Solution to Some Images Not Loading on Facebook

Break from photography for a second: I am a photographer, but I do have a graduate degree in computer engineering, so when a situation comes up that I can use my technical side, I get excited. Lately, I have been having problems with Facebook with some images showing up, but some others not loading up. I finally found a solution to Facebook not displaying all images and  this might be useful for you. The issue came up on all my browsers so I knew it was not a browser or plug-in thing. I also turned off firewall on my computer and also on my router. No go. It was doing the same thing. I then realized that the images that showed up were being served by the domain:

scontent-b-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

and images not showing up were served by:

scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

Changing the “a” to “b” manually made the image show up. This is probably a load balancing thing for Facebook, but it is not working properly right now. So the solution is to send all requests by your computer to the “b” server instead of the “a” server. To do that, on a Windows computer, you can edit the HOSTS file. Here is how to edit the hosts file on a Windows machine.

For MACs, this is how you edit the hosts file.

You need to add the following line to your HOSTS file. I didn’t have to reboot for this to take effect but just closed and opened up my browser. You might need to restart.

Add the following line to your HOSTS file:

31.13.76.20 scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net

at the end.

Let me know if this helps!

Keri and Dan’s Elegant Portland Art Museum Wedding!

I always have a great time exploring downtown Portland for weddings and portraits, and Keri & Dan’s wedding was no exception! Starting at the Downtown Portland Hilton Hotel where the bridal party was getting ready, we had a few early showers but the sky opened up to a beautiful backdrop of clouds and sun for the creative portraits.

Event Cosmetics got Keri and all the girls dolled up and after Dan saw his bride for the first time, the whole group hopped on the Portland Trolley to take us down to the waterfront for some awesome photos. This fun group was a joy to work with, and we eventually headed back to the Portland Art Museum where Kara at Ella Events was organizing a stylish event from beginning to end. I have to stress the importance of having a good wedding coordinator by the way. A good planner is worth their weight in gold and make the event go so much better! Kara is one such coordinator in Portland!

There were some beautiful floral displays at the ceremony and reception by Vibrant Table Flowers, who also catered the event with a great meal & hors d’oeuvres. Keri & Dan’s three-tiered cake was decorated amazingly as well by the Lamb’s Thriftway.

Vibrant Table Catering did a tremendous job executing the vision of the bride and groom, and the food was to die for. The Kridel Grand Ballroom at the Portland Art Museum is one of our favorite places to shoot in Portland, it is unique, beautiful and elegant!

The Pressure Point Band put on a spectacular performance at the reception, but I think it was the shot-ski guest book that stole the show! Thanks so much to Keri & Dan and their whole family for having us take part in their special day!

Another fun thing was the use of drapes to separate the  ceremony area from the reception area, which allowed me to create some fun shadow plays!

(You can see the rest of the wedding pictures in the wedding gallery. Please ask for the password from the couple.)

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

Selfie Time!

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

Portland Art Museum Grand Ballroom Wedding

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Kira and Joel’s Elegant Elysian Ballroom Portland Wedding

Elysian Ballroom is one of downtown Portland’s classiest historic wedding venues. No detail was overlooked to create a beautiful backdrop for Kira and Joel to say their vows and celebrate with family and friends! Mike Piper did such a great job organizing and coordinating the event, with his own An Affair to Remember providing the lovely classic flowers. There was no need to shuffle around town when the ceremony, reception, and gorgeous photography locations are all in one place!

Kira and Joel are such an easy-going couple. Kira has the most radiant smile and you can just tell these two were having a blast on their wedding day. Whitney Stassi provided Kira’s wedding make-up at The Elysian Ballroom and her hair was done by Jackie Griffith to match her elegant dress as well as the ambiance of the ballroom itself. The ceremony was full of laughter and love with Lee McLeod officiating. After the ceremony we moved straight to the cocktail hour and then dinner, provided by Elysian Ballroom. Taking Kira and Joel’s creative portraits before the ceremony allowed the couple to mingle with all their guests as much as possible, which is never a bad idea! We even got some time at night at Portland’s Director Park and got some colorful unique portraits. Our favorite cupcake maker Cupcake Jones delivered with a mouth-watering assortment of cupcakes (including gluten free!) that were as delicious as they look. I also loved the Theater Playbill they had for their wedding!

Then some awesome music by Jerry Becker turned this classy dinner into a real party at The Elysian Ballroom and the dance floor was on fire! As a dancer myself I love when guests have a great time on the dance floor. We capped off the evening with some fun nighttime shots in downtown Portland. This is such a beautiful city on a nice crisp, clear night when the streets are empty. It provided a real romantic atmosphere to wind down an exciting day.

