Oh, hello. Let me introduce myself...
"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still..."
Somedays, I have to pinch myself when I realize that I get to spend my life telling people's stories through my images. I get to tell stories of lovers - capturing love, anticipation and the beginning of journeys. I get to spend time with Mama and Papa Bears - laughing, crying, celebrating new life and growing families. I get to tell stories of Sweet Little’s - sharing their air, dreaming with them and for them. And I get to explore with Adventurers - joining in their wanderlust and breathing in life’s unexpected moments. And in sharing all these moments, I have the distinct honor of taking life’s beautiful, one of a kind, intimate moments and hold them still in images for them to hold onto forever.
I am not your run-of-the-mill photographer. My goal is always to capture moments, not poses... And so, it'd seem strange taking up this section by telling you all about my photographic endeavors...
About how I stumbled onto photography quite by accident - involving a dear friend, a camera phone and a blog… But, upon picking up my first camera, it was love at first click...
About how I've learned to see photography as more than just an art form - but as the art of observation - finding something beautiful in an ordinary place...
Or about how I've come to find that photography has very little do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them…
And more importantly, how people are the reason that I do what I do - because usually, each family that I meet, each couple that I photograph, become friends. Friends whose unique personalities I have the honor of capturing- each smile, each tear, the quiet, private moments, the space filled with laughter...
But - I figured that might bore the ever-living daylights out of you…
So, let me tell you about ME…
I love cake. A lot. It may be my greatest weakness.
I grew up in Asia - it changed the way I view the world. And gave me an insatiable desire to travel and see the world.
Music moves me. Sometimes to tears. Sometimes to really embarrassing dance moves.
I absolutely hate to have my picture taken. Ironic, eh?
I miss my long hair. Today. Tomorrow I'll probably vow to never grow out my hair again…
There's a picture of my adorable Great Dane pup somewhere on this site. He’s quite possibly my favorite thing in this world.
I am most certainly addicted to chapstick - as I type, I have 4 tubes of Burts Bees sitting in front of me. It's kind of a problem.
I have a degree in Counseling. Not in Photography. And I'm constantly amazed and how well those two things work together.
I sniff most cleaning products and all shampoos or body products before I buy them - I'm the girl standing in the deodorant aisle, opening up every one and sniffing… or unscrewing the cap of every laundry detergent before I make my choice. I'm not ashamed of this.
I thrive in high stress situations - which is one of the many reasons I adore wedding photography.
I photograph weddings very differently now that I've been a bride myself. It made me realize, more than ever, that we have a great responsibility to take care of our memories.
And as for photography - well, I love it. I come alive behind the lens of a camera. I picked up my first "professional camera" 10 years ago and have never looked back. My grandpa always told me, "Love what you do, and you'll never work a day in your life…" I am blessed beyond words to be able to do what I love - capturing people's memories - altering their lives by holding it still.
Sizes & Values
Site Width - determines the width of the page, including padding and border.
Page Content Width - set the width of the page content width separate from the Page Banner Area.
Canvas Padding - control the amount of space between the page content and the edge of the canvas.
Top Padding - control the amount of space at the top of the site above the canvas.
Navigation Link Spacing - sets the amount of space between each navigation link.
Header Spacing - control the amount of spacing at the bottom of the header, above the navigation.
Page Padding - determines the amount of space at the top and bottom of the page as well as the space below the Page Banner.
Footer Padding - controls the top and bottom padding used inside the page footer area.
Logo Size (Max) - determines the maximum height allowed for the site logo in the header area.
Social Icon Size - set the size of the (non-social-block) social icons.
Page Borders - control the thickness and/or visibility of all borders and rules in the template.
Canvas Style - choose the layout and logo position inside the header area of the site.
Header Subtitle - select the type of content that should be shown directly below (or above with Canvas Style change) the logo.
Banner Alignment - aligns the text when displayed inside the Page Banner area.
Social Icon Style - sets the template specific (non-social icon block) social icons style.
Hide Social Icons - hides the template specific (non-social icon block) social icons links.
Hide Info Footer - hides the special Info Footer showing social icon links and latest single blog post.
Hide Page Banner - disables the display of the Page Banner area (page thumbnail, title and description).
Hide Page Title - hides only the title inside the Page Banner area.
Hide Page Title Underline - toggles the display of the miniature underline beneath the page title inside the Page Banner area.
Index Thumb Title Color - sets the color of the thumbnail title for each index item.
Index Thumb Background Color - sets the color behind the thumbnail image for each index item.
Index Thumb Titles - choose the font and size used for the thumbnail title text.
Index Sidebar Width - sets the width of the sidebar displaying the title and description of the item.
Thumbnails Per Row - controls the number of columns used on your Index page.
Thumbnail Ratio - sets the size and shape of the thumbnail images based on a ratio.
Thumbnail Padding - controls the amount of space in between each index item thumbnail image.
Thumbnail Opacity - sets the initial amount of transparency that should be used on index item thumbnail images.
Thumbnail Hover Opacity - sets the transparency of the thumbnail image on hover.
Project Layout - determines the position of the sidebar displaying the title and description of the item.
Thumbnails on Open Page - show or hide the index thumbnails at the bottom of an index item view.
Hide Thumbnail Titles - toggle the display of the thumbnail title for each index item.
Blog Post Title - sets the font of the article title.
Blog Page Width - determine the width for the blog content area different from that of the page content width.
Blog Post Spacing - controls the amount of space between each blog post on the list view.
Hide Article Author - toggles the display of the article author with the date under the article title.
Product Background Color - sets the color behind the product image.
Product Overlay Color - sets the color of the overlay when product list titles are set to 'overlay.'
Products Per Row - determines the number of products shown per line on the product list.
Product List Titles - controls the position of the product title on the product list.
Product List Alignment - sets the text alignment of the product title on the product list.
Product Item Size - select an image ratio for the product photo on the product list.
Product Image Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the image area or fit within.
Product Gallery Size - select an image ratio for the product gallery on the product item page.
Product Gallery Auto Crop - determines whether product images fill the gallery area or fit within.
Show Product Price - shows the price on the product list page when enabled.
Show Product Item Nav - shows the 'back to shop' link on the product item page.
Event Time Format - toggle between 24 hour or AM/PM for event times.
Event Icons - enable icons on the address and event time display.
Event Thumbnails - show an image thumbnail in list view.
Event Thumbnail Size - controls the size (ratio width:height) of the event thumbnail image.
Event Date Label - enable date overlay on top of event thumbnail.
Event Date Label Time - include the time of the event with the date overlay.
Event Excerpts - show optional excerpt text of events on the list view when present.
Event List Date - show the full event date (day, month, year) of the event on the list view.
Event List Time - show the time range (start time-end time) of the event on the list view.
Event List Address - show the event location address when present.
Event iCal/gCal Links - show links to add events to Apple or Google calendars.
Event Like and Share Buttons - show Squarespace simple like and share buttons on events.
Event Calendar Compact View - enable a simpler calendar view optimized for smal
Event List Compact View - enable a simple stacked view of events in the list view.
Event Calendar Compact View - enable a simpler calendar view optimized for smaller areas.