We had the good fortune of connecting with Esther Huynh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Esther, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Right now with everything happening in the world where it feels like things are out of control, I’ve found that simply walking outside of my home and spending 15 minutes away from my work is incredibly fulfilling. In the last few months, I’ve lost some of my favorite things to do such as traveling, attending yoga classes at a studio, and even having a coffee with a close friend. Those activities used to fill my day, inspire my thoughts, and help me essentially move. Hiking and doing Standup Paddle Board yoga on the lake have been my ways to reconnect with nature and myself.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The biggest part of this whole journey is that I just went for it. I quit my job five years ago and never looked back. Naturally, anything that you do that requires 100% of your efforts is never easy. The best way to prepare for challenges or even fears of the unknown is to study. Before I began, I reached out to several people who I knew in the industry who was approachable and easy to talk to. I asked them the hard stuff and they were never afraid to share their wisdom. Some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way is DO NOT BURNOUT. When you choose to be your own boss or become self employed there is this running idea that we have to be 100% all the time every day. Creatively this has it’s set backs. I’ve discovered how much I need my creative well to be filled up, emptied, and filled again in order to do good, consistent work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Best friends usually are easy and up for anything but if we had the chance to spend a week long trip somewhere I’d take them to Hawaii. Cliched as it sounds, there is something for everyone out on those islands. A fusion of Japanese, Korean, and native Hawaiian cuisine is fun to try and always fresh. The views would be beautiful – who doesn’t love looking out into the ocean watch the sun set with beautiful hues touching the horizon? We could go see wildlife because I believe it’s important to see nature at its truest state – untouched by humanity or left alone to be as they are. No captive animals, healthy food, a clean environment where people reuse and recycle, and time to be with each other.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To be quite honest there are MANY people who have supported me along my journey to a photography career. The people who really have propelled me though have been some of my closest friends and family. My best friend – my husband – has been one of my earliest supporters and he was the one to really encourage me to always “Go for it”. Without him, I probably be a completely different photographer. As a partner he is a pillar of strength in all the business aspects that I am not. He’s a practical, realistic, and analytic guy who always helps me to see both sides of my job and help through some difficult projects. He also makes a great assistant on set =D
Portrait by Lan Ha, All Other Photos copyrighted by Esther Huynh