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I've always loved telling stories, but never enjoyed writing. When I found photography, it was the perfect medium for me to express myself. With each shoot, I unveil the unique stories of my subjects, and tell them with beautiful imagery. People often tell me that they feel like they know my clients just from reading my blog.
They say photographs are the only tangible memories, which means that my perspective is how you will remember some of the most important moments in your life. With that in mind, I have to capture the details (big and small) in the most beautiful light. I want you to laugh and cry when you look at your photos. Whether it's your wedding day or your babies growing up, time goes by so fast, so it's my job to document your story... beautifully.
For those who are married, you know how fast the day comes and go. And like Jonathan did to me before our wedding, he broke down my dress’s hourly rate, which made me really want to do something with it again. Irene and Jerome understood this well and booked a day after session/trash the dress before their wedding. Upon their return from their honeymoon, they got all dressed up again and we spent an afternoon romping around!
It was the perfect fall afternoon here in LA. Since photography, I notice so much more of my surroundings now, like this leaves-covered floor!
Next is one of my favorite shots! I actually have a canvas of this hanging above my door in my office. Every time I leave the office, I look up and laugh.
And a stream that isn’t dry! It was actually a really cold afternoon, so we were all careful not to fall in!
Aren’t they just so sweet? I love day-after sessions because they’re freshly newly weds. I love those moments where they realize “you’re my wife (or husband)! Whoa, weird to use that word.” Weird in a totally good way of course, but I love the giddiness that usually comes after the realization.
Congrats you two! Keep adoring each other like you do! Keep on giggling and having fun together!
Just a quick update. Things have been super busy here, so I apologize if you emailed me and haven’t heard back yet. I just got back from SF and catching up on emails. I met up with two former students while in SF! They’re going to college now and came out to hang out for half the day. It’s so weird to see how much they’ve grown and matured since. Another great news is that Jen & I received A LOT of entries to our love shoot contest. We’re still going through them and planning to make an announcement next week. Stay tuned!
Today, I wanted to share Julie and Will’s cute intimate wedding. Family and friends flew in from all over the world to celebrate with them. Will’s brother came from Australia and rented out a cute little house for them to get ready at.
I love that photo above of Julie with her grandma!
And I also love the above photo of Julie with her mom. Isn’t her mom just the cutest? Love her outfit! Susie Chhuor is the one behind the perfect makeup & hair! It’s always great to work with her.
My favorite flower is now again dahlias. When I first researched flowers for our wedding, I fell in love with dahlias, but somehow through the process, I forgot about them. When I saw Julie’s flowers, I jumped with glee. They’re so colorful & happy! I just love everything about their flowers, especially this bouquet and their centerpieces! The genius behind the flowers is the brilliant Clover of Dandelion Ranch.
And then the anticipation before the ceremony begins…
After a touching ceremony, they’re officially husband and wife! Yippee! You can see how happy everyone is for them. Love these huge group shots!
Then we headed to Campanile for the reception. It was an intimate affair with the most darling flowers.
I want my house full of dahlias!
Guests always have such a blast with Polaroid guest books.
Their cake was adorable too! It was baked in house and decorated by Clover of Dandelion Ranch.
Congrats to you both! It was a beautiful day full of laughter and tears of joy!
Thank you to the 300+ people who came out last night to our open house party! From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for all the continued support. I had such an amazing time hanging out with old friends and meeting new friends! I really don’t even know where to begin to express my gratitude. There were 100+ more attendees than we expected, so there weren’t enough swag bags to go around. For the lucky few who did get our bag of goodies, you should have received a calendar I made, shown below. I printed extra cards, but had ran out of cases. Since I have extra cards, I will be ordering more cases and would like to offer them for sale. Profits will go to the American Red Cross. The calendar starts in Feb 2010 and goes to Jan 2011. First come, first serve, so get them while you can.
And now on with some photos from our open house party. I didn’t take much though. I had the camera for maybe 15 minutes, but wanted to talk to all the fabulous people who came instead. Jonathan ended up taking the camera away from me and I just enjoyed everyone’s company.
For those who don’t know what this event was all about, there are 7 event professionals in my building. We all joined forces to host a collaborative open house party – all three floors were open to our guests. I welcome you to the open house of:
The amazing decor & flowers were done by Euri & Kendra of Fleuretica. I love their welcome sign and the LOVE sign! Major thanks to Jack from The Music Man Productions for the awesome lighting! And I’m sure you’re tired of seeing my frame wall my now, but here it is again.
I LOVE these adorable arrangements by Fleuretica! I want them permanently in my office!
This next photo is a wall that I don’t show very much of. It’s our TV cabinet. The decor above was set up by Tracy from The Flower Tray, with fresh flowers added by Fleuretica. I LOVE the flowers in the coffee can by Fleuretica. Euri was kind enough to let me rummage through their van for extra flowers and I put together the arrangements in the milk glass! Not as fancy as theirs, but I had a lot of fun doing it!
And here is our desk area:
I was hoping to get a photo of the space empty, but it never was empty. I loved what a full house it was! I also love the new canvas I put up in the office.
A lot of people commented how they hadn’t seen that photo on my blog yet. Well, I just haven’t blogged that wedding yet. 🙂 I loved the photo so much that I made a canvas of it before I even finished editing the wedding. lol. So in case you wanted a better view of the photo, here it is:
It’s one of my favorite wedding photos.
We also had THE BEST macaroons by Joie Pastisserie! The caramel & sea salt one was AMAZING!! I took a bunch home and had them for dinner & breakfast today!
And lastly, I leave you with this cool video highlight sent to us by Charles Lauren Films. It was such a great surprise to find in my inbox this morning! What great turn around time! Hope you all had a blast at the event too!
I am so excited to see my work in print for the first time! When I first wanted to pursue photography (or anything creative for that matter), my parents just couldn’t understand. As I juggled photography with teaching, my parents often said, “It’s nice that you like photography, but don’t let it affect your real job.” When I quit teaching, they said, “You’re just taking a break, right? You can go back?” Of course I always just smile and nodded. With my limited Chinese and their limited English, it’s hard to really talk about things. It’s hard to express how happy and fulfilled I feel every time I capture the memories and tell the stories of my amazing clients. When I received a preview of the new Ceremony Magazine a few weeks ago, I bookmarked all the pages I was on and gave my dad a copy. My dad has always been a reserved man with his emotions and thoughts, so all I got was a slight smile and a nod from him. From that simple gesture, I know he is proud.
I love that full page spread of Pamela from their engagement portraits! Pamela, if you’re reading this, congrats! Email me and I’ll send you a copy!
I had to get Jonathan to take a quick photo of me in our driveway the day before my profile picture was due. And I love the engagement photo they chose for Ngoc’s article about planning her own wedding. She’s the owner of Sky Box Event Productions.