Wednesday, July 30, 2014

another VSCO grid mention.

Capture

Finally! A legit photo straight outta my SLR and not from my iPhone. I feel validated. A million thank yous, VSCO, for letting me be my lil ol' quirky self and to be that girl who's vision is always outside the box. So with that, let's end July with a simple reminder of why we photograph indelible moments that matter to us and to us only, a la VSCO style:

'Viewing such diverse subject matter on VSCO Grid can be a humbling experience, as we realize how narrow our field of vision is in regards to the larger picture. The world we live in is a complicated place, and our capacity to fully understand its intricacies is impossible. However, it is important that we try not to allow our lack of knowledge to affect our empathy and capacity to care about another's perspective. Thank you for sharing instances that are full of life and speak truth to your personal experiences.' 

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

analog summer dreams.

double exposure summer.

When a fellow photog friend from Vegas and I discussed possible side photo projects to do together many moons ago, I had expressed (admittedly, too much) zeal about getting back into the double exposure photography game. It was something I had missed doing with my analogs back in the day. The convenience of shooting on the go as the world blurs by, pausing just long enough to capture the spontaneity of the moment whilst sometimes (ok, all the time!) forgetting to advance the film. Just got a bit lazy over the years. DSLRs, ya know. Though all this recent photog project talks inadvertently sent off a cascade of exclamations in my head. That personal photog project numero dos that I've been wanting to do but didn't know what of? Well, it was right there in front of me this whole time. And it couldn't have been more me and true to my heart! Aha moments are worth waiting for, innit? Now time to ride this photog inspo high and run away with it! Summer 2014 Double Exposure Series coming soon. Quirky Jin style.

besos ... jin.

Monday, June 30, 2014

wardrobe remix // summer blues.

wardrobe remix // summer blues.
wardrobe remix // summer blues.
wardrobe remix // summer blues.
wardrobe remix // summer blues.
F21 bustier // F21 floral kimono // UO shorts // Target sandals // F21 pink sunglasses.

Summer 2014 has been a weird one so far in Central Tejas. It's not freakin' uber hot like it typically is around this time of year. Just, you know, freakin' hot. (I'd knew you rain gods would come around eventually!) But, nevertheless, it's hot. It's June. And you know what that means. Oh yes, another summer strong of high-waistedness, top cropness, and floral kimononess. Old faves remixed into a new outfit. Thrown together for the commonality of being different, comfortable, and blue. So why not get together and make new summer remix memories?

besos ... jin.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

happy national camera day!

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Yah, there really is such a day! And like the good little photographers that we are, we've spent Sunday evening having a mini photowalk adventure. Looking forward to this Thursday's photog fun, Purna!

besos ... jin.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

#100happydays.

100 happy days challenge.

Have you heard of the #100happydays challenge? It seems more forgiving than the 365 challenge (which I've attempted on numerous occasions these past 5 years and each time failed miserably) and way more convenient. 100 days straight of visuals that makes you happy. Only 100 days. Straight. Sounds easy enough. What's there not to like? A month goes by. Then another. Ok. I gotta-kinda-hafta start this thing already. So in late March, I posted my first #100happydays photo. Aaand just finished my first 30 days. At the end of May. Yup. Took me 2 months to finish 30 freakin' days! I big fat fail at daily happiness and stopping to smell the roses, apparently, BUT I am determine to get to 100 no matter how many months it'll take. Modified version, if you will. Def before 2014 ends! *crosses fingers*

But, really. In this world of gogogo, sometimes (most of the time) we forget the moment (any moment, every moment, the right now moment) we're in. The oh-so-elusive and disappearing beauty of the tangible. Stop. Appreciate. Anything. Anywhere. Anytime. It's the base for the bridge towards long term happiness. Who's not down with that? So go on. Begin your #100happydays journey here.

besos ... jin.

Monday, May 12, 2014

VSCO grid mention.

with honors.

