A Long Awaited Engagement

As romantic as a proposal could get, Josh popped the question while they were in Paris, France. My sister, Mary, had been dating her fiancé, Josh, since middle school. Mind you, she is my older sister. It was then they finally decided to officialize that announcement with these beautiful engagement photos!

Throughout my years as a photographer, I have found that the most challenging photoshoots were often for family because of the lack of boundaries. You’d think it would  allow for easy communication but, really, it is not! It is a recipe of too much of opinion and not enough trust. haha But for the most part, this particular photoshoot went smoothly save for the french fry order Mary ordered as a bribe for their dog, Bruno.

Luckily, this shoot was easy peasy. The only challenge that we may have encountered bribing Bruno to behave for photos! The fries and fake treats in our empty curled up palms were just not going to cut it for him.

It took quite a surprisingly short amount of time to get Mary and Josh situated for the shoot. With my quick thinking, I took advantage of our informal relationship to squeeze out the true colors of their nature and relationship. They laughed and smiled, but most importantly, they were themselves. Voila, the proof is in the photos; A stunningly happy couple who love each other (and their dog) and want to get married.

Thor and I look forward to their pending union in Mexico next April!


Yeng and Sam

A winter engagement in Wisconsin is one of the best things that the midwest can offer. It’s a magical time of the year to capture a fleeting season that parts of the world can only dream of.


Yeng had reached out to me about an engagement session after seeing Blaichia and Abe’s New Year’s Eve shoot. The opportunity came knocking in February as we planned for an early morning session to get the rays of the sun rise. On that day, we found out that we were also gifted with small flakes from the skies which unfortunately melted as it fell to the ground.

There were spurts of moments where the snow would fall and then moments where it would stop completely. However, that didn’t stop the session from being romantic!

As we moved on to the barn, the snow would revisit us again at a later moment.


I have to admit that Yeng and Sam were pretty laid-back and great to direct. The fake laugh practice couldn’t have been any more real when one had to laugh for the shots. 🙂

Personally for me, it is a very rewarding part of my job to get to know my clients. I got to learn how they met and how Sam proposed! Though, that story I will probably let them tell. 😉

Many may view a photo session in winter to be a daunting task, but halfway through the session, I promise that you end up forgetting the cold and live in the moment. Reality hits after the session when I call the wrap. And Yeng and Sam make winter shoots look so good!

This session was one of my rare mini sessions, and it will probably be my last one for the year. It was definitely sweet getting to shoot for them.

I am ever so grateful to continue photographing people and capturing their affection for one another. Love itself is truly a magical thing and, that, is worth capturing and reliving in photographs.

Congratulations to Yeng and Sam on their engagement!


The Engagement: Anand and Ruchi

Earlier last year, I had the pleasure of capturing Anand’s surprise proposal with a definitive “Yes!” from Ruchi.

This year, I had the pleasure yet again to capture their engagement with the surprise snow fall in mid-March!


Ruchi is no stranger to snow. However, Anand, coming from Florida’s warm and humid weather, was completely ecstatic about it.

The day was warm for a Wisconsin winter day. Cold enough to keep the snow from melting but warm enough just for a jacket to stroll through the park without regretting a hat or pair of mittens.

With little direction needed, Anand and Ruchi photographed just beautifully together. There is nothing like natural chemistry between a couple in a photoshoot. Ruchi was looked like a dream in her traditional Indian outfit and Anand looked like regal in his attire.

And, that, was only the first outfit.

As we moved onto the second outfit, they definitely got the hang of posing and showing that chemistry naturally. I literally just shot after shot after shot until I had to tell myself to stop. I blame it on the red blanket and the start of magic hour.

After a shoot like this, I admit I am usually exhausted, but a good kind of exhausted. I did my job and I make sure that I do it well. This couple and these results further exemplify my work and are a reflection of why I love what I do.

So, thank you Anand and Ruchi for having me capture your love. Congratulations on your engagement!


