In 2009, I was introduced to photography and started to pursue the craft of ‘painting with light’ where my work was receiving recognition that spread rapidly throughout family, friends, and communities. Since then, I had the opportunity to photograph many weddings, commercial, editorial fashion, and being a guest speaker at many events. I’ve been published on many blogs, magazines, and social media such as: WeddingWire Couple's Choice Award, Premier Bride Magazine, MOD Wedding Blog, and CBS News!
While treading along weddings, I wanted to detour my talents towards a personal level…family and Korean 1st Birthdays. The history and importance of Korean 1st Birthdays is that ancient history, the death rates for children were high and many children died before their first birthday due to many diseases, poor health care, and economic issues. When the child is lucky to have made it to his/her 1st year it became an important milestone for the baby and parents. The whole village used to celebrate a baby's first birthday by sharing food, wishing for long life, and good fortune for the baby. It could also define who they would be when they grow older by choosing items such as mallet destined to be a magistrate or ink brush destined to be a scholar.
I’ve always felt more personal with these type of events due to the fact that I hardly had any 1st birthday photos of myself as my parents were enslaving themselves 7 days a week, 15 hours work days, and coming home to my brother and I providing the best care they could provide. I’ve always thanked and respected them for everything they’ve done.
The adversity I went through showed me the importance of family and their bonding events as life moves forward. It is with that exact reasoning that I would like to provide my creative talent for families as those images have a personal meaning to me much as it does to my clients.
Being in a family or having a family is a luxury that we must cherish and not take for granted.