Journal Entry - Week 1 // This is me!
It's been just over a year since I've began focusing on my photography as a business full-time. There's been MANY more ups than downs - and that could very well be an indication as to why my site is still up. :) I've learned a whole lot about myself, the wedding business and about my process in producing images -for both my clients and for myself. As with anything, I'm still growing, figuring things out and improving. But I need it to progress a lot more quickly. I need to gather my ideas, thoughts and concepts and then a place to organize them to get where I want to be. I need the ability to have an open dialogue with not just the vendors in the wedding industry, but with anyone that can relate to building a business from scratch or the process of making art -editing, culling, presenting and delivering images and products. Forums, Facebook groups, and the BNI's of the world are great, but they can be distracting for someone who has a short attention span as I do. SQUIRRRRREL!!!!
So here I am today, committing myself to write my random and organized thoughts down each week. May it be travel/adventure blogging, gear review, thought process and execution of a session, or even just random ramblings of whatever I need to get off my chest - these blog pages will be unlinked. Meaning they are web pages available to the public, but will not show up in the navigation bar of my site. The only way to access these are through links that I blast -whether it's on my Instagram @alfredtangweddings , my Facebook page: Alfred Tang Photography, Twitter or whatever the new social trend is. I want my site a place that's solely for clients and potential clients. These pages will be hidden behind a picture frame with no key to the safe.
Let's first start this first week off with a vulnerable introduction:
Hi! I'm Alfred. I'm almost 38 yrs old at the time of this writing. I have a heart of a 22 yr-old, the energy of a 19 yr-old and the curiosity of a 3 yr-old. I hope to never stop learning about myself and the world we live in. I'm single (although I thought I'd have a family and kids by now), stubborn and naive. I grew up as the eldest child of three - the other two rascals are my brother and sister whom are twins. My mom is a single-parent who worked hard to keep food on the the table while raising us the best she could. Not every - scratch that - no family is perfect. I have a hard time communicating and articulating my thoughts. It has hindered me on so many different levels. And because of my deficiency, it has in a sense, carried over into my wedding work.
My goal in my images is to not just produce stunning images, but to tell a story of each couples unique love story and wedding day. I will shoot the happy and fun emotions, but for myself, I want to bring the dramatic and raw emotions two people go through to pronounce their love for each other. Love isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Love is reaching those lows and coming back up to those highs -together. I think those stories aren't told often enough through wedding photos. And I totally get the why, I just want to shift the direction in the sand for myself.
...Starbucks is closing and I don't have WiFi at the place I'm currently staying. I'll have to close my thoughts there and see what and where next week brings me. If you'd like to follow along and be notified of when these posts goes up, be sure to follow my social media accounts where I'll post the links for the week. I'm on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. I hope you'll join me in my journey and we can share ideas together! I'm excited as to what may come of this! (I think).