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8/22/19

OK, A little time has passed since the last update.  It has been a beautiful spring and summer here in Northern Washington. 

This year has been a lot about settling in and feeling much more at home.  Oh, don't be mistaken, it has also been a crazy year on other fronts.  I thought last year when we moved here was crazy ... this year has had it's share of crazy as well and of course, next year is already lining up to be an epic crazy year ... frankly I'm really looking forward to retirement just so we can keep up with everything.

I'm also starting to get a handle on my own photography again.  Working in a commercial capacity is good photo work (but limited in scope) ... and my vintage camera collecting is also fun and keeps me connected to a little photo history ... but nothing beats getting out there finding and creating images on your own ... of course there is that whole archive to go through too, but that's a slow process ... lots of fun, just slow.

I had a small real estate gig recently, but overall freelance has been at a standstill.  Definitely different than when I was so busy with my clients in OC ...  but life in general is a little slower up here and I think that's just fine.  Though I certainly wouldn't turn down a performing arts gig now and again. 

Still looking to carve out some time to update my website soon ... in the meantime, don't hesitate to stay in touch and don't forget that if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ...  don't hesitate to call. 

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714                        






4/12/19

Boy, it sure rains a lot her in the PNW haha ... it's not like we didn't know that before we moved here.  Actually it's really beautiful up here but don't tell anyone.

Spring is around the corner if not here already ... family visiting soon and some camping trips scheduled during the summer ... there will be lots of opportunity for photography, that's for sure and i'm really looking forward to that.  Will definitely share images from those trips.

Still a need to plow through my archives and get some new images on my website ... just been a little busy with other projects lately.  Definitely no shortage of things to do, that's for sure. We have a little more than an acre where we live and there's plenty to do just to maintain that.  Well, that and the Chickens ... but I won't get into that.

Photography and Video continue to be my daily work at FurHaven ... enjoying it much, especially learning new video tricks.  Just finished four how-to videos on assembling cat trees ... when those become public, I'll share the links ... pretty basic, but also fun to create.  I looked back at the work from six months last year and four months so far this year ,,, and it looks pretty volumous.  And since FurHaven products are all over social media ... I'm beginning to see more and more of my images filtering in as time goes on.  Kinda fun to see.  No photo credit since this is commercial type photography, but still rewarding and fun to see.

The vintage camera quest I seemed to be on has slowed down a bit ... at least till I thin the herd a bit and sell a few on ebay ... then I can get some more :).  In the mix there are some pretty cool keepers.  They have a higher coolness level than value ... I don't know what it is, but there is something about vintage consumer cameras that intrigue me ,,, maybe because I just remember using so many of them.

Till next time ... keep in touch ... and if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ... please don't hesitate to call. 

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714                        





3/9/19

Time goes by pretty quickly here in the PNW.  Winter was kind of cold, dark  and snowey, but we are past that now with spring around the corner. 

Picked up a few more vintage cameras lately ... sort of a fun little collection I have ... it's not the value as much as the coolness of seeing vintage photo film technology. 

Besides wanting to get out and shoot much more, there are other photo projects I've been meaning to get off the ground.  Boxes and boxes of archives to mull through and get on my site and sent to Zuma Press.  One of these days... right?  I'm thinking with daylight savings that I'll get started soon.

With springtime around the corner and wrapping up a few home projects, we plan on getting out a little more and explore this new territory ... and of course there will be lots of photos to go with that....can't wait.

Short update this time because there is much to do this week-end.  It's beautiful here in the PNW ... just have to get adjusted to the weather ... working on that :)

Toying with the idea of resuming my quarterly newsletter ... it was always been a great way to stay in touch with a lot of people easily ... of course that would force me to get out and shoot more ... well, that's never been a problem ...

In the meantime,  keep in touch ... and if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ... please don't hesitate to call. 

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714                       



1/24/19

2019 is well underway ... 

Not much to add to the work front.  Studio Photography and Photoshop crazyness is the norm these days and I'm having fun with it.  Yes, it can be a little stressful sometimes, especially on the Photoshop front, but that forces one to be even more creative.

Life in general is finally beginning to feel normal ... It's been a year since we moved, so that sounds about right. It helps to have a little more daylight these days too ... winters in the PNW seem to be hibernation time for all.  Each week things are getting more caught up which will in turn free some time for my website and more photography ventures. Can't wait for that. Will post on Facebook and my website when that happens.

