blog_title_decorationHOW TO LOOK NATURAL IN PHOTOS

Confession time: I hate being photographed.

Okay, okay. I might be exaggerating just a bit. But, it’s definitely not my favorite activity in the world! The truth is, the more and more experience I have on the other side of the lens, the more comfortable I feel! Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to help you look natural in photos. Also, be sure to read this post for even more insight.

1. MENTALLY PREPARE. I don’t want to go all woo-woo on you, but it’s all about your attitude. Believe you’re going to have a great time and look fantastic, and I promise you will! As a bonus, be sure to select clothing that looks and feels good. Don’t force anything unnatural or uncomfortable. If you prefer jeans and a tee, that’s totally cool. Before the session, if you’re so inclined, treat yourself to a mani/pedi, hair cut, etc. and on the day of, if you don’t want to worry about doing your own hair and makeup, hire a stylist to help bring out your best.

2. FOCUS ON YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. My number one secret while at the shoot: focus on each other! When I feel uncomfortable in front of the camera, I grab my husband’s hand or nuzzle into his neck in an effort to partially hide my face. It totally works, and those intimate cuddly photos are beautiful too. That being said, I promised we’ll get tons of classics shots of you looking right at the camera, but we might have to work up to that.

3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO LAUGH. At the beginning, you’re probably going to feel a bit awkward. That’s ok. Embrace it and laugh it off. It’s kinda like that fear we had in middle school of doing something so embarrassing that the entire school would talk about it for months. In retrospect, no one cares, right? I’m laid back and I don’t judge. In fact, if you look awkward, that’s on me. Let me worry about the posing and making the session so fun you forget to be uncomfortable!

4. PDAs ARE A-OK. I know it feels a little awkward to kiss in front of someone as they snap your photos, but I promise, it’s not weird for me at all. (And, that’s not as creepy as it sounds!) I love documenting love, so go ahead and give each other lots of hugs and kisses. In fact, I encourage you to cozy up. If the idea of lots of strangers around feels weird, we’ll choose a secluded location for your session. Going back to #2, if you’re focused on each other, it helps remove the feeling of staring in the camera like a deer in headlights.

BONUS: GETTING MARRIED? OPT FOR AN ENGAGEMENT SESSION FIRST. The number one thing I hear from brides and grooms: “We are so awkward in photos.” I always laugh, because I hear it all the time. ALL. THE. TIME. Then at your session or wedding I discover you’re actually supermodels in the making. How you feel matters, so if you feel as though you’re awkward, let’s do a trial run with an engagement session so I can prove you wrong! Then it’ll be smooth sailing on your wedding day.

For my clients: please be sure to email me to request my session guide with tons more information.

Images captured on the Contax 645, and Canon 1V with Fuji 400h film


Introducing sweet baby Oskar. I got to meet his family at his mama’s studio maternity session a few short weeks before his birth, and I was beyond honored to photograph them all together again as an official family of 4! Oskar is named after his great great grandfather who came over from Sweden to the U.S. as a first generation immigrant. He’s already an international baby with his mom’s Korean and American roots mixed in as well! Oskar is calm and gentle; content being wrapped like a little burrito or in mom & dad’s arms. Big brother, Ari, held him too, and it was so fun to see the sweet little moments between the brothers.

Hyojin, Jade, Ari & Oskar, thank you for inviting me into your beautiful home to capture this special moment in your lives.

Images captured on the Contax 645 with Fuji 400h, and Ilford XP2 film


Gerry proposed to Hilary after a whirlwind fall weekend in New England. They drove from Boston, through New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine, enjoying the beautiful landscape filled with fall colors. Of course, they didn’t want to the weekend to end, and little did Hilary realize the best part was still to come after their flight home. As soon as they returned to their apartment in Houston, Hilary was welcomed to a home full of flowers, candles, and the couple’s song on repeat. Gerry told Hilary that home was wherever they were together and got down on one knee to propose.

The planning began and the couple decided to get married in Hilary’s home state. Though they are planning from afar, and we didn’t get a chance to meet in person before they chose me to be their wedding photographer, I felt like an old friend the second we finally met for their engagement session. Hilary and Gerry are just genuinely joyful people and together they’re just the sweetest. We greeted each other with big hugs, and for the next hour or two it was non-stop conversation about dating, weddings, life, and everything in between, laughing from start to finish. When I can connect with my couples and they trust me to let me in, that’s when the photos really get to the heart of them, and represent their love.

Thank you for Hilary and Gerry, for the amazing evening and the delish dinner and cocktails afterwards at one of my new favorite restaurants, Alma. I’m already counting the days until October!