I'm Eileen, so nice to meet you! I am a Los Angeles based photographer, passionate about people and a huge fan of love. I truly believe photography is God's gift to me; through it I am able to share life with some of the most amazing people. What a privilege and joy it has been!
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Thanks so much for dropping by. Blessings!
photo by Shelley Paulson Photography
I use way too many exclamation marks, but I'm really just that excited!!!!
I want to know what moves your heart.
I say "that's so funny" quite a bit, but it can mean a number of things.
I am a lover of donuts and tea.
I floss every night before bed!
I love the idea of being spontaneous, but rarely do things unplanned.
I am the youngest of four girls, but I'm taller than all my sisters.
I would love to open a cafe someday.
I am fascinated by the bridegroom God and his ravished heart for all of humanity
Did you hear?! George and Annie are ENGAGED!! : ) It was such a pleasant surprise when I received George’s email about his plans to propose. I haven’t spoken to Annie since a friend’s wedding last year and immediately wanted to facebook her to say hello or something! Haha, but of course I didn’t. I patiently waited for the big day to come.
I feel so honored to have been a part of Annie and George’s special day. Thank you for inviting me and for allowing me to share in the joy! : )
So I met up with a few of George’s friends before the actual proposal. No one really knew when George was coming. All we knew was that they were coming down from the cliffs and so we waited and waited…
We mistakenly thought a few other couples were Annie and George and so I would click click click, zoom in to see if it was them, and then delete delete delete when we found out it wasn’t. But finally, these two arrived! Look how cute they look : )
And there you go!! CONGRATS ANNIE AND GEORGE!! I love that we were able to spend some time at the beach before the sun set. This is the beautiful couple, freshly engaged!
The beach was beautiful. I especially LOVE this red house and was SO glad we found it!
Ahh, wish the sun didn’t set so quickly..we were on a roll! : ) Now here’s Annie and George’s friends. I love it when couples surround themselves with a loving and supportive community. It really makes things so much more festive! : ) We all headed down to a restaurant on the beach where George made reservations to continue the celebration!
I love how the night ended with prayer for the new engaged couple. Yes, many blessings to the two of you as you begin this new journey. Cheers!! : )
Hello everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, New Year, and a fresh start to 2012. Thank you so much for all your support this past year- for all the “likes” and all the comments, the encouraging words…they mean so much to me! It’s been a HUGE blessing to have such loving family and friends who cheer me on to live out God’s dreams for me. This next year will be even better (I believe it!) and I’m so excited to share this journey with you.
I’ve been a little behind on blogging this holiday season so I have much catching up to do! Here are some new sneak peeks (that i haven’t posted on facebook..these are just for my blog readers! : )) from some recent sessions. Posts are coming soon, I promise! : )
Philip & Jeanette MARRIED!
Family Session with the Chius!
Anna’s 1 Year! (yes, she’s holding up a 1!)
Family Session with the Ips!
A Just-For-Fun Session with SIX Lovely Ladies!
Annie & George ENGAGED!
Family Session with the Chens!
….and there you have it! : ) Stay tuned for the full posts on each of these sessions!
Hello world! Life seems to be moving by so fast lately but I just wanted to drop in to say that I am excited to be alive today and so blessed to have everything I need..and more! Hope you’re all enjoying the last few weeks of 2011! : )
I have many exciting new posts coming your way, so stay tuned! : )
Carpe Diem. That’s what she taught us, to embrace life, to fully live. I always looked forward to 6th period. Sometimes we’d lie out in the baseball field to write poems, sit in the rain to feel the water droplets fall on our faces, or bite into tangerines to describe what it did to our senses. I miss it so much! This class changed my view of life and so I wanted to do the same for other people. That was when I decided I wanted to become an English teacher, just like the one I had my freshman year of high school.
I know I’m not the best writer, but I truly enjoy doing it. Only not under pressure. Unfortunately, that was 90% of what was required of me in all the English classes I took at UCLA. I remember those miserable nights when I just COULD NOT write. I started papers weeks before they were due but could never get anything out until the night before! Oh, those long dreadful nights! My entire family and pretty much everyone I talked to knew when my papers were due because I was not fun to be around with. My mom made it a rule that none of my sisters could talk to me during those stressful nights and my parents even encouraged me to turn those papers in late so I wouldn’t be as stressed. Yes, and that’s when my dream of becoming an English teacher faded. It just wasn’t me. My dreams changed, but my passion to inspire and to really live, didn’t.
