I’m an unusual photographer. Most other photographers I’ve met tell me how they’ve loved taking pictures since they were a little kid. Bucking the trend, photography was not my first choice in life. From an early age, I wanted to be Batman. I did everything I could to become the World’s Greatest Detective. I got the costume, took martial arts lessons, and ran around pretending I was righting the wrongs in the world. Sadly though, all this effort could not make up for the fact that I simply did not look as good as Michael Keaton in Spandex.
I picked up photography in high school, but never took it to the next level because rolls of film were secondary to gas money and burritos. I ended up studying Electrical Engineering in college but hated being cooped up behind a desk. I switched jobs to something more active and fun and haven’t looked back since.
I couldn’t fight my Asian heritage though, and took up photography again. I bought a basic entry DSLR, reconnected with an old friend in the fashion/lifestyle photography field (coincidentally, also my old martial arts instructor), and jumped into the deep end. I worked with several different photographers and assisted with every photo shoot I could. I started a photo project and made an effort to only produce quality work in terms of both pictures and editing. I studied every type of photography book I could get my hands on. I competed against myself to constantly improve.
After years of learning and countless thousands of pictures taken and edited, I founded Moxie Photography, and hit the ground running. Since then I’ve had the privilege of capturing people’s special moments and showing the bride that the camera doesn’t always add ten pounds.