Asia, Blog, Photography, South Korea, The Korea Observer, Tour and Travel, Wordpress

Memorial Day | Seoul National Cemetery


Every June 6, Korea’s Memorial Day is designated to honor fallen Soldiers and civilians of South Korea who have given their lives for their country. Ceremonies are held throughout the country with the largest ceremony being held at the Seoul National Cemetery, an impressive, immaculately landscaped and maintained cemetery and park.

Seoul National Cemetery, est. 1956, is one of two national cemeteries in South Korea. The other one is located in Daejeon.

The Seoul National Cemetery is near Dongjak Station on Subway Line 4 or Line 9 and is accessible to the public.

Animals, Blog, Couples, Expat, Helpful Tips, Photography, Portrait, The Korea Observer, Weddings, Wordpress

New Year. New Resolutions.


It’s the start of a New Year and a great time to reflect on the progress you’ve made over the past year as you make your new resolutions.  It’s easy to fall into a creative rut-but there’s no time like the present to challenge yourself to try new techniques in the coming year.  Perhaps you got a new camera over the holidays or some new gear you can’t wait to try.  Get started here with these 5 resolutions I can recommend all photographers make for 2017:

  1. Travel– You don’t have to spend a ton of money or time in order to explore somewhere completely new to you.  What about that interesting local landmark or a nearby nature reserve you’ve been meaning to see.  Go ahead and set aside yourself a day in which you’ll actually pack up your gear, hit the road and capture some photos of somewhere you’ve never been before. There’s nothing like a change of scenery to stir the creativity that might’ve been otherwise lying dormant over the past few months.
  2. Go Manual– If you’ve gotten into the habit of allowing your camera to do most of the work for you, challenge yourself to switch into manual mode. Not only does this keep you more in touch with the scenes you’re working on, it allows you more compositional and creative freedom.
  3. Leave Your Comfort Zone– Do you consider yourself strictly a wedding photographer? Or maybe heading outside and shooting landscapes is more of your thing?  This year, challenge yourself to shoot in a genre that is not your style. Whether it is a portrait of your family or action shots at a local sporting event, make it a point to include a new niche into your routine.
  4. Take Better Care of Your Gear– Make some time to browse the internet and learn to clean and prepare your gear properly for the weather and work you will be doing. If you live in an environment that’s severely effected by winter weather, it’s even more important to treat and protect your equipment with the appropriate seasonal care it deserves.
  5. Put Yourself Out There– If you haven’t already done so, take the time to create some new social media pages.  If you have, then now is a great time to look them over and see if they need updating. Are the links working correctly?  Do you need to update your profile photos? Platforms like Facebook, Instagram and 500px are extremely user-friendly and easy to get used to.  When it comes to promoting your work professionally, you’ll have already have developed an easily accessible archive of your images to share with anyone who’s looking to check out your style.

I hope you all have enjoyed these tips.  Hope you have a great year and I would love to know what your favorite genre of photography is.  Hope to hear from you soon!

~ Lisa

Asia, Asiana Airlines, Blog, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Expat, France, Indonesia, MOFA, Mongolia, National Museum of Korea, North America | U.S., Photography, The Korea Observer, Theater YONG, Varioso Choir

Delightful International Folk Music & Dance Concert | Seoul Korea

I was very much delighted to be invited to the International Folk Music and Dance Concert held at the Theater YONG at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, Korea on September 6, 2015.  Approximately 800 patrons were in attendance at this special concert.

Ha-kyung Choi, President of the Senior Public Diplomacy Group of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with 37 senior citizen members appointed by the MOFA of the Korean Government, wishes to enhance and improve mutual relationships between and among foreign nationals through art and culture, thereby ultimately contributing to global peace.

Phenomenal performances from nations around the world included those from Korea, France, Mongolia, Cambodia, Canada, Cuba, Indonesia, China, the international Varioso Choir, and an American Cheerleader Dancing Team.

During the Intermission and Awards Ceremony, the three top winners of the 2015 K-Bloggers Photo Contest with the theme of Korea’s Cultural Heritage through the Eyes of Foreigners, was announced and awards were presented. Photos were displayed in the front lobby for viewing and a slideshow was played for all during the intermission period. After the awards, more performances continued to entertain.

After the concert, two lucky patrons were awarded by random seat drawing round-trip airline tickets compliments of Asiana Airlines.

This extraordinary event couldn’t have been possible without the generous support and sponsorship of Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asiana Airlines, and The Korea Observer.

Please support these local cultural events by getting out and enjoying all Korea has to offer and contributing to peace of the world.