Around the same time, the little house church I was attending at UCLA decided to set apart two weeks of our quarter to ask God why he created us. During those two weeks lots of random things happened and the theme of art came up multiple times. I thought this was so interesting because I grew up loving to draw as a little girl. I even took private lessons with a few teachers throughout elementary school and junior high. It was only in high school that I stopped pursuing art, mostly because I was afraid I wouldn’t have the inspiration and creative ability to come up with something new for each piece. But because I believed God was encouraging me to pursue the arts again through the signs I received those two weeks, I decided to take a step of faith.
That following summer I enrolled in a drawing class at a nearby community college. And loved it! When junior year fall quarter came around I miraculously got into two art classes on campus (The chances of a non-art major getting into one of those classes were slim, but I was picked at random and got in!). I applied for the art major a few months later and was one of the two students who got accepted! I felt like God was giving me one green light after another, opening doors for me, and leading me to where I was supposed to be.
Because I got into the art major my family bought me my first dslr for my 21st birthday. I was so excited and started documenting everything I did (I have 100+ photo albums on facebook!). While I used to document my life with my point and shoot camera, it was just not the same with my new Canon Rebel XS- it allowed me access and experiment with a whole new level of creativity. I am lucky to have so many nieces and one nephew to photograph and I started documenting their lives as well. Eventually more and more people suggested I turn my love for photography into a business. About a year later I did! : )
And right now, photography is my way of embracing life, of seizing the day, of fully living. I’m so excited for where it will take me this coming year! : )
I loved being at Jon and Karen’s wedding. The day was really filled with so much joy and I could tell from the start that everyone just adored them. Even though Jon and I went to the same high school, and then to the same college where Karen also went, I never did get to know either of them well. However, I did love learning about each of them and also the two as a couple throughout the day, seeing why their friends and family admired them so. They are everything they were described to be and I felt honored to take photos for their special day! Crystal Jean Photography, thank you so much for having me second shoot- it’s always a pleasure! : )
Remember how I said I love photographing the bride getting ready with all her girls? Well, I love hanging out with the groom and all his boys, too! haha. That’s exactly what I did for this wedding and boyyyy, boys are so much more chillll! They laughed and cracked jokes, threw a football around, took their time getting ready, and most importantly, had fun (girls have fun, too.. just in a different way! haha). Here’s Jon and the boys getting ready…
Here they are, saying a quick prayer before heading over to the wedding site.
Finally, the girls arrived and we prepared Jon for the first look. I love this part and the sweet, sweet moment that Jon and Karen were able to share before the actual craziness began.
While the boys were getting their pictures taken Karen stood off to the side to rest. It was a warm day and it must have been even warmer with her big wedding dress on, but I do love how her bridesmaids took turns holding up the train to help her out!
Now, the ceremony!
Hooray! Mr. and Mrs. Chiu! : )
How fun is this?! The bridal party danced in with funky moves and fancy twirls. Jon and Karen followed behind and went straight into their first dance.
There were some moving speeches that night…
Let the fun continue!
And THAT my friends, was the end to the oh-so-festive day! But for Jon and Karen, it was just the beginning to their beautiful journey together. Congrats Jon and Karen, I am so happy for you two! Thank you again for letting me be a part of your wedding day! : )
I am wondering the same thing! In exactly one week I’ll be getting my portraits taken by Shelley Paulson. I’ve been going out so much in the last two weeks looking for the perfect outfit and I realized one thing: I suck at shopping! For the past few times I went out I spent hours looking around, tried a few things on, decided to get them, then put them all back on the rack before I left the store. Not productive at all!
I did pick up a pair of cowboy boots, though… still haven’t decided if I’m going to wear them for my session yet.
I was talking to my wonderful girlfriend Janet about my dilema and she was SO helpful. She got so excited for me she started looking up different outfits for me to consider. This is what she came up with…
Jeremiah and Hannah, also known as Hannamiah (one of our friends mentioned Hannahmiah sounds like it could be a book in the Bible… SO TRUE! hahaha), became Mr. and Mrs. Choi last month. Because I was part of the wedding party I was only able to capture moments before and after the wedding, and even then, not as much as I had wanted. Oh believe me, I was TORN between getting the perfect shots and helping Hannah with whatever she needed.
