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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One year! Yay!

So Khang and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last week in Austin, TX!

Taken with my Nexus camera phone.

Y’all, it’s been awhile since we celebrated a “first-anything” so I was very excited during the days leading up to June 25.

We decided to write a letter to each other every year on our anniversaries.

Not only will it be wonderful to read the letters down the road, but I also picture our grandchildren reading them.

And well that’s something worth cherishing.

I won’t blog my letter, but I’ll express my feelings on our marriage this past year.

Fair warning, extremely mushy-gushy reading ahead.

One year.

People asked me countless times,

“How’s married life?”

“Any surprises about Khang you didn’t know about before?”

12 years in and I’m still learning new things about Khang and I expect that to never change.

Marriage has (so far) been sweet bliss.

Everytime I think about my love for him, I marvel about how much it has grown since Day One of “puppy love”.

I’ve wondered if my love will ever stop growing because I love him so so much.

And in those moments couldn’t imagine to ever love him more.

When I was writing my letter to Khang,

I realized it’s his love that forces my love to widen and grow.

His love has and will never stop growing.

It constantly forces my heart to shift and expand to hold all the love he has for me.

And it’s the most amazingly beautiful thing to look forward to the rest of our lives together.

Now don’t get me wrong, we had our trials this past year and still continue to.

However we’ve learned by now that with all the challenges bring more strength between us.

And it sounds crazy, but I get excited when we get into a disagreement because it’s another opportunity for us to understand each other on a deeper level.

I vowed my life to this man forever, so of course I’m going to put all my effort and love into it.

Which leads me to the “most surprising” thing about Khang post-marriage.

To be honest, I kinda always thought I put more effort into our relationship than Khang.

I didn’t hold it against him or anything, but I took pride in myself that I was responsible for the majority of the happy balance in our relationship.

Because I thought I was the one who sacrificed more, compromised more, understood more…

I was wrong.

I can’t explain exactly when I realize this or what made me see it, but one day it came to me and I saw it all at once.

I saw all the effort and care Khang provided and wondered in awe at his kindness and love for me, our marriage, and our life.

He puts so much of himself into us.

And I was oblivious to it.

I felt so dumb and self-absorbed to have never noticed how much work he truly puts into our relationship.

Maybe it was being married that finally made me see it.

But gosh I feel so blessed to have the best husband in the world for me.

Okay, I’ll stop.

Here are some photos I took of Khang at our AirBnB in Austin.

He didn’t really want me to because he’s not “good” yet, but me being me wanted to document our life during this time.

He’s been at the strings for a good month now and I enjoy watching him enjoy himself.

Taken, of course, with Hans.

Hope you guys have start noticing the difference between digital and film now.

Portra 800 rated at 200.

He may or may not still be playing the guitar next year, but I’ll only look back on these photos and hear the lovely and not-so-lovely sounds in my head of the misplayed and on-key notes he tried so hard to play.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Life in film: Grayton

I was able to find a little time to shoot with Hans during our camping trip to Grayton a few weeks ago. 

And I’m glad I did.

 Got some good shots of good people in one of my favorite seaside towns. 

Shot with Fuji400, but I asked the film to be scanned with Noritsu instead of Frontier. 

I was going for a more “light and airy” look. 

This explains the difference between the two scanners better than I can.

Can’t believe this stud is mine.& then there were these two. 

Mat and Nles.

So effortless. 

I told them just to act normal and do whatever.

They really did fall asleep on that hammock together. 

Thanks for letting me practice on y’all!

I really love capturing love.

Just wish I could get my scans back faster. Ha. 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Beach camping in Grayton

Khang has been working his video magic and has officially made his first guest appearance on WithJules today!

Pictures are great for memories, but gosh, so is video and it just takes it to a different level.

Here’s his video of us camping with our friends in Grayton last month.

Please watch in highest quality-preferably in 4K.

Enjoy!

So we started camping at Grayton State Beach Park about 5 years ago and have been trying to go back every year since.

The camping grounds are only a 8-10 minute bike ride to Seaside, which is THE cutest little beach town.

