Last night, Henry suggested that we go shooting as he’s doing the takeover for the IGERSSAC Instagram account this weekend. I was going to wear whatever but at the last minute decided that I should get some nice headshot to update my online profiles: Two Twenty Photos Official Website, LinkedIn, FB, IG.
I must have drove him crazy because we were already down the street, almost turning onto the highway already when I decided I should wear something different. So we made a u-turn to go back home so I can change. (I was wearing shorts and a tank top). I literally changed into this dress in 5 minutes and zoomed out of the house again.
I chose this dress because not only does it fits me perfectly, it reminds me of the good times I had with my Mom when we went on the Mother & Daughter trip to Vietnam 2 years ago. I had it made there. I had a lot of dresses and outfits made there that Summer, actually. As little as I am, I’m considered “large” there, at least according to all the clothing sizes when we went shopping at least. The cool thing about Vietnam though, is that any clothing pieces can be custom-made.
How it works is that FIRST, you’d have to go to the fabric market to buy the fabric that you want. The fabric market looks exactly like a flea market here (like Denio’s) but indoor. There are hundreds of vendors all selling cloths and fabrics of all sorts. You don’t even know how much you need to buy. You just tell them that you want to make a dress, a pair of pants or a shirt and they will know how much to cut for you.
NEXT: You take that fabric(s) to a local tailor shop. You tell them what you want. They measure you and give you a fashion catalogs with all sorts of style to choose from, fashionable ones like those of Express, BCBG, Bebe and such. You’d flip through, find the ones you like and if needed, ask them to make alteration to it.
For example, this dress style that I chose originally had a band going across the front and dangles in the back. This means I’d have to tie a bow everytime I wear it. It’s too much work so I asked the tailor if she can make some sort of design so that I don’t have to do anything when I put it on. She suggested that we keep the band but have it made into a grown up bow in the front. I liked the idea so we went with it. (It hides my stomach when I’m really full so I’m all for it.) LOL
10 DAYS later, you come back to try on the clothes to make sure it fits perfectly. If needed, they can make alterations for you but that’s it! You’re done!
I originally wanted only 3 dresses, 3 pairs of pants and a couple blazers. 2013 was my first time going back to Vietnam after 19 years so I didn’t know what to expect. But after I saw how perfectly fit everything looked, I rushed my cousin to take me to the fabric market so I can get more dresses and shirts made. Being shorter (5 feet), I have a shorter torso. Therefore most dresses that I bought are usually too long for me.
IT WAS AN AMAZING FEELING to have clothes that fit you perfectly.
This is the same principle that I apply to my photo session. Having custom portraits made is the same as having custom clothes made. You are a unique individual and therefore your photos should also be unique so it can capture the many sides of you.
For me, I think of myself as mature and intelligent but I am also a silly goose. I like to keep it fun and light-hearted so after a while, I can’t smile anymore. Instead, I’ll just make funny faces at the camera.
Want to know something interesting? We took all of these photos at the same area, all within 30 mins.
It was so hot even at 8PM and my feet was hurting. Oh my goodness.
We took 178 photos. Out of that, I got 62 good ones. From the 62, I chose 28 as my favorites. (tehehehe)
(This is the same process that my clients go through as well. We take the photos. I narrowed it down to the ones that I think are good. I sent it to them so THEY can choose their favorites. I edit them. Once I’m done, we meet to review them so they can choose their favorite’s favorites that they want to print or put in an album).
I hope you enjoy this post. I didn’t know what to talk about but end up talking about my Vietnam experience. Here was me and when I dragged my Mom to visit Ha Long Bay that Summer. It was one of the most beautiful places I visited and I was so glad I got to share it with the most wonderful woman in my life.
If you love these images and would love to have some created of you or your family then call/text me at 904-887-3162 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. My custom portrait session starts at $350.
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