Autumn with a side of apples

Y’all, fall fall FALL IS HEREEE!!!

This is going to sound lame, but I never associated Autumn with apples. 

I always thought pumpkins!

And once I found an apple farm nearby, I saw apple-everything recipes everywhere!

So on the First Day of Fall, Khang and I welcomed my favorite season with farm-made apple cider, apple cinnamon donuts, and apple-picking at Apple Hill Orchard in Morganton, NC.

Just an 1.5 hour drive!

We ate those yummy donuts and downed that cider before I even thought about taking photos. Ha.

But we slowed it down and took photos while wondering around the orchards.

The most beautiful Red delicious, Golden delicious, and Cameo apples I’ve ever laid eyes on.

I have a sweet spot for farms/garden/anything-growing. So imagine my delight during my very first time apple-picking trip.

And oh so delicious!

We might’ve eaten one or two straight from the branch.

Below are Cameos and they have a crisp juicy tartness to them.

Khang liked them a lot.
Hmmm, Golden Deliciousness. This variety has a much sweeter taste to them and are great to bake since they hold their firmness. 

I liked them better than the Cameos.

We picked 13 lbs worth of apples for about $15.

I baked three batches of apple tarlets to welcome our neighbors the next day.

They turned out delicious!

In return, one neighbor made us apple bread with a caramel glaze–so freakin’ good! 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules. 

Oh and all photos were taken by me and Khang with my Contax645 (Hans!) on Fuji400.

Except for that last one.

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Home sweet home

It’s been awhile, m’friends.

I had every intention to blog the last two months, but life got the best of me.

Khang and I did it.

We freakin’ finally did it.

We move to Charlotte, North Carolina AND purchased our very first house.

After 27 years, another place beside my parents’ house, actually feels like

Home.

Y’all, it’s mind-blowing to me!

I still remember the countless phone calls every night throughout high school, college, our first year apart in different states… talking past the moon, well into dawn planning and dreaming our future together.

Of course some plans have changed over the years, but what remains constant is that the future has and will always include

Us.

I remember wishing I could fast-forward into time so many times.

But our hard work and sacrifices have been beyond worth it.

The journey has been priceless.

But nothing prepared me for the sense of pride in me, Khang, and

Us.

I’ve slowed down certain moments so they’re closely tucked away in my mind…

Khang’s smile in my hands the first time we walked through our house together,

my first nap in the house after cleaning it from top to bottom,

our first time dancing to our wedding song in our house,

just to reminisce a few…

I stand in wonder at all what’s in store for this house and the memories it’ll be filled with for years to come.

For those who don’t know, we were both born and raised in good ole’ Mississippi, where roots are deeply planted.

People don’t usually move far away.

But Khang and I, well we have always known we wanted to live somewhere different from our upbringings.

That’s not to say I’m not proud, I boastfully declare where I’m from each time asked and even when I’m not.

If you haven’t figured already, we’re simply eager to explore different lands with different people.

What better time than now?

Who knows, we might decide later on that it absolutely sucks.

And that’s okay. But we want to discover and figure all that out on our own.

So when Khang applied for a new job position within his company and GOT IT…it just seemed like the right time and place.

Driving 2 to 3 hours in any direction from Charlotte and finding ourselves at the beach, near a lake, or even up in the Smokey Mountains seems pretty crazy wonderful to us.

Never short of a new adventure, I am so excited for this next journey together.

I know it’s going to push us and challenge our marriage in incredible ways we never thought possible.

And I just can’t wait for it all. All of it.

I mean it took us over 30 minutes the other day to install our first set of blinds. Ha.

So hang tight y’all.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Cat+Halle

This session almost didn’t happen. 

I am so so happy it did.

Forget that it took us 3 months to settle on a date,

forget that we were in the good ole’ South summer heat,

and forget that her car broke down 10 minutes before we were suppose to start shooting.

Forget it all.

Because baby, this sweeet Mother & Daughter Duo was worth all the “trouble”.

My goal was to capture the light from the sun.

That’s one (of many) things I’ve been struggling with since my transition from digital.

I’m quite proud of the light captured in these photos.

A different thing I’m been doing with my film is requesting Basic scans from the lab.

It’s kinda like raw images.

It was a personal choice because I felt like I could learn more by seeing them in their raw form as oppose to having an editor work on scans before they were delivered to me.

Here’s a comparison: Basic scan vs my edits.

Very little edits.

