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Guestbook: Jules Ko Boston Wedding Photography

Today was a gorgeous day in Boston.  After having back to back floods, the sunglasses and flipflops seem to pop up everywhere.  Although it’s a beautiful spring day, I’m about to share a glimpse of fall.

We are offering a new product: an engagement album.  The images from the bride and groom’s engagement session are carefully designed into a flat hinged album (meaning the pages lay flat no matter which part of the book it’s opened to) with generous white spaces so that the album can be used as a sign-in guest book on the wedding day.  I’m a fan of white space, so when I see the album below, I don’t have the urge to fill up the white spaces with notes, but it can certainly be used that way.

I had been wondering why at many weddings I’ve been to, guests fill out their names in the guest book, followed by their address.  If someone attends the wedding, that means they were invited by a wedding invitation, meaning the bride and groom have their address, right?  So why fill up that space with your contact info?  I’m curious why this happens, please feel free to comment if you know the answer.  When I was preparing for our wedding, I designed my own guest book, because the guest books I could find weren’t the right format or the right size, or the right design.  But an album like this, is full of the bride and groom’s personality, and combines the loving blessings of friends and family with the memories of the engagement season.  It feels like an elevated version of an yearbook, where the pictorial memories of a a year is combined with friends’ greetings and best wishes.

It starts with a hard cover with custom image and the wedding date:

Jules Ko Wedding Photography: Inspire Boston

It has been a while since I posted something related to weddings.

You can imagine how ‘not-so-vibrant’ wedding season is in Boston once the weather gets cold and gloomy.  But during the winter months, there are a lot of training going on behind the scenes, and meeting up with clients, booking weddings for the upcoming wedding season, etc.  One of the training was a conference where the local Boston area photographers gathered to network, and sign up for workshops to learn from respected members of the photo community here in the New England area.

This was a conference where I didn’t know anyone.  I had met 2 of the organizers briefly but no one I could hide behind.  For a 2 full day conference, I was excited for the content, but not so much for the ‘cold-call networking time.’  But boy did I get inspired at the end of the conference and meet kindred spirits!

Two of the highlights were lives sessions where a seasoned pro leads the session and we try different styles with the gracious brides (and groom).

This is Holly, she was amazingly comfortable in front of the camera, but her accessories and ensemble was so edgy, (birdcage veil, and those lashes!)  it was such a treat!

This workshop was led by Matt Grazier of Grazier Photography (He and his wife Enna put this event together and were such a gracious couple!)

The beauty was by – Joyabeauty.com

and I forget where the other sponsors were from…  =(

And this live session was led by Carla Ten Eyck

models Jen & Jerome Braga of Studio1923.com

Beauty by Jennie Fresa Beauty Library- jenniefresa.com

and the fuzzy shrug and hair accessories, from the White Dress by the Shore – thewhitedressbytheshore.com

Shang - Totally heart that red wall!

Boston Portrait Photographer: Violette

I met Violette through doing headshots of a very good and talented friend, Geam.

She’s a budding new jazz vocal artist, with 2 albums out (that I know of), and a recent grad of Berklee College of Music here in Boston.  She currently resides in NYC, but if her name wasn’t enough of a clue, she is a native Parisienne.  Her latest album is titled, “Joie De Vivre, and is available for download and purchase through iTunes and others through here: Check it out, I think it’s great, especially if you like Jane Monheit’s style which she reminds me of, but more joyous.

Last fall, we went out to grab a full session (I know, very belated on my part), but the early setting sun fought our will.  We then caught a jazz concert she and her Boston band performed at the Vernissage few days later.  Live jazz is such a treat, and their talent was tremendous!

sean - simply beautiful

jules - I can’t wait for your wedding Sean!!! =)

LA Baby: Boston Portrait Photographer

Last month, we traveled to a wedding in the SoCal and  had the pleasure of meeting a sweet little guy in LA.  His parents call him Cas.  His mom is my cousin.  It seems we’ve always lived far apart from each other, so it was such a treat to spend an evening with her family over yummy thai food, and the best red velvet cake, and meet a new family member!

I’ve photographed many precious babies, but never have I seen a baby strike a pose like this!  He looks like a force to be reckoned with, doesn’t he?

In the midst of serious faces, peaked a beautiful smile!

Congratulations cousin!

A day older, a year older

This is a little random…

I’m really bad with names (I will forget coworkers names sometimes if I am off for a week),

But old friends, I won’t forget you or the details about you… I cherish old friends…

I’m really bad with comprehending foreign accents in both English and Korean, so imagine how bad my comprehension is in French.

I get so drained after engaging in a large group of people… whether it’s a networking event, or it’s my own birthday party.

Today, I’m one day older than yesterday, but also a year older than yesterday.

The number next to my name seem strangely large. 3-1… I think I imagined my self as 25, then somewhere around 45, but not much in between…

In the midst of a lot of things on my mind, this day quickly sneaked up on me.  I pondered a bit about what I’d want for my birthday this year… gift is one of my most prominent love-languages, so I want to really make sure it’s a gift I can really use, or have for a long time.  My dad sent me converted DVD clips of my childhood videos…  boy, I really didn’t have perfect pitch back then… =)

This year, Boston has been kind enough to give me a birthday that could almost resemble a spring day, rather than a winter day.  I’m thankful for that.  As far as celebrating the day, I thought hard about how to go about it… After much pondering, I decided get dressed up and have a quiet birthday with a few kindred spirits, and let my mind rest.

My dad sent me a card that touched me a lot… it said:

What you are wished on your birthday…


in yourself for all the wonderful things you’ve accomplished, for all the goals you’ve met-


to test your own limits one day, one challenge at a time-


to live your truth and honor the amazing person you continue to become-

and Time…

to make a life so full of joy it’s overflowing.

May your birthday and the year ahead be filled with joyful moments, endless possibilities, and so many dreams come true.

(if you think that’s touching, you should see the written part… )

I miss my mom… and the amazing birthday cards she used to write me.

This is going to be big year… a lot may happen this year.  But in the midst of it, I still love the quiet things.  Snuggling up in the corner of a couch, the sweet decadent romantic dessert Dan made for my birthday, the few stems of bold flowers, the quiet music playing in the background, and reminiscing at old pictures.

With my mom when I was 3.

Dan’s sweet creations…

and a preview of more to come…

To my Seattle friends, receiving your dear wishes for my birthday makes me miss you and Seattle all the more.  Thank you for your ongoing friendships despite the distance.

To my Boston friends, thank you for the new friendships that feel like old friendships!


Sukhee - when you say “a preview of more to come” with a baby picture, does that mean….?

hehe…did I just start something? :)

Happy Birthday, Jules!!!

Angie - Too funny Sukhee! I thought the same thing! :)
Hope you enjoyed your birthday Jules!

jules - =) well, that baby does share some genes with me… he is my cousin’s son, on my dad side… you two stop jumping the gun! ;)

susan - hahahahaha… well, maybe u should change your wording on your blog.. cause i thought the same thing! 31 is a great year to have a baby, no? :)