You guys. I daydream. A lot! I daydream about lots of things, traveling the world, living on a boat in the Mediterranean, eating everything I love all the time, having a pet cat (except I am allergic to cats), winning the lottery, my kids keeping their room clean and having a little office/studio space all of my own. Well, the last one has happened!!! Yesterday was the best day because I got to move into my own office in the best location. I am now working inside my own little office inside The Parlour at Manns Chapel, in Chapel Hill!!! It's adorable and I share the building with the owners of this wonderful wedding venue, Yvette and Aimee, Krystal Kast Photographers (my dear, wonderful friend) and Kast Events (Cheryl-Anne is just an amazing wedding planner)! I feel like we are all going to be great friends in no time at all because they are all the kindest, sweetest people, and I am just over joyed with my new space. OVERJOYED!!! It's beautiful! I especially cannot wait for some bits of furniture to arrive to give it that finished feel. I had this moment of total elation when I turned off the lights and locked my door yesterday. It was such a good feeling.
I am going to be doing all my edits here as well as all my future meetings and consults! No more coffeehouses!!! I am so thrilled about every single bit of this news! Feel free to come join me and chat. I'll be here Monday through Friday from 8:20 to 2:15. Just pop in and say HELLO!!!
The only downside: I cannot stay in yoga pants all day.
I spend 99.9% of my time photographing people, or wedding sentimental items and I realized that I've never really tried macro photography. Not really. Well, here's a go at it. I took the little ones to NCBG to give them a little photography lesson and I tried something new too. If you want a print for your own, head on over to the gallery. I think I'm going to make postcards out of a couple of them. I haven't decided which yet, if you have a favorite let me know. You may just get a note in the mail.
It's been quite a year. Amazing. There were so many fantastic moments. A few very hard moments. I've gotten to explore more of North Carolina and the East Coast. I've made some friends. And I've had so many special happy moments that just thinking about them make me tear up a little. These are some random shots throughout the year. Most work related and some very personal.
Here it is. 2013.
It was so great to be there at the beginning of lives together. To see baby's come into the world. I learned so many things. New tricks. What I really like and what I don't. For one, I decided that I really love hora's. I love the faces fathers make when they get the first glimpse of their baby. I love seeing how people interact with each other.
This brings us to October. Then something awful happened. When I was a kid, we always lived very close to family. If not with extended family. When I was really small we lived my an gong (grandfather) and ah ma (grandmother), my auntie mama, uncles up in San Francisco. Then we moved back down to San Diego and we always lived within a few miles of my Auntie Peggy and Uncle Min and my two cousins, Erika and Marika. We were super close. We were always there. Uncle Min's cooking was my comfort food. Erika used to take me out with her friends to movies and always spent alot of time with me even though she was 8 years older. Then in October we lost my cousin Erika. She was one of the kindest people ever. I zipped on down to San Diego. It was wonderful because I got to see family that I haven't seen in years. I got to meet new family members that had been born. I got to get closer with my cousins than I ever had.
Erika had a traditional Chinese and Burmese funeral and her ashes were scattered in the Pacific. The Burmese monks came down from Los Angeles and the ceremony was at home. When Erika's sons put the urn in the water the pelicans flew over. These are the saddest photos I've ever taken.
(note: The gold paper boats are to give her wealth in her next life. They were burned after the ceremony.)
And then back home. I was glad to be back but I have to admit I was off for a little bit. Emotional. Everything seemed so much more important. My family especially. My babys. My time. Even the photographs I took. Everything. It was so great to get back to normalcy. It was especially to come back and photograph a baby come into this world.
Things I'm going to do this year differently. I'm going to make all my clients feel special. I'm going to try to be a bad ass at customer service. I'm going to set hours. I'm going to do more things for me. I'm getting some new hobbies (like right now, I'm trying to learn to speak mandarin. And I'm gonna get good with my bow and arrows)
It was an incredible year. I am so ever grateful that I got to photograph all these families. It is so incredibly flattering to be invited to be such an great part in so many peoples lives.
Thank you thank you thank you thank you Everyone For making it amazing.
Harper and Greg had this amazing wedding! I've never seen so many people have such a great time. It seemed like each and everyone of their guests were the life of the party!!!! Harper and Greg are such sweet goofballs anyways, that it only seems fitting.
Thanks to Jaquelyn Rodgers for second shooting for me.
These two have known each other since they were seven! Seven! But Mike was an Army Brat so he moved around a lot. They reconnected during high school and then he moved. Amazingly enough, they were able to reconnect again. He's been living in in Chapel Hill, building 104 West this new building right on Franklin st.. I got a tour of the building during our session and it was amazing! One of the apartments up there has this gorgeous view of the trees and hills. I fell in love. I told him that we could trade their photo session for the apartment. It didn't fly. She has been working at Monterey Bay Aquarium. Which is one of my favorite indoor places in the world! If you haven't been, the jellyfish room alone is worth the ticket. OhMyGoodness!!! BIOLUMINESCENCE!!! It's is the coolest thing in the natural world.
Anyways, we started out our session at Sugarland Bakery. I've had tons of their wedding cakes. Delicious! His kids and his dad came along, they had some gelato. Then I discovered that these two people are hysterical! I mean really really funny. They made me laugh so hard throughout the entire evening. Then we walked over to the UNC campus where we found a nice view of the Morehead Planetarium and he got down on one knee and game Amelia a ring. She cried and smiled. He smiled the biggest smile. They kissed. I cried. And on that note, I give you the photographs....