We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Huang and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Not all photographers are created equal! Why? Because photography isn’t just about pressing a button! A photographer’s mindset, experience, and ability is what separates those in the industry. To be the best of the best, it doesn’t just require a camera. It requires, first of all – the know-how to create a sustainable business – YES, it’s a business first and not a free service. But what separates the greatest photographers from those who just can’t quite get there is first of all humbleness but stubbornness! It requires continual education; training and retraining the eye; constantly pushing to grow – never satisfied with static – to be better. It requires taking risks, failing, and then getting back up again and again. And why is this all-important? Because, photography is an evidence of life and living. A photographer’s real job is to tell a story, Their job is to capture the essence of a person, the event, the emotions, and possibly even deeper – peeling away the surface to unearth something that may possibly be locked away. It’s documenting the now for those to see when our life fades away into nothing but memories. It’s a hefty job with so much at stake, but it is so rewarding.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
This one is an extremely hard one. But, I think what sets me apart from others is my genuine desire to find joy and smiles in every session! I also have the ability to make awkward people comfortable in front of the camera! But what sets me apart is, that as far as I’ve gone and am right now, I feel like I have so much further to go. The person you see now is not the one you’ll see in a minute or even a second from now. And this is exciting because as they say, the skies the limit! It took me a good 8 years to realize that where I was wasn’t where I wanted to be. I threw out all I knew about photography and started from scratch! People have asked why I would do such a thing! How was I able to scrap all I knew to start from the beginning again? It was a necessity! I realized that if I can’t take a photo and it’d be 99% perfect in-camera, I’m not where I need to be. And so, about two years ago, I rebuilt my photography from the ground up: relearned everything, practiced a lot, and am still learning and transforming as we speak! The major lesson I’ve picked up along the way is, keep learning. Never be so full of yourself to stop learning and asking people for advice on how to keep growing and becoming better. I’m not perfect, and will never be. But, I can strive to be the best that I can be because photography is so important. It has the ability to capture life in a way that can be carried into the future. It is the bridge into the past. And it has come to mean a lot to me because we can’t know what happens tomorrow. Today is so important. And the one thing to remember about my brand and story is that my parents didn’t know that my twin sister would pass away. My father spent almost every day taking pictures – beautiful, breathtaking pictures – of my sister and me. And in a blink of an eye, she disappeared. If those photos didn’t exist, I would have never known her at all. I would have known that her beautiful little presence graced our lives for that short amount of time. That’s how powerful photos are – a bridge that delivers us into a past – so powerful it can draw up memories that we might not have remembered at all.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Good food and good conversations are the major things I look for when taking friends out when they are visiting! There are so many places here in San Diego to visit! I would definitely take my friends to visit the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Julian, Point Loma Tidepools, Mt Soledad and Cabrillo Monument. And lastly, we’d visit the beautiful San Diego beaches!! In terms of food, San Diego undoubtedly has some of the best seafood, sushi, Italian food, and beer in California! Liberty Station Market also has a wide variety of delicious foods and quaint picnic spots! Some of my all-time favorite restaurants are Azuki in Banker’s Hill & Tajima Ramen in North Park. For Italian food, I would take my friends to Little Italy and then most likely go to Papalecco Gelato or Salt and Straw for dessert! I could go on and on and on, but those are some of my favorite and definite “go-to” places in San Diego! I’m such a creature of habit, so they’ll definitely visit all my old stomping grounds!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are too many ShoutOuts that I have! Where I am right now has been influenced by so many people. First of all my father, who was a photographer as well, taught me – at a young age – what great photos looked like and how to create them! Secondly, my husband, who decided to give me something to do, and decided to buy all the gear to create a business. Thirdly, to the multiple photographers in the industry: Katelyn James, Amy & Jordan, and last, but definitely not least, KT Merry for being so inspirational and giving me the foundations and knowledge to thrive in this industry! And lastly, to my beautiful accountability/Mastermind group formed through KT Merry’s The Abundance Plan – Abul Shah, Ksenia Vasenev, Avan Patel, Jenna Wren, Chloe Darling, Kate Su + more people – they all pushed me, encouraged me, and kept reminding me that I am enough!
All these people, no matter big or small, are influences and people I would love to ShoutOut to! Last but not least, God! He’s the one who gave me everything and has led me to where I am right now!
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