This is truly an honor! I've always been a long-time fan of VSCO and their unabashedly creative moto: 'By creatives, For creatives. We value art and artists over decimals and dollars, and we are dedicated to those that create with reckless abandon.'

They embody everything Photography should be: Organic. Meaningful. Unique creative voice.

'We are constantly encouraged to see people all around the world sharing their unique perspectives via the VSCO community. When browsing the curated VSCO Grid, it is easy to see that people don't care solely about photography or social standing, but more importantly, people have a high esteem for sharing with others what they hold dear. Whether we realize it or not, there are distractions all around us begging for our attention, but when we focus in and take time to truly appreciate the world around us, we are reminded that life itself carries momentous beauty. Thank you for using photography as a way to observe, rather than intrude upon, the world around you.

No, thank you, VSCO, for championing the raw visual heart and going beyond 'just another pretty picture'.

besos ... jin.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

18 things highly creative people do differently.

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Instagram pic by Jin Chu-Ferrer.

A wildly popular Huffington Post article about the intricacies of creative minds caught my attention the other day. As a self-proclaimed creative (and someone who feels highly uncomfortable in conservative, judgmental crowds) - this is some interesting stuff. A list of suggestive traits of a hopeless creative in a world that rewards conformity? Let's hear it. And I ain't gonna lie. I was curious. That, too. So let's see what we have here. Personality characteristics? Paradoxical (check), tend to avoid habit or routine (check), don't accept things as they are and constantly question/ponder (like a nonconformist? ch-ch-check), vehemently against mundane and copycat (check), advocate for original thought and design (double check), straight-up weird (straight-up check).

Possible theories? Left brain = rational and analytical. Right brain = creative and emotional.

"It's actually hard for creative people to know themselves because the creative self is more complex than the non-creative self. The things that stand out the most are the paradoxes of the creative self ... Imaginative people have messier minds."

Hot messier minds, at that. Check.

Pop on over to the HuffPost article to see the full details and 'science' on each of the 18 tell-tale signs. I've read it. And self-indulgently justified myself. And I know you're about to do the same. ;-) Let's compare answers! I'll go first.

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1 // They daydream.
My grade school reports were littered with these exact words: 'Constantly Daydreaming'. I kid you not. Apparently, as I've come to realize over the years, it's a chronic thing and occurs on a daily basis. I do heaps of it at work/coffeehouse/home whilst looking out the window - wishing upon faraway lands to travel to and mashing together colorful abstracts and conjuring up mini adventures. "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." I feel ya, White Queen, I feel ya!

2 // They observe everything.
Not aesthetically pleasing to the eyes? Don't matter. Lovely eyesores are my favorite fodder for inspiration.

3 // They work the hours that work for them.
Late night. Or last minute. Often times they overlap. But I gets it done.

4 // They take time for solitude.
Good for the inner daydreaming soul.

5 // They turn life's obstacles around.
I assume, like the rest of this list, that we're on terms of non-societal norms. In that case, one major life obstacle comes to mind. An attempt to move to California to chase a creative dream. Ran into some paperwork trouble with the government which lasted 3 long years and at the end of it all, I was heartbreakingly back at square one, haunted by some pretty scary ominous dreams, and out loads of money. Thanks, Cali, for taking my money. I did, however, took the time, in between fighting the Cali system, to hone the creative viewpoint of my photog craft. So some good came of that arduous experience. I became a more resilient individual and, surprisingly, with a clearer course of where I want my photog voice to venture into.

