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{Womxn’s March on Seattle} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

January 31st, 2017

Last saturday, I met up with tens of thousands of other people and took to the streets of Seattle to raise my voice. The Women’s March in the other Washington was too far away, but I was able to meet up with a group of friends to show our support of human issues. One of […]

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Last saturday, I met up with tens of thousands of other people and took to the streets of Seattle to raise my voice. The Women’s March in the other Washington was too far away, but I was able to meet up with a group of friends to show our support of human issues. One of the great freedoms all people in the United States enjoy is the right to peaceful assembly, as stated in the First Amendment of the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” My oldest son is 11 and in sixth grade, and just starting to learn about civics and government in school, so I took him along with me to the march.

For myself, this was very personal. My mother and I came over to the US as refugees from Viet Nam, and I was naturalized as a US citizen when I was 16. I’ve always been proud to be an American, and I’ve taught my children to not take for granted the rights and privileges they have, just by the fact that they live in this great country. What I cannot be proud of is the anomosity, the bile, and the sheer amount of hatred that has been spewed since our new President has taken the Oval Office. I cannot stand by and let that be the legacy for my children. So I marched, and explained to my son why people were angry. I marched, and explained why women, in particular, were talking about taking back power to their own bodies, to their own lives, and reclaiming themselves. He asked questions which I tried to answer truthfully (why was everyone wearing a pussy hat, which instigated a talk about saying the word pussy at his elementary school ūüôā but mostly he marched, and listened, and took everything in with open eyes and ears. It’s been over a week now since we attended the march, and he’s talked to schoolmates who also attended, and learned about the wage gap between men and women, and overall has tried to understand just what. is. going. on. in his world.

It frightens me that I don’t have answers for him. I won’t lie, the events unfolding keep¬†me up at night as I realize how little control I have over the big issues. What I can worry and focus on for the time being, ¬†moving into this uncertain future, what can I do for myself and for my beautiful children. What it boils down to is finding a sense of belonging. We are not white, or Christian, but we do belong here, and I will keep raising my voice as much as possible to make sure that it is heard.

 

My oldest son, who is 11, and myself. Picture credit, P. Freeburg (thanks Mrs. Freeburg!)

 

The crowd at Judkin Park went on forever and ever and ever, it seemed.

Washington state governor, Jay Inslee, even made an appearance!

Please take a moment to read his great editorial on why Washington State would stay a sanctuary to Syrian refugees

So many great signs, this was just a small sampling.

People of all ages gathering together, to have their voices heard.

My fabulous group of fellow marchers.

In our America, Love Wins.

Respect the different opinions that were out in force.

My oldest loved the Star Wars Resistance signage, plus he got to meet and talk with a Suffragette (and learn about history)

The march filled Jackson St.

And filled all of 4th as well. So much camaraderie and togetherness. STAND UP AND FIGHT.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” I want my children to look at me and see someone who stands up for others, in times of hardship. I want to raise my boys in a United States where people stand together, instead of tearing each other apart. I want to keep fighting for my voice to be heard, and if it means more marches, more posts, and more standing up for challenges, I will keep shouting.

Also, for every comment on this post, I’ll make a donation to the International Rescue Committee, which helps resettle refugees worldwide.

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{ExCy – Portable Exercise Bike} – Seattle Area Product Photographer

September 19th, 2016

I had the great fortune to try out Excy, which stands for exercise cycle. It is small (less than 10 lbs!), folds up compact, flat, and portable, and you can take it and use it anywhere. In full disclosure, I am friends with the co-founder, Michele Mehl, and took the product photos below. But I […]

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I had the great fortune to try out Excy, which stands for exercise cycle. It is small (less than 10 lbs!), folds up compact, flat, and portable, and you can take it and use it anywhere. In full disclosure, I am friends with the co-founder, Michele Mehl, and took the product photos below. But I do own an Excy of my own, and believe in the exercise machine. Being a busy mom myself, I know how difficult it is to find time in my schedule to fit in exercise. I’m often at school, at photo shoots, at taekwondo or soccer practices, meets, or games. Plus, I live in a small house, and space is a premium. Excy is sincerely the best exercise equipment for my busy lifestyle, hands down. I use it on my arms and legs, but mostly legs. It’s easy to set up, and I can use it laying down on the floor, or sitting up on a chair or couch. Did I mention that I live in a small house? Since the Excy folds up flat, it is SO COMPACT it takes up a minimum amount of space in my home. Also, since it is compact, it takes up little space in my (small) car, along with the kids, soccer gear, camping chairs to watch the soccer practices, and taekwondo gear that I cart around as well. It’s just a brilliant invention, and I’m happy to share it with you.

