You can't fake being genuine to people, they will smell it from a mile away. I absolutely love what I do and it's written on my face from the second I show up with a smile, until the moment I leave wishing them a farewell and a fast sale of their property. What happens in between that time though is where the real magic lies. The human connection that you can build with people by just listening to them and empathizing is the reason I feel so alive and continue to do what I do. I love learning from other people's experiences and insight and I don't mind at all when the homeowners follow me around their house from room to room. It gives me a chance to meet new people and connect on a much deeper level.
I first met this family when I came to photograph their house that was about to be put on the market. The pictures you see here are not of the house they had for sale but a house that they just purchased and recently moved into. Their house sold fairly quickly (within a week) even with the price being in the upper $500k range AND it being winter. I'm not saying that the beautiful pictures I took of their home had anything to do with it, but I'm also not saying it didn't ;)
Anyway, after they settled into their new home and had a chance to add their own personal touches, the husband and wife asked their realtor for my phone number so they could contact me personally to come and shoot it. This isn't the first time I have been called by former homeowners wanting me to take pictures again. I've shot weddings, headshots, sports events and other various photography jobs.
When I knock on the door I never know who is going to open it up and that's what I love about my job. I myself am mixed Vietnamese/White and grew up in the Northern Virginia area, right outside of D.C.. I had the pleasure to go to school with kids from many different ethnicities, backgrounds, and beliefs. The thing is I never saw them as different, they were my classmates and friends. I feel that those life experiences as a young child growing up in a melting pot of races has made me the person I am today.
Am I the best at what I do? Certainly not. What I can tell you is that I am always learning and trying to improve my skill set. That's why my company's slogan is "small change, BIG DIFFERENCE." Through constant small improvements and a willing to look back and learn from my mistakes, that has made the biggest difference in my life. I will always be grateful and humbled when I am asked for an encore.