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Happy Valentines Day! | Boston Wedding and Portrait Photographer

Did you know, St. Valentine was a Roman Christian priest?   He  was martyred for marrying couples while the Emperor outlawed marriage for a period of time so that the soldiers would stay in the battlefield longer.  If there was no marriage, there wouldn’t be families the soldiers wanted to come home to as frequently.  What a morbid thought… History is wackier than fiction sometimes.  I appreciate this day more thinking back to the roots of a person who fought for love and marriage.

I love flowers and chocolates and romance, so yay for a day that celebrate love, but Valentines day could never compete with my expectations most of my life!  Dan and I have a very bumpy Valentines day story to start our journey together 3 years ago!  On this day, I remember it fondly…

Just 3 days ago, I woke up from a dream where I was upset at Dan for not attending an important seminar with me.  In my dream, Dan apologized, but I was still upset when I woke up.  So in the morning, I told him what happened, followed by a few:  “How could you not tell me!!!!!”  My sweet husband shrugged apologetically and even said sorry for what his alter ego did in my dream.  Sigh, this is what love is!
Happy Valentines day to ones who believe in romantic love, friendship love, family love, and agape love.  Sukhee, I’m so sorry I didn’t get you a Valentine this year!!!  I’m a sloppy friend!

Brownie cutouts Dan so cleverly arranged with my left over brownie edges!

Sukhee - haha….it’s ok! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too and Happy New Year as well!

Baby I’s Dohl: Boston Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

This adorable guy I’m about to introduce is my very own nephew.  If there aren’t perks as an aunt (gomo in Korean) to take photos of my own nephew, I don’t want to be an aunt! ;)

He turned 1 last year, and we traveled to witness the momentous celebration in Michigan.  Koreans have a traditional celebration where abundant piles of fruits and rice cakes are piled on a table along with a playful game, where a baby gets to grab an object that playfully represents a future calling/fortune.  Sometimes guests gets to take a stab into a poll.

We’ve heard over and over that this celebration is upheld more tightly by Korean Americans than Koreans in Korea.  In Korea they are more elaborate like western weddings.

Rice bowl means well fed

Pencils mean scholar

Money mean wealth

String means longevity, and few other variable things.

Among other things, He grabbed the pencils.  Being son of 2 scholars, this made the parents extremely happy!  But see below to see what happened next!

Isn’t he amazingly adorable??

Candy towers I spent hours hot gluing…

two new teeth coming in!

Here he grabbed the bundle of pencils, the crowd cheered really loudly, and the loud noise set him crying….

Details of a beautiful hanbok

He went at his birthday cake!

Vest off and playing with new gifts!

Shang - Too cute! Too bad I don’t have any siblings, I’d love to have a nephew to spoil of my own… though I don’t think I’d have the patience to hotglue those towers you did!

Baby R is a Little Lady: Boston Portrait Photographer

Just got back from a wet and sunny trip to LA, it was indeed weird to see people in shorts and have brunch on a patio in February!  More on that later~

Back to a session from a while ago to chase away the current chill in the air! I wanted to share a darling baby girl who’s on the verge of becoming a little lady.  Her mommy is an interior designer, and her daddy is a graphic designer.  Their home was beautifully set up worthy of having those two professionals as parents.  Baby R was a little lady and we had lots of fun during the session.  She even came up to me and pressed the shutter at one point!  What a quick study!

her lovely nursery…

If I had that outfit, I’d do a double take too!

Snuggle with mommy

darling sandals…

justine - Jules, thanks for this. It was very cute :-)

Denise Schmidt - Absolutely wonderful. The preamble running up to the actual photographs is wonderful.

Baby R is certainly a little Miss in a million !

From her Granny in South Africa

Kim Family Journey: Boston Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

Last summer, we got to spend some quality time with a sweet little boy.

Before the family went on a long trip, we visited their home, and got to see glimpses into a loving family.  It’s always a treat to see friends before and after they welcome a baby into the world, and see how the family has grown.  Even the grandparents were there, and Baby I was busy exploring many things.  Don’t let his full set of hair fool you, Baby I really was a toddler.  To our delight one of our favorite moment was when Baby I started pretend cooking daddy’s socks.  How great is that?  Sock stew with a touch of concord grapes and tropical banana, yum!  Thank you Kim family, for inviting us into your home.  We miss you!

Instead of sock stew, we got to have yummy food at V’s where we caught up with Baby J.

Transformation: Boston Wedding and Portrait Photographer


I am excited to announce, what was formerly Myung & Ko Photography is now a new and improved: Jules Ko Photography.

Dan and I (Jules) decided to take this step after considering many aspects of our photo business, and to accommodate where we are headed.  I’d like to assure our friends and clients, especially Dan’s friends, that Jules (speaking in third person for some reason) has not plotted a coup and pushed Dan out and dismissed her married name.  As much as we wish we could market ourselves the way Tiffany & co. did, Myung & Ko had it’s share of difficulty to pronounce and brand, and other stigma’s that we wanted to migrate from.  In case you did not know, Myung is an uncommon Korean last name, and is very rare even in Korea.  It means ‘bright’ and as I was informed by the head of the family lineage, it should be well respected and honored.  But that being said… it’s pronounced m+young,  not my-young or mee-yung or mung.  The fact I just had to explain how to pronounce a 5 letter word with no silent letters should indicate why it’s not an easy name to market.  Anyways, going back to the business,  Dan will continue to be my backbone, my confidant, and my Q.  What’s James Bond without Q? Not that I’m James Bond… you get the idea though.  I’m deeply appreciative and will publicly thank Dan for allowing me to operate this photography business on this new journey.

To our current clients, all bookings for upcoming events will be honored exactly the same as we always did, if not better.  We’ll be bringing even better ‘stuff’ to you as we fully transition.  To old and future clients alike, welcome to Jules Ko Photography, we are happy to see you here.

Shang - Branding is so difficult, but congratulations on taking this new step! Can’t wait to see what you have in store!

Judy - Congratulations Jules! God’s richest blessings to you both on this journey!

Angie - This is so exciting! David and I should hurry and have kids so you can take pictures of them! :) Many Blessings!

jules - Angie! You are welcome to beat me to the finish line!!! =) Thank you!!!

Emily - It was nice to meet you at the PUG meeting last week! I wish I had time to talk to you but I had to leave early. I didn’t know Myung was an uncommon name, I went to school someone with the same last name!

jules - Hello Emily! It was nice to meet you as well! Did you go to school in the area? There is/were cluster of Myungs in Boston area, a couple that still remains here, but as we were recently reconfirmed, a Korean visitor in their mid twenties said he’s never heard of Myung in his life in Korea. Wow, right?