Excy excellence points:

  • portable and compact
  • can use on arms or legs
  • do cardio or strength training
  • less than 10 lbs
  • easy to use for anyone!

For a limited time, blog readers can get a 20% discount on Excy! Just use discount code, Alexrocks. Please, go check it out, and enjoy exercising for once!

 

 

Meet Michele Mehl, co-founder of ExCy, and all around exciting human being.

 

 

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This is Excy, the small, portable, workout machine.

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Watch your favorite show and get in your exercise as well! (or do as I do, and make your kids get in 20 minutes before they get any screen time ūüėČ )

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Since it’s so portable, you can work it inside, or outside!

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Work your lower body, or upper body! 

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Work out anywhere! Floor, table, chair! At home, at your kids’ soccer practice (personal favorite of mine), at work, watching t.v., at the park with your dog!

 

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Easy to take outside and get in a quick work-out!

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Set up on a chair (or bench), watch your kids play, practice, or goof off, and get in your exercise for the day!

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Work out slow and steady, to strength train and work out your core.

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Build up your arm muscles, or your leg muscles!

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Indoors or outdoors, portable Excy is the perfect exercise machine for the on-the-go person!

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So go, check out Excy, and don’t forget about the 20% discount code!

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Enjoy!

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{T. in Seattle} – Eastside Senior Photographer

September 4th, 2016

Welcome! My friend’s daughter, T., ¬†graciously agreed to be my senior model guinea pig this last week. ¬†After talking to her for a bit, I learned that she was a geek ( like me! ), loved the Avengers, reading, music, and was up for anything I would subject her to in the photoshoot. What a […]

 

Welcome! My friend’s daughter, T., ¬†graciously agreed to be my senior model guinea pig this last week. ¬†After talking to her for a bit, I learned that she was a geek ( like me! ), loved the Avengers, reading, music, and was up for anything I would subject her to in the photoshoot. What a willing model! We decided to go to Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle as our location, since she had never been there, and it had a great, funky vibe that seemed to go with her personality. One thing we did not count on was the unpredictability of Seattle weather! Within half an hour, it started to rain. Then, the rain turned to a downpour. Still, she was up for more photos, so we continued onward at the Seattle Public Library downtown. It ended up being pretty fun, and I hope that the pictures showcase her personality. ¬†Thank you again for the great time, T.!

Meet T! She has the best smile.

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Working the catwalk poses.

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She made that Attack on Titan cosplay jacket, herself, I was impressed!

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By this time, it had been pouring rain on us for almost 45 minutes, but still, she’s all smiles!

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a…giraffe?

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I love how laid back she was for anything I asked her to do, and always with a smile.

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And always, her personality shines through! 

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Look at that smile!

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Work it!

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Here we are inside the downtown Seattle Public Library.

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We found Harry Potter!

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Just reading with some superheroes.

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Always be Loki.

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You can see the rain here, it never put a damper on her spirits, though!

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Thanks for the great morning, T.!

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{Preschool Pen Pals} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

June 19th, 2013

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine came to visit Seattle and brought along her adorable little daughter. She and my youngest (who are similarly aged), got along fabulously. When she contacted me about a cool project she had in mind about keeping them in contact, I was delighted to tell my youngest […]

 

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine came to visit Seattle and brought along her adorable little daughter. She and my youngest (who are similarly aged), got along fabulously. When she contacted me about a cool project she had in mind about keeping them in contact, I was delighted to tell my youngest about it, and he was all over the idea of keeping in touch with his buddy.

Basically, her idea was based off of the¬†The¬†Flat Stanley¬†Project, which in turn¬†is based off the Flat Stanley book. Flat Stanley encourages children to write letters, mailing their own “Flat Stanley” to friends and relatives. Not only does it teach kids about writing, reading, and geography, but it’s pretty fun because let’s face it, who doesn’t love receiving mail? If you have a preschool aged child, this is a wonderful project because instead of writing letters, you can practice with taking pictures, and then having your child write a few words (like their name, or city, or their friend’s name). My friend names her the “Flat D” project, and mailed us a picture she made of her daughter. She drew a picture, glued a real photo of her daughter’s face, and laminated the whole thing when it was mailed to us. On our end, we took “Flat D.” around town, with us on camping trips, and wrote a few words about it. My youngest was super excited to have an opportunity to have a preschool pen pal to share pictures and his adventures with from the summer. I really enjoyed this project because with the picture taking, we were able to make a list of what he wanted to show “Flat D.”, and he wasn’t frustrated by his lack of writing skills. In turn, my youngest enjoyed playing tour guide with his very own agenda (instead of mom or dad’s) around town, telling me important things about Seattle and surrounding areas that we needed to show “Flat D”. Most of all, he enjoyed having a preschool aged “pen pal” of his own. It was a great project!

