I Can’t

It seemed like a lifetime ago when I had to drag myself out of bed to go into an office, and at the end of the day, I’d go home feeling glad I did a good job, but my zest was dimmed and my passion for creativity was collecting cobwebs in the recesses of my soul.

Let me clarify.  I’m not saying a corporate job is bad in any way and it certainly wasn’t like that for me every day because I made some great friends, learned A TON about business, and grew personally.  In fact, I know that I couldn’t have leaped out of the Corporate World had I not “put in my dues” to learn about marketing and small business.  Having managers who believed in me was a confidence booster that didn’t go away either when I left.  I am eternally grateful for my opportunities.

But now, wow.

Now I get to run a business doing all the things I love.  We’re talking the kind of love that makes me excited to get up in the morning, passionate to create Art and tell stories, and an all around happier person.  I have the kind of job that, even eight years later, makes me want to pinch myself.  Am I really doing what I love, every day?!!

My Lifestyle Shoot this weekend reminded me of all this.

I’ve been photographing The T Family since Kate was a baby and they lived in L.A.  I photographed Ellie when Michele was pregnant and the day she came home from the hospital!  I have watched Ellie grow into this walking, talking little person with a big personality.  And Kate… what a bright, shining star she is!  They both have these magnetic smiles that melt my heart.  And every time I see them, I feel like THE luckiest person ever.  <3

Alright, that’s enough sappiness and over-sharing for today.  You have to see some of their images.  I dare you to look at these and not smile!

I can’t.  🙂




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  1. Michele

    Annie, Your joy and love of life comes through in every frame! We are eternally grateful that Elaine introduced us to you way back when and now you have become our friend and family documentarian. Thank you for leaving the corporate world and sharing your talent, your eye, your art with us!

    • Oh Michele, I was just about to email you that your sneak peek is up! You beat me to it! 🙂

      I am super thankful to have met you (and Elaine too) and honored you have trusted me with such an important role in your family, which is to freeze the moments in time. To watch your family expand and your children grow is such an honor and a joy. Thank you, thank you!!!

      • This is one of the favorite lifestyle sessions I’ve seen on the web. I love your use of light, and this family couldn’t look happier if they tried! Lifestyle photography is near and dear to my heart and it’s encouraging to see it mean so much to other photographers and their clients. I’ll be they’ll treasure these images for generations.

        • That’s such a nice compliment, especially coming from a fellow photographer! Thanks, Sam!!! 🙂

  2. Jennifer

    Annie, I have admired your work for years since Michele started with you. Just adore how you capture the essence of what makes the Tong family so beautiful. Love that their happiness is palpable in each frame!

    • Thank you for your very kind comment, Jennifer! How flattering you have been following my work for years. 🙂 YAY!!!! I absolutely adore The T Family…. their love for each other is so genuine, and that is beautiful to watch and capture through my lens.