I have a lot of interests and aspirations, but photography has always been a constant for me.

I first started photographing in high school after learning how to use photoshop. My Myspace profile was my first portfolio and since then I’ve stopped manually blurring my backgrounds in photoshop and learned how to achieve dreamy photos in camera. During my sophomore year of college, I picked up my first DSLR and haven’t set it down since. 

I have always appreciated and been fascinated by the ability of the technology in cameras, but I really started to understand the beauty and power of photography when I a couple of years ago I challenged myself to take weekly portraits. When I first started, I was so uncomfortable and awkward in front of the camera. I had no clue how to position my hands, how to stand, and what looks to make besides smile at the camera. When I would pull up the photos on my camera, I only saw flaws like my double chin, how small my eyes looked, my body not looking like I wanted it to, etc… And then after some time, I started enjoying taking the self-portraits more and more. I learned how to feel comfortable in the camera and in my own skin. I learned to start appreciating my photos instead of jumping straight into self-criticism. Learning to be in front of a camera and loving the way I looked has been one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life.

My growth didn’t stop there though. I got into travel photography this last year after going through a divorce. It was a really difficult time of my life, but I took the opportunity to do something that I had always wanted to do and overcome my fears. I would spend hours walking around neighborhoods, eating, and taking photographs. Photography has been so healing and has so much power to make a positive impact.

After all of these years photographing, I’ve really hone down on who I am and what I imagine for my future. I’m a photographer for the wanderer, aspirer, and fearless. I want to be part of your self love journey and travels. Make sure to view my portfolio and then contact me if you’re interested in working together. I can’t wait to meet you!

Mailee Yang