[Engagement] Sophia & Dave – New York, NY
As an ambivalent 20-something year old in college, I nearly gave my parents a heart attack when I told them I had given up my dreams of becoming a doctor or engineer in order to study film and theatre. In fact, I think a declaration like that would’ve given most Asian parents 100 heart attacks…each. Luckily, I came to my senses and ended up studying English and German instead – which in hindsight, probably wasn’t all that much better (but at the very least, we’d left the door open to a possible law career…albeit in Germany). But why film, out of all the other things in the universe I could possibly study? The truth was/is, I loved the craftsmanship of storytelling, in a way that’s just as timeless as it is seemingly effortless. I was awed with the way the old masters harmonized their use of lighting, dialog, and motion to tell their stories. It was something I always admired, but never had the opportunity to do…until now. I remember meeting with Sophia and Dave for the first time, and how excited we were to photograph this session. By the end of our meeting, we had brainstormed a gazillion different ideas for themes and locations for their engagement session. We ultimately settled on a period-piece, set in the early 20th century. And what better location could possibly be better for this, than an old warehouse filled to the brim with antiques of all shapes and sizes?