Welcome to the photo blog of Grace Liu-Anderson. Grace focuses on using available light in creative lifestyle photography. She enjoys photographing babies, children, families, engagements, & weddings. This blog is intended to be a little peek at "behind the scenes" - with a little about everything: sessions, life, family, resources, etc.

BUT historically Grace is a "bad blogger" which means, she doesn't blog often. We apologize for her negligence, but maybe some day she will become a consistent blogger...If you are her friend on facebook, she posts more sneak peeks of sessions on fb than she blogs.

We'd like to hear from you. Please feel free to leave comments and feedback. If you like what you see, contact us! info(at)liu-anderson.com

Check out the portfolio website at Liu-Anderson.com for more details.

8.19.2008

New developments to come...

There are exciting new developments on their way! So stay tuned...

A new website is in the works; I'm excited about new tools for me to speed up my work; more photos are going to be posted; and hopefully you'll get to find out more about me...

Last week we were out of town, and so I took time off from certain aspects of the business...but not time off from work. New posts and such to come...

newly-formed family | Corpus Christi Family Photographer

M & M got married on 08-08-08...and I had the privilege of photographing their special day (those pics to come).

Here's photos from our "day after session" - of them and their kids... a newly formed family - having lots of fun!





Okay...they were all sitting there...and so this feet shot was sorta neat.



Yes, I know, these are sorta posed, but we had a lotta fun.


8.09.2008

Simply Elegant Birthday Party | Corpus Christi Childrens Photographer

Anya had her 2nd Birthday party the 1st weekend in August. Her mom & grandma went ALL OUT. It was a very fancy toddler party - a faerie theme - and very feminine. Simply Elegant did a great job again. Raymond created the birthday cake, the topiary flower arrangements, and the butterfly cookies. Here are the cake & flowers. I'll add more kiddo pics later.



Houston Temple | South Texas Wedding Photography

I've always had a love of architecture. Beautiful architecture - classical or modern - I love it!

Temples are such a sacred place and absolutely gorgeous - the best materials, workmanship & craftsmanship have gone into each one. The Houston LDS Temple is currently one of 4 in Texas.





K&M wedding details | South Texas Wedding Photography

I love cake and lucky for me weddings always come with cake. These cakes were really, really tasty - amaretto, marble & chocolate cake with different fillings - they had it all! The groom's mom & sister made them - very well done.


An appropriate groom's cake for the two in the Air Force ROTC:



More photographs of other details from the wedding day...



Kadi & Mitch | Houston Texas Wedding Photography

Here are more pics of Kadi & Mitch. They met at BYU, they fell in love, and now they're both off at BOOT CAMP as newlyweds, but can't act like newlyweds - bummer. I dunno if they've even had a chance to see their photos (before their guests did)!

You can totally see how happy these two are. Very genuine.
















8.04.2008

Houston Temple Wedding | South Texas Wedding Photographer

Here's a sneak peek of last weekend's wedding in Houston with Kadi & Mitch at the Houston LDS Temple.




8.03.2008

Free to Succeed

The main reason I went to Austin was to attend "Free to Succeed" with David Jay and Jasmine Star. I first posted about Free to Succeed in my personal musings blog.

I was so excited to go! (Even travelling by myself with a toddler! Our 1st roadtrip w/o her daddy!) When I got there and was one of the last ones waiting in line to enter the room, Jasmine came out and I got to meet her & got a picture together (which I need to download & post). I was totally like a "groupie" - I've never been a groupie for ANYTHING! But I was so excited to meet her. She's amazing! Her personality is even brighter in person than online. She's really genuine, friendly and personable!

The evening was inspiring and a cool experience. DJ is totally personable & real. Tall. I still have to download the images off of my P&S and post them. You'll see he's a lot taller than I am. It was really open of him to be willing to show us his images straight out of camera. I have tons of notes from the night. I can't wait to implement their advice.

Couture Books had the most amazing books and samples there!

I was able to meet not only DJ & Jasmine* in person, but I got to meet a bunch of other photographers. Here's a shout out to Heather, Thao, Huyen , Erika, Chasity, Eva and Stacy.

I got these images off of Kenny Kim's blog. He documented the night and was pretty stealth. I didn't know he took these photos of me. Thanks to Heather for letting me know! Here's the link to the actual post. I'm in pink.

I look like a giddy kid meeting Jasmine*.


I'm on the last row, taking notes while DJ spoke.

Travelling, Catching-up & Musings

I've been travelling a lot the end of July. In Houston last weekend, and Austin this past week. Like I mentioned in my last post, it's not easy travelling with a toddler. So many "what ifs" to prepare for - it's like a mini-moving trip each time. My husband was also out of town for a business trip this past week. So it's been a one-woman show at my house!

Between juggling being a full-time single mom (for a week), part-time photographer and full-time business woman, I feel the lack of time in my life! My daughter has needed more attention (since she's almost 18-months and a very active toddler), so I'm her playmate, teacher, and mom when she's awake. Then during her decreasing naptimes, I try to get work done and squeeze in as much as I can. Needless to say, I'm a bit behind on some things (like blogging or finishing processing recent photos in addition to other responsibilities). I tell myself repeatedly I should consolidate my blogs...and I need to figure out the comment section on this blog & why it doesn't let ppl comment on the front page?!?

But it's been a good learning experience. A few weeks ago, I ordered some items - business/marketing/ "continuing-education" books, and they all came in before we left for Austin. Including my NEW camera! Yay! Gosh I love Amazon!

The books include The 4-Hour Workweek, ZAG, Brand Simple, and Dane Sander's Fast Track Photographer (e-book, not from Amazon). I finished ZAG in a few hours - it's concise, direct and is what the reviews said it'd be. I've just started the 4-Hour Work Week and there's a lot I need to apply in terms of eliminating and streamlining my workflow.

I got Fast Track Photographer b/c I have been contemplating if I want to do more weddings. I initially wanted to only specialize in children's lifestyle portraiture. I included families. I wasn't going to do weddings. With the recent chain of events this summer, I've ended up photographing weddings, and I've been having a lot of fun & really enjoying them (though weddings are physically demanding & tiring - where I'm totally drained the few days after). I read a bunch of the book this past week, but still have to finish. The book challenges you to introspect a bit. I'm still introspecting, so the jury is still out. :)
Welcome to the photo blog of Grace Liu-Anderson.



Grace focuses on using available light in creative lifestyle photography of babies, children, families, engagements & weddings.



for more session info check out our portfolio website