Growing up I was all girl. Even though my father is from NY and my mom from Korea, I was raised in the south with sweet tea, biscuits and catching fire flies in jars. I wore dresses, my mom always had my hair done, my ears were pierced, I did ballet, thought about what my wedding would be like and always knew I would be mommy someday. Yes, I was that girl. As I got older I became very interested in art and had a deep appreciation for it all - whether it was dance, paintings, photography or theatre. I attribute this to the many trips to various museums with my mom. I became interested in photography a bit in middle school and took courses in high school in addition to my art class. I think art and photography (and lunch!) were my favorite times of the day.
Long story short, I was gearing up for college and needed to decide what I was going to do when I grow up…because certainly you cannot make a decent living in art (or so I thought). Photography (and other arts) were quickly pushed aside early in college. I worked internships in marketing and advertising, had a few jobs after graduation and met some great friends along the way. While working I had been wanting to upgrade to a new DSLR and always put it off. What ultimately led me to pick the camera back up again was being laid off from my job - It seemed the like the worst possible timing as my husband was in dental school (i.e. he was not getting a paycheck)…but it was a huge blessing in disguise. I was lucky though...thankful to a few good friends I was able to find a new job quickly but this time I kept shooting on the side. After a few months of shooting regularly I couldn't believe I had ever stopped. My husband and I talked it over and decided it would be a perfect time for me to build a business on the side of my "real job".
I loved it. It never seemed like I was working a second job. I was happy. We got a blog up (thanks to an old friend, Kelly, who runs From Scratch Design
) and next thing I knew I was booking up. In the spring of 2010 I ran across Lara Casey's blog
which led me to the Making Things Happen
site and scholarship link. I watched videos from the site…read comments…read her personal blog and I literally remember thinking one second "Hey, I should apply!" and then the next second thinking "Why should I? They don't know me? Am I even good enough?". Well, after a few weeks of teetering back and forth I just did it. I just sat down and wrote a little entry. Months went by and by that time I figured they had picked their winner. Well, lo and behold I get a call from Ms. Lara Casey herself telling me I was selected as a partial scholarship recipient. Changed my life. I remember exactly where I was when I got her message…It was September 17 and I was in Pawley's Island getting my nails done with my now sister-in-law for her wedding. Needless to say I was thrilled!
Well, a couple months later I was on a plane to Houston, Texas to meet Lara, Emily and Gina and group of inspirational women. It was here that I decided it was now or never. If I was going to do this I needed to do it with all my heart - I needed to create a brand that represented all of me. A brand that would embody my values and goals. Because of Making Things Happen I am now connected with so many kind, focused, honest, inspiration people. Being apart of the MTH community is like having real-life cheerleaders, everyday. MTH was huge in helping me gain clarity about who I am and who I am striving to be. Taking risks and being honest with myself was the only way I was going take this business to the next level and have genuine, wholehearted relationships with my family and clients.
A HUGE hug to the ladies behind Making Brands Happen
, Lara & Emily. You both have gone above and beyond and exceeded all expectations. I am so happy to have met you ladies and grateful to have you as friends. A shout-out to Ross and the Flosites
team for making my vision a reality on the world wide web…I know it wasn't easy with a not.at.all.web.savvy.gal like myself. And lastly a leaping high-five to the talented Joey + Jessica
for providing me with photos to use of myself (and my pup) on this new site…and for letting my Bella play with sweet Polly.
And of course none of this would have been possible without the support of my family and friends. Thank you to my wonderful husband who carried bags for me at a number of shoots and even assisted at weddings...I owe you one ;) Thanks to my mom for exposing to me all sorts of arts at an early age and my dad for passing down his entrepreneurial bug.
So whether you're a regular (woohoo & thank you!) or a newbie (I hope we connect soon!) THANK YOU for stopping by today. If you've got the time, leave some love below…it makes my heart smile :) Check back soon for new blog posts and images of the new collateral! I am just over the moon excited about all this and can't wait to share!
Cyn Kain photography is genuine, timeless and full of life. Just as I strive to be everyday.
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