I’m a mother to two FABULOUS kids. They are everything – they’re beautiful, sweet, funny, kind, and loving. They’re also loony and messy and weird. I love it all. I photograph all of it. And if you venture to my Instagram or Facebook you’ll probably see a lot of them and our crazy life. I spend a lot of my days trying to keep them from doing a toddler version of MMA on each other when they fight, hustling them to/from school/playdates/gym/store/anywhere, and trying to feed them. Toast. With butter. Without crusts. More butter.
This is when I hand over the entire loaf and toaster and tell them to have at it.
Tidbits: I like herbal tea // I’m vegan and love helping local sanctuaries // I love the Golden State Warriors // I’m highly anticipating Game of Thrones series finale // When I was a child, my favorite thing was my mom tucking me in at night before she went to bed. She didn’t think I was awake. And I loved making her laugh. If I could, I would have someone go back in time to photograph those two things.
photos by the great Tiffany Luong Photography
As for me, I used to take a lot of pictures as a child. I documented all the important moments of our cats. It was fun. It was also expensive. But I had a really supportive mom who let me do it anyway. After I met my husband I got into travel and street photography before getting hired to document families. (I love traveling and my goal in life is to do as much traveling as possible with my kids). Now I take my experience with street photography and apply it to portraiture. I love hearing back from families how fun it is to see so much personality in their kids shine in their photographs. Especially if the moms cry. Cause sometimes you cry. And it’s great. It means I accomplished what I set out to do and in ten years you will still love that picture. #timeless.
I got into film-making because I wanted to remember my kids’ laughs. The baby belly laughs that change into kiddie toddler laughs. I didn’t want to forget any of that. (Check out some films here)
Soft Spot for Documentary Photography
Real life is so beautiful. In fact, it is the only thing that matters. Embrace it. I’ve learned to embrace the mess, in exchange for ten extra minutes goofing off with my kids. Embrace having cereal for dinner if it means a little bit more sanity and a more peaceful nighttime routine. I have embraced the fact that I am not a Pinterest mom. And I am gleefully embracing all the crazy, silly, lovey, beautiful moments I have while I can because I am the type of person that knows they can be gone in an instant. Life isn’t a fairy tale – it’s better than that.
My goal with photography is to capture the soul of your family – I want the story of your family to shine through your images. If you feature your images in an album or wall art, I want people to look at them and feel like they know you through those images. And I want you to be able to look at your images and feel like you’re there again, in that moment.
I’m a storyteller. Think of me as a family historian. And I’m going to preserve your stories.