liya

liya

Lives in United Kingdom United Kingdom
Works as a Photographer
Has a website at www.dumplingsphotography.com
Joined on Mar 15, 2010
About me:

Budding Family Lifestyle & Baby Photographer.

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On How to Grow your Photography Business article (5 comments in total)

Thanks for your article Casey. I recently launched my business and definitely lack in Step 3. I don't really know what I am doing wrong, but on average I only manage to book 1 out of 5 inquiries I receive via my site. I always wondered if that was normal or if I am just not responding properly to potential clients. I try not to sound too pushy or desperate, but say something like " thank you for your message. I'd love to book you in for a shoot. Here is when I am available. Here are the location options. Here is the price ( if they ask ). Look forward to hearing back."
am I missing something?
www.dumplingsphotography.com

Direct link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 13:21 UTC as 3rd comment | 2 replies
On Going Professional, Where to Begin? article (30 comments in total)

Michael, Thank you for the article. While I don't agree with the part about professionals shooting a crop sensor camera ( I think a full frame sensor delivers a lot more depth unless you are a true photoshop artist and are willing to put in many many more hours into post to achive that ff look ). I think your images are stunning. I really enjoyed looking through your work on your site, especially the engagement/romatic couples photos. they are truly truly stunning!
I regret that I dont live anywhere close to you otherwise I would definitely hire you as our family photographer as well as someone I'd love to learn from.
-Liya (www.dumplingsphotography.com )

Direct link | Posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 14:15 UTC as 7th comment
On Go Gabby in the The Olympic Games challenge (3 comments in total)

:) thanks!
it was so much fun!! a really amazing experience, esp with the team USA win!!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 15, 2012 at 12:09 UTC as 2nd comment
On Kiss & Tell; You're mine in the The Decisive Moment challenge (1 comment in total)

i think this is a beautiful shot!

Direct link | Posted on Jul 26, 2012 at 13:30 UTC as 1st comment
On I'm Sexy and I know it... challenge (9 comments in total)
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liya: I submitted a light hearted photo of my kid after NOT seeing anything mentioned in rules to the contrary. My entry was DQ-ed with the comment " children don't belong in this challenge!!" .
this tone was a bit snide. I think if children so clearly don't belong then it should be stated in the rules... I checked the other entries before submitting mine and saw a handful of kid photos, a camel, a seal, a few dogs and some ducks ... so clearly I am not the only one so dense as to not "get it".

You have missed my point. Its perfectly understandible that this challenge would not be appropriate for kids, my issue was being made to feel like I'd done something wrong - being dq-ed + snide remark - whereas its incumbent upon the host to set the tone of the challenge by specifying no kids in the rules, instead of using the title of a popular song that actually DOES make light/joke about being sexy.

Direct link | Posted on May 23, 2012 at 15:52 UTC
On I'm Sexy and I know it... challenge (9 comments in total)

I submitted a light hearted photo of my kid after NOT seeing anything mentioned in rules to the contrary. My entry was DQ-ed with the comment " children don't belong in this challenge!!" .
this tone was a bit snide. I think if children so clearly don't belong then it should be stated in the rules... I checked the other entries before submitting mine and saw a handful of kid photos, a camel, a seal, a few dogs and some ducks ... so clearly I am not the only one so dense as to not "get it".

Direct link | Posted on May 22, 2012 at 15:35 UTC as 2nd comment | 5 replies
On - in the Contentment challenge (2 comments in total)

is this bw?

Direct link | Posted on May 1, 2012 at 18:09 UTC as 1st comment | 1 reply
On daddy ... I am coming home ! in the Coming Home challenge (16 comments in total)

love love love this photo! beautiful

Direct link | Posted on Apr 13, 2012 at 12:22 UTC as 8th comment | 2 replies
On Do It Again in the Elation challenge (3 comments in total)

this is a terrific shot, shame its so underexposed. A bit of pp and it will be A++ for me

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 16:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On Young Photographer in the Elation challenge (1 comment in total)

this is super cute! I love everything about this shot: color, expression, etc

Direct link | Posted on Apr 12, 2012 at 16:37 UTC as 1st comment
On Escaping in the get there last.... but with STYLE... challenge (1 comment in total)

This photo would be really great for me if the knee+foot in the left edge was cloned out.

Direct link | Posted on Mar 25, 2012 at 08:05 UTC as 1st comment
On Booohoo in the NO! (capture date rule) challenge (2 comments in total)
In reply to:

JayBratcher: Haha - I like this one :)

Thanks Jay :) no stiff upper lip here

Direct link | Posted on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:25 UTC
On Water Animals challenge (29 comments in total)
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Michael L NYC 99: I guess some people felt the need to punish shots of seals and sea lions with half star votes. I got dinged with 3 half stars.

same here. I was really dissapointed with some of the half and 1 stars i got on my image ( came in 37). Its one of my faves.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 21, 2012 at 13:41 UTC
On Mt. Cadillac in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (10 comments in total)

I think its a beautiful shot and has great colors! IN a landscape contest I imagine I would give this image 2.5 stars as is. My favorite part here is the beautiful sky and clouds, so to improve I would crop the bottom rocks which are a bit boring and emphasize the sky as the main focus.
Another idea, since I like the little path on the right, would be to make this a vertical crop ( which probably wouldn't have worked for the landscape challenge ) or just the right side. that way you include the path, the clouds/sky and the hikers and remove the less exciting bits.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 19:20 UTC as 10th comment
On second version in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (4 comments in total)

Thanks Patty. I really appreciate your feedback. I am going to dig up the raw version of this and play with it at home. hopefully will be able to recover some of the sky and the mountains on the left side. As is you are right in that the left side of the image is useless, although i did like the way the power lines gently slope into the edge of the frame.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 19:16 UTC as 3rd comment
On Portofino bay Hotel in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (10 comments in total)

I think its a good shot and with some minor cropping and exposure adjustments it will be great.
I would remove of some water from the bottom and bring up the blacks ( lighten) a bit on the left edge. I would also increase the vibrance or saturation as well as clarity/contrast a bit to make the gorgeous colors pop.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 16, 2012 at 14:35 UTC as 5th comment
On Watch in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (15 comments in total)

the dof here is used without much rhyme or reason. I cant follow why you chose for some parts are blurry, more importantly I dont know where to focus as a viewer and why...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 18:50 UTC as 5th comment
On Sprinkled in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (9 comments in total)

Its a beautiful image. Only thing is its a bit oof and could be sharper to really jump out. My guess is people voted low because it wasnt as exciting perhaps as some other "wet" entries.
Macro flower shots are so prevalent that they really have to be awe inspiring and technically perfect to get a good score

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 18:47 UTC as 3rd comment
On Cry baby 38 of 45 in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (15 comments in total)

Its a very intersting composition and a great shot...however the noise I think kills it for people. I would like to have seen a bit more detail of the boys face and feet, but due to lighting conditions thats not possible. its abit underexposed for me as well.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 18:43 UTC as 4th comment
On Night Foray in the Why for heavens sake?.. and chat challenge (12 comments in total)

Just looks a bit flat. even though the content is very interesting. The direct flash washing out the livelihood here makes the overall image seem dull.
I definitely not easy to pull this off...

Direct link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 18:41 UTC as 4th comment
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