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My youngest and his new bud, “D”. Aren’t they sweet?

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He was super excited when “Flat D.” came to town, we immediately had to take her to the playground.

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“I love her mommy! I want to show her everything!”

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We took her to show her some of the highlights of our town, including the blue trees.

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Here you can see how “Flat D.” was made, she was very hardy for all the travels.

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She even went camping and visited Deception Pass.

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Hello “Flat D.”!

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My preschooler was brave and took her out on the canoe as well.

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It was fun playing tourist in my own town, with my preschooler being in charge of the agenda. We went to the “dancing stage” at the Seattle Center.

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We visited the statuary in front of the Seattle Childrens Theatre.

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We checked out the oversized exhibit at The Pacific Science Center.

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Don’t be scared, “Flat D.”, it’s not a real dinosaur.

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We checked out a game of vertical tic tac toe. I think my preschooler was winning. ūüôā

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He also had “Flat D.” check out the mechanical kinetic water shooters. She went “oooooOOOOoooo”.

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Goodbye, “Flat D.” Thanks for visiting! Maybe this summer, we’ll make a “Flat A.” and mail him to you to visit! ūüôā

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{Big fun in the big city} Seattle Area Childrens Photographer

February 27th, 2012

We’re very lucky that we live near the gorgeous city of Seattle. Not only do we get to do cool things like see Santa’s Space Rocket in the Space Needle, but just walking around we can watch the ferries cross Elliott Bay, see sea lions, and even just run around, and dance like no one […]

 

We’re very lucky that we live near the gorgeous city of Seattle. Not only do we get to do cool things like see Santa’s Space Rocket in the Space Needle, but just walking around we can watch the ferries cross Elliott Bay, see sea lions, and even just run around, and dance like no one is watching. Well, at least, that is what I imagine goes through my boys’ minds whenever we take them downtown shopping. ūüôā

 

What’s a visit to Seattle without visiting Pike Place market?

Here are the boys in the little park right across from the Market. You can see my youngest is jumping in glee

You thought I was joking about the dancing like no one was watching, didn’t you?

We found this cool mosaic, where they continued their mad improv dancing.

 

Cheeky smiles all around!

 

This is on the pedestrian bridge above 1st avenue. My kids love to jump.

And this is what a sibling shot looks like at my house – yes, that is younger brother photobombing older brother’s jump shot

 

Overall, I think they had a good time and it was a fun memory. And at the end of the day, that’s all that really matters.

 

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{Baby W. Three Weeks Old} Seattle Area Newborn Photography

February 21st, 2012

Baby W was a dream baby. He pretty much slept and let me pose him any which way for the entire session. The family was so laid back and go with the flow, even when we had the inevitable accidents which happen when you hold a naked newborn. I also captured one of my favorite […]

 

Baby W was a dream baby. He pretty much slept and let me pose him any which way for the entire session. The family was so laid back and go with the flow, even when we had the inevitable accidents which happen when you hold a naked newborn. I also captured one of my favorite sibling poses ever in this session, with Baby W. and big brother. Thank you for letting me into your home and capturing these sweet moments with Baby W!

 

Meet Baby W.

He was a looooooooooong baby. So adorable and squishy though.

Contemplative baby.

These cute hats were knitted by Baby W’s aunt.

Adorable frog baby!

The sweet daisies were placed there by big brother

Big brother and Baby W.

He slept through pretty much the entire session and let me pose him

A sweet storyboard with dad and Baby W

The entire family!

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{Two Sisters} Seattle Area Child Photographer

January 31st, 2012

I’m a out loud talker. If I’m in the grocery store, I’m the person talking about what’s on my list, and where can I find the red wine vinegar. My husband makes fun of me for doing this, but even he concedes that when you ask for something, you have a better chance of someone […]

 

I’m a out loud talker. If I’m in the grocery store, I’m the person talking about what’s on my list, and where can I find the red wine vinegar. My husband makes fun of me for doing this, but even he concedes that when you ask for something, you have a better chance of someone answering your question than if you never ask aloud. The age old adage, “ask and you shall receive”. Along that vein, a friend of mine was posting on a social media site that all her parents wanted for Christmas was a picture of both her girls together in the dresses they received from grandma. There were several problems with getting the picture as a) my friend works out of the house, b) the girls are both under the age of three and dragging them to the mall seemed like a chore and c) it was about a week before Christmas. I offered to come over to her home and take pictures of her girls for her. I’m way behind in my blogging, since these pictures were taken last month, but it was a win-win situation for everyone. Thank you for letting me photograph your adorable daughters!

