Promotion & Business

Promotion & Business

Let's Make Yourself A 2017 Calendar Girl


This coming year of 2017, make yourself a calendar girl! 

If you don't know it already, we just had a client, an everyday woman like you and me made it to the cover page on Ink magazine and that empowered so many other women in significant ways! I want you to be that person, I want you to know that you are worth celebrating, I am pumped about it and decided to throw a "Let's Make Yourself the 2017 Calendar Girl" promotional event this coming December.

Those who participated will get an hour calendar girl boudoir photo session with me, plus a super pretty BRASS EASEL + 2017 MONTHLY CALENDAR filled with your 12 favorite images that you will get to enjoy all year round. Just think about seeing yourself in new light every month, this would be the most inspiring gift you could gift to yourself. To top it all, you will also receive the digital files (printable up to 4" x 6") that you could share with your closest friends. All for $400! 

Doing this calendar girl boudoir session with me is a great way to boost your confidence and you will be reminded of how beautiful you really are. Plus, you can even make it a surprise gift for your significant other in this coming holiday season!

I want you to know that mini package is not something that I usually do but I am doing it this time for you to get a taste of how it feels like to be comfortable in your own own skin and be proud of it!!! I want all women to be able to do this! Contact me ASAP to book a session. A non-refundable deposit of $300 is required to secure a time slot. 

Photo shoot date: December 3rd (Saturday) and 4th (Sunday)

Photo shoot time: 

Venue: Sandy Hong Photography Studio in Overland Park

Click on the time slot that works best for you to reserve!  

Update: Sold out


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Hey, chew on this pretty


Okay so last week on my social media accounts I posted this picture and asked you to help me pick your favorite place for photos because I couldn't decide on it myself. I originally wanted to pick just one but I ended up loving two. I think that's justified since I had quite a few evil friends that suggested multiple ones too.

My final choices were 2 and 4. I liked 2 for its decor, and much needed sophistication for photos. I liked 4 because of its giant windows, I ruff light, lot's of natural light! So I started to contact the owners. Results? Owner of 2 will be out of town therefore he declined. 4? Got booked the night before! Bummer! So I prayed to the old gods and the new (still doing Game of Thrones marathon so forgive me for all the references :p) to find a place that looks as similar to 2 and 4. At that point of time I still would not consider 1 and 3 because 2 and 4 were what I wanted! Stubborn like a goat...

After two days of searching, my wish was granted! I found a space similar to 2, so similar that I think they had the same designer. So I bit my lips and have it BOOKED! 

It's a place to die for. The decor, the possibility, the comfort, the convenient access to food (There is a hawker center nearby according to my little birds' whispers). Sauna, pool, gym, I imagine that will be helpful after a busy day. Juliet, my BFF will be joining me for a sleepover. It's so perfect. I am done worrying. For now. Off to finish the rest of Game of Thrones Season 6 !


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Malaysia boudoir and beauty photoshoot, August 27th & 28th


The details are here. This time in Malaysia I won't be photographing my friends with their babies or my friends with their spouses, I will be photographing YOU, my lady friends.

I am bringing you a boudoir and beauty portrait experience lead by myself, together with a women only crew (photographer assistant + hair and makeup artist).

Whether you want to do this for yourself or as a special gift for your partner, I promise you an experience that will be entirely different from any photo shoots you have done. There will be a makeover, you will look beautiful, you can forget about all the insecurities you feel about yourself while we have fun shooting great photos. Of course, I will guide you through the session. By the time it ends you would be so glad that you did it and you will have a collection of photos to remind you what an amazing woman you are.

Be Bold. Be Gorgeous. Be Cute. Be Real. Be Daring. Be Sexy As Hell. 

Whatever you want to be, we will make it happen this August. I can only offer six spots, and one is already taken as I am writing this. Act quick if you would like to secure a spot for yourself, everything that you need to know is written below.

"Where will it happen?"
— In studios I rent specifically for this shoot, reasonable driving distance within Klang Valley area.

"When will it happen?"
— August 27th (Saturday) and 28th (Sunday). Pick a date that best fits your schedule.

"How many spots are available? "
— A total of six spots split into two days.

"Do I have to prepare anything?"
— A few outfits that you would like to wear for the shoots, heels and accessories, depending on the style you wished to be photographed in.

"Do I need to do my own hair and makeup?"
— No, we will take care of that.

"Will you keep my photos private?"
— I value your privacy and will not share your photos unless I have your consent.

"What's included in the package?"
 — My time and talent, venue, hair and makeup makeover, photo book, digital files, all for RM1200. Best part? I believe in payment plan. 

*Please don't ask me for discount. I could instead ngan ngan geok at home, go dim sum with my family or go gai gai with YX. I value my Malaysia vacation. :)

"When will I get to look at my photos?"
— It will take me four to six weeks after the session to have the photos ready for your viewing since I will not have access to my photo editing software until early September plus I will have multiple sets of photos to process.

"Can I share this photoshoot information with my friends?"
— Yes, I appreciate that. Please have them mention your name when they contact me.

Hesitate no more if you are still on the fence. How often do you encounter an opportunity like that, a women's photographer who also happen to be your friend. This may sound uncomfortable to you, this may sound foreign to you, if you take the leap you will have my full support and I will tailor make you an experience you will treasure for a lifetime. 

Habis cerita, go fill up that form!


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What worked for me


As a new year starts I always like to reflect back how I did in the past year. Personally, I achieved the goal of visiting 30 countries at the age of 30, visited my Malaysia family twice, became a sister-in-law, had my first Halloween makeup, celebrated 14 years of courtship with Yong and finally got a Kansas state driver's license. Yay! Professionally, 2015 was a tremendous year for me. Let me put it this way, if 2008 to 2014 were the years I acquired knowledge, skills, experience for my photography business, then 2015 was THE year I pieced everything together. Here I would like to share with you the top 5 things that worked for my business. 

1. Make real connection with my clients

One of the most rewarding decisions I made last year was to make real connection with the women I photographed. As a woman myself, I know that there is absolutely no "one size fit all" photography package for my clients. We all have unique taste and expectation for photos and I would not want a woman to book me before knowing that we could be a good fit. Therefore I insisted that my potential clients should be invited to my studio for a face to face meeting. We talked about what brought them to me, how they felt about their bodies, and how to pose for the most flattering images and how to hunt for wardrobe. Of course they also got a complimentary studio tour so that they could see the things that inspire my photography style with their own eyes. 

I feel like by doing all these I could better understand my clients' needs and it helped me to carve them a dream photoshoot. Clients were more engaged, more excited for the shoot, and that's the perfect buildup that I need prior to the actual shoot. After the initial meeting I also followed up with personalized Pinterest board, emails, text, video conference, and whatever communication means to help them make the best wardrobe decisions, book their desired hair and makeup artist and make sure everything is on track. Making real connections required a lot time and attention, but does it all worth it? Yes! They trusted me, they knew that I would make them look great. When I requested them to "smile just with your eyes", they would do it for me even some of they didn't know how, and they all ended up getting killer smiling eyes shots. 

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2. A nice and versatile home studio

After I made up my mind to focus on just photographing women, I knew I needed a studio space. I had very specific requirements in mind (high ceiling, white wall, white floor, independent makeup room and bathroom) and it took me five months in 2014 to find my dream home that would also allow me to dual purpose it as my studio. 2014 was all about exploring the perfect spaces for photography. In 2015, I found hundreds of ways to photograph women at different corners of the studio. I also figured out how natural lights change with seasons, and what kind of shadows and shades I could get! Now that photo spots are everywhere in the home studio, I have to make sure that the the house is always clean, the showroom kind of clean (hence the no shoes policy).

3. Hair and Makeup policy

All women look good with some makeup and with professional hair styling and makeup application they would look even more fabulous. Don't believe that? Check out the before and after portraits of my clients. In 2015, I made a studio policy to use only professional hair and makeup service for my clients. I want them to be taken care of professionally and feeling beautiful throughout the entire photo session. I frequently reach out to local hair and makeup artists and am happy to report that I found some that I really enjoyed working with. How did I pick who to work with? My general guideline is that the artist must capable of styling hair and applying makeup, have pleasant personality, punctual, efficient, helpful and professional. Also, I value hair styling skill slightly more than makeup because hair is often the break or make factor. I can always retouch a flawed makeup in post-processing but with a flawed hair there is nothing much I could do.  

4. Commitment fee

Imagine the night before a photoshoot, I did my homework on the shoot, prepped my studio, booked the hair and makeup artist, just about to go to bed so that I could wake up fresh the next morning. Then I received a text message from client, telling me that she has changed her mind, and not quite ready for a photo session. That feeling sure doesn’t feel good does it?  

Starting from 2015, my studio policy is that I collect a $300 commitment fee from my clients that is fully refundable upon completion of the photoshoot and reveal session. Paying the commitment fee encourages my clients to commit to the dates booked, and it gives me peace of mind to prepare for their appointments. Not a single client forfeited their $300 fee since I started doing this, it has been working great for the studio! 

5. Branding and packaging

Few years ago when I was visiting Paris I picked up a Chanel pouch for my cousin.  I honestly have forgotten how the pouch looked but I still remember the wonderful service that I got from the sales assistant. She meticulously wrapped the pouch in a fancy box and decorated it with cute ribbons and paper tissue before putting everything in a very nice bag. I had a great experience and felt valued as a customer.  I want my clients to know that I appreciate their business with me, therefore for packaging, I also wrap their portraits in boxes with my brand embossed together with other handpicked packaging materials to compliment their products. These little details are what make me happy and I hope they make my clients feel appreciated too.


How was your 2015? Share it with me?