My First Magazine Feature :D

Really excited to share that I’ve been featured in California Day Magazine!! ­čśÇ

This feature really gave me an opportunity to reflect and be thankful. I wish I could accredit my success to myself, but I can only point to the sky and thank God.

My whole life I worked hard towards a whole other future I thought I would have: Pharmacy. I received a high SAT score, I was featured in the Chinese newspaper for winning the OC Science fair, I  graduated with a Biochemistry degree at UCSD. I was well on my way to having a stable well paying job that would allow me to pursue my artistic hobbies on the side. At least that was the plan.

Having dipped my toes in both the artistic realm and the┬áscience┬árealm. I can see that God’s plan was so much better than mine.

Straight out of college I went in to Proteomic Research, and honestly, I sucked at it. I worked and studied harder than I could remember but procured such pathetic results. But this was the path I had chosen and I stubbornly charged forward. It wasn’t till arriving in Loma Linda, unable to find any type of science related job, that I was forced to explore other venues. ┬áHumbled, I ended up in a retail job working at the mall. My choice? Nope. Am I glad it happened? YES!

All my first Photography clients came from co-workers at that mall job I thought I didn’t need. ┬áThey gave me the encouragement, courage and push that I needed. I will be forever thankful to them.┬áDuring this time, Photography came so unexpectedly, so easily, so naturally. ┬áI could see that the skill sets I was born with, that I obtained throughout my life have molded me to be successful in this field. Not to say I don’t also work hard, (there are days I want to pull out every single strand of hair on my head) but its the kind of hard work I LOVE to do. I can honestly proclaim “I LOVE MY JOB.” ┬á­čÖé

This isn’t a huge feature, and some can hardly call this success. But to me, success is having┬ásomething┬áto be thankful for, even the little things.

For me this is a huge moment of success.


Lisa-Anne - November 6, 2012 - 2:37 pm

So proud of you!! ­čÖé

Nancy - November 6, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Congrats, Michelle!!! ­čÖé So happy for you and glad that you are following your dreams! Yay!!!

Rachel - November 6, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Congrats Michelle! This is such a big deal!

Stephanie - November 6, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Go get ’em! First of many many magazine spreads =)

Jane Oato - November 8, 2012 - 9:42 pm

Michelle, this is wonderful! And it is a success to be proud of. We have shared the article and photo with Kristen’s grandmother (who is 90) as she made the tsuru (origami cranes). She couldn’t believe they were in a magazine! I wish you future success with your photography! You have a talent. Thank you for being part of Kristen and Brady’s wedding and capturing it so well.

Mark Daley - November 14, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Success!!! <3

Megan Medley - November 17, 2012 - 5:38 pm

A huge success indeed and well deserved! ­čÖé Congrats!!

Christine Kim McCully - February 22, 2013 - 6:32 am

I LOVE your work! I am so glad to know that you are in our neighborhood. I appreciate good photography and admire you for taking that creative step- it takes courage : )
Anytime you want to have Mochi and Chester Finn Bleu play let me know.

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