Just a note of kudos to Mike Piper for creating one of the classiest venues in town. The color coordination and the atmosphere is wonderful and it is perfect for couples who want a wedding in one venue with help from his creative genius! I actually ran in to him in Puerto Vallarta randomly recently as well - I was just calling a cab for my flight back from a wedding in Puerto Vallarta and I hear someone calling my name. I thought I misheard as, well, I am in Mexico, who would be calling me, but apparently he goes there couple times a year. Thanks Mike for making life so much easier!

Congratulations to Kira & Joel!

(You can see the rest of the wedding pictures in the wedding gallery. Please ask for the password from the couple.)

Elysian Ballroom Wedding

Elysian Ballroom Wedding

Elysian Ballroom Wedding

Elysian Ballroom Wedding

 

Elysian Ballroom Wedding

 

Elysian Ballroom Wedding

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Lunar Eclipse - Blood Moon in Portland, Oregon

I had a chance to be up when the lunar eclipse happened last night, so I decided to put my 2x extender and my long lens to use. Put my Canon 5D Mark III on a tripod and took various exposures. This is my favorite. I think you can see various planets as well. Apparently most of Portland had clouds so I guess I got lucky! Beautiful night in Oregon…

Enjoy!

Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon Portland Oregon

Lauren and Trevor’s Winter McMenamins Edgefield Wedding

Lauren and Trevor’s winter wedding was at Grace Lutheran Church in Portland. Grace Lutheran Church is a beautiful church with lots of stain glass. The balcony was great for capturing the action, and we were lucky to have multiple view points. One of the most fun part of the wedding is that a friend of the couple who could not attend the wedding was able to participate the entire day using Skype and iPad!

After the ceremony, we moved to the McMenamins Edgefield and did some portraits at the vineyard. The sunset was gorgeous and we were lucky not to have any rain during this winter wedding! I was able to use my portrait set up and we got some beautiful natural lighting as well! DJ “Noteworthy DJ” Joe Ebner rocked the house as usual and the cake by Jaciva was enjoyed immensely.

You can see the rest of the wedding pictures in the wedding gallery. Please ask for the password from the couple.

Portland Grace Lutheran Church Wedding

Portland Edgefield Attic Wedding

Portland Edgefield Attic Wedding

Portland Edgefield Attic Wedding

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Kimberly and Christopher at Paliku Gardens, Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii

Being from Portland, we do not shy away from rainy weddings. Kimberly warned us that it would be rainy at Paliku Gardens at Kualoa Ranch in Oahu. Well, we got more than we bargained for. The good thing about different weather conditions is that you can some amazing photos that normally you do not have a chance to. Kind of making lemonade if life gives you lemons. In this case, life gave us amazing couple and beautiful scenery!

We met Kimberly at another destination wedding in Zihutanejo. We stayed in touch and were delighted when she contacted us and told us she was engaged!

Hawaii is a beautiful state with beautiful traditions. One of my favorites is the luau. With fire dancers, hula dancers and other entertainment, the rehearsal dinner / luau was a joy to photograph. Another tradition we love is bride’s hula dance gift to the groom. It is extremely touching. And the shaved ice? Yumm!

Paliku Gardens has amazing scenery with spectacular cliffs right behind the wedding location. It made our job much easier! Kualoa Ranch is a fantastic place with 4000 acres of natural beauty with fantastic views of the ocean. Give them a call if you would like a Hawaii wedding, they are fantastic!

And make sure to check out the bride’s bouquet!

You can see the rest of the wedding pictures in the wedding gallery. Please ask for the password from the couple.

Kualoa Ranch Paliku-Gardens wedding

Kualoa Ranch Paliku-Gardens wedding

Kualoa Ranch Paliku-Gardens wedding

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Frozen Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls and Horsetail Falls

I was editing weddings, corporate events and portraits for many days straight when I saw a good friend of mine, Maya, post that Multnomah Falls was partially frozen and was full of snow. I keep my gear packed usually and on a whim, I got in my car and went to take some pictures - last time I saw Multnomah falls in the winter snow was in 1998. Of course I forgot my gloves so I was freezing, but this was a rare opportunity. Oregon has some beautiful waterfalls, but we rarely see it in this light.

On the way I stopped by Wahkeena Falls and then after Multnomah Falls, I stopped by Horsetail Falls. In my opinion, Horsetail Falls was better frozen and in snow, looking than Multnomah Falls, what do you think?

Winter Snow Frozen Columbia Gorge

Columbia Gorge on the Way

Winter Snow Frozen Wahkeena Falls Oregon

Wahkeena Falls

 

 Winter Snow Frozen Multnomah Falls Oregon
Multnomah Falls covered in snow

Winter Snow Frozen Oregon Horsetail Falls
Horsetail Falls

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