One of the coolest things I appreciate the most from being a blogger are the people I meet. Being a weird mix of an introverted/extroverted kind of person, I know I can be pretty awkward at times.
My sarcasm and quiet personality doesn’t help much either, haha.
But this was an experience I won’t forget anytime soon.
It all started with a Facebook message.
Erica, who is one of the hosts, was holding a three-part workshop featuring three different styles of photography, with blogger photography being one of them.
Even though I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve, deep down, I remember feeling so excited yet so nervous. Being a control freak, I felt a tad bit worried that the photos wouldn’t come out right- and for a good reason, too.
Bear with me, I’ll tell you soon. 😉
Still, I wanted to give this a second chance despite my growing anxieties.
And so, I did on that fateful Saturday morning. Having no way to get to North Park, I rode with some of the photographers, one of them being Kortney. It might be the fact that we’re both Asian
I’m kidding, pls don’t get mad lol, but her bubbly personality really helped with my nerves, and later on, my confidence.
The workshop’s agenda was relatively simple: take typical fashion blogger photos. Rather, in the words of Erica herself, “it’s more about the experiences than the actual blogger herself.”
Pretty well said, right?
With two bloggers, including myself, with two very distinct styles, photography and fashion-wise, Erica chose to split the group of photographers, with each group switching at some point.
And off we went!
I sure was glad I didn’t wear heels on that day as I walked, ran, posed, and sat on edges of the parking garage, aka the part where you can accidentally fall backward to your death. It was here that I discovered that I wasn’t really afraid of heights if I told myself that I’m doing important stuff
Having gone with Erica’s group first, she blasted some fun music during the shoot, and that made it a lot more funner than without. It also turned out to be pretty helpful as it helped me get in the mood even more.
When I switched with the next group of photographers, I had already felt comfortable with other people taking my photos, but Kortney made it even more enjoyable as she knew what kind of photos I wanted to create.
Instastalking for the win!
But really, with her knowledge on both photography and posing as well as our shared interest of Chriselle Lim, aka one of the coolest Asian fashion bloggers in the world, we made magic happen.
Even when there was a spider in one of my props and we screamed before I threw it away from me.
Despite being a group session, it felt like I was having a one-on-one session with her. Throughout the shoot, she’d often show me what she took, and they were unbelievable by the way, and ask if I liked them. Already in love with her work, I’d nod, but she’d say,” I want to make sure YOU like it. Not me. YOU.”
Now, before we get back to the workshop, here’s the horror story I’ve been telling you about.
About a year ago, I worked with a photographer at one point. I was working on my first collaboration with a local brand and I wanted to make a huge impression. So, I thought it was pretty amazing that, out of the blue, a photographer suddenly came into my life right when that happened.
But as we started shooting, there was something wrong: it was too uncomfortable. To make things short, the photographer forcibly pushed me to do certain things that I clearly did not want to. It got to the point where strangers would come up to me asking if I was okay.
Since then, I’ve been extremely picky with who I work with. I’m the type of person who values excellence, integrity, and high-quality work. So, it’s natural that I expect a certain type of behavior/outcome to be on that level, even more so after that traumatizing moment. I even hold my own work to those standards, too, because I wouldn’t want anyone I work with to ever feel like the way I did.
I want them to be comfortable while having a great time.
Fast forward to today, what Kortney said to me touched me to the point where I wanted to cry. You can say I had a little more faith in humanity once more; it’s so rare to have moments like these after all.
Since then, she’s pretty much the Jana to my Chriselle, and best believe you won’t be seeing the last of her work on The Chrissy Collective. Stay tuned for more magic.
I also want to thank everyone else I worked with on that day for creating such an amazing experience. I truly had a great time with each and every one of you.