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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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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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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