In the meantime,  keep in touch ... and if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ... please don't hesitate to call. 

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714                         




12/27/18

Just a few more days of 2018.  Definitely a monumental year in terms of relocation, new job, new house, weddings ... all in all, pretty crazy by my standards. 

Still working in photography is awesome.  But in the process of finding this job, I found out a couple things.  1) There are just not a lot of photography jobs in the area we moved to in Washington ... it's beautiful here, but finding freelance work may take awhile ... and 2) Newspaper skills don't always translate well to other industries.  But, thanks to a strong studio background and a passion for that kind of work, I was able to land a fantastic studio photography position at FurHaven Pet Products.   

Now that things have calmed down a bit ... I expect to do quite a bit more photography in 2019.  Not for lack of projects to work on, that's for sure ... but rather just to continue creating images in the medium I know and enjoy so much.  Definitely looking forward to next year.

I'll change things up on this website soon ... still much to add and send to Zuma press as well ... wondering what to do with the 600 folks I used to send my newsletter to ... thinking perhaps a blog and then let everyone know?  Much to figure out and work on photowise in 2019, that's for sure.

Happy New Year to everyone ... may you be healthy and prosperous in the upcoming year!

Keep in touch ... and if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ... please don't hesitate to call. 

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714                         





11/27/18

Thanksgiving is over and I hope everyone had an excellent one.  When New Years hits, that will conclude one of the crazyist years ever.

I do miss my newsletters, but without any freelance biz as yet in the PNW, I'm thinking it will have to be this for awhile.  

That's not to say it hasn't been busy ... settling into a new home while working full time can slow the process a bit, espcially with holidays in the mix ... but we are getting there a day at a time.  When things are more settled, like at the beginning of next year ... I suspect I'll be making more images and barreling through my archives ... much to do there as well.

In the meantime, I've had fun shooting lots of products with and without puppies as well as creating more short videos for FurHaven Pet Products ... Here are a couple youtube links to those videos ... it's kind of like photography ... the more you learn, the more infinite the possiblities you can see ...

Gingerbread House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpuFoHfzAyM                                                                                                  Tiger Tent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-e-pkbpZsg                                                                                                    Pet Playpens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnWtxmnLyHQ                                                                                                These are short, but increasingly getting better with 
experience.  I hope to do more complicated ones down the line... even if just for myself.

Keep in touch ... and if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ... please don't hesitate to call.

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
10/26/18

Wow, two weeks sure goes by fast these days ... must be having fun. Working at FurHaven is definitely fun.  I've got a great desk set up right inside of my own small photo studio ... kind of a slice of heaven for someone like me.

Just received my new nkphoto business cards ... I'm holding out hope that I may get a freelance client or two up here in Bellingham.  I'm sure there is work up here, but it may take time to get opportunities.  In the meantime, I'm very happy with my studio gig.

I just learned yesterday that the travel story I wrote and photographed last year when visiting Italy is still in the pipeline for the OC Register Travel page on November 18th ... but that date could change.  Glad to hear that ... which reminds me I need to get those photos on my website.

Keep in touch ... and if you need any assignments photographed in this neck of the woods ... please don't hesitate to call.

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714





10/15/18

Working full time at Furhaven Pet Products in Fairhaven, Washington. I'll share some of the studio photos when I have time to post them ... thinking of putting together an out take slide show ... lots of funny photos.

I 've also stepped up my video experience by creating a  few how-to videos for FurHaven. I'm thinking they will continue to improve as I get more editing experience with Premiere Pro ... having lots of fun learning it.

Assembling the Tigert Tower Playground
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS8gz-GiUF0

What to expect when opening your pet bed ... this was going to be a time lapse, but not much happened in those 48 hours... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg567JRxnn4 

Did a fun behind the scenes video during our Donut Bed shoot, but the product isn't out yet, so I'll have to wait to show that one.  

Lots going on as usual ... today was a Pug named Banzai ... what a character ....

Keep in touch, and I'll try ot post here as often as I can.

Nick

Nick Koon
Nicholas Koon Photography
www.nicholaskoonphotography.com
nkphoto@aol.com
714.932.1714