6 // They seek out new experiences.
Sometime in my early 20s an epiphany happened. Why was I trying to be a dutiful lemming living a certain lifestyle pre-approved by society? Did I really want a 9-to-5, buy a nice gas-guzzling car, get married, move into a cookie-cutter home, have kids? In that order? Heck no. I wanted the creative freedom I oh-so-craved, and to get there, I had to be incredibly open-minded. It's amazing how this world is full of judgmental and assuming people holding themselves and everyone around them back. Family are the biggest culprits. I didn't want to be that person. So I embarked on a 7 year world journey to broaden my perspective, experience other cultural POVs, soak in the curiosities of the human mind, explore the mysteries of the world, learn everything and anything, listen to everyone's personal story, and above all, live life how it's meant to be lived - carefree, no limitations, and very little planning involved because spontaneity is the best kind of happy surprise. There's this constant stream of inspo from the exposure to all these stimuli and various world-views - and my! - has it taken my imagination to a whole 'nother level, in turn shaping my photographic vision. Something that never would have happened if I stayed in my comfort zone.

7 // They "fail up". 
See #5.

8 // They ask the big questions.
I find it amusing how so many travelers I've met along the way aren't associated with religion. My kinds of peoples.

9 // They people-watch.
Coffee shops are my thayng.

10 // They take a risk.
So what if I didn't have insurance or necessarily had a place to stay or had a planned itinerary throughout my 7 year traveling stint. Some of my most cherished life stories and creative moments arise from spontaneity. Like I said, the happy kind of surprise.

11 // They view all of life as an opportunity for self-expression.
Would you believe me when I say that I pretend giant paintbrushes and pencils paint/draw in the scenery as it blurs past me when driving?

12 // They follow their true passions.
Huzzah!

13 // They get out of their own heads.
See #1.

14 // They lose track of time.
You wouldn't believe how much time I've spent in Anthropologie or various coffee shops just taking pictures. Let alone talk photography with fellow photogs. Some of my longest marathon photog convos includes staying up til 4am talking anything and everything about photography with Ray, accidentally racking up work overtime discussing the technicalities of cameras with Rachel, and spending an entire work day sharing unique visions and photog styles with Wade (when I should've been teaching him the wonderful world of Microbiology!).

15 // They surround themselves with beauty.
... and like-minded creatives and dreamers. 

16 // They connect the dots.
Even if it's so far-fetched and unconventional. I gots solutions.

17 // They constantly shake things up.
See #6.

18 // They make time for mindfulness.
8 years of (basic) yoga. And counting. Ommm.

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Want more of the creative 'truth'? Check out these other entertaining articles:

3 Signs You Are Too Creative for a 9-to-5 // Humorous approach. A bit cheeky. So true. I like it.
20 Signs You're A Creative Type // So borderline contradictory, only creative types would get it.

besos ... jin.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

8 million flower petals over costa rica.


What reawakens, reignites, reinspires something in you to (re)explore the curiosities of the world, trust your own madness, and live out loud? Surreal, crazy good, dreamy visuals with originality written all over it? Good. We're on the same page and we should totally grab some coffee in the near future. ;-) It's nice to get that occasional reminder about quality of life, innit? Well here's some much needed mind-blowing inspiration to kick start that Spring transition and make things happen. Thank me later with some coffee. =) Dream on, dreamer.

Need more inspo? I'm still in awe over this creative bit, myself.

besos ... jin.

Monday, April 14, 2014

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.
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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

high school senior portraits. part one. // teresa.

high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.
high school senior portraits // teresa.

Some additional faves from Teresa's Senior Portrait session awhile back at Macaron by Patisse. I had taken some photos there when they first opened a year ago and instantly fell in love with the natural lighting, white palette, minimalist decor with a touch of River Oaks class and pops of color. The perfect backup spot after getting rained out on on the first choice venue that same morning. Throw in Teresa's conversational ease, laid-back manner and fun-loving persona - def one of the 'funnest' photoshoot sessions I've had as of recent! 

And to show just how small this world really is, Teresa happens to be the niece of one of my long-time best girlfriends, Kat, who is from a family of 13 very close sibs. Which means Teresa is just 1 of nearly 20 nieces and nephews. I can honestly say that when I'm in their tight-knit sibling bonding presence, they make me feel like one of their own. So it's truly an absolute pleasure and honor to do this photoshoot. Kat - you and your sisters did good with this one! Teresa is a very humble, independent young lady!

besos ... jin.
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