How'd He Do That: All Taped Up

There has been some concern on Facebook about how I pulled off this recent photo.  I can assure you, no children were harmed in the production of this image. :)  But I thought I should head off any worries.

First off, let me say Jason Lee is one amazing photographer.  His blog continues to be a source of constant inspiration.  He comes up with many great ideas, including this one.  I just borrow them.  A lot.

The behind the scenes photo pretty much explains it all.  Painter's tape + 2 hours of Photoshopping.  That's it.  I wish there was a sexier story, trust me.  I changed the color of the tape because everyone knows that blue tape can't hold up a feather, let alone a 30 pound toddler.  The gray makes it look like duct tape, which is a bit more believeable.  Then I created a layer underneath Lucas, and made a shadow to look like his feet were a few inches off the wall.  Serisouly, that's it.  The hardest part was getting Lucas to keep his arms up because they got "tired" after a few seconds.

I hope this doesn't take away some of the mystique and wonder of the photo.  It's kind of like knowing how a magic trick is done.  Sometimes, it's more fun NOT knowing.  Leave a comment below.  I'm curious to hear what you think.


School House Rock Group Photos

Hello families of Fammatre Elementary! Here are the group photos of your children from the 2013 School House Rock Performance.

Click on each photo for the high-resolution version.

You have permission to download the photos for personal use only, NOT for commercial purposes. Enjoy!

Copyright © 2013 Kiet Do Photography.



Laurel & Ellery Wedding :: Downtown San Jose

Long-distance relationships are not for rookies. The work and creativity they require makes ordinary relationships crumble.  And those of us who have suffered through them have come to know airports as joyous, lonely places (just ask Mrs. Do).

For Laurel and Ellery Santos, they’ve chosen to embrace and celebrate it.   He attends medical school in Grenada, while she holds down the fort in Fairfield, CA. And I knew it wasn’t going to be an ordinary wedding when they suggested we shoot the engagement portraits at Mineta San Jose International Airport. It's a challenging situation that they're in, but they make it work.  Laurel and Ellery are genuine, appreciative, and sincere, and it shows.

There’s nothing quite like the special relationship a photographer shares with his bride and groom.  We are forever bonded through the shared emotion, success and worries of the day.  And a warm, heartfelt wedding like this one often serves as a much needed reboot for your outlook on love and life.


Jenny & Chris Wedding Reception

What do you get when nearly 600 people get together for THE event of year on the Viet social scene in San Jose?  Mix in an open bar, the Work It! Mobile Photo Studio, and the results are sexy, lavish memories.

Thanks to Chris Pham and Jenny Nguyen for an amazing night.  And best of luck in your new adventure overseas.




Julie & Chad :: Big Sur Engagement Photos

The folks who call Big Sur home will tell you it's as much a place, as it is a state of mind.  There's no mistaking you're there because you'll cross what I can only describe as an emotional threshhold.  Go a few miles past Carmel, CA, and inevitably you'll get out of the car and find yourself standing at the edge of a 100-foot cliff. It's the only honest way to experience it. The wind is salty and relentless, the ledge is often loose and rocky, and the cell coverage is nonexistent. Your instinct tells you that, should you need it, any help would arrive far too late. It's an intoxicating mashup of visceral reactions — awe, humility, fear.  Big Sur doesn't tolerate carelessness or poor choices. It's a place of fatal beauty.

Author Henry Miller said it best. "Big Sur is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked at from the Peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look."

For Julie Mai and Chad Cataylo, it was an adventurous photo session, to say the least, punctuated with an adundance of warmth and graciousness.  Looking forward to the big wedding in October.