 

Meet Older Sis. She was a hoot to capture on camera, and was so fun!

 

Ok, sit primly in this chair? I can do that for you, Ms. Photographer.

 

Little Sister was a tougher nut to crack to get to smile at me.

 

Look at those eyes! So soulful.

 

Older Sis was a dream, she pretty much did anything I asked. I love her expression here! It came out a lot.

 

But oh so adorable.

 

I finally coaxed a real smile from Little Sister

 

Oh look, I got them both into the same frame! Aren’t those dresses just precious?

 

And a last picture of a pretty pretty pink princess.

 

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{Pacific Science Center Party} – Seattle Area Child and Lifestyle photographer

December 1st, 2011

I haven’t been to the Pacific Science Center very much, even now that I’m a parent.¬† We were invited to go with some good friends to celebrate their son’s birthday.¬† It was quite a treat!¬† I think the most fun was had in the butterfly exhibit.¬† Both my boys had butterflies land on their shirts, […]

 

I haven’t been to the Pacific Science Center very much, even now that I’m a parent.¬† We were invited to go with some good friends to celebrate their son’s birthday.¬† It was quite a treat!¬† I think the most fun was had in the butterfly exhibit.¬† Both my boys had butterflies land on their shirts, and they walked around very proudly displaying their little friends.¬† The birthday boy even had one land on his head!¬† He sported quite the fun butterfly mohawk along with a smile that stretched from ear to ear. ¬†So if you are local, totally go, and take your kids! ¬†They will have a blast.

The boys had a blast (literally!) playing with the outside water exhibits

The kids really enjoyed the caterpiller statue life

Samuel and the birthday boy!

Albert thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits as well

Giving me their best “blue steele” faces

Look!  A  butterfly landed on Albert.

He was so proud of his new little friend.

Samuel was very impressed by the brave little butterfly

Hey, at least one kid was smiling.

Samuel was so glad to have his own butterfly friend

Butterfly mohawk!

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Mother’s Day Sale!

May 8th, 2010

Are you still looking for that perfect, last minute gift for that special mom, grandmother, or aunt in your life?¬† Give a gift that lasts, a photography portrait session!¬† Life is full of love and laughter, give the gift of lasting memories by Alex Nguyen Portraits.¬† TODAY ONLY!¬† All gift certificates are 50% off!¬† Gift […]

 

Are you still looking for that perfect, last minute gift for that special mom, grandmother, or aunt in your life?  Give a gift that lasts, a photography portrait session!  Life is full of love and laughter, give the gift of lasting memories by Alex Nguyen Portraits. 

TODAY ONLY!  All gift certificates are 50% off!  Gift certificates start at $100 and are good for one year from purchase date and may be applied to any photography session or print order.  Email me at alex@alexnguyenportraits for your gift certificate today!

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{Master R. 10 months old} – Seattle Area Child Photographer

May 1st, 2010

{Master R.} was one of the most charismatic and smiley babies I’ve had the honor of photographing.¬† Of course, mom and dad were also pretty awesome in getting him comfortable enough to show off some personality for my camera.¬† We ended up the session at Gas Works Park (one of my favorite places) ¬†in Seattle, […]

 

{Master R.} was one of the most charismatic and smiley babies I’ve had the honor of photographing.¬† Of course, mom and dad were also pretty awesome in getting him comfortable enough to show off some personality for my camera.¬† We ended up the session at Gas Works Park (one of my favorite places) ¬†in Seattle, under a slight sprinkle, for some family shots.¬† I hope you enjoy¬†his sneak peek!

Meet {Master R.}.¬† He’s so happy to see you!

It took a little while to warm up to me, here are some Very Serious Baby expressions

Showing off his teeth

I love the double baby look here, you can see his entire reflection under his feet

Such a charming, smiley little guy.

Sharing a sweet moment with dad

All smiles with mom

Happy crib jumper

The family together in front of the old Gas Works

Such a charmer, look at that smile!

And a last pose of this awesomely, too-cute family at Gas Works Park