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User Image bonnietsang Posted: Nov 14, 2017 3:58 PM (UTC)
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Pretty fall colors @draclothing.

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User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 23, 2018 2:21 PM (UTC)

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Our home has a real high ceiling and I’ve been researching on lighting to replace those ugly recessed lights, which are also impossible to change lightbulbs. (We’ve been living in the dark in our family room for years.)
Laurent04 by @lambertetfils
Photo: @arsenikhamzin
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 22, 2018 4:40 PM (UTC)

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Coffee in hand and heading to a meeting. While walking I was thinking about an email I received yesterday from an ex-coworker from more than a decade ago. She said she works at the same place and I’ve gone through three different jobs + have my own business since then. I’m always in awe with admiration for those whom can stay in a job or relationship for a long time. My dad once said that I didn’t know what I wanted and I’d end up going nowhere. His intention came from love, but it did make me wondered what was wrong with me - how come I couldn’t figure out what I wanted. Now I have the perfect answer. I might not knew what I wanted, but I knew exactly what I didn’t want and that’s a good thing too! Even just two weeks ago I was asking again what’s next. Stay open to new things and people, and something fulfilling will come.
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 22, 2018 3:19 AM (UTC)

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I thought about writing a salesy pitch, but it cringes me too much. So I’ll just be honest. Next month I’ll be teaching another iphoneography workshop with @poketo, which will be @thelinehotel. I am not good at public speaking and I might even be super awkward, but I had so much fun every time that I kept agreeing to one more workshop. We’ll walk around the beautiful hotel to shoot some photos, chat about composing shots, share our favorite photo apps and how to use them, and tips to create engaging insta-stories. I can talk about these stuff all day. If this sounds fun to you, you can sign up @poketo or tap link in my profile. .
Swipe left to see some ‘after’ and ‘before’ shots.
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 20, 2018 2:48 PM (UTC)

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Did a forgiveness project few days ago. I listed everything and anyone (including myself) that I needed to forgive. One of the things was a decade ago I sponsored a child in China through @worldvisionusa, but stopped after just few donations because I didn’t have enough money to pay for my own bills. When I had the money again, the boy’s family had taken him off the program already. I carried the guilt ever since that I must’ve disappointed the family and the boy so much and that I’ve ruined the boy’s future. I finally let go of the guilt through the forgiveness exercise and it opened door to a new perspective - my own children. I’ve been blessed with a second chance to be fully responsible for two children. Two girls, too, at one of the unique times for women. I am not worried anymore when work is slowing down, the perfect reason is I have two persons to raise that’ll take over the world in the future. How to have a better world - where humans treat each other with love and respect, no one is hungry, everyone has a place to live - starts now. #future #womenempowerment #forgiveness
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 19, 2018 6:49 PM (UTC)
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While working on my clients’ brands made me realized I haven’t looked into mine for a long while and asking questions like who am I, what am I passionate about, what’s the culture within the company? Feels like I got lost in the noise and I’m just flowing in the current with no direction. I really appreciate what Isamu Noguchi said though, "Brancusi made me realize that what I had learned previously - the quick ways of doing things - was all wrong. It is a search you have to enter - into yourself." Taking it slow to steer myself to the path of highest self.
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 18, 2018 4:56 PM (UTC)
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User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 18, 2018 2:44 AM (UTC)
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We got together for drinks @checkerhall (so pretty there, btw) and talked about my favorite subjects - branding and marketing. So many thoughts on Instagram algorithm too. 🤔
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 15, 2018 7:32 PM (UTC)
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User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 14, 2018 4:20 PM (UTC)

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Sharing a cup of coffee with my husband and eating heart shaped pizzas for dinner with our kids sounds like the best valentine’s plan to me.
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 13, 2018 7:06 PM (UTC)

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When I started my photography career, I encountered some not-so-nice people in the industry. They didn’t care about my sad life or that I had no interest in competing with them and just wanted to make extra income to support my little girl. One day I realized how people only look up to the ones that are doing well and they’re more willing to give the already-doing-well more chances. So I became this wizard hiding behind the curtain and created a giant version of me to put out there. Every tweet I posted was loud - I was always busy, doing so well, getting inquiries left and right. “LOOK! I JUST SHOT THIS WEDDING!” The louder I was, the more narcissistic I was, the more work I got. I functioned that way for so long that I got used to it and had forgotten about *me* behind the curtain.
When I met James, who is now my husband, 4 years ago, I was so afraid to let him know the “fake” side of me. I even told him not to google about me because I wanted him to know the real me, who’s shy and quiet, and not the giant persona I created. But he didn’t care what versions I was, he only saw *me*, which made me slowly stepped out of the curtain and show/share myself more.
The thing is, though, I didn’t know who I was in this career anymore. I didn’t know what to do with myself because I was not the giant! I had been carrying this self doubt for the past few years and up to last year and even last month. But few days ago I saw a picture that I took from 3 years ago. I wasn’t in the picture, but my presence was there and I could see me feeling so little and didn’t belong and that hit me hard. I screamed from the inside of me - Oh my gosh, Bonnie, you’re the same as anyone that’s on this earth, you’re just as good of a person as the ones that hired you, you’re just as valuable and amazing as the person standing next to you. You want to blend into the background? You can’t, people will see you because *you* are the giant. The giant is part of you your whole life. The things that you bravely did for your family and yourself, that was you. Embrace your awkwardness, but trust that the giant is there too.
#authentic #selflove #truth
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 10, 2018 6:41 PM (UTC)
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I’ve been eating a lot of Ham&Cheese and Bread Pudding Croissants @thenomadhotel in #dtla these days because they make me happy. Thank you, pastry chef @markwelker! #bonnietsanglaeats
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 10, 2018 3:23 PM (UTC)

