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Hello friends.  It seems like forever since I’ve graced the pages of this site with my presence.  The last month has not been the greatest for me and I’m still struggling with all that has happened in June, but keeping busy has helped my mind tremendously through this ordeal.  Last month (June) my daddy passed away unexpectedly.  It was probably one of the hardest things that I’ve had to endure and being the oldest of his four kids, that meant that I was in need of stepping up to plate and taking charge of the situation.  Over the last few weeks, I found myself looking through various photos of my daddy’s life and I’m reminded how important those images are to help jump start our memories.  Photos are timeless keepsakes that can either be stored away or displayed and a great photo display makes a wonderful gift or precious memory something to cherish.  So, today – I introduce you to Canvas Champ.  While I ordered my print just before my dad’s passing, I’m sharing this company with you because it will allow me to provide my family with gifts of memories of my dad once I’m done designing them.

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Canvas Champ offers you the opportunity to have customized canvas products that are affordably priced and utilize industry standard materials.  As a photographer, I’ve used different canvas printing companies in the past and I’m definitely impressed with the companies quality and price point.  Canvas Champ also offers a reseller program and can provide you with bulk ordering as well.

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Canvas Champ’s Canvas prints start at about $5.00 for small sized prints and depending on the size and additions to your print, the price increases from that point.  Shipping is also very reasonable and I love that it ships via Fedex so you receive your order in a timely manner.  Each order comes with Hooks for Hanging (free of charge) and you have the option of adding things like an easel back, stand or dust covers as well as basic editing options as well.

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The website’s interface is very easy to use.  As you can see from the screen capture above, you can select the border and framing options, color finishing and you can also see if you have provided a quality image for printing.  I love that you can upload any image you want and can make any changes or adjust the sizing as you see fit.  I’m in the process of ordering the above image for my mommy as a gift so I’m excited to see how it turns out.

The canvas we received was a stretched canvas over compressed wood board and wooden frame.  It’s reinforced well and strong enough to last for years to come.

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If you are looking for quality and affordable options for printing your photo keepsakes on canvas, I definitely suggest checking out Canvas Champ.  Affordable prices, quick service, and quality work will definitely make Canvas Champ a favorite in our family and I love that they offer metallic prints as well because I create metallic prints of my nature and landscape photography for family and friends as gifts.

Interested in getting your own Canvas print?  Be prepared this holiday season and year round and order early.  You can check out Canvas Champ at: https://www.canvaschamp.com/

 

 

 


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Even if I do share a lot of things online about myself – I’m sure there are a variety of things that you had no idea about.  Let’s face it, while I love to share with all of you, my entire life is not completely an open book.  Every so many years I do a post similar to this one and I’ve always enjoyed it.  This time around I figured, why not have a little fun and share with you 10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Me.  Some of these things may have been mentioned before while others, probably not… but today – I’m sharing with you a few fun tidbits about who I am.  Hope you enjoy it.

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1.   I am not a fan of mayonnaise.  I say “not a fan” but before I had my children – I hated it somewhat.  You could probably put it in a sandwich and so long as it was light, I would eat it… but there was a time when I couldn’t look at it, smell it or even touch it.  I can stand it now and put it in sandwiches or even make potato salad with it, but before I had children – the look of it made my stomach upset and often times the smell made me want to hurl.  I could smell it a mile away and it made me absolutely nauseated.  This is not a recent dislike… my entire life I remember not liking it and my mom said I didn’t like mayonnaise since I was about 3 years old.

2.  I can’t wink or whistle to save my life.  Well – I might be able to fake a whistle somewhat – but anyone who can, would probably laugh at me.  Winking?  Nope – it looks more like closing my eyes completely.  My Chinese blood kicks in and I fail miserably at it.  Thank goodness my husband is a great winker… because I suck at it. lol

3.  Growing up I had a stuttering problem.  Hah, I bet you wouldn’t have known from watching my YouTube videos or maybe you had no clue – but it’s true.  With the help of my teachers and my parents I was able to learn to get past my insecurities and anxiety that caused it.  Sometimes when I’m really nervous (usually when I’m afraid) or my anxiety kicks in, you can hear it in my voice.  Thankfully, I’ve been able to get passed it some what and it’s a rare occasion when it slips, but it does happen from time to time.

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Can you find me in the audience?

