“In The Right Light, At The Right Time. Everything Is Extraordinary.”
– Aaron Rose
Three words others often use to describe my photos are:
fun, natural and full of life!
Cyara CX Assurance Platform
Proctor & Gamble
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Best Friends For Frosting
Healthy Image Dental Group
Hokee Poke Restaurant
Sacramento Ad Club
California Center for Research on Women & Family
My Sister’s House
Three Palm Events
Real Weddings Magazine
Pearl Pear Bride
Masters of Business Administration- 2014
Argosy University- San Francisco Bay, CA
Bachelors in Health Administration- 2007
University of North Florida- Jacksonville, FL
How I Became A Photographer
Hello and welcome!
My name is Tra. It’s pronounced Tra, like Tra-la-laa. In Vietnamese, it means “tea”.
I am 35 years old. To date, I’ve been shooting professionally for 6 years. I live in Elk Grove, CA (right outside of Sacramento, CA) with my husband, Henry, and our adorable 2 year old daughter named London. Comes March 2020, we will be a family of 4 with the birth of our second daughter, Alex.
Henry is my biggest supporter. Not only does he researches and buys all of my gears, he second shoots at all of my weddings as well. We are a “husband & wife wedding photography team”. He photographs the guys. I photograph the girls. It helps our clients see people and event happening that they didn’t catch and remember their wedding day more vividly even years from their actual wedding day.
I grew up in Florida and graduated from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor in Health Administration on August 10, 2007. Two days later, I moved to CA. I had met Henry just 8 months before that. To date, we have been together for 13+ years, married for 7 years.
After moving to CA, I worked at a private art college for 8 years. After 5 years at that job, I started questioning the purpose of life. I mean, day in and day out, I was encouraging my students to pursue their passion and follow their dreams. But what was I doing? I was really good at financial planning but I needed something to fuel my soul. I wanted something more!!!
When I was in high school, I really wanted to be an Interior Designer, but going to an art school was not an option at the time. I didn’t want to put my parents through that financial stress. I thought of going back to school to be a graphic designer or a web designer. Photography was just a hobby at the time. I loved taking pictures of flowers, and trees and raindrops after the rain but have never thought of it as a job before. After getting lots and lots of encouragement from friends, I started building my portfolio in the Spring of 2013. I got all of my co-workers to be my models and was tagging the heck out of them on Facebook. It was just for fun. It didn’t expect their friends to call me so soon after wanting to book photoshoots.
It was amazing! I remember googling “How to start a photography business? How much to charge for photo sessions? How to pose a family of 5? Fun ideas for engagement sessions?” I was up until midnight or 1am every night researching and reading blogs to learn more about the business side of photography. I went to photography meet up to try to learn from others who are more advanced than I was. I was taking classes toward my Master at the time and I found it super helpful, especially the marketing and finance classes. In February 2014, I finished my Master in Business Administration. Then I put all of my effort toward building my photography business. I’m a big number person so I was always setting goals. Once I reached one goal, I set an even higher one.
After 2.5 years, I got where I wanted to be so I left my full-time corporate job in October 2015 to pursue photography full time. I remember that day when I turn in my 2.5 months notice. I was so nervous but finally I told my boss that after I come back from Europe, I am going to work for 2.5 weeks and then I will be gone. Then I started booking clients on weekdays to make sure that I cannot back out of this decision. (hahaha)
In a nutshell
I went from building my portfolio in Spring 2013, photographing mainly families and kids to booking 3 weddings in 2014, 13 weddings in 2015, 14 weddings in 2016 and 16 weddings in 2017, along with many, many portraits and commercial photoshoots in between.
I love working with people and building relationships. I cannot imagine doing anything better than helping others document the most important milestones in their lifetime. A session with me is made of some necessary formal poses and lots of running, jumping, and fun, laughing-out-loud moments. My mission is to capture YOUR timeless life moments with FUN, VIBRANT and TIMELESS photographs that reflect your personality and emotions. I want to capture those feelings that you never want to forget and the moments that you never want to pass.
Thank you so much for visiting today. I look forward to working with you and your loved ones soon!
Oh yes! Our Travel Addiction
Henry and I are addicted to travel. Since our honeymoon to Costa Rica and New York in 2012, we’ve been finding every excuse to take a trip out of the country each year. We live for the experiences that each new country brings and cannot wait to see more. Here are a few of our favorite travel experiences: