Disclaimer: I hear Ludicrus in the back of my head every time i think of Atlanta.
We just came back from a wonderful wedding weekend in Georgia. We spent most of our weekend in a small town, 40 mins out side of Atlanta. Because there are so many pictures I wanted to share of the wedding and sites we saw and the food we ate (well, mostly just the food we ate), I decided to break this post up into two parts.
(BTW, I was pleasantly surprised to find out Atlanta is considerably more metropolitan than I had expected. I thought the city was going to be down right southern but instead the city had a very east coast feel, similar to the DC area. Atlanta is a beautiful city and definitely worth visiting )
Here is Part 1 of the Blog post. From our first destination and our 1 night stay in Atlanta.
Recently, I received my first one-star review on Yelp. Admittedly, my heart sank as I read line by line as this reviewer criticized my every move. I couldn’t help but feel like a horrible person, a terrible business owner and more importantly it made me doubt myself as an artist.
I always try to do to my best to connect with my clients. This one was no different. During the trial session, we talked and laughed. I even chatted up with her mother, who she brought along to our session, about her hometown and my favorite eats in the area. I don’t know what I had done differently this time around. Perhaps, she just wanted to be WOWed, who knows?
In the review, she mentions she let me have free reign on makeup but sometimes no direction is not always better than some or even lots of direction. Makeup can be a very powerful tool but it’s also a very personal thing. Some women might like a lot of makeup and others feel it masks who they are. But as a makeup artist, we are not mind readers especially with brides. For a photoshoot or a production gig, we are given direction from the director, producer or the photographer on how a person needs to be portrayed. With brides, everyone has different tastes, different knowledge and just different experiences when it comes to makeup. But if we aren’t given a vision, its hard to know what will or will not please the client. Most of the time, people do not have a clear vision on how they want to look but with no clear vision it’s hard to know which direction to go. Most often times, my clients give me a mood they want to feel or a look they want to give off and I’ll execute it to the tee. Apparently in this case, I missed… even though I thought she looked great.
My only wish was that if this client felt uncomfortable about the makeup and her experience, I wish she would have voiced her concerns instead of holding them in and insisting she was ok with it. I would’ve done by best to ease her concerns and suggest we to do another look. I don’t take offense to feedback At the end of the day, I just want my clients to be happy and feel confident.
My suggestion to future clients inquiring about services or any future brides seeking a trial session, please make sure to communicate. Communication in all relationships is key, especially between artist and client. Communicate all your dislikes and likes, if you don’t like the service or if you don’t like the look, communicate as much as possible. Although an artist may be known for their fabulous work it doesn’t mean that you just sit back and expect them to wow you. The trial session is a collaboration between the artist and bride. This is your chance to work collectively to acheived your ultimate look. Clearly explain your concerns, likes, dislikes and overall vision of your event and how you want to look. Trial sessions aren’t cheap so make sure to your maximize the session to it’s fullest potential.
This has been a humbling experience to say the least. However, instead of treating this as though it’s life threatening, I’ll walk away with from it as a lesson learned and accept that sometimes… you just can’t please them all.
My recent vacation to Thailand has truly been a life changing experience. It has made me appreciate my life in ways I never thought I would… in the smaller things. The simple things.. As Americans, we are afforded the luxury of a dishwasher, washer and dryer, western toilets, clean water, hot water, air conditioning, cars and more. These are day to day necessities for us Americans but even in a major metropolitan city like Bangkok it’s still not readily available to some of it’s inhabitants.
In particular, my heart goes out to this dessert cart owner making thin wafer marshmallow cookies (which were delicious, btw) in the sweltering heat with 2 young children playing behind her. This particular street cart vendor really tugged at my heart strings because her story seemed a little too familiar. Though I don’t know any of her back story, she reminded me very much of my mother who struggled and singlehandedly raised two young children as an immigrant in a foreign country. Seeing this woman struggling to walk in life’s foot steps, brings back so many memories of my childhood and my mother. At first glance their similarities end, unlike the cart owner, my mom was able to plant her feet in the Land of Opportunity to begin, what would be, a new life for us. It is here that she sacrificed and it is here that I gained the opportunity to do what I love to do. Though now appreciate all the simple things in life such as hot water, air conditioning and western toilets, I can’t put into words how much more I appreciate my mother for taking a leap of faith, taking one of life’s biggest risks and ultimately sacrificing her life and well being to make everything possible for us.
Much love to all the single mothers who make the impossible possible for their children!
Yes, today’s post is completely narcissistic but I don’t care. How can one resist posting these beautiful images taken by our favorite sweetie pie Gladys Jem ? Yes, even if they are of me and only me.
This was my first time really being in front of the camera and I really didn’t know what to expect. It’s more difficult than you would expect to coordinate standing there, holding a pose, dropping your shoulder, dropping your chin, smiling, but not smiling too much, looking at the camera with fierce eyes (hey i’m Korean, there is no such thing as fierce eyes. the only eyes we have are small!) and the arms? Let’s not even begin on the arms. Can I just tell you? A-W-K-W-A-R-D. I seriously don’t know how models do it. But at the end of the day, the uncomfortableness was all worth it for these beautiful images. NOTE: When a photographer tells you to scratch your head and rub your tummy… just do it. Even if you think they are out of their minds and there is no way these crazy poses will result in any good images, chances are they will prove you wrong. That’s why you are paying them the big bucks and not your friend Joe with his point and shoot.
Gladys’s style is very clean, bright, and fresh. I love the way she captures the back ground, the personality of the her subjects and, especially, lighting. The way she captures lighting is almost dreamy… like you’re being whisked off into a fairy tale. I recommend EVERYONE to do a portrait session and if Gladys can pencil you in EVEN BETTER!
Yesterday, we got a special holiday card in the mail. To say the very least… I AM IN LOVE with it! Jenny captured everything that is us… casual attire, dogs, cat, posture and our body proportions. I love it!
I posted the card on facebook and have gotten an overwhelming number of compliments and inquiries. Jenny, the artist, is a designer by trade and have worked with all the great fashion houses… Michael Kors, Anthropologie (Leifsdottir), Theory, Proenza Schouler … to name a few. Now, she is available for you! If you are interested in having one done for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, YOU MUST EMAIL HER!