4.  I’ve had the awesome opportunity to meet the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.  I felt it was something I wanted to share today since we are literally 24 hours from the Inauguration of our 45th President.  Mr. & Mrs. Obama are not only loving individuals, but they are great with children.  I had a conversation with their secret service the same day and they told me that the Obamas love kids and children are always welcomed.  Since the twins were toddlers when we visited the White House, I was worried that they would not be welcomed.  But my eldest & the twins were greeted with open arms and my sons loved the company of the Obamas.  We will surely treasure that moment for the rest of our lives.

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Do you recognize that curly head of hair in the right of this photo? I’m holding Luke after talking with the President.
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There’s that curly head of hair again, this time after meeting and talking with First Lady Michelle Obama.

5.  I was almost kidnapped at the age of 4.  I was playing in our yard which was fenced and locked in when a taxi driver pulled up next to the fence and persuaded me to follow him for some candy.  Now mind you, this was back in 1984 when it was fairly safe to play in your own yard.  My dad and mom had walked into the house to grab something and as my dad was coming out of the house, the man was putting me into the back seat of his taxi.  My dad approached him, got me out of the car and well… let’s just say the guy was injured somewhat after that.  Unfortunately no charges were brought against him because he didn’t actually “drive away” and told the police that he was just trying to protect me… yeah, right!  Needless to say, it made my parents outlook on life as well as mine a bit different that day and that’s why I’m quite protective of my children.

6.  My senior year in high school I was selected to represent Hawaii in the Miss Teen USA Pageant.  Sadly, after going through all of the paperwork and getting things together, I had to decline my overall participation due to financial circumstances.  I was a bit bummed, but realized that no matter how much fundraising I did, I wouldn’t make the deadline to attend.  Because no one else was selected to take my place, the Hawaiian islands were not represented that year in the pageant.  I wish that they had offered more opportunities for scholarship or sponsorship back then, but I’m just thankful that I had the experience.

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7.  I am a believer in Happily Ever After and Forever and I’m a hopeless romantic.  In a time when divorce seems to be normal chit chat in a conversation, here I am trying to show everyone that true love and ever after are more than just fairy tale talk.  This coming September, my husband and I will be together as a couple for 20 years and this April we’ll be married for 16 years.  I started dating him when I was a Senior in high school.  We’ve been through thick and thin and just about everything under the sun, including near death on many occasions, but I wouldn’t want to experience anything without him.  Many people think I’m weird, but I find that true love is not weird and it does exist!  No need for diamonds, pearls or material things… I am happy and thankful with a rose or flower picked from a garden or thoughtful cards and gestures.  I just love being in love <3

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8.  I absolutely love photography.  Prior to working on my blog more on a full-time schedule, I did wedding, nature and portrait photography for about 8 years.  I enjoyed the job, but like being a makeup artist, being on your feet all day is probably one of the most difficult stresses you can put on the back.  I do miss it, but since I no longer have my equipment, I don’t take on new clients.  All of my blog posts and videos are shot with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and I certainly couldn’t show up to a wedding just carrying my phone – lol.

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My favorite image that I’ve captured of my boys. They are not so little anymore.
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This image was obviously enhanced, but it was taken using one of my favorite lenses for portraits – the 24-70mm. This lens creates some of the best bokehs.

9.  I have five different nationalities, but besides guessing that I’m Hawaiian, no one really guesses it right.  I am Hawaiian, Portuguese, Filipino, Chinese and German.  While traveling across the United States I’ve been asked if I am a mix of African American and Puerto Rican or African American and Korean.  I’m neither, but think it’s really cool that because of my features I’m often mistaken for something else.  I grew up in a melting pot of nationalities so I think a mix of races is always a cool thing.

10.  Speaking of nationalities, many people think that because I’m Hawaiian, then Hawaiian food like kalua pig, poi and fish are my favorite foods.  Well – don’t get me wrong, I LOVE fish and seafood, but believe it or not… my favorite food is Italian.  I LOVE pasta and absolutely can’t get enough of it.  It’s probably one of my downfalls to losing my weight because I’m all about that pasta life.  Pizza is probably one of my all-time favorite foods and I don’t think my love for Italian food will ever change.  It’s been my favorite since I was a little girl and I believe it always will be.

So there you have it, 10 things you probably didn’t know about me, or maybe you did… but I elaborated on them a little more.  I tend to be an open book most of the time, but I always love sharing new and exciting things or old things about myself.  I love posts like these because I find that I not only learn more about a person, but you get a feel for who it is you are reading about.  I hope you enjoyed this little share and I look forward to sharing more of me with all of you.