We love it so much. 

And we kinda got our buddies into it too. 

Our group went back this past April and it felt so good to be back.

I love exploring town on bikes, dancing and story-telling around the campfire, and falling asleep underneath the stars. 

I made reservations more than 6 months in advance and highly recommend sites #14, 16, and 18 since they have private access to Western Lake.

Or choosing sites #15 or 17 for direct pathways to the bathrooms.

We own all the camping gear needed so it only cost the 7 of us a total of $60 to rent the campsite for two nights. There are even electric outlets and hot showers. 

If that still seems too rough for you, then we met this sweet couple celebrating their anniversary with Fancy Camps and y’all, their set-up was the absolute cutest!

Complete with a queen size mattress, AC unit, and even twinkle lights hanging on their tent for a wonderful glamping experience.

We like to rent bikes since it’s easier to get to places. Parking sucks at Seaside. Big Fish delivers and picks up your bikes right at your campsite.

Thanks for reading and following along 

with us,

Jules+Khang.

PS. Special shout-out to our awesome friends, Francis+Tran, Augustine+Haley, Cecilia+Ramsey, and Brian+Ashley, who got us a badass drone as our wedding gift. 

We hope to share more videos in the future! 

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A dream come true

It started off as just an idea.

At first you think to yourself “this could be really good”…and then reality sinks in and you realize it’s a total looong shot.

So it turns into a dream.

And you tuck it in the back of your mind for “someday”.

But it’s so close to your heart that you slowly and secretly plan it out in your head, even with all the doubt in the world that it’s never going to happen.

Then suddenly, you find yourself checking off “Step One” of “The Plan”…and it just keeps rolling.


I’m so happy to finally share my dream come true.

Those closest to me know my love for service.

I went on my first mission trip to Belize in May 2014. And I’ve been thinking of ways to go back ever since. Of course, life sank in and I was faced with limitations and little funds to finance more mission trips.

Somewhere along the way, my idea to “start a blog” crossed paths with my other idea to “go on another mission”.

A lightbulb went off.

“I could use money I profited from the blog to fund more mission trips!”

It was brilliant!

And then reality sank in again and I realized no one would ever pay me for my crafts or want to advertise on my blog. Even if they did, then it would take a really really long time to get to that point.

Two months.

Two months was how long it took for a old high school friend to reach out to me earlier this January because she read about my recent blogging adventures on photography.

She asked if I would be interested in photographing her wedding.

Her wedding.

Y’all, my mind was blown. Like what?! I doubted my capabilities and told Khang there was no way I could do it!

But God works in wonderfully mysterious ways…

–Keep in mind during the time that little dream of mine started creeping back and I found myself praying about it a lot.

So I realized that this crazy, cool, and scary opportunity was God working and answering my prayers.–

I quickly informed her of how inexperience I was, but if she was still interested then I would love the opportunity.

She could not have replied in a better way by saying “I think you’re so talented and I have all the faith”.

Faith. In me.

Gosh okay, so I quickly accepted the invitation.

I still feel beyond honored to be given the important task of photographing Katie and Jory’s wedding.

Thanks to them, my dream is coming true and I’ll always remember it started with them. And because of their sweet love for each other.

So here begins my new adventure, which I named a long time ago as “Helping Hands”.

My long-term goal and hope for this blog was always to use any profitable opportunities and setting it aside to fund my next mission trips, wherever and whenever that may be.

You can bet, I’ve already started those plans.

This is my reality now.

Ahhh! This is truly near and dear to me and I cannot thank my lucky stars enough that it’s all really happening.

I hope to have an update with Helping Hands in the near future.


I’m excited to share a few sneak peeks of J+K’s engagement session too!

Katie made sure to include Jory’s two precious daughters in the shoot.

I’m not going to lie, it made me really nervous because not only was it my first time shooting an engagement, but technically, family portraits too.

They did great!

I really enjoyed watching them interact together. They’re already such a sweet little family.

& I can’t wait till the wedding.

A special thank you thank you to all those who’ve been reading and following along,

with me,

Jules.

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