Name: Eva Lin
Business: Eva Lin Photography & Yoga Teacher
Photography: evalinphotography.com, @evalinphotography
Yoga Universal: fb.com/yogauniversal108, @yogauniversal
For those that don't know you, tell us about yourself and your work.
I have a hard time answering this question because I feel like I wear a few different hats, which is at times overwhelming but when I step back and look at the big picture, they are all just different platforms for me to express creativity and spread joy and love!
After I graduated from college, I felt so much pressure to take the path of my peers — corporate job, big salary, promotions, etc. But I also wanted to work in a completely creative field. I worked as a buyer for a few big clothing retailers until I realized I was unhappy and stressed and, at the end of the day, all the things I was striving for were things I didn't actually want. After a lot of self-work and hustling for a few years, I found my passions in photography and yoga.
One of my hats is that I am a wedding and portrait photographer, and get to help people feel beautiful through photography and also capture one of the biggest days in their lives. My work is bright and airy, and I love the use of natural light. I also have a severe case of wanderlust, and two years ago set the goal of getting paid to travel for my work. Since I set that intention - photography has taken me places like Greece, Austria, Martha's Vineyard, and Big Sur and this year we will be heading to Arizona & The Catskills!
As a yoga teacher, I get to help people find some calm in the crazy world we live in through breathing, movement, and meditation. I really am passionate about everyone being able to "practice yoga" in some form, whether it's just sitting and breathing for a few minutes before a big meeting or actual asana. There are still stereotypes that yoga is only about physical exercise and that you need to be female and flexible to do it, so last year I married my two passions with a personal project called Yoga Universal. Inspired by Humans of NY, it highlights and interviews different yogis of all ages, races, physical ability, income levels, and occupations "doing yoga" and how it's changed their lives in different ways. My goal is that people who might have hesitations around trying yoga end up giving it a shot, knowing that it doesn't have to look a certain way.
Lastly, I have two adorable French Bulldogs named Lola and Stella and created an Instagram account for them so I could share all of the thousands of photos I took of them. In addition to just being cute dogs, they promote positivity and self-love and have recently started getting some sponsorships! So I'm newly a dog mom agent and navigating the very interesting world of dog Instagram (it's real and it's mind blowing)!
We love your philosophy on life. How do you manage to stay grounded and full of gratitude on a daily basis?
I grew up with a lot of optimism from my parents. My dad is the most positive person I know, always finding the best in every situation. So part of it is how I was raised, but I also do a lot of things to keep myself in check. I surround myself with like-minded people who are incredibly encouraging and supportive. I meet monthly with a "tribe" of awesome women entrepreneurs, and we talk through a myriad of topics - personal, work-related, spiritual.
My yoga practice helps me notice when my mind is going to a place of fear and doubt, and by noticing I can make the conscious choice to shift to a place of love and gratitude instead. My husband and I started meditating together using the Headspace app. Every night, we also share what we are grateful for from the day - even if it's been a rough day, we can always find so many things to be grateful for. I also read a lot of books that keep me centered and motivated. Some of my favorite ones include: