Sunset in Newport Beach

Aaron and I grabbed our Canons to Newport Beach for a sunset photography session. We missed the sunset because we were circling around the parking lot for a good 30 minutes. It was such a beautiful day that all one million Orange County residents decided to go to the beach and enjoy the weather at the same time. I can’t blame them for that because we were basically there for the same reason.

Miraculously, we found parking and decided to challenge ourselves to take pictures with little lighting except from the rays beaming on the water.

Going to the beach always reminds me to be thankful for where I live. Sometimes we easily take the perfect weather in sunny SoCal for granted. We actually met a couple at the beach who were visiting from Chicago. Aaron and I were both thinking to ourselves, “Why would you visit Newport Beach? Why Orange County?” We realized it’s because the weather here can’t beat anything or anywhere else! We’re so blessed.

Thanks Aaron for challenging me to take pictures in a new setting instead of taking pictures of food! And thanks for listening to Taylor Swift in the car ride. Note to us: Go to beach a lot earlier because of parking.

Model: Briana Kim

I asked Briana if I could do her hair and makeup. Then bam, we had a fun summer photo session with some great sceneries!

If you’re curious about her hat, it’s from H&M. It was on sale for $5 when it was originally around $15-20! Her summer dress is from one of my favorite stores, Gap.

Thanks Briana for being my model and cooperating under the hot sun! AND thank you, A-A-ron for letting me borrow your amazing 50mm lens! That thing works wonders!

Model: Elaine Kim

When it comes to food, I usually know how I want to take pictures of my meal. It comes out naturally without hesitation on what angles and perspective of the food I want to focus on. On the other hand, when it comes to taking pictures of people, it’s a tad bit of a challenge. I wanted to challenge myself again and improve on taking pictures of my friends! So I had another photo shoot with my friend, Elaine Kim.

The last time we had a photo shoot, it was on a gloomy and rainy day in Orange County. Because it wasn’t so bright outside, it was easier to manage the lighting. Check out my first photo session with Elaine Kim here.

We went over to this neighborhood that has a park in every other street! Ok, not literally every other street but maybe every other, other street. This one park we went to is probably my favorite one in the neighborhood. The glossy wooden picnic table and the stone walls bring a homey feel to the park. I honestly don’t know how to get to this park exactly but the many times that I’ve gone, I’ve been lucky enough to find it easily.




And that’s a wrap!

Elaine is an artsy lady so make sure to check out her Instagram. Also, for you to get to know her a little better, I asked her a few questions:

  1. How do you know Tina? We met at Bethel Church.
  2. What do you spend most of your time doing? Trying various cafes.
  3. What are three random facts about yourself? I love boba drinks excluding the boba. I absolutely hate all types of insects. Photographs and paintings are an exception. I can’t think of a third random fact.

Thanks Elaine for being so patient with me during this photo shoot!