Posted by: WunderBoi | September 9, 2011

Solar Powered Battery Charger

Last weekend was labor day weekend.  My wife and I had been discussing what we wanted to do for quite some time.  One of the options that we discussed was going away for a weekend and taking our boys on a camping trip.  We thought it would be fun to get away, unwind, enjoy some time as family, and take a lot of pictures.

As we considered our options and thought about what was needed, two hurdles to camping kept coming to mind.  The first was that when my wife and I take pictures, we take a lot of pictures.  We can shoot for hours.  We have enough memory cards for that amount of time, but typically not enough battery power to fill them.  The second, was the thought of my phone running out of power.  For safety reasons, we needed it to make emergency calls.  For sanity reasons, we needed my son to be able to watch videos when it was time for a nap.

Being away from civilization whilst camping posed the problem of power.  With batteries dying daily, we would need a way to recharge everything.  Having a solar powered battery charger would solve our problem.  Here are a two situations I can think of in which this type of charger would be helpful.  These are things I have experienced in the past few months.

  1. Long photo-shoots – I shot about six hours of photos for a wedding two months ago.  With a few hours left for the event, I had already gone through an entire battery.  It was getting late, and more power would be needed due to the flash for the night.  If I had the option earlier in the day to recharge while shooting outside, I would have avoided the stress of worrying about a dead battery in the middle of first dance.  Thank goodness my battery lasted.
  2. Long days at the park – We spent the 4th of July with some very good friends.  Each of the kids wanted a turn playing games on my phone.  By 3:00 my phone was dead.  I missed out on taking and tweeting pictures of my son enjoying the fireworks show that night.  I was in the sun all day and I could have easily charged up.
Needless to say, there are many reasons why investing in a solar powered battery charger is a good idea.  What others can you think of?
Disclaimer: I am participating in a blog campaign from Bucks2Blog for a portable solar panel company and was compensated.  However, the views and opinions are my own.
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Posted by: WunderBoi | January 29, 2010

Isn’t this the time of the year that birds migrate?

So we’ve decided to “migrate” our photoblog a bit.  In an attempt to display our work better for ourselves as well as those that we are able to photograph, we decided to set up a more “professional” blog if you will.  I don’t like using the word “professional” when talking about our work however.

Anyways, we are interested to know what everyone thinks about the site, so please leave us a comment:

http://www.kukuistudio.com/blog

Thanks!

Posted by: WunderBoi | January 20, 2010

J.R. and Kim: Reception

Here are just a few shots from J.R. and Kim’s reception.  We had to throw the last one in…it was basically the only time that Kaniela really got to see his Nanny Kim.

Posted by: WunderBoi | January 16, 2010

Meet the Mortensens

Here are some photographs from day two with J.R. and Kim.  We got to go with them to J.R.’s family land.  Little did we know that such a small town like Sanford, CO had such beautiful landscapes and backgrounds for photography.  Thanks again to Kim and J.R. for letting us be a part of your wedding.

We’re working on some reception photos that we’ll post later!

Posted by: WunderBoi | January 15, 2010

Teasers from J.R. and Kim’s Wedding.

Meet J.R. and Kim.  Kim was Kaniela’s nanny for a couple of months, and J.R. is the lucky guy who married her.  While Kim was our nanny, she became a very important part of our lives.  We got the opportunity to drive down to New Mexico to photograph their wedding.  They were married in the Albuquerque, New Mexico Temple earlier today.

Kim and J.R., thanks for giving us two rookies the opportunity to photograph your wedding.  You two are a beautiful couple.

These photographs are just a small teaser of everything we took.  As you can imagine, with such a good looking couple, we have a lot of great pictures.  The reception is tomorrow night, so we’ll be posting more tomorrow night/saturday for sure.

Congratulations J.R. and Kim.  We love you!

Posted by: WunderBoi | January 12, 2010

Road Trip!

We’re heading out on a road trip tomorrow to shoot a friend’s wedding.  Look for pictures in a couple of days!

Posted by: WunderBoi | January 2, 2010

Happy New Year!

Welcoming in the New Year!  Hawaiian style!

Posted by: WunderBoi | December 30, 2009

Fisherman’s Wharf, S.F.

We took Kaniela to see Fisherman’s Wharf in S.F. today.  Sightseeing when you have a child is very different than when you don’t.  There was so much more that we wanted to see today, but due to busy streets, planning around a baby, and “so many things to do, so little time to do it” syndrome, we weren’t able to get to all of it.  It was totally worth it though, we had a fun time with Kaniela.  Here are just a few photos from our day.

Posted by: WunderBoi | December 28, 2009

Photogenic Larsons

We visited some old friends tonight.  I mentioned in our last post, that they are practically family to me.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen them, so since we were nearby visiting my brother, we decided to go spend some time with them.  While visiting, I was lucky enough to take these informal photos of three of the their five wonderful and beautiful children.

Posted by: WunderBoi | December 28, 2009

Fun with Trains

We spent some time tonight with some very close family friends.  They are practically family, but we haven’t seen them for a long time.  Tonight was Kaniela’s first night meeting them.  They have a huge train track set up in their home (it literally runs through the entire first floor).  Kaniela and his cousins had so much fun watching it and trying to follow it.  Two photos that capture Kaniela’s excitement.

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