Tommy Huynh is Southern California’s premier up and coming professional photographer. Building relationships since 2007, Tommy Huynh Photography works hard to capture the fleeting moments in the most important events in your life. Whether setting up for engagement and wedding photos or shooting dignitaries, models or family portraits, Tommy enjoys connecting with people and meeting their needs while capturing an artistic vision. Centered in quiet confidence, Tommy humbly gives all the glory to his Father in heaven for the success he’s had at such a young age.
Born in a remote village in Vietnam, Tommy came to live in the United States with his family at the age of two. His close-knit family settled in Sacramento, California and that’s where he first got behind the camera. As a young teen he began taking pictures for the youth group and at church. Tommy came to know his creator God and he fell in love with photography; because of his unique eye and amazing photos, people quickly took notice. He continued working on his photography throughout high school, mission trips and in the Marine Corps. Traveling to third world countries such as Mexicali, Cambodia and the Middle East has taught Tommy some significant lessons. He began to witness the beauty of God’s creation and also see God work through people. “In the images there was something eternal.”
He saw how “they don’t have much, but they have everything – they have each other.” Capturing life’s simplicity in timeless moments is what makes Tommy Huynh Photography so special. Known for his ability to make each of his clients comfortable and at ease, Tommy says, “When people relax they show who they are. Everyone has a story to tell and it’s a privilege to tell their story…to be able to create something that will last for generations, is truly humbling.”
Tommy Huynh’s upbringing has given him a unique perspective on life and lens. He was born and raised in a remote village in Vietnam until the age of two. His close-knit family settled in Sacramento, California and that’s where he first got behind the camera. Looking back on his beginnings, Tommy reflects that part of his early photography training was in high school when he was a photographer for the yearbook staff. During that same period he went on a youth mission trip to Mexicali. It was a “turning point” for him because it’s when he says he “got serious about photography.” Through conversations and trips with his photographer friend Darren Takegami, Tommy began to witness the beauty of God’s creation and also see God work through people. “In the images,” he explained, “there was something eternal.” Whether it was capturing the smile on a child’s face, a gorgeous sunrise or a rose blooming, Tommy came to know his Creator God and he fell in love with photography. “Some of my favorite moments were when I just put down the camera, and played with the kids,” Tommy says. “I look for simple moments. Simplicity is beautiful. It really doesn’t take much to make a good photograph.”
“Fleeting moments can be captured forever through the lens,” Tommy says. “I enjoy giving photography sessions and photos as gifts. It is both humbling and rewarding. I recently did a session with a woman who has cancer. All she wanted was a photo session with her kids and grandkids. This is something precious. It’s a way for her family to remember her when she’s gone. To be able to create something that will last for generations is truly humbling.”
Whether setting up for engagement or wedding photos, shooting for a model or family portrait session Tommy enjoys being with people, meeting their needs while capturing an artistic vision. Known for his ability to make each of his clients comfortable and at ease, Tommy says, “When people relax they show who they are. Everyone has a story to tell and it’s a privilege to tell their story.” What makes Tommy Huynh Photography unique is the personalized experience and connection you get throughout your photo session.
Photography is not just a job but also a way of life for Tommy Huynh. He currently serves in the Marine Corps as a staff photographer. His day-to-day experiences in the Marine Corps have taught Tommy some significant lessons. “I’ve been to third world countries like Cambodia, Thailand, Philippines and the Middle East. They don’t have much, but they have everything – they have each other. They are happy in their own way. But seeing their way of life really made me appreciate what I have. I get to do what I enjoy for a living. It’s not really about the money, but about pursuing what God has for me.”
MISSION AND FAITH
Tommy not only serves in the Marine Corps as a staff photographer, but volunteers for Saddleback Church’s Photography Ministry on most weekends. As a representative of Saddleback Church at the International Aids Conference in Washington, D.C. this past July, Tommy was able to be on hand as part of Pastor Rick Warren’s personal ministry team. It was a distinct honor to attend with politicians like George W. Bush and Hilary Clinton as well as entertainers like Elton John. People often ask him if he gets nervous meeting celebrities or heads of state. Tommy tells them, “No, because I am serving my God, who is the highest authority.” He believes that in the bigger picture, his role as a photographer is to be an ambassador and show the love of Christ through what he does. In going “beyond the photograph” and living out his deeper meaning and purpose it’s obvious that Tommy Huynh is being a blessing and IS blessed.
At 22 years of age Tommy Huynh has accomplished more than most young, aspiring photographers, but he humbly gives all the glory to his Father in heaven: “It’s not about me, but about Who I’m serving.”
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When people’s passions align with God’s passions, beautiful things happen! – Tommy Huynh