Get to Know Me
I am married to an awesome guy who made my photographer dreams come true. We have two hapa (a Hawaiian term for half Asian) human babies. We are currently based on the dry and sunny side of the Big Island with our two nine year old furbabies.
RANDOM Facts about me
Addicted to coffee and cake
Can live on sushi and Indian food
I can't eat fresh fruits :(
Used to be a plant scientist!
Obsessed with Hawaii and sunsets
I grew up in a small college town right on the water in one of the many thousands of islands in the Philippines. I moved to the midwest for gradschool without a full concept of just how cold Michigan winters can be ;) I spent most of my twenties there, met a cute guy on a blind date and the rest is history!
Next to my family and photography, traveling is the next thing that lights my soul on fire! I love seeing new places, tasting new food, and immersing myself in many different cultures. I can speak three languages fluently and learning Spanish is next on my list!
In both personal and professional life, I highly value inclusivity, social justice and environmentalism. I serve every person regardless of race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability and age. I practice the leave no trace (LNT) principles and encourage my clients to value the earth during our adventure together.
I have a PhD in plant genetics and biotechnology but left academia for good in 2016 in pursuit of better work-life balance that best suited our family. Photography paved the way for a new and wonderful career. Still, I remain a science-nerd to the day and have dreams of going back to teach on a super-part time basis.
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