We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Huang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, what matters most to you?
For me, one of the most important principles – community over competition. Especially being in the wedding industry, think about how much more can we do if we work together – WITH each other instead of against?
Especially amongst the photographer, we need a tighter community. I want to be able to see a community of photographers that brings value to each other. We need to create an industry standard that, in turns, rises the worth of our work – instead of causing clients to devalue us by accepting prices that lowers the standard and overall worth of our work.
The funny thing is, this didn’t feel like a huge subject or thing about 10 years ago – when I first started business. I felt like everyone was so much more “in themselves” and there were often clusters of people who congregate but don’t let others in. It definitely felt more segregated and the pressure was definitely more intense.
But this isn’t the case anymore, I’ve met more photographers, planners and people from all over the wedding industry who want to draw and create a circle of people who are more like minded and desire to pursue a similar goal. After all, a wedding is made up with so many moving parts and all of it is essential. A successful wedding is contingent on team work and everyone pulling their own weight but also helping each other out to reach success.
And what is my main job as the photographer? As the photographer, we are the glue connecting all the moving parts. The bride and groom ARE OUR MAIN SUBJECTS! But the details are just as important. I have to capture the final form of all the hours of planning and all the ideas that have been so masterfully executed. And this – all the details – for me, is one of the most enjoyable part of the wedding day. It creates the perfect storyline from start to finish.
So as you can see, community over competition is so essential. It could be the one principle that could truly transform the industry into one that thrives and works together as a whole.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a passionate multi-cultural fine-art wedding photographer that creates photos that are tenderhearted, elegant, graceful and heartfelt. I am a photographer for those who believe in soul-mates.
I believe that every bride needs to find that one photographer that is so essential to them that they cannot imagine being without! That is the type of service I give my brides and grooms!
And there are some amazing things that I am truly excited about that are coming up. In the next few years I want to shift to photographing only multi-cultural weddings – with an emphasis for East Asia/Asian American weddings. Not only here in the US, but all over the world. I want to become a multi-cultural wedding expert. But the reason I want to do this is because there is a true gap in public content, exposure and displayed of multi-cultural weddings. And multi-cultural weddings are so beautiful – with so many unique aspects you will rarely see in Westernized weddings.
And this is not an easy shift because that will limit the clientele I’ll be catering to. I know this will take a lot of patience and perseverance, but, I know I’ll be okay. Because, in the past two years, of all the things that I have learned, one of the most important things is to be surrounded by people who constantly inspire and push us to be a better version of ourselves. And I’ve found those people. And I know they’ll always support me – no matter where I am. And I also know they will remind me to concentrate and not be afraid of my choices.
So, as you can see, I’m excited! I’m excited to find those clients that aren’t afraid to display their unique cultural heritage! For me, as an Asian American, I get the privilege to walk in between two wonderful worlds. Why not celebrate each side together?
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This one is a hard one. San Diego is just a wonderful place to be! I would give them a tour of the best foods and beer in San Diego! We’d have to hit up some of the best Japanese, Italian restaurants and most likely some of the best eateries in Gaslamp or in Little Italy area. I would totally say to get Ethiopian food as well as the oh-so-traditional Carne Asada Fries and tacos. Of course, I can’t forget about the best breweries as well!
I would take them to all my favorite places – for sure Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, sunset at Torrey Pines or Sunset Cliffs. We may even trek up to Torrey Pines preserve or maybe visit Annie’s Canyon! Julian is worth visiting, and we’d spend the whole time in the car reminiscing about the past and our friendship! But in all honesty, there isn’t one place that calls to me specifically. My idea of a great time is simply, great company + DELICIOUS FOOD!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are two groups of people that I recognize and have been an influence beyond belief. First, I recognize KT Merry’s group the Abundance Plan. The endless encouragement, direction and surrounded by some of the most amazing people. And second, I recognize The Elevate Mastermind – led by Leidy and Josh Fourniers – a group of wonderful and amazing photographers – sprouted out of the Abundance Plan and are some of my closest friends who – never fails to be the perfect sounding board. These two groups have brought me success beyond what I could ever expect myself to do. You guys have been my strength and my support!
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