I grew up in Singapore, a very competitive society and environment which meant that since the age of oh, 6 or 7, my life revolved around after school tutoring and exams (which I absolutely dreaded!). While my parents were very serious about my education, they also valued time off together as a family. Fondest memories from my childhood have been making paper mache messes with my sister and beach days with my family. We would observe the little catfish that swam in the currents and build sandcastles. I miss those days.
At the age of 12, in hopes of starting a new life for us, my family moved to Canada which we now call home. Seeing snow fall from the sky for the first time is still one of the most magical experiences of my life and I’m currently still on a journey in discovering what it means to be Canadian, eh? Most of my family still live in Singapore & Malaysia and I go back to visit every few years.
My partner and I met in Film school. I wrote a note on a receipt with my phone number and taped it to a drink he usually bought (I worked at the school cafe). He called me 3 days later which he told me was the “rule”. Fast forward 9 years, we now live in a little condo in Burnaby with our dog, Buhda. We love spending our time hiking, camping, travelling, chillin’ at the beach and being outdoors. Our big dream is to own land on the Sunshine Coast with a big house, a yard, shed and goats, pigs, sheep, alpacas (we’ll take them all if we could!).
Having lost my uncle and grandmother to cancer and watching society around me stress about the littlest things in life, I’ve taken it upon myself to learn to meditate and to appreciate the simplest of moments. This is why I love photographing human connections and all the little in between moments that tend to pass us by so quickly. These moments don’t last forever – don’t wait til it’s too late to enjoy and preserve them.
MY HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
I've always wondered where my love from photography came. I realized that this passion actually was passed down from my "Ah Gong" (Grandfather on my dad's side of the family). It was very important to him that professional family portraits were taken each year. Ah Mah explained that back then, they lived in a very tiny wooden home before electricity was in homes. They used little kerosene lamps for light. Because Ah Gong had to develop film, he needed the room to be in complete darkness - so often, the family sat in complete darkness while Ah Gong processed his film!
The love for photography carried on from Ah Gong to my father who has been documenting our childhood for many years. He took the photo above of me, my mom and sister playing at the beach and it is still one of my favourites today.
Why Choose Jmeshoots?
Friend, you're in the market for someone to capture your story, your characters and emotions that are uniquely you. I take a lot of pride & care in what I do because I know how important these photographs are. If all you need is a picture to document age and the height of your first child or a passport mugshot, I'm sorry but I am not who you're looking for.
From the start, I work with you to get to know you better whether as an individual, a couple or as a family. We'll either chat on the phone or meet for coffee (or beer! or ice cream!) to get to know each other and learn about how I can best serve you when it comes to your photographs. Once we both decide we like each other (very important!), we take our first date to the next step and begin plans for your photo session or event. This may mean emails about what to wear, planning assistance or just a shoulder to lean on or friend to lend an ear.
Come session or event day, I'm there to work my art in capturing photographs that tell a story and that show emotion (I'm a fan of big laughs, quirky faces and ugly cries so don't hold back). I love interacting with your family and making everyone feel comfortable. I also adore photographing little people and many clients have told me they love that their kids open up to me so easily.
Once we're done your session or event, I take all your images back to my studio to get reviewed. This means full days of me in my PJs with a giant mug of coffee to carefully curate your entire gallery. Only the absolute best ones make the cut. Many hours are then spent enhancing your images to perfection.
I'm a strong believer that your photographs are a work of art and that the best way to enjoy them is to have them printed. I'm here to help create beautiful and timeless pieces for your home so that every time you walk by a framed print or flip through an album you'll be warmed with the feeling of your memories for years and years. All of my products have been chosen with care and thought for the future which is why everything is made to last. All print papers are Archival grade, all frames are made of real wood and albums are handcrafted. I have a 100% guarantee on my services and products and want you to be confident in working with me.
So you've got your photographs taken and your memories are now beautifully displayed as frames on your wall, now what? Hey, we're friends! I've kept in touch with many clients over the years and I'm so grateful to now be able to call them friends.
Let’s enjoy the simple things in life and make some memories.