I’ve held a camera for a long time. When I took my first photography class in high school, I couldn’t believe the fun I was having despite the broken light meter. But when the time came for college, photography didn’t occur to me as a career, but more of a side thing. So in the midst of my intense industrial design (engineering+art curriculum) courses, I took as much photography as time allowed, and it felt too “fun” to be “legitimate”.
For nearly 10 years, I pursued hard to be the best Industrial Designer I can be. And the hard work paid off.
After Dan and I got married, we started photographing weddings together. Further training peaked my interest, and I branched out to other aspects of photography. And then a time came when my passion for photography exceeded my passion for my industrial design career, and the amount of time I had after a full time job wasn’t enough to do justice to the photography demand. It wasn’t an easy decision though, this decision meant I was operating a business, and not a steady pay check with benefits and W-2 forms. It meant I was entering a new career after investing 10+ years of my life into a demanding, cut throat career. It sounded crazy in my head. I had to pray through it for a long time, get respected outsiders’ assessment on my work, and most of all discuss with Dan to make sure we were wholeheartedly on the same page.
At the end of April, 2010, I resigned from my full time design job to be a full time photographer. Though on occasion, people painstakingly ask, ‘so you aren’t working anymore?’ photography is a lot of work beyond being behind the camera, just ask my sleep deprived body.
I’m sharing this with you, to express that I am very serious and passionate about this, and with this new chapter, I’ll be bringing even faster replies to my clients, more attention to details, and best of my best to be the boutique photographer I trained to be. But also hope that my replies aren’t going out at 3 in the morning, and I’m all zombie the next day~