Welcome to the HKT Photography Blog! The stories behind the photos....
I met Jon during the early days of the new millennial when the two of us were starting college together at UCONN. We were there when the men's and the women's basketball teams won the first of their double double championships. We were also there when the Red Sox broke the curse. And, unfortunately for Jon, he was also there when I first started studying photography in my senior year of college. I never thought photography would become such a professional obsession and I am pretty sure as young college kids back then, engagement photos never ever crossed our minds lol. Fast forward a few years, Jon is now engaged to the girl of his dreams (Kristal, I am nominating you for sainthood). I am extremely proud that I can help them celebrate and forever remember these moments through my photography.
From the very beginning of our courtship, Thu and I have always felt that we truly belong to each other and that our engagement and marriage are only a matter of destiny. I don't quite remember when we came up with the idea, but we decided that we would take various self portraits during our travels and save those images to use as our engagement photos at a later date. As the project went on, we quickly realized that not only are the images "engagement photos," but they truly represent some of the best memories and experiences that we ever had in our life! This series of images is just the beginning--I am sure we will have a few more to add from now until our wedding date.
This is the first photo in the series that was taken back on May 29th, 2015! We were introduced to each other by a mutual friend (Thu's best friend--thank you Tùng and Thông !!!) back on February 3rd, 2015 but May was the first time we saw each other in real life. This photo has always been our absolute favorite. Neither of us have looked happier, and this is truly the beginning of a great great journey! It is one photo that neither of us can ever forget.
As you can see, a lot of thoughtful gifts were created from that one image alone. It is truly is a photo that will define our life.
And then we went to Boston!
This image was actually taken first. I told her that we were just going to take quick picture with both of looking into the camera but clearly that was a lie :)
In a crowded city, there is only you in my eyes.
I have always been intrigued by the image Le Baiser de l'Hotel de Vile in Paris by Robert Doisneau, so I have always loved a beautiful kiss photo. I can't believe I am actually in one :)
Waiting for the train on the way to NYC :)
What an awesome day we had in NYC, having lunch at an Italian restaurant with an old law school friend. Photo credit: Omar Vargas (law school friend haha)
A beautiful photo of Thu on the Brooklyn Bridge, a really wonderful view of one of America's iconic landmarks! If you haven't walked this bridge, do it......We ended up taking a taxi back to the other side afterwards lol.
This photo really reminds me of New York, like it's part of a Seinfeld episode or something. Photo credit: Omar Vargas.
Prof. Thu Tran at Yale University :) I just had to take Thu's photo in such an inviting environment.
More of "The Kiss"
Another of my favorites with Thu's signature smile.
My parents absolutely love Thu!!! They finally have a daughter in the family now :)
I always love a beautiful print. When it's a photo of your loved ones on a 24in by 36in sheet of metal, it's absolutely priceless. No large screen HDTV can recreate the magic that you feel holding on to such beautiful and timeless print. Besides, a print on metal is probably more reliable than any electronic version. I absolutely love it.
And this is the absolutely gorgeous family that has been welcoming me into their lives with open arms! Absolutely love them!!
Life is going to be so much fun LOL
The last image here was taken after we had a long day of errands driving all over Houston and were just finishing a couple hours of family portraits...Yet we were still able to have the perfect smiles when we are in each other's arms. It actually is probably one of my best smiles to date :) Funny enough, we were wearing the exact same outfits we had on when we took our first photograph together. However, rest assured that this is not the last of our engagement photos. We still have a lot trips plan and more memories to be capture until the wedding date.
I would like take a chance to really introduce one of the premier products in the wedding photography industry that perhaps the public is not that informed about, which is the FLUSH MOUNT WEDDING ALBUM. With the advent of digital photography, the photo book has been made very popular over the years, but the flush mount album really takes that concept into a completely different stratosphere. With such extreme craftsmanship and built quality that that comes with the flush mount album, only the best of the best photos and designs should be placed on such valuable real estate.
Unlike a typical photo book or coffee table book, the flush mount album is made up of extremely thick and durable pages that not only command the feel of luxury, but they will also remain beautiful and sturdy for a lifetime if not for generations. Below are a few images with regards to the built quality of these gorgeous albums.
Yes, that is actually only one page! Another look at how thick just one page is!
The album lay completely flat when you open it up hence the term "flush mount". This design allow you to make beautiful enlargement of your favorite photos across the pages.
And I just can't get over that gorgeous genuine leather--it is oh so soft!
That is what 40 pages of fine craftsmanship look like and the album is really meant to last you a life time.
Laying completely flat, the spread measures 12 inches by 24 inches, which for the lack of a better description, is quite humongous. I love this gorgeous album so much that it is included in two of our packages at a steep discount because I truly believe that every couple should have this album to commemorate their wedding day. And to be able to hold your memories in a tangible object is just a great great feeling, I just cannot describe it with words or even photos. Below are some of my favorite spreads:
After reading this blog, hopefully everyone has a fuller appreciation of the craftsmanship of these flush mount wedding albums, why they are so prized in the wedding photography industry, and why they cost the way the do...Your gorgeous wedding photos should definitely deserve the best of the best.
The photo for this album was from Kimberly and Gustavo's gorgeous wedding in Torrington, CT, you guys can read more about it here: Gorgeous New England Backyard Wedding | Kimberly and Gustavo
I am so glad that one of favorite photographer (and stand up comedian :) )in Connecticut, Eric Foley of Eric Foley Photography tagged me along for this gorgeous wedding at Saint Anne Church and the Aria in Waterbury, Connecticut. It was such a beautiful and emotional day for Courtney and Michael, and it was an absolute pleasure to photograph the biggest days of their lives and capture some memorable memorable moments! Congratulations again to both Courtney and Michael!! :)
Ái Phương and Thanh Phong's traditional Vietnamese wedding was absolutely AWESOME!! I get captured one of my closest friend from college on the happiest day of her life and celebrating such a special special occasion with all of her love ones. With such a fun filled day mixed in with some very emotional moments, these photos just absolutely scream love and joy.
If you haven't already, check out Ái Phương and Thanh Phong's Vietnamese Engagement Ceremony (Dam Hoi) which I photographed in Phương's hometown of Bristol, Connecticut in July of last year (yes, talking about interstate :)) as well as the Engagement Session that was actually taken mostly in my yard :) Now I am very proud to say that Phương and Phong complete wedding story are on the blog!
Oh did I mentioned that this is a traditional Vietnamese Wedding? Vietnamese wedding tradition in full form is quite long and lately, it has been abbreviated to keep the day relative short but for Phương and Phong, it was all or nothing. The Vietnamese wedding ceremony is actually quite similar (it's almost the same) to the Vietnamese Engagement Ceremony (Dam Hoi) so if you read my blog above about Phuong and Phong's engagement ceremony, it would be very easy to follow the images below. In essence, Vietnamese wedding tradition include two "tea" ceremonies in the morning, one at the bride's parent house to formally give the bride away and one over at the grooms parent house to formally welcome the bride into the family. So with that, here is their gorgeous gorgeous wedding with moments that I truly hope would last with them forever.
DUCK FACE :)