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: get a Master’s degree in Finance and Accounting, work a 9 to 5 corporate job, get married 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 not 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 "then your degree would be a waste" – in my Asian parents’ eyes.

And pandemic happened, 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 the most 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.

Pepper Potts: We got really lucky. Tony Stark: Yeah. I know. Pepper Potts: A lot of people didn't. 

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

In April 2022, I sent both my sons to preschool, and I finally can start working again, 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 be true to myself. 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 the allure of Renaissance 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.

I love looking at people’s faces, the light and shadow on their faces, how they change as they move, the subtle expressions, and the emotions behind the surface.

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, photographing you, my dear clients, is truly a pleasure for me, and I will make sure you enjoy this self-discovery journey as much as I do.