Wishing you all a wonderful day.

xo

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I know, I know… we are literally 24 hours away from saying good-bye to 2015 and I’m finally getting around to posting our family photos for the holiday and winter.  I honestly don’t know what happened the last two weeks, it’s like life took a turn into the twilight zone and I’m still trying to recoop from the crazy.  I look forward to family photos but I regretfully have to admit that we have slacked in this department a lot and this is the first family photo since 2013 – yikes.  With a crazy on going presence in social media, sometimes I forget how important it is to have at least one really good photo for the year to document the growth of not only our children, but our life.

This year’s family photos were a challenge because our schedules are all over the place.  I honestly didn’t think that I would be able to gather the five members of my family (myself included) in the allotted time to get it done.  Normally, I will set up my camera and tripod and use my remote to shoot our photo, but this year – the remote died and I had to use the timer on the DSLR to get it accomplished… let’s just say – it was an interesting morning. lol  Running back and forth between the camera and the group – my husband and I were not only exhausted, we had several images to capture before we got some good ones.  Having children in the photo is no easy task as well as some were blinking, making faces or had their eyes closed – story of my life, lol.

2015 Family Photo

For this year’s photo, we decided it would be casual and relaxed, much like our life has been the last year.  Since we are so busy with home and school and work, we really look forward to days where we can dress casually and just enjoy life.  Since we live right off of the Golf Course in Pukalani, we decided that that would make a fabulous backdrop for our family photos.  Running back and forth working with the timer on the camera was definitely a challenge but overall, I think they came out pretty nice and I’m glad that we were able to document this year with a few images.

Our 2015 Holiday and Winter Family Photos

The twins are using basic black t-shirts from Old Navy and Khaki cargo shorts with their shoes.  My eldest is using a pair of jeans, a heather gray shirt from Old Navy and his shoes and my husband is using a Dickies button down shirt, Dickies khaki shorts and flip flops.  For me, I decided to go with a pair of skinny jeans (YMI) and a black laced top from Forever 21.  My scarf is one of my favorite Pashminas that I have had for at least 3 years now and I’m wearing a pair of black suede boots.  My gosh, my hair sure does stand out, doesn’t it?

Our 2015 Holiday and Winter Family Photos

I absolutely love taking our photos each year, but I think for next year, I may enlist the help of a fellow blogger or friend/family member to help take the images so that we are not putting in so much work lol. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Holiday and from our family to yours, we wish you a prosperous and blessed New Year.

Aloha,

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I am a lover of all things photography and most of my blogger friends don’t know that I actually photograph weddings and portraits and have been doing so for years.  Having worked with a variety of clients and vendors, I always find it very important to work with a client that provides great service and standard for their customers and because I live in Hawaii, it is important that shipping is affordable and it gets to me quickly so I can deliver the product to my clients in a timely fashion.

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Canvas HQ is a printing company that offers high quality (get it – HQ) work, quick and fast, affordable but nonetheless a great product.  Printing anything from small scale Canvas prints to Artwork size large scale prints, Canvas HQ does it all in a jiffy.

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My artwork piece arrived shortly after placing the order.  I ordered a 14″ x 11″ semi-gloss canvas ($53.95) and it printed and shipped in about 1 day and was on its way to Hawaii.  Shipping was free (though shipping may be determined on the size or price of your canvas piece) and was sent via Ground UPS.  It arrived in about 8 days and was delivered to me safe and snug.  As you can see from the photo above, the canvas was shipped with a plastic bag or covering over it and taped into the box so there would be no movement.  The box itself held the canvas piece into place and everything arrived well and safely.

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The frame is 1.5″ thick and I opted for a black frame instead of an image wrap or mirror wrap that are also options available.  When I normally order canvas prints for my clients, I select the image wrap to continue their photo around the frame, but I thought the black for my photo would make the picture stand out more.  The quality of the canvas material is nice and definitely uses high quality products (or as they say, ingredients) to create my artwork.  The colors were true to color from what I seen on my computer, so I also loved that as well.

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If you like to mount your artwork on a wall, Canvas HQ also provides Free Hanging Hardware.  It’s easy to use and install which makes that a definite plus.

Overall, I’m very impressed with the product as well as the company.  I have used many different canvas and artwork printers over the last few years and I consider this one to great quality – awesome value.  My family is definitely enjoying our artwork and I will continue to be a customer of Canvas HQ for years to come.  It’s difficult to find a canvas printer that can offer you a great price point but still give  you the type of artwork you would pay hundreds for.  I especially love canvas prints because I am a photographer of nature and they are the best way to display your art when it comes to landscape and floral.  If  you are considering purchasing a canvas for the first time, I definitely recommend checking out Canvas HQ.

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