Jen & Choy, an Engagement Session in Seoul, South Korea
I did a thing this weekend. Something I’d never done before. And might never have done if it wasn’t for the encouragement of my colleague and friend (a fellow Jen).
She incidentally discovered our Instagram and then blog when I shot a casual brand session for our mutual friend and yoga teacher (because funnily enough, Andrew and I are shy about sharing our blog with people we know in really life) and has been a huge supporter since. Still, I was surprised—and so humbled—when she said she wanted to hire me to shoot an engagement session for her and her fiance, Choy.
I was a bit nervous as the only portraits I’d shot before were personal ones of family and friends, and felt some imposter syndrome (when can you call yourself a photographer instead of saying you like to take photos?), but the sweetness of her request, my excitement for our newly engaged friends, and my love of finding the beauty in places and planning shoots around them left me mostly inspired. We decided on the first weekend of October, once the weather cooled off a bit and the silver grass, pink muhly, and colorful cosmos made their appearance.
i’m so glad i live in a world
where there are octobers
We started at Sky Park, expansive fields atop a pseudo-mountain with metasequoia lining the base, then stopped by my favorite neighborhood, Yeonnam-dong, for sips of lemonade and some dreamily-lit photos at a hidden cafe (a secret I’d like to keep for a while longer). We had to get these Seoul, Korea ice cream cones for their potential as save-the-dates (and, well, just because) before running along the Han River to catch the last of the sunset.
It’s a beautiful thing when friends believe in you and tell you so—it might bring something out you didn’t know you had in you.
Thanks to Jen and Choy for trusting me to capture their love story.