Hannah and Jeremiah’s wedding was such a unique one. They both value community so much that they decided to have their big day up in Big Bear where family and friends could stay the whole weekend. There was so much love going around and seeing everyone help out with putting the wedding together (literally) brought so much joy! Everything was so beautiful…
and now, the big day! We were blessed with many, many, talented family and friends to take care of all our needs- thank you so much….us girls felt pampered! : )
Hannah, you look beautiful..so so so beautiful (Great job on the hair and make-up Cherry Le!). So here we are, off for Hannah and Jeremiah’s first look!
Following the wedding ceremony, which was SO BEAUTIFUL (I think everyone was in tears from beginning to end), was the banquet. Jeremiah’s cousin Deborah did most of the planning and everything was just so perfect.
Hannamiah, along with their family members, served the guests dinner. What a powerful act of love.
Wow, what a magical weekend it was. The newlyweds have since then been visiting family and will be leaving for Korea tomorrow. I am going to miss them SO much, but know that there is nothing but GREAT things ahead of them. Korea, you better take good care of these two! : ) Hannah and Jeremiah, love you two so so much. Bless you as you go!
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When my childhood friend Ingrina told me this would be the first time her entire family will be together in years, my heart broke. I am so spoiled with so much family around me it’s hard to imagine being apart from them for that long of a time. I am so glad I was able to have a session with the Shiehs, a family I grew up with, and to really bless them with photographs to remember this season of their lives.
Daddy and Mommy Shieh are so cute! A few photos down, you’ll see Mommy Shieh asking Daddy to sing her some songs. Love is sweet : )
Siblings! : ) Ingrina got married a week before our shoot and would be heading out to the UK just a few days after. I love that her brother suggested some pictures with mommy and daddy.
and now, bring in the rest of the family!
To Jeff now in Japan, Ingrina and Alan in the UK, and to Jonathan and Mr. and Mrs. Shieh in the states, bless you! Thank you for such a wonderful session. I’m excited for the next time you will all be together again! : )
I’m so excited to share with you my new favorite summer salad! It’s called the YUMMY BOK CHOY SALAD! Yes, yummy is part of its name : ) I was first introduced to this salad at a bridal shower. My friend Annie (I owe you big time!) brought this dish and told me upfront that I would really enjoy it (I LOVE anything with vinegar in it!). Indeed, I fell in love with the salad, and because she made so much, Annie let me keep the leftovers after the shower. Today I made it for my sister Eunice, who is staying over with her daughter Shiloh. Eunie didn’t like the idea of eating raw Bok Choy, but ended up liking the salad a lot. So, give it a try everyone! : )
and while I was putting this together, this little one was watching me…
I’m sorry Shi, but you can’t have any. I promise to make you some when you’re older! : )
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Natalia left Brazil two and a half years ago to study here in America. I know it was hard for her to be away from family and friends, so it must have been such a treat to have her parents come for her graduation this summer. And since they were going to be in town, Natalia contacted me to book a session for her parents- they will be celebrating their 25th anniversary this year!
The day after the session was booked, I get another email from Daniela, Natalia’s mom! In the email she explains that the photoshoot is actually for Natalia, not for them- she only needed to pretend it was for them so that she could get in contact with me. Natalia had originally wanted to have a photoshoot with her boyfriend Davi, but since he was still in Brazil, things wouldn’t have worked out. Little did she know that Davi was flying in to surprise her! : )
For this shoot, Davi wanted to go to a place where Natalia spent a lot of time during her two and a half years in LA. Here we are in third street promenade where Natalia escaped to when she felt stressed with school.
As the sun was beginning to set, we hurried over to Santa Monica Beach for some great shots. Both Natalia and Davi love the beach, but the beaches here are so different from the ones in Brazil, they explained to me. The ones in Brazil seem a lot more exciting by the way they described it- little stands along the sand selling handmade goods and yummy food. I would love to visit someday!
And because Davi and Natalia went to watch Toy Story 3 for their first date, here they are with a lovely kite to remind them of their first time together as a couple : )
(hehe, a little boy took stole Natalia’s flowers and I thought it was so cute I just had to take a picture!)
Oh, what a pleasure it was to be a part of this whole surprise! I was so blessed by meeting you guys. Natalia, I hope your transition back to Brazil is going smoothly. Best of luck with everything! : )