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Sedona, AZ

I snuck away for a short weekend get-away to Arizona with my good friend Tina.  I was feeling a bit stressed out with everything in life and needed to relax and clear my head.  We left Friday night and drove for 5.5 hours to Avondale where Tina’s cousin lives.  The next day we drove 1.5 hours to Sedona to do some hiking.  The weather was PERFECT….cool, crisp and clear.

Bell Rock

Bell Rock

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We did some light hiking and a few of us hiked up to the top.  I’m usually up for adventurous hiking, but the height scared me.  I knew I could make it up, but coming back down was going to be a problem.  The rocks became very steep and almost vertical.  Plus, I didn’t want to lug my camera up with me….what a cop out, right?  Oh well.

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Tina’s cousins, Yumi & Jerry, Tina and Tina’s boyfriend, Veng.  Veng was actually coming down with the flu, but he hung in there.  I think he ended up getting more sick that night.  Oops!

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Me & Tina being silly.  Tina obviously isn’t as naturally dorky as I am.

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And the last one of Tina & Veng.  Thanks for letting me tag along.  I had a lot of fun catching up and sleeping in!

Mimi

I was going through my camera and found this picture of Mimi from the day she got her hair cut. I was snapping away and giggled when I saw this one.

"The Baby"

"The Baby"

Learning More

One of my all-time favorite photographers is Sarah K Chen.  Not only do I think she’s an amazing photographer and that her work is beautiful, but she has become a friend as well and I’m so appreciative of her kindness and willingness to help me and Crystal.  We met Sarah and her family for dinner tonight where we discussed life, family and photography.  Crystal and I are just starting out and we had a million questions about everything from technical matters to personal matters.  She and her husband were so great about filling us in on what we need to know to get started.  I am so thankful for that and have taken away some very useful knowledge to get my business moving.

I have a slow and steady plan for several reasons and thought that I didn’t need to rush to do anything offiicial.  I realize now that this is the best time for me to get the official things underway as I’m learning and growing so I can be better prepared to reach my goals.  I feel more confident knowing what I can expect ahead.

Sarah is so awesome!

Midnight

12:15 a.m. to be exact.  I’ve been super amped about photography for the past couple of weeks and have been up way past midnight every night when I should be going to bed no later than 11:30.  What am I doing while I’m up?  Everything photography (obsessive much?)….researching, blog stalking, learning, thinking and tonight, doing.  I had 2 shoots last weekend and am processing the food design shoot tonight.  I’m almost done!  I can probably finish the rest in the next hour, but I am already way past my bedtime.  I hope to get to the boudoir shoot this weekend.  I’m afraid my late nights are going to catch up to me very, very soon.  If only I didn’t have to work full-time, but someone has to bring home the bacon.  *sigh*

More pictures to come very soon.  Good night.

Put Your Shoes On

I am having such a hard time focusing on life!  I just can’t stop thinking about photography.  It’s all I want to talk about, read about, learn about and do.  I wake up every morning thinking about it and wishing I didn’t have to go to work.  I come home from work and jump on the computer as soon as I can, sometimes foregoing dinner until I realize I’m starving, stalking all of my favorite photographer’s blogs.  When I go to bed I think about the possibilities that lie ahead and I feel so anxious to get moving.  Yes, I am a bit of a freak.

I feel like mentally and emotionally I’m here and ready.  But physically I’m not quite.  I’ve always been the kind of person that dreams so much that you have to pry my head out of the clouds just to get me back to reality.  And when I’m back in reality I feel unsettled, like I’m not where I should be.  I find myself saying “I can’t wait until blank and blank happens” or “I can’t wait until I’m blank in my life.”  This can be a bit of a problem and I really need to find the balance between dreaming and living.  I have to remind myself often that I need to enjoy the present and not worry about the future.  I read somewhere that it’s not all about the destination, but about the journey.

So I think I’m going to take a deep breath and start enjoying this journey.  It’s only the beginning and I’m just putting on my running shoes training and preparing for this steady marathon.  I have a ways to go and am only in training mode, but I have faith I will get to the finish line.  Slow and steady.  Put your shoes on….

