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Behind the camera

Hey, Jess here! Your new photographer and best friend with a little travel bug.

I am your local photographer who is drawn to capturing light-filled, natural, elegant photos filled with an abundance of emotion. I am forever narrating real visual love stories based on ones just like yours! I'm currently based in Toronto with the love of my life, and my cats Yuki & Eevee. Some of my life's pleasures include road tripping and flying around Canada with my spouse, Belgian waffles with ice cream, binging Netflix shows, painting scenic views on canvas with acrylic, anything mint chocolate, and going on long hikes in national parks! My world is always inspired by the beauty of nature I constantly immerse myself in.

Diving a little deeper..

Never did I think that my passion would lead me to want to touch people's lives with my work. From a very young age, I had a calling to the world of visuals arts. My work meant the world to me and was my creative outlet as I was growing up. Being raised in an Indian and Filipino household, my family strongly influenced my educational path to lead straight into the medical field. I picked up my first camera in 2013 while I was studying health science in college after realizing I had a knack for taking well-composed photos of Toronto's cityscapes. I fell in love with photography and I've never looked back since. In 2017, I made one of the most detrimental decisions of my life and put my foot down. I followed my heart to lead me back into the world of visual arts and left dental school. Although it was a very scary decision for me to make, it never felt so good steering my life into this direction. I walked out of my school doors in happy tears and the rest is history. Today, I'm happily exploring new places and meeting new faces to capture everyday while chasing love stories all around the world with the support of loving family and friends. 

What it's like to work with me?

When it comes to the finest backdrops for your photos, I believe wineries, botanical gardens, golf & country clubs, estates, and private homes are exceptional options when I'm chasing natural light. My love of capturing people leans towards raw candid moments rather than a fixed style. I believe in giving prompts to guide you and sneaking a few in-between moments that catch you off guard for the shots I love taking. I want you to remember the moment for what it was as if I was never there to begin with. I'm a little dorky, down-to-earth and I'm always ready for any adventure we'll face together. Learning about who you are and your life story before photographing you helps me to capture the true embodiment of who you truly are.

The day we finally meet, I hope we click and become instant friends. I want you to feel comfortable enough to send me your Pinterest boards and inspo, tell me about any insecurities you may have when in front of the camera, ask for outfit advice if you need it, or send me a meme or two on Instagram you find funny! I'm here for you from now until way after your session to cheer you on and be of any help I can to you throughout this lifetime. 

Before being a photographer, I am a friend first. I hope that once your photo session has come to an end, you feel like you've gained a new sister! 

2016

THE YEAR I SHOT MY FIRST WEDDING

9

COUNTRIES I'VE TOUCHED DOWN IN 

386

THE NUMBER OF COUPLES I'VE PHOTOGRAPHED

1994

YEAR I WAS BORN IN 

HUGS I GIVE MY CATS DAILY

Image by Adrianna Van Groningen

A FEW THINGS I BELIEVE:

Photos don't just belong on your phone, they deserve a place on your walls, fridge, mirrors, and in your wallet.

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