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Meet Yen Tran of Embolden Photo + Video in Loma Linda

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yen Tran.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Yen. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
My husband, Ky, had always been a hobbyist photographer for the past ten years. He got us both matching cameras so that we could go shooting together because we went on tons of adventures and we wanted to document it all. After we got married last April, we knew that we wanted to turn our hobby into a career and we wanted to get into the wedding business. We loved being able to look back at our wedding photos and videos because it brought back so much joy and happy tears every time. We wanted to be able to give other couples that same exact feeling we had. I actually graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in English, in hopes of becoming a teacher. However, I decided to push my degree to the side to pursue our wedding photography and videography business instead. Eventually, we started taking photos of couples at unique, adventurous locations and posted it on Instagram and we slowly started to get more clients. Our client’s reaction to their photos and/or video made our lives feel so much more fulfilling. We’re still learning every day about the whole wedding business, but it’s amazing how many connections you can make through Instagram – and that’s where we’ve been getting most of our clientele. Our ultimate goal was to become an adventurous wedding and elopement photographers and videographers. Ky does the videography for our business and I do the photography and together we created Embolden.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely wasn’t easy at first because we didn’t know anything about being an entrepreneur or running our own business or even how to get future brides to notice our work. Ky was the only one working full time while I worked from home – promoting our business to get our name out there. So, living on a single person income was stressful, but we managed to do it until we were able to start booking more clients. Since Instagram has been our main source of clientele, it could get pretty discouraging sometimes when we see other wedding photographer’s and/or videographer’s work because we were constantly comparing our work to theirs and wished that we could have as many followers or book as many weddings as they did. The photography community on Instagram is so huge though and everyone is so positive and supportive of each other that it pushes us to keep going. After meeting and talking to other wedding photographers, we realized that the amount of followers we have does not define our worth and work. There are SO many weddings out there and there always will be; community over the competition is something that we’ve learned along the way and we truly believe in it.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Embolden Photo + Video – what should we know?
We focus mostly on shooting couples and weddings, but we also sometimes shoot family photos and portraits as well. Since we just started our business I could say that we’re pretty proud to have as many inquiries and weddings booked so far within such a short amount of time. We’re hoping that within a year or two we’ll book enough weddings so that Ky could eventually quit his hospital job and we can continue to use this as a creative outlet for the rest of our lives. Doing wedding photos and videos honestly doesn’t even feel like work, because we enjoy it so much. There’s a lot of photographers out there, but what I think sets us apart from others is that we get to work together as a team to create something beautiful.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
All of our closest friends have been such a huge support. They’ve referred us to their work colleagues and friends to help get us more noticed and get more clients. They’ve even filled in as models for us a few times – which obviously has been a hit! When we were planning our wedding last year we booked an amazing photographer for our engagement photos, Alexandria Monette. She made us feel so comfortable during our session and we wanted to be able to do that for our clients as well. She’s mentored us and showed us the ropes of becoming an entrepreneur and all the things that we needed to know to become a legitimate business. Honestly, without her mentor and advice, we would probably not be where we are right now.

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Amanda Noel Photo

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