THE PHOTOGRAPHER: FAYE SAECHAO
A little sensitivity never killed anyone.
I’ve always had a melancholic personality - a very observant one as well. Having refugee-immigrant parents, I grew up sheltered compared to your average American kid. I would spend my days indoor, curiously observing my grandmother sew traditional colorful embroidery onto black linen, droolingly assist my mom in the kitchen cutting exotic vegetables to be cooked in exotic spices, or quietly sitting by the window observing the world outside.
There was a large tree that hung over. The leaves had a light green color to them, and when the sun was high and bright, they would glow. There were fast cars that would bounce when they hit the street potholes in our corner of the ghetto. I especially enjoyed the birds that landed on the trees that lined the sidewalks, or on the electrical wires high above. They chirped and sang beautiful songs often. What do they see from up there that made them vocalize in such happiness?
When I take photos, I’m always inspired by the slow and sweet moments - candid and emotionally evoking, yet curious.
The moment between someone striking a pose to them transitioning to another pose. I try my best to look between the lines because those are the moments when people aren’t expected to be someone they’re not.
I don't want to get too far into it but it's one of those bittersweet heartbreak stories where you're young and stupid, you meet a guy and you're smitten, and think you're going to be together forever but then...not. He was a photographer and I would help with him with photoshoots, and play around with his camera.
He self-destructed and I walked out with much emotions that needed a creative outlet. There is always a silver lining to these stories, girls!
I'm self-taught and don't care for the technicalities and jargon that doesn't apply to how I want to shoot. The camera is a tool, just like a hammer, I choose to use it to build something beautiful than to destroy by focusing too much on the strength of the tool itself.
I'm learning and growing everyday as I continue my photography journey.
I get more pleasure taking the photos than you do receiving them. It’s always a treat for me to shoot anything because I get passionate about it. This makes my prices really affordable compared to most photographers in the Bay Area!
Besides a very brief contract process, we work to decide on a date, the best location for the “look” you’re going for, and I may ask some questions about your interests; even also what outfit you plan to wear. This all helps inform how I should capture during the shoot.
I do not offer prints but can refer you to my favorite vendors. Your photos will be delivered to you in two ways:
Watermarked and uploaded onto an online album to share with friends and family
Options for high resolution download on a USB or through DropBox.