Around this time last year I decided to embark on a solo journey in my wedding photography career. With two years of photographing weddings as a part-timer, I decided to start planning my escape route from the corporate world. It wasn’t until March that I mustered enough courage to take the leap and I am so glad I did. Even though it’s been hard, lonely, fun, and very challenging at times, I can’t believe I get to be creative for a living!
2013 started off with such a rush. We flew to Mexico to photograph Wendy and Daniel’s intimate seaside wedding than returned to photograph a spunky Palm Springs wedding with the cutest doggie-ring boy named Archie. Than onto a garden wedding at the Fullerton Arboretum and sprinkled in between were some engagement and boudoir sessions.
I have to say spring time is my favorite color palette and I photographed three of my all time favorite weddings starting with Vanessa and Terry’s Long Beach Art Gallery wedding, then to Quinn and Kyle’s Topanga Beach wedding held on a bluff in the middle no where, and ended the first part of spring with a chic mid-century modern wedding at Hotel Maya with Chrissy and Kris.
Taking a short break from it all, my friend and I went on a road trip to Death Valley where we slept in a tepee in the middle of a date farm. When I came back, I got to photograph a very sweet and emotional wedding for Vanessa and Wilmar in San Diego. I then met up with Allison and Alex for their engagement session and then flew to San Francisco to photograph Jenny and Brett’s mystical (literally, there was a lot of fog!) e-session at Legions of Honors. I left that session feeling so lucky to be able to work and travel in different cities that I’ve made it my goal to do more of it in 2014. Cross fingers 😀
Excited for summer to roll around as I knew I would be photographing Allison and Alex’s much anticipated wedding and hanging out with my childhood friend for her engagement session. I also got to work on some personal projects and then my sister got married! I was so thrilled at the end of the summer when a couple of my previous clients contacted me to photograph their growing family. Katie and Dan welcomed baby Noah and Eloise turned two!
Whoa! My head is spinning, trying to remember what went on this past year.
Now onto the beginning of fall where my friend and I took a road trip to Bryce Canyon which was on our way to Salt Lake City, where we photographed an Indian-Vietnamese wedding. That was such an emotional week for me. As one friend was starting a new chapter in her life, another friend lost a part of her world. When I think about it my throat tightens up and I don’t really know what to say. Sometimes continuing with your daily routine is the best way to heal. My heart goes out to all the families who have experienced such tragedies.
I ended my wedding season with a couple of weddings back to back, one in San Diego and one in the hills of Tustin. I then got a chance to meet Amelia for our little one on one newborn session. For my very last wedding of 2013, I got to witness Josie and Jay, the very two people who continues to inspire me with their love, exchange vowels in their best friends backyard.
These are a few of my favorite images in the past year. I was only able to highlight some and if I didn’t mention you here, I apologize, as it would be way too cumbersome to try to include all. But trust that each person I’ve met and every detail I’v photographed, truly means a lot to me.
Happy holidays and I hope you get to enjoy the end of this year surrounded by your loved ones.
P.S. This past week I celebrated my 30th birthday with a group of my favorite people. In the middle of dinner, I realized how lucky I was to be surrounded by a wonderfully supportive group and it made me smile to know that this is just the beginning. More photos of my birthday dinner soon 😀 In the meantime, I’ll be snuggling up by my faux fireplace catching up on my reading and practicing calligraphy. Time to wind down.