In today’s Wedding Vendor Highlight, Wedding Planner Brie Owens of Chancey Charm Atlanta is chatting with Glorianna Tjiong Chan of Glorious Moments Photography. Glorianna is sharing how she got her start in the industry, tips for new brides + more below. Plus, we’re sharing some samples of her stunning work. Cheers!
– The Chancey Charm Team
Glorianna Tjiong Chan of Glorious Moments Photography
What’s your area of expertise?
Elopement and Wedding Photography
First job you ever landed
Oh my… My first ever job was actually in Jakarta. It was my summer break in college, so I went home. My dad was so sweet that he asked one of his clients to let me work with them during my summer break. So, I was working at a small advertising agency that specializes in newspaper ads! It was pretty cool that that was my first job ever.
What brought you to the wedding industry?
I’ve always loved weddings! I’ve loved going to weddings since I was a kid, but I never thought that I would do anything in the wedding industry at all. I mean, I never dated anyone until Justin (my husband now). So, I went to school for advertising and I wanted to work at a famous advertising agency! I wanted to work my way up to be a creative director or something cooler than that. But, my friends have always asked me to take their photos.
My first year in Atlanta was not smooth at all. It was not easy for an international student to land a job here. So, I finally got a job as a promotion manager, but along the way, more and more people asked me to be their photographer. And, I fell more and more in love with photography. In 2016, I got married. When I planned my wedding, it sparked those dreams that I had when I was a little. The wedding planning process got me rethinking what I want to do in life. After our 6 month wedding anniversary, lots of prayers and thoughts, I finally decided that I want to focus on wedding photography. So, I started second shooting for amazing photographers in the Atlanta area.
A lesson you’ve learned the hard way in the wedding industry
Nothing great comes instantly. I’ve learned that you (read: I / Glorious Moments Photography) grow slow. I used to be so stressed every time I saw somebody else’s success through social media (another thing: comparison is the thief of joy). I was happy for them, but at the same time, I was thinking why can’t I suddenly have 10k followers in 1 month of business? Why can’t I book 100 brides in month 2? All these thoughts made me so frustrated and I felt like I was failing, although Glorious Moments Photography was growing slowly.
But, thank God for TuesdayTogether, the church I go to, and my awesome community. Through coffee meetings, messages at church, and messages at TuesdayTogether, I realized that everybody starts small. Only a small percentage of businesses grow to be multi-million dollar companies in an instant. Now, I’ve changed the way I think. Instead of asking, “Why can’t I book 100 brides in a year”, I changed the question. What if 100 brides book me this year? Am I ready? Do I have enough time to serve them well? And now, I embrace the grind, because when you build a house, you spent the most time building the foundation!
Favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon
Napping for 4 hours with my husband on our couch!
Best piece of advice to someone new to the industry
You do you. A lot of people from the industry will tell you this is how you do it, or that is how you do this. But at the end of the day, that thing works for them. It might not work for you. They might like doing that, you might hate it. So, you do you. Do what you think is best for your own business. Obviously, education is important, but don’t do everything one educator teaches you. Pick what works for you, your life, and your business.
Best piece of planning advice to a new bride/groom
Focus on your marriage instead of the one big wedding day. Hire a wedding planner that helps you out with the details, so you can focus on getting your marriage started.
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Some words you live by
Whatever you do, do it for the Glory of God.
Best tip for balancing work + home life
Family always comes first, no matter what. So, set up a work hour. Don’t even look at emails on the weekends and on the evening! (I’m still learning!)
Best moment of your career
When I shot an anniversary session at the Horseshoe Bend. It was magical. Words can’t describe! Dreams came true!
Binge Watching TV shows on Netflix.
Favorite Instagram account
What’s your favorite aesthetic?
Modern, clean, fun, all things marble and rose gold!
Intimate or Par-tay? What size wedding do you recommend and why?
INTIMATE ALL THE WAY. I would say 70 people or less (unless your family is HUGE). To me, you need to invite all the people that you’re going to do life with. Who will be there during your best and your worst? That’s the people you want at your wedding. Why? Because chances are when you have fewer people, those people will also build a closer relationship with each other, then it will help you build an amazing community for your marriage life! Also, it might be less stressful when you plan a smaller wedding!
What’s the first thing a newly engaged couple should do?
Celebrate! And then pre-marital counseling.