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Sarah K Chen Photography Blog bio picture

Welcome to my Blog!

I'm a simple person who loves photographing people and spending time with my husband and two little girls, Ellie (4) and Emmeline (1). My girls are my world and every day I wonder how I became so blessed to be their Mama.

When I'm not behind the camera I love to knit and sew cute things for my girls and bake cookies. My husband likes to say I'm a granny at heart, but I like to say I'm a woman of many talents. ;)

I also enjoy snowboarding, traveling and immersing myself in books. One day I will conquer Cornice and get down without snowplowing my way. I dream of traveling to Greece, Italy and Paris one day, but I have yet to convince the husband that traveling abroad with two little ones would be aweome. I'd also love to go camping and show my girls the joys of a perfectly toasted marshmallow and walking barefoot through an icy cold creek bed. And although I said it would never happen, I now read most of my books on my iPhone or iPad instead of a book. Have kids and you'll soon realize the gift of a built in light and always having your book with you.

I'm based in Orange County, California and ocassionally travel for shoots.

Little Teasers & Updates

While I was in Hawaii having the time of my life, my dear husband single handedly transitioned Ellie into her own room and her own bed. There are still some occasional tears and wakings through the night, but I am so proud of them both! My time away solidified their Daddy/Daughter relationship and it is so amazing for me to witness the two of them together. I love how in the mornings Ellie now runs into our room proudly announcing, “Mommy! I sleep by myself!” and will climb into bed with us to cuddle before we all get up for the day. Usually with Ellie yelling, “WAKE UP! Ellie’s hungry! Go downstairs? Vamanos! Ellie want oatmeal!”

Prior to Hawaii, someone in my family (can’t remember who first) got sick and we all passed it around to each other. Multiple. Times. For over a month we all battled coughs, sore throats, aches, low fevers, runny noses, congestion and all that other fun stuff. One person would start to get better and then would re-catch it a week later. Fun stuff, I tell you. And while I was sick the entire time I was in Hawaii, I’m proud to say I sucked it up and made the most of it. We hiked twice (once climbing Koko Head Crater), went snorkeling, sailing, snuba-ing, horseback riding at sunset, banana boating, bumper tubing and even wake boarding. It was seriously an adventure. Add me on Facebook and you can see the pics!

I’m not sure if all preschools in other counties are like this, but why does Orange County preschools have a 2+ year wait list? We’d put Ellie on one over a year ago figuring that was plenty of time to get her in, but nope. We were left scrambling trying to find a good school for her earlier this year, but I’m happy to say that we’ve found one that I really like and would actually feel comfortable sending Ellie.

When I was pregnant, Jeff brought up the idea of possibly sending our daughter to Montessori. I literally scoffed in his face saying we weren’t going to pay that kind of money for preschool. What is that? Like glorified daycare? Heck, my twin brother and I went through the public system and turned out fine. The answer to that was a big, fat NO.

Of course, the only school I fell in love with ended up being a Montessori. Long story short, Ellie may be staring soon and I’m already having panic attacks about sending her off. Will she be well taken care of? Will she be scared? Will she know to tell someone when she needs to go potty? What if some kid shares his peanut butter sandwich with her and she has a bad allergic reaction? Will she make friends? Will she be able to stand up for herself if something happens? Will she like it? Will she pick up some god awful habits from the other kids? Will someone hug her if she cries?

I can’t be the only neurotic Mommy out there, right? *crickets*

So besides everything going on in the business side, there’s much to juggle on the Mommy/Family side as well. I’m finding that life is all about finding the right balance. It sounds so simple, but is pretty hard to do isn’t it?

I’m really excited to be sharing lots of new stuff in the coming weeks! Aimi and John’s wedding at Seven Degrees.

sarah k chen photography

Stephanie and Jonathan’s gorgeous yellow and grey wedding in Pasadena.

Hilda and John’s downtown Los Angeles engagement session.

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