The Face Behind the Camera

The Story of a Photographer

I am Cecilia Wang.

I was born and raised in China. At age 23, I immigrated to United States.

For the first 30 years of my life, I walked on the path which my parents planned out for me: go to business grad school, work a 9 to 5 corporate job, get married by 30 and have kids. After I had my first son, I quit my job and became a stay-at-home-mom, and then I had another son in 2020. Photography was never in the plan, despite my unquenchable love for it, I wasn’t allowed to pursuit it as my career, because “it’s not a real job”, because "your degree would be a waste" – in my Asian parents’ eyes.

And pandemic hit, it changed the world in so many ways. A lot of people didn't get to see the sunrise on the New Year of 2021, didn't get to hug the person they loved for one last time, or say the "sorry" they wanted to say decades ago. I, in the meantime, trying to be a mother of a toddler and a newborn, learning to cook during the lock-down, was offered a brand-new perspective to re-evaluate the world, and life.

I do not want to regret if another pandemic happens and I don't make it through it.

In April 2022, after I sent both my sons to preschool, I decided to pursue my dream. I am not going to regret on my dead bed that 30 years ago I never had the courage to pursue my dream. I want to be a photographer!

I have always been an old soul and a lover of the fine arts, inspired by the opulence of oil paintings and Rembrandt. I am a silent observer ever since I was a young girl. I am obsessed with human faces, to me they are the most beautiful, extraordinary and delicate masterpieces of art, almost divine, because we were created in the image of God after all.

Being your photographer, my job really is just showing you what a masterpiece you are, as Auguste Rodin said, “My pleasure is my only guide.”, I couldn't agree more, capturing you is truly a pleasure for me, and I will make sure you enjoy this self-discovery journey as much as I do.