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happy holidays

happy holidays to all my clients, colleagues, family, and friends.

i've been on hiatus with a new long-term houseguest. be back soon… 


baby's 1st birthday: lucas

look! it's a bird … it's a plane … no, it's … a new blog post! yeah. i was having lunch with my buddy justin last week, and he put it to me bluntly, "hey, post a blog. i'm BORED!" it's true, i've been very delinquent with the posts over the past few months. there's just been nonstop activity that's kept me either in the field shooting (yay!) or in the lab processing (boo!). this weekend has been my only "blank" weekend for weeks. and man, was it wonderful! hey, i love to work, but i also love to rest. and this blank weekend is only an island amidst a sea of busy weekends still on the horizon. not one to let a weekend go by with complete inactivity, i finally decided to follow through on the once teased 1st birthday of baby lucas.

it feels like it's been an eternity since i shot this shindig. heck, baby lucas is probably prepping for the SATs by now. i am constantly amazed by the effect this photography business has had on my grasp of time. i can't believe it was just more than a year ago that i posted gail and jorge's engagement session. it seems more like five years ago. and i can only imagine the effect raising a baby has on first-time parents like jean and jimmy. i hope this somewhat "throwback" post of a party that happened several months ago finds jean and jimmy reminiscing fondly of their first year and a half with lucas, and that this joyous time of their lives isn't passing them by too quickly. it's one of the gifts of photography: freezing moments in time so that when we have a chance to look back on it all, we can stop and say, "wow, what a great time we had."

there it is: the traditional dol head table. what a spread!

colorful desserts: check!

excuse my shameless self-promotion here, but a portrait session prior to the birthday party creates an excellent opportunity for lovely decor for your event. take this canvas print for example. i'm a HUGE "paperless" guy, but on the rare occasion i get to see a capture of mine in print, it's a real treat.

the "guess baby's future vocation" game was afoot.

is it just me, or does this kid remind you of jonathon winters on mork & mindy? he's like a little old man/baby.

apparently, cute children were in great abundance.

i think this gentleman would agree with me.

and speaking of cute babies, here's the guest of honor going business-semi-formal. dapper. very dapper.

outfit: mom-approved.

i love these kinds of shots: generation-bridging resemblance through facial expression. uncanny!

i realize i was a bit of a late-bloomer myself, but lucas is getting his mack on EARLY! 

ahh, now i get why the ladies love cool lucas: it's gotta be the shoes!

the two images above is what nick yutaka photographer is all about: unabashed happy.

doctor lucas, phd. complete with golf obsession.

wee!! balloons!!

ladies and gentlemen … lucas has left the building.

thanks again to jean, jimmy, and lucas for choosing me to capture their special day. and lucas, a.k.a. LL cool L, if you haven't already figured it out by now, go for the around the way girls.  

i ask for around-the-way filet; you bring me stuck-up tuna


portrait: baby lucas

i'll dispense with the usual apologies for blog absence. what can i say? the past month and a half has been a whirlwind…the celtics' deep nba playoff run (yes local laker fans, i am the enemy), playing with a new ipad and iphone 4, the day job, and of utmost importance in this space, photography work. besides the usual family and baby shoots, i shot a maternity session and even got the opportunity to help shoot a couple weddings. so i'm pretty well stocked with work to share with the world over the next month, it's just a matter of plowing through the mountains of pixels and uploading it here. so without further ado, our star: baby lucas (with co-stars mama jean and papa jimmy).

i know i say this about a lot of the families i've shot, but they were such a pleasure to get to know. i can't reiterate enough how blessed i've been to have had such a great roster of clients who i consider friends. i think it helps that there is something inherently joyous about this time in people's lives: the adoration a couple feels during their engagement session, the devotion they feel on their wedding day, and the pride they feel for their growing family. jimmy, jean, and lucas were no exception; i just can't say enough about how pleasant they were to work with. i just hope st. louis–native jean doesn't hold it against me that i'm a chicago cubs fan, just like many of you could hold it against me (ahem…jung!) that i'm a celtics fan. 

i think some of the best black & white portraits are with people's eyes closed. it can be so…comforting and intimate.

color is good too, especially with open eyes and a big smile.

gotta love father and son shots.

what's more fitting for an orange county family than a portrait under an orange tree in the city of orange? my watermark agrees.

gotta love mother and son shots too.

it seems like everyone's happy when babies start bouncing on shoulders.

lucas says "no pictures, please" to the paparazzi, or he's practicing his heisman trophy pose.

if you follow me, you know i love a good flare shot; and that light is heavenly above lucas' head. i must have also made a good adult joke, since mom and dad appreciate the humor. 

baby sandwich. 

oh my watermark taunts him so!

whoa, look at him dogging me. perhaps the photographer taunts him too.

holding hands is such an innocent yet intimate act between people (whether in familial love or passionate love). i think it makes for a great shot.

here i go again…flare and heavenly light. nice wardrobe change, by the way. lucas rockin' the high collar HARD.

one word comes to mind: fly. (am i the only one who still uses that slang?)

one of my favorites from the day. a total chance shot with the family passing by a yellow brick wall. i just love the color and texture, and of course the intimacy between dad & son, with mom's adoring glance.

we squeezed in a few shots of lucas in his hanbok. lovely color, design, and detail.

mom approves. we'll see more of lucas, his hanbok, mom, and dad at his 1st birthday party…


coming soon…the 1st birthday shindig (a.k.a. dol)


and for our closing video, are you ready for a DEEP hip-hop reference? who among you, internet readers, remembers…lucas with the lid off?? if you do, i give you unlimited props.  

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