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Quick snap from a shoot for @robertsiegelstudio, which I also got to play with styling. Thanks to creative director, @czarczar, for pumping and sharing all of her creative juices. // @bonnietsangstudio
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 9, 2018 3:42 PM (UTC)

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We are too sleepy, but happily let her get into our bed in the middle of the night now. She’s becoming our heater and birth control. 😅
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 8, 2018 2:44 PM (UTC)

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Wrote this down when I was listening to an interview of Maya Angelou with @parisreview - “There is, I hope, a thesis in my work: we may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That sounds goody-two-shoes, I know, but I believe that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure and time. Less time is crystal. Less than that is coal. Less than that is fossilized leaves. Less than that it’s just plain dirt. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats—maybe it’s imperative that we encounter the defeats—but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike. There’s no real mystique. Every human being, every Jew, Christian, backslider, Muslim, Shintoist, Zen Buddhist, atheist, agnostic, every human being wants a nice place to live, a good place for the children to go to school, healthy children, somebody to love, the courage, the unmitigated gall to accept love in return, someplace to party on Saturday or Sunday night, and someplace to perpetuate that God. There’s no mystique. None. And if I’m right in my work, that’s what my work says.” .
#mayaangelou #quote #orange #nature #defeat #strength
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 7, 2018 7:54 PM (UTC)
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I drove passed the homeless area on the way to breakfast and to get some work done. Saw a woman wearing a dress and sweeping the ground, which made me think maybe she has lived on that street long enough that she’s treating it as her home now and that made me sad. .
Sometimes unfortunate circumstances push us to the edge and we can’t see our way out other than fall. We fall hard to the very bottom, broken up into little pieces and don’t see any possibilities of picking ourselves up in whole. I’ve been there. When I was left in 25k debt from divorce, I didn’t have any income because I was a stay-at-home mom. It’s easy to tell myself now, “Just get a job!” But when I had nothing other than fear hanging out with me at that time, all I heard was, “You haven’t worked for more than a year, you know nothing, no one’s going to hire you! And what are you going to do with your kid when you go to work? There’s nothing you can do, just give up.”
Thankfully, I couldn’t give up because of my child. And gratefully because of that experience I’ve learned now to put fear’s hand off my shoulder and always look for solution, the next small step, just anything to get myself moving. If you’re feeling like falling off the edge, don’t look down to the rocky bottom and allow fear to tell you “oh... you’re not going to survive this.” It means well, but it’s not helping you. Give it a big smile, turn around and go look for the closest step you can take - a rock to step on, a branch to hold onto, a cave that’s underneath where you can rest and decide your next closest step. Take it one step at a time and slowly you’ll get to safety. It took me more than 5 years to pay off that debt. Remember to keep making decisions, to keep moving, so you don’t sit around with fear for too long.
#fear #strength #determination #selfhelp #dontgiveup
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 5, 2018 2:21 PM (UTC)

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Monday can’t see us. 🙈 When I used to have a 9-5 job, the thought of seeing friends at work, what to eat by my desk for breakfast and where to go get lunch made me look forward to go to work even on a Monday morning. Life was simple because the mind was simple. So, I’m going to simplify the mind - today will only be meditation, good breakfast, write in my journal, light lunch and go for a walk. #selfcare #mentalhealth #selflove #monday #yellow #theprintswap
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 5, 2018 1:03 AM (UTC)

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We don’t watch super bowl, but we are eating a lot snacks and pizzas today.
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 3, 2018 3:22 PM (UTC)
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After the divorce, I immediately dated several people. It was out of fear, out of still relying on others to find happiness, and out of not knowing how to be alone. Then I met a guy, he taught me how to love myself, encouraged me to face my fears, broadened my world view, and most importantly he was there when I was pursuing photography. I needed extra income on top of a full time job to get out of debt from divorce. I didn’t have child support, often had to sell my things for little money, collection companies called at all hours. He guided/taught/encouraged me to get out of that bad situation.
When my photography career was picking up, I became busy - still had a day job, a full time mom and pursuing something that I’m proud of and can own. But he grew unhappy with wanting to support me and not wanting to. Maybe I was learning how to fly too fast? I chose photography and gave up the relationship.
For months I was hit by depression with tremendous guilt, but God had a plan for me because I was busier than ever and didn’t get to curl up in bed for too long being on the verge of giving up photography and return to where I was. Because I signed on many NY wedding jobs a year prior, I had to fly there several times every few weeks, which turned out to be a healing process. I liked to fly redeye, so I could get to NY when no one was on the streets. It’s quiet, but with the energy from previous night still lingered in the air. At 5 or 6am, it would just be my film toy camera, my own thoughts and my sadness. Produced large body of personal work during that time and never really share with anyone, but here’s one - an old lady walked by, head held high, alone but not lonely. I saw something in her that uplifted me and I quickly took the picture.
User Image bonnietsang Posted: Feb 2, 2018 1:46 AM (UTC)

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As an introvert, I hustle quietly, hustle alone, and hustle in my own safe space. I can’t talk in front of the camera in my stories. In fact, I get nervous watching others (even my own friends) talk in their stories because they’re so close to me! 😅 I can’t do OOTD. I can’t show my face too much on my feed. But that’s ok. I like to share my thoughts, I like to share the mundane, I like to be in the shadow. My work is my spokesperson. There are many paths to success. I think us introverts like to find those hidden paths or roads less travel and that’s pretty cool. / Photo by my talented @missvenise .
#introvert #knowyourworth #knowthyself #selfacceptance