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A big hi and hello to all of you out there! Thank you for stopping by Jenny Sun Photography's blog! This is my brand new blog space! So please make yourself at home, and have a good browse around. There is plenty more to come so check back often :) Just in case any of you are wondering who on earth I am, my name is Jenny Sun. I own a photography company that spans across Australia and Malaysia, particularly in the Sydney and Kuala Lumpur regions respectively. Though I'm not restricted to those areas! :) I love photographing just about anything under the sun, but my particular passion is for weddings and portraits - I seriously LOVE people, their stories, the beautiful relationships formed, and the tales that are told when that shutter goes off!

This blog is my personal and visual journey along this path of photography. Please hop on board the ride, comment along the way (I shamelessly love comments!), and lets see where the wind takes us :)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Reminders are Good

It's a proverbial human habit.

We take things for granted. We forget.

I know I have. I stumbled upon an old entry in my personal blog last night, and I just realized I'm just like everyone else. I take things for granted. I forget. Of all the times I have complained that my inbox is crazy, I take it back. After what I unearthed yesterday, I'm praying God will help me be more thankful. More appreciative. And remember more often that I have been blessed beyond imagination. To stand where I am standing today, is an incredible measure of fortune, and one I know I don't deserve.

I wanted to post this excerpt (from the time when I was JUST about to become fulltime awhile ago) below as a reminder to myself that not that long ago, I came from very very very humble beginnings. And to never lose that passion or spark that gets us all going in the first place. To all those who are crying out too busy! too much work! long to do lists! Be thankful that you have work, and that you have to do lists to get through. Because I am sure at one time, you were praying for just that one job. That one email to come through. Or just that one client to pick you. Remember and be thankful for where you are today, and be reminded of all the blessings you have been given. Not what you don't have or what you have 'too much of' :)

Have a beautiful Friday and weekend ahead everyone! xox

EDIT: There's been some confusion for some people. This is just a note that the excerpt below was taken from a very old entry of my personal blog. So to clarify to everyone else out there reading this - I AM fulltime and have been for sometime already! :D

Excerpt from way back then:

It's a monday. As most mondays are, they are relatively dull...everything seems to push forward at sloth-like pace, and like clockwork, nothing seems to change. Today's Monday was no page turner... or so it seemed.

As the email page in front of my weekend-spent eyes decided to do its usual flip of a page, and give itself its regular 10 minute facial makeover, I didn't expect anything new to pop in today. It was, of course, a monday.

To my utmost surprise though, I saw that ever-exciting "(1)" next to the inbox folder, meaning that some wonderful stranger or friend out there had decided to write to me about my photography. My fingers couldnt grab hold of my crimson-coloured logitech mouse fast enough to navigate its way towards that folder... I fumbled in my trademark clumsiness at first, and finally found the destination I was after.




Magic to my eyes :p

I felt like a little child opening up their first-ever christmas present. The glee was almost stupefying. What eventually shook hands with my excitement was a confirmed booking for later in the year. I could have done a cartwheel with all the buzzing energery that was literally flying through my veins in a velocious manner.

I guess none of you who skim through these words will understand the weight of what just happened. You see, I am moving into photography FULL TIME as of next year. At the end of this year, I am quitting my comfortable and stable full time job at present to pursue this dream of mine with full gusto and a 150% dose of commitment. Why? well, I've been getting so many jobs this year (its been 3 or 4 times more than the quota I planned for this year) that I can no longer hold up a full time job and a growing business... so after talking to people, praying, I feel it is about time (Ju corrected my misconception about 'PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS' - I thought it was anyone who is getting paid to do jobs, however I have come to be enlightened that Professional photographers are only defined as such when they are making their LIVING from their work solely and nothing else. So I guess I wil officially be dubbed that strange title as of next year? Ju says I am only semi-pro now - *sigh*!!).

Of my decision? I'm petrified. Wobbling-knees, clattering-teeth-together kind of petrified. But I'm clinging onto God in all this, as I cannot ignore the growing and burning desire in me to really give this 'pipedream' my all, and hoping that following my gut this time while trusting with all that I have in God will somehow bloom into something wonderful. What? I cannot say as I do not know, but it is a warm and hopeful trust - one with litte doubt to taint its brilliant glow - because I've learned that He always is looking out for me... proving that He provides JUST what I need, at JUST the right time, at JUST the right place. And if it all decides to unravel, then I believe He just has something better for me in mind. And, I know that will be okay.

Thank you Lord for allowing me to be part of the way towards this hope of mine!!! And I thank God that Ju supports my offbeat and unorthodox dream all the way - even my crazy whim to jetset myself all the way to the USA just to get the training I've been craving for.

Anyone wanna come with me? :)

And just so this post isn't photo naked, here is a tiny snippet of a teaser of a shoot that will be up on the blog next week! :D


Louis said...

Jenny: You are spot on. So much to be thankful for...most of us are growing our art and business in the midst of a global financial meltdown. That alone is a miracle that we should be thankful for.

We are successful because our clients trusted us. Our work is fabulous because our clients are fabulous. As Cliff Maunter said receiving his WPPI award, "We are only as good as our clients." Cheers!

Collin said...

I always thot you are a full time pro photographer! No? Wow! The rest of the Pro should be wetting their pants now that you decided to turn Pro. You going to wipe them out - Clean!!! GO! GO!

Jenny Sun said...

@Collin: yes I am a fulltime photographer!! This excerpt was taken from a very old entry of my personal blog. So to clarify to everyone else out there reading this - I am fulltime and have been for sometime already! :D

@Louis: AMEN to that!!

Lance said...

This post is a motivator for fresh new photographers who just joined the industry. Thanks Jenny =)

Nydia said...

Thanks for this reminder!!! I am also guilty of complaining when I should be thankful. Once again I absolutely LOVE your personal posts like these!!! So inspiring and encouraging :)

xlatte said...

I LOLed @ 'I saw that ever-exciting "(1)" next to the inbox folder'.

It's exactly the feeling i'm going through. Every morning, i wake up with only 1 thing on my mind. That (1) next to my inbox. I'm almost obssesed with it.

Seeing others like you living their dreams gives me alot of hope.

Joshua K said...

Hey Jen, Thanks for sharing :D

nana said...

jenny,what kind of camera that u used now?

Suzaidee said...

I bet everyone going through this especially any independent business owner. And till now there're still some of us in this situation even after we run our business for so many years. You giving us a good example of how to appreciate and thankful for what we have now and remember were we started. Thanks Jenny

Alexandra said...

Thanks for this post, very motivating. Thanks!

AP said...

Wow, thank you for posting this. I am a part time photographer with a steady professional job. I really want to do wedding photography but I have yet to get my first job as a main photographer. I also am looking for anyone to practice some more with. I don't know what God has in my future and it's scary. When I get discouraged about my little business, God seems to cheer me up with a client almost immediately after. This month I'm taking a small break to breathe as I'm doing a masters program as well as working as a business consultant full time. I also do some music ministry work and I now do photography on the weekends. Sometimes it feels so overwhelming because there are still obligations that have nothing to do with work- family and friends. Sometimes I wonder if I rushed into things; but this is the one thing I have found that i LOVE to do; I have attention issues but I can sit for 12+ hours without eating food when I'm doing photography related work. I have never felt this kind of passion for anything, and it's hard for me to let it go. Maybe some day I'll get to go full time- but maybe not. I won't know until later and for now all I can do is pray for God to show me his will. Thanks for sharing your story.