I spent the beginning of turning 26 years old and the end of 2017 enjoying Korea with my best friend. My year was rough but the fact that I was able to go through it all with the amazing support groups of friends and family reminds me how thankful I am to be alive everyday and being able to give back to those who give me so much love and support.
In the beginning of 2017, I spent it with meeting my best pen pal who I've known since the asian town/asianavenue days (I was probably too young to have one just like all the youngsters on facebook but it happened) and it connected me with other artists and taught me to learn HTML coding and graphic work. Who knew how much that time in my life would help me in the future for my career.
After endless conversations with my artist friends and family, I pushed myself to collaborate take a hold of my anxiety and brave myself to work with more artists, fashion designers, photographers, models, etc. I even managed to work with a bunch of guys. It was nerve wrecking but I'm so thankful for everyone who was willing to work with me. I learned so much about my limitations and the expectations I throw upon myself to fulfill.
The biggest reward this year was finally scheduling a knee joint surgery for my mom (yes, completely off topic with the arts) but it was one of the reasons I held back on so many projects. My time during school was dedicated to taking care of her, something I chose to do for myself. After three years, we finally were able to find a diagnosis and get an approval to have it done. She's doing great now, it was nerve wrecking for her but she braved through it and now she's the same as she was before her knees started hurting.
I am very grateful for all the fashion designers I got to work with this year. I got a taste of fashion photography and I was thrilled with every shoot.
My favorite part besides all the shoots was getting to travel. I like to think this was the year I've done the most traveling as I went to shoot weddings as a second shooter with my friend in different states and cities that I haven't been to. Yes, I still do absolutely love photographing the details in weddings. Some collaborations involved traveling and those are by far some of my favorite as well even though they were also nerve wrecking. Whenever I was stressed out with something happening at home or at work, there was always an opportunity on the side telling me to take a break for the weekend and take a break from the stress. I am and will always thankful to those who included me.
I worked on many productions which I never considered it before. The first experience was super fun and my sister just threw me into it because they needed a photographer but then before I knew it, I was included in more productions and I loved every single one of them. They challenged me but at the same time kept me on my foot cause I love behind the scenes stuff and then to be the one to capture that, I'm still very in love with it as you may be able to tell. Sadly, I can't post any of those up YET but they will soon all be up and I can finally show you all those fun experiences I had this year.
I also did an exclusive photoshoot with a magazine that will be coming out soon. I'm super excited to announce it so look forward to that as I'm in the works for another shoot with them.
Thank you for every one of you whom has been following my artistry path and who's been a supporter from the start. I know I'm not the best at updating this blog (I've gotten better with the website and my new works) but we all know I'm better on Instagram :P thank you for every new client who trusts in my vision for your engagement/couple/wedding shoot. I've loved every couple/engagement/wedding I've shot so far.
** I'll have a blog post about my travel to korea soon