The Beginning... / by Christel Tran

Photography has been such a huge part of my life for quite some time now.  There's something about capturing those special moments in time that keeps me inspired to keep documenting.  Being a long-time hobbyist, I always questioned whether or not I had what it took to make the transition and start a photography business. Would I be good enough? Technically? Or creatively?  Even though I received much support for my work over the years from my family and friends, I still didn't have the courage to cross that path just yet.   

Life took some twists and turns and 2016 proved to be one of the most difficult years of my life.  In the midst of it all, my dear friend & fellow photographer (Chris Nelson Photography) randomly asked if I ever considered starting a photography business. I thought about it for a few days and received many encouraging signs from the heavens above (thanks Dad, miss you so much) so I said why not?  What did I have to lose?  Little did I know that this would be the start of "the beginning" and photography would prove to be super therapeutic and comforting during such a trying time.  

These images will always be special to me because it signifies the start of "the beginning".  Thank you Chris for being an amazing mentor/ friend, trusting me to capture your gorgeous family and giving me that final push that I needed.  Also, much love and thanks to my dear family & friends who have always believed in me.  

My website is finally up and I'm officially writing my first blog post.  I've been blessed in many ways, cheers to new beginnings!  What a wonderful ride it's been so far. <3