The e-mails have started arriving. So this week, Steve’s going to let me answer a couple of our readers’ questions.
Cynthia writes: “You seem very talented, are you multi-lingual?”
Kar Kat responds: I speak “CATonese” which is the universal language spoken by cats all around the world. As a kitten, working in a Chinese factory I learned to understand Chinese but now, I mostly understand and respond to English.
Jennifer writes: “Do you do all of this on your own?”
Kar Kat responds: No, everything around here is a team effort. Most of my blog writing is done with the help of Dora. She’s our Director of First Impressions. She reviews the blog as I create it, offers suggestions and helps by proof reading it when it’s finished.
Traci writes: “I hear they make you live in their Jeep, is that true?”.
Kar Kat responds: I grew up in a part of China with fierce, cold weather and cool summers. I worked in a factory that had no heat. I actually prefer the cold of the Jeep at night to the hot studio. It’s a lot more like what I’m used to.
Steve and I have been planning some really cool road trips over the next couple of months so stay tuned to the continuing adventures of Kar Kat, roadie extraordinaire. But, in the meantime, stop by our studio for a chance to meet me. Oh, and get your family portraits artistically created while you’re here. When you call us at 916.359.7543, tell Steve Kar Kat sent you.
Recently Steve Folino of Inner Vision Images photography was recognized by the Professional Photographers of America when he earned the Photographic Craftsman degree for helping advance education and moving the photography industry forward. Here are a few images taken at the award ceremony in New Orleans. Congratulations on this significant achievement, Steve!!
The Adventures of Kar Kat.
It’s Kar Kat here again. In case you don’t remember me, I’m the road manager or “roadie” for Steve and Lee here at Inner Vision Images. Today, I’m going to share one of my adventures with you.
A couple of weekends ago, Steve and I got to go to Pismo Beach. While we were there we took a side-trip to the Monarch Butterfly Grove. When we got there, I helped Steve get his camera equipment ready so he could take pictures of all of the butterflies. I was thinking how exciting it would be to see 20,000 Monarch Butterflies. As he walked away from the Jeep I moved into my special spot on the steering wheel from where I could see all of the action.
At first, Steve couldn’t see any butterflies. They were hiding, in tight clusters up in the branches of the eucalyptus trees. They looked like clusters of leaves. They were really still and quiet. Steve said if he didn’t already know they were there, he would have missed them. Not me, I notice everything. Nothing escapes the eyes of Kar Kat.
As soon as the sun broke through the clouds the butterfly clusters began to break apart and thousands and thousands of Monarch Butterflies were everywhere. Steve took lots of pictures of them flying, and on the trees, and everywhere… even sitting on the back of someone’s camera. I went through all of the pictures. Here are my favorites.
Wow, what a great adventure we had! I’m looking forward to more adventures with Steve and Lee here at Inner Vision Images. And, oh yea, I’m supposed to tell you to stop on by and have your family portraits taken. If you do, you can meet me, Kar Kat, roadie extraordinaire.
I’m so excited. I’ve been working for Steve and Lee here at Inner Vision Images since December and they have finally allowed me to write my first BLOG.
First, allow me to introduce myself. My Name is Kar Kat and I’m the Road Manager here at Inner Vision Images. Most of the time they just call me their “Roadie”. The best part of my job is that I get to travel with them on all of their great adventures.
A little about me. I was born in Chanchun, in Northeast China. My family worked in a large, mega-factory just outside the city. As soon as I was 3 months old I began working in the factory as well. Our entire family held very important positions. We were in charge of rodent control. It was our jobs to make sure that there were no mice or rats anywhere in the factory. As a reward for good work, we got to eat all the mice we caught. The bad part was that was all we got to eat so we had to work very hard.
The factory where I worked made lots of things. The area that I worked in made baby formula so every once in a while, in the cold winters when there weren’t very many mice one of the factory workers would sneak me a small bowl of formula to drink. My sister, who thinks she knows everything, said it was because they wanted to make sure it was safe to drink and that it wasn’t because they were being nice.
One day, I chased a really large rat into one of the shipping containers that was being loaded. Before I could get back out with my prize, I got locked in. Two weeks later, when they opened the container I was in Oakland, California. I was scared; everyone was talking to me in some strange new language. They all seemed to understand me, but I sure couldn’t understand them. It’s was then that I knew I had to make a break for it. I snuck into the cab of one of the trucks and made my way to a place called Wal-Mart in Natomas. It was there that I met Steve, my new boss.
Steve took me back to his photo studio and introduced me to the rest of his staff. He already had two other cats on his staff, Dora who is Director of First Impressions and greets all of the kids when they come to have their pictures taken and Lavender. They couldn’t quite explain exactly what it was that Lavender did. It sounded like she was a princess-in-training or something like that. I would never have imagined that there could be a cat that didn’t have to earn its keep.
I live in their Jeep almost all of the time. I really prefer it. I’m used to really cold weather and haven’t gotten used to being inside.