Remember me?

I’ve been MIA for quite some time and for no good reason.  Wellll….maybe there is a decent reason for my absence.  I declared to the world (or the 2 people that actually read my blog) back in August that photography will become my life and my new career because this is my passion and this will fulfill my need to do something that matters to me.  To be honest, when I proclaimed this I wasn’t sure if I was up to the challenge.  I wasn’t sure if I lost my passion…I just wasn’t sure.  And so I decided to stay hidden beneath the shadows and pretend like I didn’t just announce to everyone I know that I wanted to become a wedding photographer.  I spoke out loud because I wanted to be held accountable and then I actually felt kind of stupid for speaking too soon because I wasn’t sure.

Since August, I’ve been hiding in obscurty, but I still thought about her, Photography, everyday.  She nagged me deep, deep inside asking me when she can come out and play and I kept trying to ignore her because I didn’t want to talk to her.  I didn’t want to let her out and play and watch her fall flat on her face and fail.  I didn’t want her to try and then find out she sucked.  I didn’t want her to face the fears of chasing a dream.  Isn’t it better to just live a safe life rather than go for the unknown?  I thought so for that time because I was and still am scared.  I’m scared of it all, but lately, I started to see things in a different light.

Things are going fairly well at my current job, but as I worked my butt off I realized I was working my butt of for someone else.  I am constantly having to make sure I do a good job and it was all for someone else.  I was working through lunch, staying an hour late each night, and stressing out about my performance all for someone else.  This isn’t right…I should be doing all of this for me and for something that I love because, then, it would be worth it.  So the wheels starting turning again and even faster and more furious than before.  Little Ms. Photography was pounding at the door again anxious to come show herself and this time, I’m letting her.  Slowly, but surely she’s going to come out to play.  I’ve been learning a lot and I’m so anxious to learn more, as much as I can absorb.  Crystal has been teaching me and is encouraging me to practice, practice, practice and that is what I’m devoting this year to.

So, world (my 2 readers), I’m ready and so excited to begin this journey with you, again.  I promise you I won’t go MIA again because I no longer feel fear.  Fear can come and breathe its stank breath in my face and I won’t flinch.  I know there will be ups and downs and I may feel like I suck, but I won’t let it get the best of me.  I’m here to stay and here’s a new picture of me and my new sassy attitude, courtesy of my sister, Crystal Le.

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Hello world!

My name is Catherine Tang and I am finally taking the leap into photography.  I’ve always enjoyed a beautiful picture, but it wasn’t until I was planning my wedding last year did I realize the power of a photograph.  I have since been obsessed with photography and every day it’s all I can think about.  I was afraid to do anything with my fantasies in real life though for fear of failure.

I’ve been on a journey of self discovery for the past 8 years.  What do I want to do with my life?  Fortunate or unfortunate, I am a passionate person.  I recently got a new job in the fashion industry and thought that this would fulfill me because of my long time interest in the fashion and retail industry.  I thought I would be re-energized and wake up every morning thanking my lucky stars for landing the job of my dreams.  It has been 2 months, and to my surprise, the energy is slowly, but surely dissipating.  Isn’t this what my passion is?  My passion has the power to take me far, but also can hold me back from reaching my highest potential if I’m not in the right place.

How does all of this relate to photography?  I love weddings and I love all of the emotions that surrounds a wedding.  I can assure you I’m not a crazy bride who just won’t move on.  I want to be a wedding photographer. I want this to be my career.  I want to capture the happiest moments and freeze them in time.  I am admitting it…I WANT TO BE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER.

It’s not easy to admit that to myself and definitely not easy to publicly admit it to you.  Because now I’m held accountable.  I’m accountable for making it happen.  I’m accountable for chasing my dreams.  I’m accountable whether I succeed or fail.  I hope this will be the beginning of good times for me and for you.  I’m on my way and whatever the outcome, I’m happy that I will never look back and regret not taking the leap.

Welcome to my world!