ABOUT | the artist

As a newborn photographer and pediatrician ('phodoctopher' as my family coined) I absolutely love working with babies, whether it is caring for them at the hospital, or spending time documenting these special moments right after they arrive home. My style is very minimalistic and clean, and I use soft colors and tones that focus on your newborn.


How it all began...

I have been photographing newborns since 2009 when a family friend had their first daughter. But my interest in becoming a photographer started long before that. At 7 years old my passion for the visual arts became apparent when my grandfather gave me his 35 mm Canon film camera and I started snapping away. I took almost every art class in high school and co-chaired as the vice president of the art honor society. Photography was put on hold while I finished up medical school with a long-standing dream of becoming a pediatrician. Despite the obvious overlap between the two, my interest in newborn photography developed from what I felt was a creative way of expressing my artistic vision. While I was on my clinical rotations my classmates would joke how I should have a studio set up in the back of the delivery room after the baby was born. I was told to stop wasting my energy, focus solely on school, and “take photos” when I had time. I had to convince others that photography was a passion and not just a hobby.


When I moved to start residency my friends would joke how I had more “photography things” than clothing for myself (and that says a lot for a girl who loves fashion). During my pediatric residency, my passion for photographing newborns grew tremendously. After finishing residency, I continued subspecialty training to become a neonatologist and focus on the care of critically ill and premature infants. I am so grateful that I get to pursue both of my passions and work with babies every day. It would be an honor to capture a memorable time in your family’s life.

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