Pacific Heights Shoot with Isolina Mallon / by Jean Bai

This Thanksgiving, I’m not only thankful for my friends and family who have been supportive this last year of me starting my business, but also the great clients who have trusted me with their hard-earned projects.

Only a year ago, I made the final decision to follow my longtime passion. I promised myself that I’d give it my best shot, then look back after a year to decide if I’d go back to business school or find a job in tech again. I knew I’d regret it the rest of my life if I didn’t give it my best shot.

Last December, I started creating an Excel list of all the architects and interior designers I hoped to work with one day, and so began emailing them one by one earlier this year. There were absolutely no expectations for any responses, but thankfully, some people started contacting me back.

With each shoot I took on, I did my best to learn from each job and client I was working with. I met some wonderful people along the way and will always remember and appreciate those amazing experiences and challenges that helped me grow.

I’m glad and grateful that things worked the way they have. I now have steady income from Airbnb and have been working with more and more gorgeous projects that I only dreamed of shooting a year ago.

It’s been quite a difficult journey, but I’m giving a heartfelt thanks to all the clients who gave me an opportunity this year. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families out there!!

Below is are photos from a recent shoot with interior designer Isolina Mallon in Pacific Heights. Gorgeous natural light flowed through the wall length north-facing windows in this one-bedroom penthouse. The hazy weather created an ethereal glow and added a little of that San Franciscan touch.