wedding.

Janet and Jason decided to take some photos before the ceremony. So Hy helped to capture the first moment they saw each other before the ceremony.



Some wedding party photos:



Harvest Inn is a beautiful venue. It was one of the venue that Hy and I also considered many years ago for our own wedding.







First dance


It was a fun party at night. The guests get cookie and milk for energy boost after full night of dancing.





Congratulations Janet & Jason!



Congratulations Susan & David!

Makeup & Hair: Thi Cosmetics
Maternity Wear: Japanese Weekend

Location: Milpitas, CA

Through out the years, we’ve become close friends with many of our brides and grooms. Many of them are now parents. We’ve been taking photos for their little ones. We got a bunch of inquires on maternity photos as well. However, somehow, we are always too busy through out the year to schedule a maternity photo shoot session for our clients.

In the past 4 years since we started HyStudio, life has been extremely hectic for both of us. Not only HyStudio experienced fast growth, both of us are doing well in our full time career. The journey was exciting, we’ve both stretched ourselves and found that we accomplished more than we can ever dream of. The only down side of that is, we left almost no time for ourselves.

Due to the economy down turn, most of the tech companies in the valley shift their focus on internal built up, having better training, rebuilding their internal infrastructure so when the economy is back up, they are ready to surf the wave again. Earlier this year, Hy and I decided that this year is also a perfect time to focus on ourselves and next stage of our relationship. We traveled a lot from winter last year to spring this year. And sprint time, we made that big step into parenthood. We are expecting our first little boy in Nov this year!

That’s why you are not seeing so many posts on HyStudio blog. Being full time at a demanding job, it was quite tough for me to blog at all during my first trimester. Second trimester was great, I spent most of my energy getting to know all about babies from what are all the gadgets new parents need to how to take care of myself and the little one once he pops. I am in my third trimester now (9 more weeks to go), finally I have both the energy and time back to the blog space.

So, back to Project Maternity, through out this first pregnancy experience, I learned that I need to love myself. Through out all type of discomfort and sickness, I make sure I pamper myself w/ good skin care product, delicious food and new clothes and shoes to fit my every growing new sizes. Hy has also been pampering me by taking care of lots of house work. However, since we started HyStudio, one thing that I am deprived of was amount of photos of me actually went down dramatically. I used to be the only human focal point in Hy’s photo when we grew up together, w/ HyStudio, I was squeezed out of his photos. So, when I approached Hy for a Maternity Photo session, he gladly accepted. He’s never done one before, I will be his first.

Couple Sat. ago, I scheduled an appointment w/ famous Taylor Pham in her Thi Cosmetics store front in Palo Alto. Taylor did amazing work of transforming lady’s look. Hy was sweet enough to tag along and took couple pictures of my make up and hair session.

Here is Taylor working her magic on me.

I love the chic decor of the studio

I had so much fun during the hair and make up session w/ Taylor and Grace. I highly recommend you ladies to pamper yourself w/ their service on any special events you have, especially those holiday parties coming up this winter!

Through the maternity session, I was able to change 3 outfits. I like my last outfit, it looked extremely slimming, I don’t look 30 weeks pregnant at all 🙂 I bought all 3 outfits from Japanese Weekend Maternity in San Francisco. They used to have a store in Santana Row.

We started around sun set for soft lighting


Can you believe this is Milpitas?

The sun went down really fast end of August.


The area was surrounded by cattle. The gate and fence are there to make sure they are contained.


I love the color of sky in this photo.

After the photo shoot, since I am all dolled up by Team Thi Cosmetics, Hy and I head out for a nice dinner at The Village Pub at Woodside. The food was delicious!

That’s it for now ladies. We have couple more weddings, engagement shots in Sept., then we will be taking a break in Oct and Nov getting ready for our boy. I bet the lucky boy is going to get a lot of photos.