I am a photographer, template designer and a mommi of a 5 years old girl and 5 months old baby boy. I started my photography business in March 2006, specializing in weddings. In 2007, I opened my home studio and started doing more baby and family portraits. In 2008, I photographed primarily babies as I was pregnant with my second child. Newborns and small babies are my favorite subjects to photograph. I enjoy capturing the precious tender moments of their first year.
After the birth of my second baby in October 2008, I decided to venture into Photoshop template design and hence added graphic design to my line of business. It is so fulfilling seeing other photographers using my designs and hearing compliments they receive from their customers. I feel very blessed with my design skill and I enjoy the time I spend on creating templates and logos for other photographers.
I find inspiration from everywhere I go. I love windows shopping and whenever I see something that inspires me, I will take a picture and add it to my scrapbook of inspiration. For my photography, I am inspired by viewing other photographers’ work and participating in forums. I also learnt a lot the business side of photography by reading PPA magazines and attending their annual conference.
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My workflow. When I first started, I spent a lot of time in front of the computer to process hundreds and hundreds of photos, especially from the weddings that I photographed. I later learnt to capture right on the camera, so I can spend less time re-touching and fixing the photos in post-processing.
Joining PPA is the best thing I have done for my business. There I have really learnt the business side of photography through their conferences, webminars and monthly periodicals. Their malpractice insurance included in the member benefits is a definite must-have for all professional photographers.
My favorite products are coffee table books and gallery wrapped canvas. I have many favorite vendors. To name a few: WHCC, Zookbinders, Graphistudio, Asukabook, Bella Grafica, Simply Canvas. Recently, photo bag is another favorite product of mine and I love Snaptotes!
My camera Canon 5D and my Power Mac.
For wedding photographers, I love seeing work from Bebb Studios, Chris+Lynn, and The Image is Found. For baby and child photographers, I admire Lori Nordstrom for her simplicity; Carrie Sandoval for her amazing newborn work; Brianna Graham for her awesome urban style and VGallery for their boutique studio work.
Simply Couture Designs is a small design shop with the photographers in mind. We create hip and chic, boutique style, Photoshop templates for the professional photographers. Our goal is to help photographers create eye-catching, customizable photo cards and books for their clients while spending little time in front of the computer.
Whenever possible, I attend photography seminars and conferences to learn the latest trend of the industry and hear tips from well established professionals. These opportunities give me lots of great ideas on photographing, marketing, packaging and sale.