By the time I was 18, I thought I had my life all planned out.
I got the best grades in high school, led school clubs, got into an amazing university, graduated with awards and distinction, got some corporate experience, went to business school, had a great time, graduated, and got an incredible, high-paying job opportunity in corporate finance. I’d never loved finance, but I liked it, and I was good at it.
But before I took that job, I got married, and in planning for our wedding and looking for a photographer, I fell in love with portrait and wedding photography. I’d done nature photography in high school and college, but this—this was photography that could make you smile or laugh with delight, photography that could bring tears to your eyes.
Our wedding photographer captured every emotion we felt on our wedding day. And I realized that that was what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to capture the depth of wonder and love in a set of new parents’ eyes, the mischief of a three-year-old, and the tenderness between a pair of newlyweds.
My husband Evan and I now run this business together, and if there’s one moment that makes us know that we have the best job in the world, it’s the moment when you see your family’s photos for the first time. That smile on your face, that catch of your breath—that is what it’s all about.
When I’m not behind a camera, I’m most likely hiking, stargazing, or eating ice cream. If you’re wondering where the name “Bamboo Shoots” comes from, my name, Truc, means “bamboo” in Vietnamese.