I live for beautiful architecture, radiant colors, fashion, and human connection. It all stemmed from my love of travel, fashion design, and the fine arts. I’ve learned a lot through my travel experiences and fashion inspires me to see the world in a different perspective--rich in culture and history.
Exploring new places makes my heart beat fast. Photographing those raw scenes quenches my soul. For me, it is a way of extending my experience to share and see the world as otherwise is so short-lived.
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It all started with this first, single photograph- a picture of my family. Ever since then, I started taking pictures of places and people that I’ve connected with throughout my journey. Losing all other recorded memories of my childhood as a refugee, I fear not remembering things that matter most to me. Pictures ignite back lustrous memories of special moments in time, transcribing a history of our voyages. I delightful and exhilarating to be
Telling the story of my couples that delights and exhilarates me.
When I’m not busy photographing weddings, I love staying active, cooking delicious meals, and eating healthy food. My vices are pistachio, gelato, and bacon. I'm often running, cross country-skiing, attending the Opera, traveling, and enjoying fine dining with my husband locally or in a foreign country.
Although I am based in Portland, Oregon. I love to explore anywhere your love and my camera takes me. I travel because I want to learn and understand the unique cultures that each of you and your loved-one possess. It helps to define of who you are and where you come from, and it built a great foundation for your upbringing.
My family is my world. I love going on adventures with my husband—whether it’s exploring new country, dressing up to see an opera, making our favorite cuisine, going on a trip to run a marathon, going on a xc-ski trip, or making things from scratch (knit, crochet, and calligraphy—as the engineer in me kicks in).
Then there is an adoptive bunny that I found underneath the car late one night when she was two years old, Tanner. Tanner is my heart and guiding light through it all. I have known her much of my life as she approaches 16 years old.
My life and my sidekick--bunny! As I was driving home from my late night statistics class in San Francisco, CA, I noticed a funny looking "cat" underneath the car. I pulled the car over to see if "it" was lost. Sure enough, as I got closer underneath the car, it came running shaking and scared toward my hand. At that point I was only less than half a block from my house. I grabbed a big box with some greens and returned as it hopped into the box starving. I didn't know whether it was a male or female bunny, based on the color I decided to name it "Tanner Bee". I figured the name was neutral for both male and female. After two months waiting for an owner to claim the bunny, I decided to take it to the vet to ensure that there is nothing wrong with the bunny. Not only was "Tanner" in good health, I discovered "Tanner" was a girl! A microchip was also discovered in her, causing great disappointment. By then I was already attached to her, praying she was my forever pet. 15 years later she is still my heart! Love this little stinker so much!
Once, I traveled solo around the world in three months from learning ancient history of the Great Wall of China, then across the continent to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, witnessing Prince Phillips of Sweden marriage, traversing through the Nordic sea to explore one thee ornate Summer and Winter Palace of Catherine the Great in Russia, experiencing the rich cosmology of Machu Picchu, and returning at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The best way to see the world is to get lost and blend into the local culture, culinary, fresh markets, and homestay. One of my best experiences while traveling in another country was while I was in Arusha, Tanzania. It was my third leg of my around the world trip, after ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro and everyone in my tour group went their separate ways. Being a solo traveler with a couple days to spare, I joined George the taxi driver to the market to buy produce and take back to his house. We laughed and shared stories about our lives as we ate the meal we cooked.
I haven't seen a sunrise or sunset that I didn't like yet! I'm obsessed with sunrise and sunset. There is nothing in the world I would get up so early and stay late for except to see the sunrise and the sunset. I would take thousands of pictures of sunrise and sunset. My favorite time of the day is to see the sunrise while the world still asleep. The whole universe is yours and yours alone as you stand still lost in transient with the beauty of the colors in the sky, purple, pink, red, orange, lavender, ripples of the clouds as the birds sings as they soar above. You can feel the essence of peace and beauty flutter through all your senses. It is then you feel magical and mystic about that sunrise.
Definitely sunrise is my favorites of the two! What's yours, sunrise or sunset?
“ The things that you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy”
-Kalu Ndukwe Kalu