Archive for December, 2007

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Dec
07

December 31rst

27
Dec
07

Christmas and New Year’s cards are the best

This year I have been giving and receiving a lot of Christmas cards. Here is a card that I received from a student last week which made me smile.

27
Dec
07

Christmas at Huafan

So yesterday was Christmas and I am spent the morning teaching at Huafan. Feeling somewhat sentimental I stated my class recalling jokes of funny Christmas memories and trying to show at clip of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on YouTube. Unfortunately my jokes went over like a lead balloon. In addition, Christmas Vacation which came out in 1989 was not quite a hit with my students. Oh well. That afternoon, Ranjit and I did some shopping felt in the Christmas spirit. Happy Days!

Yesterday I received a lot of love for people at home in Canada. There was also love being shared with the people I work with at Huafan and my students. Best wishes for the holidays and 2008.

23
Dec
07

Christmas 2007 at Carrie and John’s

Christmas will be a work day for most of us expats in Taiwan so last night we had Christmas dinner at Carrie and John’s.

23
Dec
07

I heart Gongguan, Taipei

Gongguan is my favorite area in Taipei. Urban, cool, hip, and home to National Taiwan University it is also one of the city’s best shopping areas. Here are a few photographs of the neighborhood:

Ahhh, my favorite meat buns! Is anyone else as addicted to these buns as I am?

23
Dec
07

An Evening Bride in Taiwan

Here are some photographs of a beautiful evening bride in Neihu, Taiwan.

23
Dec
07

Getting screwed: why you should always use a contract as a wedding photographer in Taiwan

Over the past few weeks I had been looking forward to taking pictures of my first wedding in Taiwan which was due to take place on December 28th. Everything seemed to be in order and I had requested to meet with the client a few weeks ago at the wedding location to go over the setting for the official portraits.

Note: most wedding photographers do not bother with this formality. They are happy to show up at the event with less time invested. Being a perfectionist, I prefer to plan things out ahead of time. Most importantly I want the couple to be happy with the location and setting of their official portraits and this is not something that I think should be improvised. Therefore, I prefer to arrange a meeting with the couple at the church or reception area beforehand.

Well, unfortunately for me the night before this meeting was to take place we went out for Thai food with Carrie and John. Consequently I felt extremely nauseous the next day and it was all I could do it make it out to the meeting. As the Thai food had made me sick I was not able to produce the photographic contract and was somewhat low energy and tired during the meeting. In addition, the meeting was very long and the clients discussed many details with their wedding planner that did not concern me. It was also a very expensive cab ride and a somewhat awkward encounter as the wedding planner showed me the reception area and not the clients. I prefer to have the clients tell me exactly what they like and don’t like about a location. During this experience, my flash was somewhat inconsistent and I made arrangements to buy a more suitable devise for the big day. To accommodate the wedding I also booked the day off work, which will now cost me seeing as the bastards have canceled.

This has never happened to me and I was not prepared for it. In the past I’ve had clients pay me late and so on but I’ve never had a client cancel two weeks before the big day. This sucks. They told me it was because I did not speak Chinese. Fair enough. But last night my budding conversation skills were zinging at a Christmas party and I feel this is somewhat unfair. When I initially heard the news I wrote the client and told him that it was o.k. as I had not yet bought the flash and felt somewhat relieved of the pressure. My photography exhibit at Citizen Cain will open soon and I am in a mad dash to finish my PhD course work for the end of term. However, now that a few days have allowed the news to sink in I definitely feel screwed. Yet, there is a lesson learned from all this. Always use a contract to protect against nice people who won’t hesitate to stab you in the back.




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