TEARDROP

Paisley Teardrop by Thomas Kuoh

Paisley Teardrop by Thomas Kuoh

Childhood is a mixed bag of emotional and social development–and being a father, I readily admit that the development is equal for the adults, too. In a recent Pixar movie, Inside Out, (spoiler alert) where five emotions, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear, drive an 11-year-old girl like Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise. Joy tries her best to keep the girl happy amidst the real life turmoil of being uprooted from her hometown, and assimilating to a new house, new school, and new friends. But really, it was Sadness that saved the day.

I am in awe of how Inside Out has given me some key concepts that I can discuss with my kindergarteners about their feelings, but more importantly, it gave me the permission to honor all of my own emotional states.

It’s not easy running a photo business. It’s like being a founder of a startup, or the CEO of a small company, with all of its ups and downs. I can’t always be in a good mood, or be calm and patient. But faking it and pretending only takes one so far. It’s really in allowing and honoring my emotions that I am able to strike an authentic balance between family, employees, contractors, clients, and my own happiness. Kudos to Pixar for yet another amazing addition to our modern mythology.

Cheers,
Thomas
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Paisley Watering

Paisley Watering Thomas Kuoh

Paisley Watering Photo By Thomas Kuoh

Paisley Watering Photo By Thomas Kuoh

Paisley Watering Photo By Thomas Kuoh

Now that my kids are a little older, it’s increasingly difficult to capture authentic moments. Paisley’s chore is watering the garden. Here I snuck a few shots of her in her own little world. I’ve often said to my child-less friends that being a dad is one slow heartbreak. I often joyfully watch my children play with the bittersweet feeling that it’s all fleeting–which makes me enjoy fatherhood even more.
Cheers,
Thomas
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The Green Tortoise

Green Tortoise Adventure, Photo by Thomas Kuoh

Green Tortoise Adventure, Photo by Thomas Kuoh

Green Tortoise Adventure, Photo by Thomas Kuoh

Green Tortoise Adventure, Photo by Thomas Kuoh

Green Tortoise Adventure, Photo by Thomas Kuoh

Green Tortoise Adventure, Photo by Thomas Kuoh

The Green Tortoise is an old school bus tour that started in the 60’s. It was known to be an inexpensive hippie’s vacation. The inside of Greyhound buses were turned into convertible sleeper cabins, and goers drove slowly across the U.S. while stopping at cool places along the way. 

The tour I went on traveled to western U.S. national parks. We drove through eight states over 16 days, and we went to quite a few national parks… Bryce Canyon, Yellow Stone, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons, Arches, Monument Valley, Zion, and Vegas. I especially loved the hot springs waterfall in Wyoming that we hiked half a day to get to–definitely worth the entire trip.

There were two drivers, and they drove in shifts all night. We would fold the seats down at night and sleep like sardines head-to-toe.–Unless you had someone to hook up with. :-) In the morning, we’d wake up at the new destination, either a visit to a national park or a hike to a hot spring. Everyone pitched in and helped unload the food, tables, camp stoves, etc. We all helped make breakfast, pack lunch, and clean up. And then we went out for the day’s adventure.

The age range of the tour I went on was from 21 to 80 years old. There were people from all over the world. Including Bulgaria, Chile, Honduras, the East Coast, U.K., Germany, and more. One of our drivers was a grizzled old lumberjack from Alaska. He was quite the character, with lots of amazing stories to tell. The best part of my trip was singing around the campfire and drinking beers with such a diverse group of people.

I learned a lot about myself on my Green Tortoise trip. Traveling faced with 39 other people from all walks of life, and having to work, hangout, and sleep together for 16 days really shows your own true colors.

Check out my Green Tortoise photo story here.

Cheers,
Thomas

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Mingle Magazine: Celebrating Summer Solstice

Mingle Magazine’s summer 2015 issue features home and design photos I shot for one of their cover stories (editorial photography by Thomas Kuoh).

The article is titled Celebrating Summer Solstice written by the ever-talented Laurie Furber, former Vice President at Pottery Barn and owner of Elsie Green—a sustainable and family-run home furnishing retailer with beautiful vintage.

Be sure to grab your copy of Mingle Magazine on newsstands now and check out page 6.

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Celebrating Summer Solstice

Celebrating Summer Solstice

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PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST: KLARI REIS

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Klari Reis in her SOMA studio.

It was great reconnecting with Klari Reis a few weeks ago. We met through a mutual friend and immediately I was drawn to her easy going demeanor and prolific travels. Klari utilizes epoxy polymers to experiment with color, shape and texture. By using a variety of dyes and pigments, Klari is able to create unique patterns and textures – a beautiful marriage of science and art. And while her completed works are displayed on the walls, beautifully lit by gobs of natural light, I couldn’t help but look down. The floors are covered with spilled dyes in all different colors and form a work of art all on their own.

For more information on Klari’s work, visit her website here.

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Minus-8 Watches Shoot and Retouching Time-lapse Video

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Minus-8 Layer24 Gold Black Front

Minus-8 Watches is a collaboration of giants. Astro Studios, the design genius behind the Nike Fuel Band, Xbox 360+ and Sol Republic Headphones, teamed up with manufacturing giant PCH international to produce this elegant and beautiful time piece. And I got to photography it!

Here is a little time-lapse retouching video, in case you want to peek behind the curtains.

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Minus-8 Edge Black White Detail

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Minus-8 Layer Black Gray_Profile

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Behind the Scenes Fun 2014

Big thanks to the wonderful team. Interns turned assistants, Sam Scott and Shannon Warf. Thanks for the contribution and sticking it out with me.

Big thanks to the wonderful team. Interns turned assistants, Sam Scott and Shannon Warf. Thanks for the contribution and sticking it out with me.

Acme Scenery Pimped out our winter snow set in the middle of july in Mill Valley. Thanks Josh!

Acme Scenery Pimped out our winter snow set in the middle of july in Mill Valley. Thanks Josh!

More Acme Fun.

More Acme Fun.

Great Balsam Hill Shoot.

Great Balsam Hill Shoot.

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Sometimes You just gotta Plank!

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Eric Fhiffer shoot for Evernote

 

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Civic Solar with Kevin Roberson and Tamara Brown.

 

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Team Aldea!

 

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Myth Busters & Evernote

My Photos on the homepage of Evernote. It was great fun working with local product designer Eric Pfeiffer (http://www.pfeifferlab.com/ ) and the crew for Evernote. Not to mention the amazing and incredibly smart Mythbuster stars Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman! The shoots went very smooth and the results look awesome!

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Double Trouble

Since it’s been so nice out recently here in the Bay Area, I’ve been out and about with the kids a lot! And, naturally, a camera. These few photos come from experimenting with double exposures, an interesting and cute way to capture warm summer memories with my children.

 

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