Tea Party with Mina

Wow. Just. Look. At. Those. Eyes.

Meet Mina, a gorgeous gal who hates coffee and loves tea. In her words, coffee makes her sleepy!  A dance student all her life, she hopes one day give back and teach dance to underprivileged kids.  During our shoot, she was the perfect Alice for my wonderland.

Check out the photos of her enjoying some tea and crumpets!

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Happy Blogiversary

One year ago this site went live. That’s right it’s my BLOGIVERSARY!  <hands explode in imaginary confetti toss>

To my mysterious readers out there, thank you for following along.  I have no idea who you are but I do have a hunch that you’re ridiculously good looking. And since you’re here, great taste too. =P  No really, from the bottom of my heart thank you for taking the time to peek into my world.  It mean so much that I can share my photography journey with you.

This last year has been quite a journey indeed.  It wasn’t very long ago that I was just a girl intimidated by the buttons on my shiny new camera.  But I’ve slowly shed my amateur title and  replaced it with a photography groove.  And you know what, that groove is pretty delicious.  I’m finally creating photos I’m proud of. I’m carving out my style.  And most importantly I’m growing as a photographer and person.  It’s been a damn good year.

Mind you I still have a LOT of room for improvement.  I’m always fighting insecurities.  And I’m still pretty darn far from the end goal.  But you know what, I’m better off than I was yesterday.  And forward motion is definitely something to be proud of.

A note to other photographers out there, especially those just starting out.  My one piece of advice is to SHARE YOUR WORLD.  Stop banishing your photos to the dark corners of your hard drives and let the world in on what makes you you. There is no one out there that ever has or ever will have the same amazing unique perspective you will… and it deserves to be seen.  Even if your first step is not photography related, ‘do something today that you’re future self will thank you for.’

I am so glad I started this blog one year ago.  Here’s to another good year. For me. For you.

<3 Young

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Down by the Creek with Dorie

Meet Dorie.  A psychology student with a passion for all things nature. This was one of my favorite shoots to date because on top of being gorgeous she was not afraid to feel the dirt underneath her bare toes. Her free spirit was perfectly at home in our park setting photoshoot. We had a lot of fun exploring the diversity of the creek while chatting about our dogs, Vietnamese food, and life.

I adored how down to earth and spontaneous she was.  No hesitation whatsoever when I asked her to climb the biggest tree in the park, even if we got some funny looks.  Isn’t it a shame that it’s socially unacceptable for adults to climb trees?  The world would be a better place if we hung out in branches more often–you know just spending the afternoon watching the sun change color through the leaves… but hey I digress.

Check out the awesomeness that is Dorie.  Don’t be surprised if you want to climb a tree afterwards.

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Memphis’ Baptism

This maybe his first white suit, but I’m sure it won’t be his last.  The kid’s got style.  Come on just look at that flowing hair!  And his name is Memphis, how indie rocker cool is that?

I had the pleasure of photographing his baptism last Saturday at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in San Jose.  Though not too enthusiastic about taking pictures, what he lacked in posing skills he made up in high fives and giggles.  Check out the pictures from his first big suit & tie day.

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As beautiful as that mop of curly hair is, sadly it’s going to be gone soon.  But not forever – his parents will be donating the clipping to Locks of Love.  Yes some kid out there will be rocking the Memphis.

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