Stay tuned for more. They’re going to let me BLOG about my adventures.
Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Before you dive head first into the Christmas season (or is it too late?!), try to enjoy the last of the Fall Colors. In Sacramento there are still bright reds and yellows everywhere! Although we need rain badly here, the days have been so beautiful lately that we might as well appreciate them. Take a walk. Breath deeply in the crisp air. Be in the moment. This is life!!
This weekend is also your last chance to capture portraits by Inner Vision Images in time for year-end gifts and cards. Call right now and enjoy a delightful, easy and rewarding portrait session experience!!
There’s still time and a few slots left for your year-end custom portrait session! Capture this precious moment in time and share it with your loved ones, family and/or friends.
Bring your furry family members, too!
Book your session just in time for year-end photos. There’s never a better time for a beautiful portrait than RIGHT NOW!
Call Inner Vision Images TODAY at 916.359.7543 and check us out at www.innervisionimages.com!
Oh how we LOVE Louisiana cuisine!! Recently we discovered the best place for Sunday brunch in the swamp country outside of New Orleans. Speckled T’s Restaurant in Slidell, Louisiana, has an amazing brunch assortment of local, creative dishes like Blackened Red Fish, Seafood Lasagna, Eggplant Roleantini, Jambalaya Eggrolls, Smothered Chicken, Grits & Grillades, Gumbo YaYa… the list goes on! They also have a number of more ‘typical’ brunch choices and a lovely carving station. Dessert includes Bread Pudding although I made a dessert out of the most decadent Bananas Foster French Toast. Their regular menu is great too and it includes a number of other Southern specialties; and their prices are very reasonable… Louisiana Yum!!!
Please excuse the cell phone photos but wanted to share this gem of a restaurant!
What does this have to do with photography? Nothing!! Well, that’s not entirely true. We were on a photography day trip exploring swamps and bayous and, well, photographers have to eat, don’t they?! :-)
We’ll share some swamp photos soon. Meanwhile, we’re back home and our photography studio is in full swing with holiday-time portraits. Contact Inner Vision Images today to book your session before it’s too late for year-end gifts and greetings!! 916.359.7543 or www.innervisionimages.com
Can you believe it? Another year has flown by, just like that! There are less than 30 days left before Halloween, 60 days before Thanksgiving, and 90 days before the New Year…
Now is the time to book your year-end, custom portrait session. Slots are filling fast, so don’t wait!! Contact Inner Vision Images today at 916.359.7543 to make your appointment and let us capture this moment in the story of your life…
Inner Vision Images – Capturing the Art of Life, One Image at a Time…
After arriving in Chicago by train, we spent a couple of days there on a quest for tall buildings and great pizza. We found plenty of both. Just across the river from our hotel rose the stunning Trump Tower and from the double-decker HOHO bus we saw many other architectural sites of Chicago. We also spent part of a day chasing the “L”, Chicago’s legendary elevated train, around the city. Pizza was abundant and we enjoyed two of Chicago’s best: Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s. Yum!!
We also witnessed a doozy of a Midwest storm there. The lightning and thunder were nonstop for hours and the rain was torrential. Very impressive!!
We returned to Chicago after a road trip around Lake Michigan and across the UP (“upper peninsula” in Michigan-speak), to catch a flight back home. (More about that road trip later.) The highlight of our visit to the Windy City was an architectural river boat cruise. The weather was completely opposite what it was like earlier in our trip; we were treated to a gorgeous day! The morning light on the city from the boat on the harbour was lovely and we took that image with us back to California as a lasting souvenir of our visit to Chicago.
Let us capture happy memories for you with lasting images by Inner Vision Images photography! Call us today to reserve your custom portrait session. Photographically speaking, we do it all! Call 916.359.7543 or visit us on the web at www.innervisionimages.com today!
Little more than half a century ago, train travel was THE way to go. Although air travel was “taking off,” the average family still relied mainly on trains for long distance trips.
Well, as much as we rely on air travel nowadays, we still love trains. There’s something magical about a train ride and any time we find (or make up) an opportunity to take one, we’re on! So recently we decided to start our vacation by taking Amtrak’s California Zephyr from Sacramento to Chicago. What a great experience this two-plus day trip was! We reserved a bedroom in one of the Superliner Sleeping Cars which allowed us to sleep like babes and included three meals a day in the luxurious dining car, where we met many other train-and-travel lovers like ourselves. Although our bedroom had nice windows, much of our time was spent in the observation car, where the expansive windows provided the best views. The relaxing trip included amazing views of the Sierra Nevada’s, rugged/rocky Utah, beautiful canyons along the Colorado River, and the “Rocky Mountain high.” The weather varied from blue skies and sunshine to heavy storms, and we had a couple of fabulous sunsets. Arriving at Chicago’s historical Union Station was the grand finale.
Here are a few photos from our journey…
We’re back in Sacramento now, creating portraits to capture magical memories for you! Call Inner Vision Images today at 916.359.7543 to book your portrait session or visit us on the web at www.innervisionimages.com.