Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Sun 09.30.13 – I departed from all the fabulous Social Media Week LA festivities early on Wednesday night feeling run down and ready for bed. Then there was the 405 freeway closure, early (bastards), for road construction. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was collapse.
I woke up on Thursday morning with no voice, sneezing, congestion, and a cough, so it has continued, even with a small detour to the dry heat of San Marino to visit the Huntington on Friday afternoon did not clear up the viral yuck.
Please excuse any interruption in internet service around here due to a dumb virus.

A Friday Afternoon at the Huntington

White and Orange Koi fish amongst the lotus pads
Orchid Tree in full bloom Leaf window at the Huntington's Chinese Gardens Pomegranate bonsai tree with fruit at the Japanese Gardens Koi fish at the Lily Ponds The end of the lotus blooms

Photos taken by Ms. Jen at the Huntington Gardens with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Fri 09.28.13 – Today my Mom and I went up to the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, even though it was still a late summer’s heat, for the Member’s Preview of Face to Face.
If you would like someone to join you to do a docent tour of why Flemish and Florentine painting from 1460-1490 is both significant and comparable, please invite me along as your docent, as pre-internet I was a painting and art history major with some residual expertise in this era.

Photos from Social Media Week LA

Hanging out with Tejal, Challey, Ms. Jen, Claire, and Josephina at Bar Pinxto
Jason Harris making announcements before my Mobile Photography Master Class Al, the best model for a mobile photography class Sylvia and a besuited gentlemen at the AT&T store class Mary and Alex at the Nokia happy hour Wonderful color and light at Tinga The lovely Mary & Joseph at the Nokia happy hour Pablo Tin ceiling at Tinga Jeb being silly Jason sniffing the shots to determine which is tequila and which is water Leah, Jason, and Josephina at Tinga Josephina, Henrik, and Tejal The entry archway at Tinga The Gentlemen: George, Sam, Jason, and Timi Al at Bar Pinxto, note the fabulous pants and shirt George and Tejal SMW's Eric and Tejal Sam and I, note how darned tall Sam is - or short I am... ;o) Tejal, George, and I

Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020

Thurs 09.26.13 – Yesterday’s Social Media Week LA was a wonderful day and evening. I truly enjoyed presenting both the Mobile Photography Master Class at the SMWLA ROC venue and at the beginning session at the Santa Monica AT&T store.
After the AT&T store presentation, Nokia sponsored a SMWLA Happy Hour at Tinga’s bar. After that, a group of us went to stand up dinner at Bar Pintxo, where in George Salecedo, Sam Sabri, Timi Cantisano and others joined us. The conversations about mobile, photography, social, and the joy there of were delightful.
The most amusing part of the evening is when Tejal and I went outside to try taking night low light photos when a tall purple hair fellow stumbled out of the bar next door and WANTED TO TALK to us about the Nokia Lumia 1020. He was both entranced by the idea of such a great camera phone but then wanted to know if we had climbed up on roofs to take spying photo with the Lumia 1020?
The amusing part to me was his perception that the Lumia 1020 was a spy camera and this worried him, then he pulled out his brand spanking new iPhone 5s and bragged about the TouchID fingerprint reader. He didn’t sense the disconnect as he jovially said goodbye and stumbled down the street to his next engagement. Blessings.
Thank you to everyone who attended one or both of the Mobile Photography presentations that I gave at SMWLA 2013. I hope you are inspired to go and take more photos with your own camera phone.

Slides from my Mobile Photography session at Social Media Week Los Angeles

Wed 09.25.13 – Here are the slides from my Social Media Week LA presentation on Mobile Photography.
Master Class: Mobile Photography–Tips, Tools, and Future Opportunities

With the explosion of mobile devices worldwide, there is a connected camera phone in nearly every pocket, purse, or hand leading to billions of mobile photos taken in each year and over a billion images shared on Instagram.
Whether the mobile device is a 2 megapixel feature phone or a 41 megapixel smart camera phone, how do we improve our image taking for greatest impact? What tools are we using to share and connect with our photos right now? And what are the the opportunities and challenges to change the future with mobile photography?
This session will examine how to improve our mobile photography, the current tools, and the future opportunities for social media, creatives, brands, and developers.

Caught in the Act

Lukas, post-nap, caught in the act of lifting the black out curtain to see the excitements of the driveway.

Photo taken by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800.

Mon 09.23.13 – Today I babysat Lukas while Erika took Oma Sabine to the airport for her flight back to Germany. Lukas napped during the whole of my babysitting adventures with my only duty to stick his binky back into his mouth mid-nap when his cries were heard over the baby monitor.
After Erika returned from LAX and Lukas finished his nap, we could hear little sounds of movement and a few cries over the monitor and then looked at the video monitor and saw that he was upright and looking out the curtain, so I grabbed my Nikon D800 camera and snuck into the room as quietly as possible to capture a photo of his viewing the outside world.
I was semi-successful in my quick photo, the door creaked a bit as I entered and Lukas looked at us with surprise as I took the photo. I am still very happy with the photo as the light is lovely, Lukas is in profile, and I got the moment after the moment.

I am Speaking at Social Media Week LA on Mobile Photography, Come Join us!

I am Speaking at Social Media Week Los Angeles

This Wednesday, Sept. 25th, I am speaking twice on Mobile Photography at Social Media Week LA in Santa Monica. Please come join us! It is free to register, click through on the session titles to register, and both venues are within walking distance of each other:
Master Class: Mobile Photography–Tips, Tools, and Future Opportunities
Wed Sept 25th, 2:00pm – 2:30pm at SMWLA HQ at ROC Santa Monica

With the explosion of mobile devices worldwide, there is a connected camera phone in nearly every pocket, purse, or hand leading to billions of mobile photos taken in each year and over a billion images shared on Instagram.
Whether the mobile device is a 2 megapixel feature phone or a 41 megapixel smart camera phone, how do we improve our image taking for greatest impact? What tools are we using to share and connect with our photos right now? And what are the the opportunities and challenges to change the future with mobile photography?
This session will examine how to improve our mobile photography, the current tools, and the future opportunities for social media, creatives, brands, and developers.

And THEN Happy Hour and a photowalk with a few mobile photo tips:
How To Get The Perfect Photo: Use The Tools + Happy Hour
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the AT&T Store

Using a mobile phone to capture a fantastic photograph isn’t rocket science. Join Jenifer Hanen as she breaks down how to use basic techniques to make sure your photo turns out right, every time.
All are welcome! Join us at the AT&T Store for a photo walk and happy hour afterwards as Nokia is hosting!

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This Afternoon

Tammy and Gracie, age 4 Magnolia, nearly 8 Solomon, aged 2, and his orange slice

Thurs 09.19.13 – This afternoon, for a couple of hours, I went over to visit with Tammy, Magnolia, Gracie, and Solomon. We had the opportunity to catch up. It was lovely to see them.
Photos taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia Lumia 1020.