Three-time winner of the National Editor's Choice award (2012, 2013, 2014) for "excellence in imagery, customer service, and most publications worldwide, ... top 5% of photographers"
CM Pro level designation
internationally published across North American and in Europe
one of the best and most popular portrait photographers in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia
I've been a full-time professional photographer for over 10 years. I originally attended UBC with the goal of becoming a pediatric neonatologist (ie. newborn doctor specialist), but ended up moving across the continent to follow my fiancé after graduation. While planning our wedding, I became a writer for a New York-based wedding planning company, and began photographing to supplement my articles. My images were noticed by some prominent photographers, and with encouragement, grew from there.
I put as much effort into my photography training and business education (and the same investment) as I would have for my previous postgraduate plans. Many years of blood, sweat, and tears later, I became one of the most popular wedding photographers in the province and won the national editor's choice award three years straight for my superior imagery and quality of service for my customers. I had always done family and baby portraiture as a sideline, but after losing a twin pregnancy due to adrenal fatigue from stress during a 36-wedding year, I changed direction and opened up a baby studio instead.
One thousand baby sessions later, expecting mamas and babies are my focus and passion. I adore my work, and although I have a lot of fun with my clients, I am a consummate professional. As with weddings, newborn photography is time-sensitive and requires professional expertise. It's such a short period - there is no chance for do-overs, and newborn safety is so important. I enjoy providing an unmatched experience for my clients, and am honoured with their return with subsequent children.
As for my own children? Well, after 6 miscarriages, Western medicine gave me a 0.3 % chance of ever carrying to term, but with the help of traditional Chinese medicine and the ever-calming and joyful work of newborn photography, I am now the proud mother of four children...including baby twins! My twin pregnancy was incredibly hard - carrying 16 lbs of twins literally broke me, and I ended up disabled and in a wheelchair for months. My back and pelvic injuries meant that I had to relearn how to sit, stand, and walk again, while taking care of newborn twins, and two toddlers. It was and is slow progress, and I am continually amazed at how amazing the miracle of life is - and how strong us mamas can be!
This background makes me ultra sensitive and empathetic, and always willing to lend a shoulder (or secret baby-whispering tip!) to expecting and new moms. It is such an incredible journey to parenthood, and I am so privileged to get to capture it.