My journey into photography started with my love for travel and my own wedding planning, all while in graduate school. I still love to travel and I eventually found myself becoming a Hawaii wedding photographer ten years later!
We moved to Hawaii in 2014 when a job opportunity (for hubby) finally made one of our dreams come true. We fell head over heels in love with Hawaii during our honeymoon. While in between jobs and facing a career crisis, I decided to turn my grad school hobby into a thriving business. I now have photographed hundreds of families and dozens of weddings!
In hindsight, I’ve always had a creative heart in me but never had the chance to embrace it--school was always my priority. In this journey I realized that my true passion lies in creating art of people who madly love each other. Be that a mom with a new baby or a couple about to start the greatest chapter of their lives! I capture love, life and all the silly, fun and memorable moments in between. My favorite images are those that invoke the most emotion, you know, the kind that makes you feel all the feels. Yep, that's it!
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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