Herman Au Photography

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Welcome to my blog! I'm a professional wedding photographer based in Los Angeles California. Follow my footsteps in turning my life long hobby into a career I love, and check out my latest work, newest products, teasers, and photography tutorials. I shoot in an unobtrusive photojournalistic style with an emphasis on natural and genuine emotions. You can find my portfolio on my website - http://www.hermanau.com.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

BMW E30 M3

I remember a while ago I had a very strong urge of owning a BMW E30. I was still going to school and working part time, and I managed to save up a couple thousand dollars, ready to trade in my 94' Corolla DX for an even older car of my dream. The enthusiasm died down after I moved down to LA snapping back into reality. I forgot about the car and ended up purchasing a Subaru WRX Sports Wagon, and got deeply interested in automobiles. I started reading articles about cars, aftermarket parts, and even started doing hands on experiments on my car. It wasn't long until I realized I even regret picking the easy choice of an 4EAT WRX isntead of a manual. My desire for a sport utility AWD daily grocery driver soon turned out to be the ultimate sport utility Mustang and Ricer beater. All that has to stop at some point thou, I tell myself. That is when the money I spend into the car can no longer be justified. If I spend more money on the car including its original cost gets over the cost of getting a stock STi version, then it's no longer worth it. At least I am conscious enough to set a budget.

Friday, August 20, 2004


Dude, you'd think it's a joke but uhh... they made a Ultra-man style Kiko-man (kikoman is a soy sauce brand if you don't know). I hope it's a prank... I thought Pepsi Man was kinda crazy already.


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Monday, August 16, 2004

MR2 -> Ferarri 355



Friday, August 13, 2004

Several bookmarks for myself... :D
Pikko's Pot
WRX noise question on Cobb Forum
Herman's FFXI corner
Gold WRX
APS high flow Turbo Discharge
Mr Josh Pulley
Siya & Linaaa
Kastle's Korner Steering Rack Bushings

About me | Herman Au

Photography is not just my profession. It is most importantly my life-long hobby and my passion. I first picked up a camera on my honeymoon, fascinated by the camera but drawn by what I was able to capture. It is the joy, the happiness, and the memories that stayed with me after the trip that made me realize I wanted to continue shooting. I photographed everything around me - food, flowers, water, buildings, cars, people, and everything else I found. I took my camera out wherever I went, shot whatever I could, and all I read was photography books and magazines before bed. However, nothing satisfied me more than being able to do what I do now - preserving precious memories and capturing life stories as they unfold.

Random tidbits about me:
  • I was married 3 years ago, and I still freshly remember the bits and pieces of it. I treasure my own wedding pictures because they preserve the memories for that memorable day from a different perspective. I love that, and now I try my best to pass that along with my own camera.
  • I currently own 7 cameras - Nikon D700, D300, D200, F100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3, DMC-TS1, and a Polaroid ONE Instant Camera. I do take quite a lot of pictures with my iPhone, but that's my phone and it doesn't count!
  • I wear glasses, sometimes, and yes they are corrective lenses if you're wondering.
  • I use Macs, and I <3>
  • I bought my first convertible - a 92 Mazda Miata, in 2009; and driving it with the top down became one of my favorite pass-times.
  • I lost count of how many polo shirts I have already...
  • I don't know why, but I keep on losing my bluetooth headsets; just like how everybody's socks keep disappearing when they do laundry, but somehow you only lose one of the pair...
  • I'm usually very critical about things in life, and I am also my own worst critic. =)
  • I love Japanese food, and I love love love good o' authentic real Japanese sushi.
  • I have fruits phobia. Yep, you read that right... the only fruits I eat are: apple, orange, lemon, pineapple (on Hawaiian pizzas only), and tomato (yea?).
  • Latest addiction - watching Dexter on Netflix