Hi Friends & Family!!
Oh my goodness how this year has zoomed by! It’s been quite a year on my end, and with the individual updates from each of you before and during your sessions I know you too have had quite an eventful year as well.
I just wanted to start off by saying thank you so much for your love and support through the years, and especially for 2017! Without you we wouldn’t be where we are today. Thank you for entrusting my team and I with your memories, and for always keeping us amused with updates on your kiddos, family life, and or newlywed life!
I havn't been the very best at blogging this year (I actually didn't blog at all) and that's definitely a goal for 2018! I felt that I needed to share atleast ONE last message in 2017 to you all before the new year starts!!!
The top 7 exciting things that we have celebrated in 2017!!!!:
1. WE. ARE. HAVING. A BABY!!!!
Ok, so what can we say about this one? I don’t know other than we are so stoked and embracing this entire adventure day by day. Baby is due April 22, 2018 and we couldn’t be more excited! Even before baby came, we had friends who knew we’d be trying this year, and generously showered us with clothes, accessories, and every baby need from 0-24 months!
Our Pregnancy Announcement Video!
Edited by: Jaclynne Tran
2. Celebrating 2 Years of Marriage with the love of my life and best friend Katzy!!!!!!
It’s been so fun doing life with him, and he’s the absolute best ever! We have now known each other for 7 years!!! I still am shocked that’s nearly a 1/3 of my life and wonder where he was the rest of the 2/3’s lol and how I made it through life without him. But knowing how life works, some things take time, and I definitely needed to grow in various areas of my life before meeting him. So I’m SUPER thankful our paths crossed and can continue to live out our vows daily with one another.
Vow Renewal Video by: Jaclynne Tran
3. Expanding the Christina Cho Photography TEAM!
I now have Three EXTRAORDINARY LADIES along side me to help with the back end items of the business, shooting video, light assisting, social media management, and just an amazing group of ladies that desire to make a change in this world! It’s been so incredible working along side Bailey, Haileigh, & Jackie! They have been such a great addition to not just to the business but to my life. Making the decision to delegate my work and not go crazy with doing it all myself has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my 5 years of business. It’s helped me to achieve my 2017 goals, and I’ve been able to find more rest and even go to sleep before 11pm! lol! In years past doing EVERYTHING myself would keep me up till 3 or 4am, I rarely had time to spend with Katzy, and was just feeling tired all the time. I’m very thankful for my ladies, and look forward to the new projects we’ll be working on together next year!
The TEAM on the website! Read their individual bios here!
Team Photos by: Michael Modino
4. 5 Years in business!
(Aka 5 years paying Uncle Sam): Wow! I can’t believe 5 years has gone by this quickly. It’s been an incredible journey of learning, growing, and making new friends!! I made a commitment this year to spend more time with my immediate family, build our home community, and take 2-3 weeks off to rest quarterly. It hasn’t always been perfect but knowing our priorities and trying our best not to compromise has been one of the best decisions ever!
Photo by: Michael Modino
5. 77 Sessions in 2017 & Over 5500 Final Edited Images Delivered!!!
Of those 77 Sessions, 31 were FAMILIES!!!! Oh my goodness!!!! 6 Weddings & Engagements!!! ANDDDD The rest were HEAD SHOTS!!! If you didn’t know we started a new project within our team to do Head Shots for working professionals and it’s been so fun!! Staying true to our beginning of the year goals had set my heart out to not exceed 35 family sessions, and to keep weddings around 5-6 annually. I had wanted to do more personal projects and reach out to my local community as well which led to doing amazing sessions with business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders within Orange County.
6. Investing heavily in continued education!
One of the best things I’ve purchased this year for myself were mentoring appointments and business blueprints with gurus within the creative industry. Not only have I learned important foundational methods to create a successful business but also changing my mindset towards what a healthy business should look like... which is less “busy work” more “passion-filled-smart-work”. Meaning working more efficiently and delegating tasks that someone else better can do (aka... my Extraordinary Ladies!) so that we all can achieve our personal, financial, business, and life goals!
So I want to say a HUGE Thanks to Tiffany Farley & Shanna Skidmore for all your knowledge, time, love, and prayers this past year, I would not be able to run after my dreams if it had not been your amazing programs!!!! (Click on their photos to visit their websites if you're interested in learning more for yourself!)
7. Launching A New Website Front!
After spending time with my mentors above, it was time for a new and fresh face lift for the website! With 6 months of hard work, lots of brain tickling the new ChristinaCho.com launched! Along with our mission statement of "Cultivating extraordinary families and couples growing in love". My greatest desire has always been to capture the people's journey through life. The fact that not everyone's lives looks the same fascinates me and draws me in closer to the "how do they do it", and "what motivates them to continue on". All my families and newly wed couples have their own answers to these questions and THIS is what inspires me daily. I want so badly to help them cultivate their personal goals and ambitions through helping them remember the moments that are most important to them, which is... their time together. By doing that it creates a memorial for the good times for moments that are more challenging than others. So in all that I am blessed. 5 years moving onto 6 and hopefully many more of cultivating these extraordinary lives one moment at a time.
Now that we've made all the BIG announcements, here are some important dates for 2018!
I’ll be launching “30 With Christina”! A 30 second snippet of quick photography tips for the everyday photographer! Whether you shoot with your phone, Canon Rebel, Nikon, or professional series Canon like the Mark IV, or III like me, I want to shed some light on my personal go-to's for shooting in ANY situation! So excited for this! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be subscribed!
February 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Family Sessions are limited to availability in 2018. Please contact me as soon as possible! ChristinaCho.com/contact
April 1, 2018 - July 14, 2018
I’ll be taking MATERNITY LEAVE! This time will be reserved for our family, delivering our baby, postpartum healing, and taking LOTS of photos of our little one. Lol! BE READY! You can read more about my motherhood journey here!
Digital Art by: Kayc & Alina Hilehetule
July 15, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Family sessions will be open again for bookings.
November 18, 2018 & January 5, 2019
Will be reserved for final session deliveries and family time!
Annnnddd that wraps it up for 2017 my friends!!!!!!!!!! It’s been an AMAZING year! I am still shocked that the year went by so fast, and 2018 is just in a few days! So here it goes with all I have into 2018! New projects, new friends, rekindling relationships, nurturing a soon to come newborn, growing our family, and sharing our journey more often along the way!
Wishing YOU an incredible NEW YEAR in 2018, with many blessings and fresh opportunities ahead for you!!!!!