Photos shot in Honolulu, Hawaii
I started 2016 with a mission to re-invent myself. 2016 was insane because I had just gotten out of a 4-year relationship and for the first time in a long time, I started to question what were the things that truly made me me. I rediscovered my love for art and read a ton of books. I explored LA more. I made new friends and rebuilt relationships. And just when I thought things were settled, I made the decision to go freelance.
Our natural instinct is to be scared when big changes happen in our lives. The most crippling part of pursuing my passion has always been fear of the unknown, and I was terrified after the breakup and then my career change. Both times I thought I would have to move back home to San Francisco, but both times I was reminded that God is good and He provides. I really believe you get as much back as you put into the world. It's all about perspective and having a good attitude. Despite the big changes last year, I'm thankful that I've met and gotten to work with so many supportive and talented people in LA.
2016 was also the year where I traveled the most. I am incredibly lucky to have the opportunities I did to travel and work. And it was in the midst of traveling and rediscovering myself that I learned we aren't alone in this world after all.
"And it was in the midst of traveling and rediscovering myself that I learned we aren't alone in this world after all."
I'm writing this to remind you guys (and myself) that life doesn't have to be perfect. I went through so many big changes but also good changes last year. I've also made many mistakes over the course of 2016, and unfortunately, I've burned some bridges. But the important thing is that we grow and learn from each other. And for those of you who are in the midst of your creative pursuits, this is a friendly reminder that it doesn't have to be an individualistic one.
When I first decided to pursue photography, there weren't too many female role models I could look up to. I looked to what few females I could find in the industry at the time, like Annie Liebowitz, Rosie Hardy, and Chen Man, but I had no way of knowing if I was making the right decisions for my career or not. Especially being so far from my friends and family in San Francisco, it really did feel like it was me against the world and every girl for herself back then.
But if I've learned anything in the past year, it's that it's not enough to just produce good work. Character matters more. Being kind matters. Surround yourself with inspiring women that can teach you how to grow as a female in the industry.
We aren't alone in our career paths.
Everyone in LA is a dreamer, so seek them out.
It's not every girl for herself.
Let's grow together.
& on that note, thank you all for your support for the last post! I know it's taken me a while to get blogging off the ground, but I'm hoping the Q&A will be a weekly segment on this blog. So this means, ask more questions!
& for those of you that submitted your Q's, thank you! I've read through all your questions and can't wait to answer them.
Be sure to check back next Monday for the second Q&A post!