Marcie & David

This engagement session was definitely the most extravagant one I have photographed. Offering me a trip to St. Thomas in exchange to photograph their engagement, I had to check my schedule. Yes, I had to check because this woman needs to be responsible. Seeing that I had no prior engagements, I immediately said yes.

If you did not guess yet — yes, Marcie is my sister. David is my brother-in-law-to-be.

I learned a lot about these two on this trip. Number one, they like really nice stuff. For instance, they like trips to the Caribbean. Number two, they make their money dance. Dance? Yes… money can dance. If they are going to spend $$$, they make sure that they get the best of the experience and make it dance!

We took pictures all over the island and even got to charter a boat to take us to other surrounding islands. Most notably, Sandy Spit (where Corona shoots their commercials). Everywhere we went to shoot was so breathtakingly beautiful! I was green with envy. It was such a photographer’s dream. One day… for myself as the subject. However, as I am the artist, I will collect the credit of shooting their glorious engagement photos.

Congratulations to my big sis and David!


A Surprise Proposal: Anand and Ruchi

There is nothing more appreciated than a man arranging plans to make the woman in his life the sole center of his universe. And, for one weekend, I was given the opportunity to capture just that.

At first I was surprised when Anand reached out to me to capture his proposal. I can tell you that most, if not all, of my clientle are the ladies. They inquire, and they call the shots. This was quite a shocking turn of events and yet, pretty impressive. With all the detailed planning, Anand deserves so much credit on taking the responbility and headache of organizing such an important occasion. I am absolutely amazed at how attentive he was to the details while maintaining a relaxed demeanor at managing it all.

When time came to pass, I found myself waiting at Boerner Botanical gardens for the show to unfold. Things couldn’t have gone better. There was a violinist, the closest of friends and family members waited in hiding, and I was set up to capture this in real time.

The event was a big deal. Both sides of the family traveled in from their respective home states (NY and FL) to celebrate this surprise proposal. With such elaborate planning, this is usually something dreamt up in books. Yet, here I was, witnessing it all on this beautiful September day. I give major props to the gentleman and have only admiration and envy of the bride-to-be.

Congratulations to the beautiful couple, Anand and Ruchi.

After Love, Comes Marriage

Mai Boua has been a longtime friend of mine ever since middle school. I have to mention that even then, we had our share of girl trouble. But what kind of relationship is it if we didn’t? The fact that we were able to come together afterward really emphasizes how special and solid our relationship is to me. The good, the bad, and the ugly; our friendship still stands. That is what I call sisterhood. 🙂

With our history, I am also very well aware of her history with her fiance, Chue. They have been together since she was 14! Now 27, they are finally tying this long-awaited knot. I could not be much happier for her. To share our history and then look forward to a future we continue to share with one another is quite a statement of life.

This engagement session definitely was a momentous event for the both of us. For me, I’ve never felt as confident as I am now with the work I do. Thus, to be able to use the skills I have honed all these years for a good friend of mine is the best gift I could give to someone who has remained constant in my life.


These two will have a December wedding, and it is an honor of mine to be standing in the wedding to continue supporting her love and her goals. I can already see my lovely friend as a beautiful, blushing winter bride.

Congrats to Mai Boua and Chue on their decision to make their union officially legal! 😀

Sarah and Shawn

Sarah and Shawn are the most laid back couple I have ever encountered. Most photographers might feel worried because of the desire to please a couple based on their preferences. However, I see it as an opportunity to explore creative options to bring out a genuine portrayal of this couple.

This engagement session was done during magic hour on a beautiful piece of farmland. It was such an amazing landscape! Unfortunately I was not properly prepared for the cold, biting wind and temperature that would hit quickly after unpacking all my equipment. This engagement shoot was cut shorter than what I had planned.

With the light setting at the speed of lightning, a few technical difficulties, and the bitter cold freezing my photographer’s shutter finger, we managed to steal a few beautiful moments with Sarah, Shawn, and their two loving dogs, Bear and Sadie.