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!

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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.

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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.

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Jules.

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Ngoc+Greg

Alright y’all. One of my favorite couples today.

You might recognize them from my previous post on their wedding last October.

We didn’t do this on purpose at all, but this session was shot on their 6-month anniversary! Crazy sweet right?!

Ngoc and Greg.

I remember when I knew for sure Greg was serious about Ngoc.

We were at a friend’s house for a Halloween party in Starkville.

Here’s the thing, when I get drunk, I like to ask personal questions. Ha.

So there I was… feeling real good and I remember seeing the look on Greg’s face as he was looking at Ngoc.

She was a few feet away from him talking to someone.

So cheesy of me to say, but he had the look of pure love and adoration.

I think everyone here should know by now that I love love.

So I can’t help but to leaned in and ask Greg, “You’re going to marry Ngoc huh?”

(Or something along those lines)

He slowly smiled and nodded his head.

And for some weird reason it’s like Ngoc heard (she didn’t), glanced at us, and had that “what are y’all talking about look” on her face.

I gestured innocently “Oh, nothing.”

But I remember believing Greg and feeling so happy.

Now look at them! 6 years of dating and 6 months of marriage.

So these two were awesome enough to let me practice on them.

Ngoc also wanted a few shots around Houston for memories.

They had so many questions about Hans, the process of film, and just really everything I’ve been doing lately.

I didn’t mind it one bit.

And honestly, it’s the wonderful support these two have shown me that really motivates me to keep blogging about my life.

However, I feel bad because they were technically my first couple’s session.

I’ve learned so much since then and would do many things differently like with lightening and angle choices.

But the two of them?

Solid.

Wouldn’t change a thing.

We started out in Hermann Park.

Then we went to Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park for a family session with their furbaby, Rascal.

The expressions,

the dress,

the wind,

Swoon.

I think they’re look back at their time in Houston with fond memories.

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with me

Jules.

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Gena+Oliver

So here’s the thing, I’ve been trying to get more serious with photography.

Experimenting with different kinds of sessions: Portraits, couples, family, still-life, personal, etc.

And what I feel most comfortable photographing are the intimate connections and spaces between humans, animals, and things.

The connections created through love.

So I approached Gena.

Not because it looked totally fun to photograph a freakin’ horse, but because I’ve always admire Gena herself.

And her apparent love for horses.

To quote her, “It’s more than a sport, a hobby, or a pet – horses touch your soul and there’s something special about being in sync with another being & working together as a team. Nothing like it.”

She’s special.

So is her horse, Oliver.

And together, they are a remarkable duo.

What I love most in these pictures are Gena’s facial expressions-the looks of love, joy, laughter, peace-and her soft touches with Oliver.

Pay close attention to her hands in these photos.

There’s so much trust between them that some people struggle to find all their lives.

The correct term to describe Oliver’s coat is “flea-bitten grey”.

Look at how darling his ears are!


Gena, you’re beautiful.

No lie, I’ve been staring at your photos and picturing them in my head multiple times everyday since getting these scans back last week.

Can’t stop, won’t stop!

This one.

It was the last shot. I asked her to take off the floral crown because I wanted to capture the glow of her fiery hair.

Le sigh.

They both live on a farm with other horse owners and horses.

Her apartment is attached to a barn.

Y’all, she basically lives in a barn.

These photos were taken in an open field next to her.

It’s absolutely lovely there and I’ve been secretly planning on how to convince Khang to live on a farm too!

I wish I took more photos of the entire compound. 

She even has a little garden of tomatoes, strawberries, green beans, and carrots, which she pulled out from the soil and gave to Oliver as a snack after our photoshoot. 

That is the dream. 

They were a dream to work with! 

Gena and Oliver, thank you both so much for welcoming me into your home. 

I hope you’ll look back on these photos as fond memories. 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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