I picked up a wedding magazine for the first time in high school. There was an article about David Soong in it, with a picture of him laying on the side of the Darling Harbour in Sydney. In it, he talked about changing mindsets and bringing about newness to the world of wedding photography. As I read through it, a dream starting to grow inside my heart. I knew right then, that I would want to work with him at AXIOO. 

At that time, the company revolved around David Soong and Ivan Mario. I followed their stories closely. I caught up with updates and I admired their work. Even when I was in college studying design, their work continued to be my inspiration and my desire to work with them never gotten smaller. I kept that dream alive. Until one day, towards the end of my last semester at college, as if by fate, I met Paulus Hyu. AXIOO had gotten bigger and had more photographers on their team, while I had just opened up a humble food stall near the AXIOO office. I met David in person for the very first time at that stall. He came in with some of the AXIOO guys to eat and he always sparked up conversations that led to stimulating and inspiring discussions. My admiration for him and his company grew. And I had begun to pick up my camera after that. 

A few months later, Paulus asked me if I was still interested to help out at AXIOO. That question came into my life like a lightning bolt. OMG! That was like a dream come true. I managed to stay cool, though, and I asked him, “What can I do to help?” 

So I was invited to meet with David a few days after that. In a business setting. Not casually at a food stall. I remember trying to keep my mind around it as I hung on to every word David was saying. He asked me, “Why do you want to work at AXIOO?” And I didn’t waste a second before telling him this story that I had just told you. 

Three years ago, I made the decision to join AXIOO. It was the best decision I have ever made in my life. More than having the chance to meet the personalities that I have been a huge fan of since high school, I got the chance to actually share my life with them. To learn from them. To be inspired by them. To be corrected by them. On a daily basis. I grew inside this company - not just as a photographer, but as a friend and as a human being. My skills are improved, my confidence is built and my character is shaped. 

This is what AXIOO means to me: It is a dream that became a home. 

David once told me, “The best part of photography is the relationship. If your clients become your friend, that will mean the world to us.” Thank you AXIOO for never stopping to inspire the world. Always dream big and act even bigger in the years ahead. Cheers to 15 years of AXIOO!

As we celebrate fifteen years of capturing love and life, we want to invite you to come away with us. We’ve got something special coming up… and we can’t wait to show it to you! #AXIOO15 will open an exhibition at the #BridestoryFair2017 on the 10th-12th of Feb at Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there!