A big advantage with film is not needing major edit changes.

Just my personal opinion, but digital will never capture the softness like film does.

Okay, back to these two precious human beings.

We started off with “patty-cake”.

Wait, I have to back-track to when I picked them up.

Halle immediately warmed up to me saying, “Your car is so cute!” With her hands in the air and everything.

She opened up to me so quickly like we had been best friends forever.

Not sure how we got on the subject, but she proudly proclaimed, “When I was a baby, I was sooooooooo cute!!!”

I remember her as a baby. Babygirl sure was a cutie. Hah!

After that, I knew we were going to have fun.

Look at those small hands with their tiny painted nails. 

Halle also found out what “Eskimo kisses” meant that day. When we got close to the beach, Halle found a seashell and that was it.

She was determined to get enough “seashells for everyone in the whole world”.

Cat laughed and endearingly looked at her little firecracker of a daughter.

And after that, I was obsessed with capturing that look of a mother’s love.

This is why I asked if I could take photos of them.

I’d been admiring Cat’s love for her little girl from afar.

You can tell they have a special bond.

And I wanted to get that on film.

“Mommy, you can have this ONE shell.” 

When I got their scans back,

I marveled at the intimacy and vulnerability between mother and daughter.

Such a privilege to be allowed to witness those moments up close. Isn’t it great that y’all can too?

Thank you so much to Cat and Halle for letting me into your little circle.

I hope your bond only gets stronger with time.

May y’all look back on these photos and remember of these early, yet precious years as a family.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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The Coopers

After what felt like forever, the Coopers and I finally got the chance to meet up for a photo sesh!

I’ve seen their young family (when it was just their family-of-three) interact a few times and always admired Austin and Kim’s sweet bond with Oliver.

Y’all this precious boy is an absolute joy! I could watch him all day. No lie. I love his candidness and vibrant spirit.

One day after biking around our neighborhood, Austin and Oliver stopped by our place for a water break and I instantly had the urge to pick up my camera. They were so so cute!

So here they are in all their adorableness along with 3-week-old Adaline.

Oliver doesn’t have 1 or 2 but FOUR different “handshakes”. Each one tells you what level of friendship you are at with him.

This is “elbow-level”.

The highest level is “unicorn” (yes, it’s as cute as it sounds!).

And I’m proud to tell that I reached “unicorn-level”!

Khang hasn’t yet. Hah!

As always, please zoom in on their expressions.

So pure.

I know my photos aren’t as sharp as some folks but that’s the price you pay to catch real moments and emotion.
This is one of my favorites because of the looks from BOTH Austin and Oliver at Kim.

These guys obviously adore Kim.  

Is there anything sweeter than a baby yawning?

That’s all folks. 

Plus I don’t think you could handle anymore cuteness anyways! 

Thanks again to the Coopers for letting me experiment with y’all!

I look forward to seeing Oliver and Adaline grow up. They’re so lucky to have you two as their parents.

Hope we’re able to meet up again one day.

Enjoy Ohio!

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Life in film

Hey y’all!

Life’s been super busy (but good) around here lately.

I’ll elaborate later when my feet stop for a minute or two.

But during all the chaos, I’ve been snapping away.

Or at least trying to.

I wish I took the time to take more.

These are all personal shots of my Family.

So they mean a lot to me.


My brother-in-law, Greg, picked this magnolia after Ngoc and I mentioned how pretty they were blooming nearby their apartment back in April.

Of course, I took a few photos.

This was my favorite.

The rest are from my time in Nebraska for my cousin’s wedding and our quick weekend trip to Austin.

I didn’t get to capture my favorite moments in Nebraska like listening to my aunts retell childhood stories in Vietnam,

talking till 4am with my sweet baby cousin, 

flipping through old family albums and laughing at the hairdo choices,

praying together around my Grandpa’s grave.

and always being just an arm length’s away from one of my many loud-all-up-in-your-business-but-you-love-them-anyways relatives. 

But I’m reminded of those fun times with these shots.

It felt good to visit Lincoln again after 12 years.

Gosh, it was work to carry Hans in the summer heat of Texas. 

Temperatures reached the three digits! 

It was worth it though.
We played with the self-timer. 

Khang is getting particularly good at taking photos of me.

I recommend everyone picking up a camera and just start capturing your significant other.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the results.

Khang concentrates so hard with each photo. 

I was laughing at how serious he was on “focusing” Hans. Ha.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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