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HANGAR 18

this past summer, i got to experience the awesome hangar 18 rock climbing arena. a surprise trip put on by my awesome friend sam did the trick for a good day off work. even though i guessed where we were going on the way there, i was still stoked about it. if any of you guys want to go rock climbing, check out hangar 18. it’s bomb digity!! just remember rock climbing is all legs and not upper body. i learned that the hard way. rock climbing, jamba juice, and hanging out with sam – one of my favorite things i did this summer. THANKS SAM!!!! here are some photos @ hangar 18!

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living dangerously on the boulder where no ropes are needed. >.<

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climber!! belayer!! (i wonder if sam trusted me)

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again, living dangerously!

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rocking the shoes!

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awesome instructor MAT! we have to come back soon!

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Matt - Hey Richard!! Cool Photos! I am glad that you had a good time at the gym here. I hope to see you back here someday soon! Hope you are well!

Matt

WONG FAMILY

not too long ago, my sister linh asked me to take her family portraits. we ended up just walking around the block to a creek. luckily the kids decided to be good so we ended up with a lot of great pictures! linh and warren are loving parents to their daughter remy and son westin.  i can’t wait to see them grow up. until then.. here are some photos from the day..

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westin’s face  is freakin awesome!

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michelle - These are awesome! love them. the one of the little girl framing the photo is for sure my fave!

Steph - Love the pictures. You guys are too cute! Great job Ricky. You are getting better and better!!! Can’t wait to see more work.

Jenny - Westin’s facial expression really is awesome ! him pointing to himself was a great capture !

Lynn Tran - Wow! Beautiful pictures of the beautiful family!!!
You are getting goooood, Ricky!!!! Love all the pictures!!!

Linh - omg!!! These are awesome. Remy is in love with herself!!!!
You got the perfect shot of Westin goof ball face!!! Warren can’t recognized himself!! (editing????) – Can you do something with his nose ?(hehehe!). Love it!!!

ADVENTURES 2008 @ MICHIGAN

with the school year here and college football already in season, i just wanted to share some of my photos from last year. i’m really looking forward to visiting my girlfriend in michigan this october. fall is here and it’s definitely a true sight to see all the leaves changing color. i can’t wait to capture fall in all its glory. 2 more weeks!

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Jenny - ha, talking about small world, my husband is from Michigan and went to Umich… how many more years does your girlfriend have left for school?

AMY + JESSE BACH-COMBO PARTY

congrats to amy and jesse. they are one cool couple. never thought a bachelor/rette party can ever be done together! they rented an awesome place right at the beach in hermosa. with great friends, family and a nice view of the ocean, it was sure to be a blast. i got a chance to capture some of their fun moments before going to an ALL WHITE party in manhattan beach. so heres what went down!

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kitchen fun with the girls.

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first one down, bajillion more to go!

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IRON HORSE – biggest bottle of wine i have ever seen!

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shotgun ready.

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shotgun!

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shotgun done!

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let it rain!

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the only asians at the top and they had to throw the peace sign, classic.

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my fav!

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Amy - You are AMAZING!! Thank you for capturing all of the wonderful moments of the night. Everyone I speak to loves your shots.

than - love the stair case shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kelly - Richard, these pics are amazing! You really did an AWESOME job capturing the fun and craziness of the night and making everyone look HOT! Thanks so much for paparazzi-ing us. Kelly

STELLA & DOTS + PUFF STUDIO – GIRLS GETTING PRETTY

back in July, i had the opportunity to shoot a Jewelry & Make-up Event @ the beautiful Puff Studio in Pasadena. I totally love this place! the color scheme and decorations send out a classy vibe. they do an awesome job here, so i would recommend them for anyone that needs their make-up done for a wedding or any special event. i was thrilled when i got an email from Ann Du @ Stella & Dot, asking me to shoot their event. it was a great experience complimented with free cocktails and desserts for happy hour on a friday night. the people were great and they were all really nice and fun to be around. i hope to see more events from Puff Studio and Stella & Dots. here are some photos from the night.

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model of the event!
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IMG_256while we waited for the event to start, i took some time to shoot Puff Studio owner, Aimee’s baby son. he rocked my camera!
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father and son.
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Roseann - Ricky, these pictures are great! You’ve gotten so good! I need to book you for some pictures of Noah.

bb - i LOVE the baby pictures!!!! <3