It's been awhile since I have done a personal post so bear with me.
I have been blessed to have been able to travel all around the country these past couple of months, some for work and some for leisure. It's been great making new friends in all these different places. I'm so happy to have met you all.
This monday, I am moving to Dallas Fort Worth, Texas to start a new chapter in my life. I'm going to be attending the School of Music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is a two year masters program. I'm going to be majoring in Vocal Performance because singing is something that has always been in my life. I have never been trained in it, and I desire to get some formal training.
It didn't really hit me until this week that I was leaving since I'm packing and trying to sort out everything. I have mixed feelings. On one hand, I'm really excited to go to Seminary, to make new friends and to learn about music and theology. On the other hand, I'm a bit sad because I was actually taking a liking to Columbus, especially after graduating college. The people here and my church community are amazing and I feel as if I'm leaving my family. Just today at church, I was reminiscing with a good friend of mine John about the first day I came to 4C and how things were much more simple back then. Good times.
I know seminary is where God wants me and what God has called me to at this moment, so that is where I'm going!
With this massive change, I decided that the website needs a change also. So with the help of my good friend Kevan, I have a new look! It's totally different from the original and I'm still trying to sort things out and make it look like I want it to. It's updated with new photographs and new videos of my work.
In terms of photography, all of it is kind of up in the air. Since I'm moving, I kind of lose my "networks". If people want to fly me out to do their weddings, I'd be more than willing to do so. I don't know how much wedding photography I will be doing but I'm not worried. I know I'm called to use my creativity in some form or another. Things might start shifting to more personal work or I might be doing different projects. Who knows!? I still have 4 wedding highlights to post so keep an eye out for them.
I hate saying good bye...and I'm terrible at them, but to all my friends in Columbus, farewell? You all have played an important part in shaping who I am as a person. I'm very grateful for you all letting me be a part of your lives.
Before I left for my trip, I had the fortunate opportunity to photograph the Wang Family! They have been so kind to me taking me in and feeding me during the holidays since my family doesn't live around me anymore! So photographing them was a pretty fun time. I kept it short and simple, nothing to crazy. I just found some good light and placed them in front of it!
Started with some test shots to see where the light was falling and where I needed to put some light in.
some more test shots, missed focus =(
used a flash and shot it upward to reflect off the low ceiling. This created a nice soft, even, overhead softbox
You always have to throw the solemn pose in
Brothers goofing off
Put them at the edge of shadow where they light is just hitting the backs. (backlighting always wins)
It's finally here! My graduation! I will be graduating this Sunday at the Schott Center! But that's too easy! Let's add some more excitement to it...here is my schedule before graduation
Thursday: Drive to Virginia to prep for PSam's wedding (korean bbq, some fun mixed in)
Friday: B-roll/prep for PSam's wedding/wedding rehearsal/rehearsal dinner
Saturday: film entire wedding by myself/photobooth/drive back to columbus after wedding (will arrive sometime early sunday morning)
Sunday: graduation rehearsal/graduation/graduation dinner/grad party!
It's going to be an amazing weekend, I will be exhausted but very happy!
I should be studying for my last final, but I am procrastinating. Here is a photograph of my friend Karl's baby. I know it has nothing do with graduation, but he's cute!
Over Winter Break, I attended my church's Winter Youth Retreat. It was a blast seeing all these guys get pumped up and really learn about who God is and what He is about. I was asked to serve in the roles of worship and video. Every year, there is a mistake that I make and something that I learn. I'm always humbled in some sort of way and this year was no different. There were times that I stepped in when I shouldn't have, there were times where I should have trusted where I didn't; there were times that I spoke when I should have just stayed quiet. It just really shows my weaknesses and what areas I severely lack in. Although the retreat theme was Passion, I felt God speaking to me in a different way. I felt God was speaking to me about a time of quiet and of stillness, to really be still and quiet and listen.
Being a photographer, student, worship leader, and a small group leader, doesn't really give me much time. So my time with God easily gets pushed off to the side. Which is awful =/ I feel very convicted and sad that I have neglected the one thing that should be first and foremost. I have been so focused on taking care of everyone else that I have forgotten to take care of myself. So this is where I am. I know what I need to do.
Whoo, that was a loaded little post. Sorry about that ><
Alright! In addition to doing some worship while I was at retreat. I was in charge of doing all the video there (by myself). The night before the end of the retreat, I stayed up in the cafeteria until 5:30am editing the video so that it would be able to be shown at the Praising into the New Year. So here it is! Instead of calling it a SDE (same day edit), you could call it a SRE (same retreat edit), get it?! hahaha...
Meet Sarah and Ted! Right as I sat down at the Starbucks we were meeting, I knew that this was a pretty cool couple! I think they have a really cool life story, especially how they met! I can't reveal too much, but let's just say they met through mutual friends who were dating but about to break up. They say that they don't photograph well. But after photographing them for their engagement session at Scioto Mile, I kind of don't believe them. I'll let you decide!
I wanted to do the shoot indoors since it's december and...really cold outside, but they convinced me to photograph them outside. Although it was cold, I think they were right to shoot it outside. I got some really good photographs! Thank you to my lovely assistant Paul Woo, who is currently in Kenya on a mission trip, I couldn't have done it without you.
Sometimes mid sentence photographs are pretty awesome
Huddle/Cuddle for warmth!
I rarely do silhouette photographs, but I snuck a couple in. I really like this one alot
You guys look pretty awesome in this one.
The bridge lights up at night with a whole bunch of LED's and this is the result. Some awesome photos!
In addition to the engagement session, they requested a design for a save the date! I had my good friend/designer Norman Ai do the design and he came up with this awesome Save the Date! They wanted to do a combined Christmas card and Save the Date. Good stuff!
Sarah and Ted, I look forward to photographing your wedding next year!