Formerly a management professional in service industry, juggling between 5-day per week travel, 12+ hour per day work schedule, in both US and Asia. Life was very exciting and chaotic at the same time.
It was not until a health scare, did I start to ponder on a bigger question - that took me years to answer.
What do I want in life?
It took me 3 years to quit my job, a 6-digit salary, and a relatively comfortable city girl life. I wanted more… time… to figure out what I wanted.
That was the beginning of my photography journey. A long journey that led me to who I am today.
On this journey, I tried many things. Traveler, art advisor, children photographer, non-profit fund-raiser, alumni community volunteer, and US-China professional service provider… and most importantly, a wife and a mother.
It was an unconventional journey, with many changes, ups and downs. A journey that was not aligned with the traditional definition of “success” in the family and culture I was born in.
Luckily, I had a camera, or two, that helped me document my journey, and the big or small moments that were special and memorable. I knew it was what I wanted.
Today I’d like to share my photography passion with you. A passion that helped me become a better, and possibly wiser, human being, with much clearer vision of my life and its relationship with the world.
No matter if you are:
a traveler who wants to see the world and capture its beauty;
a parent who wants to document your family’s travel or little one’s growth；
someone exploring photography as a creative outlet outside of a structured life;
or someone who simply wants to embrace possibilities and all the wonders seen through your lens
Welcome. Thank you for visiting my website.
I’d love to connect with you, and hear your photography story. If I can help you become a better photographer, and better document your own journey, even better!
I'd like to share two quotes that have inspired me throughout my photography journey, and well summarized my overall outlook on life and photography.
Since this is a question most asked - what camera I use - I’m sharing a list of photography related equipment I've invested in and still own. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is a good overview.
Camera - find my camera recommendation in this free ebook
Canon 1Ds MarkII 16MP
Canon Rebel XTi 10MP
Canon EOS 3000 (film camera)
Canon IXUS 5MP (point and shoot)
Minolta Dimage 2 MP (point and shoot; yep when the consumer point and shoot just came out, I was playing around with a tiny one and I learned a lot about composition)
Lenses - find my lens recommendation in this free ebook
Current main lens for Sony
Sony Zeiss 55mm F1.8 Sonnar T FE ZA Full Frame Prime Lens - Fixed (Read why I chose this lens)
Main lenses for Canon from 2012-2018 (still own them but haven’t used them much. Read why)
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II IS Telephoto Zoom Lens (personal favorite for portrait)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Standard Zoom Lens (personal favorite general use walk-around lens)
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens (personal favorite for landscape)
Canon 135mm f/2L
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8
Canon 50mm f/1.8
Sigma MC-11 Mount Converter Lens Adapter (to mount Canon lenses on Sony A7III)
Tripod - learn why you need a tripod and how to choose one
Main setup for landscape
Gitzo GT1542T Series 1 6X Carbon Fiber Traveler 4 Section G-Lock Tripod
Really Right Stuff BH-40 mid-sized ballhead
Second tripod (mainly for landscape, and occasionally as monopod for portrait)
Mefoto C2350Q2T GlobeTrotter Carbon Fiber Travel Tripod Kit
Mini tripod (for Canon G7Xii)
Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod
Neewer Panoramic Tripod Head (for panorama landscape photo only)
Camera L-plates - see sample pictures of L-plates mounted on my cameras
Two Really Right Stuff camera L plates, for Canon 5D Mark III and 7D
SmallRig L-bracket for Sony A7III
Filters - learn when and how to use filters
Lee Graduated Neutral Density Filters (Graduate 0.3 ND Soft, 0.6 ND Soft, 0.9 ND Soft)
Lee Big Stopper
B+W 10 stop filter (77mm)
B+W Kaesemann Circular Polarizer with Multi-Resistant Coating (82mm)
Three B+W clear UV filters for my main Canon lenses
Breakthrough Photography 6-stop ND filter (77mm, only for Sony Zeiss lens. Read more here)
Also a few step up rings to fit filters on lenses with different diameters (mainly 49-77mm, 77-82mm)
Intervalometer - Wireless Remote Shutter Release
Satechi WTR-A Wireless Timer Remote Control Shutter (could be used for both my Canon and Sony cameras with different cable, read more here)
Phottix Aion Wireless Timer and Shutter Release
Off-camera Flash (for portrait) - purchased before 2010
Two Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash
Flash trigger systems (for portrait field lighting) - purchased before 2010
Two Pocket wizard radio trasmitters
Pocket wizard tranceiver
Pocket wizard zone controller
Studio lighting equipment (for studio portrait) - purchased before 2010
Larson Enterprise 4'x6' softbox
Alien Bee 800W studio lights
Six Light stands (with different sizes)
Four Strobe umbrellas (with different shapes)
White Balancing (for color management)
EzyBalance Calibration Card
Monitor calibration device (for color management)
X-Rite Eye-One display 2
15" Macbook Pro with touch bar 2019 (main photo and video processing computer)
15” Macbook Pro Retina Display 2013 (before 2019 for photo only)
21" iMac, 13" Macbook Air, 13" MacBook (retired)
Multiple portable hard drives (for photo storage and backup)
SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable External SSD (main drive for travel)
15+ drives ranging from 200GB to 8TB over the past 10+ years, including 6 Western Digital My Passport (2 4TB, 2 2TB, 2 1TB), 5 Seagate Expansion desktop hard drives (8TB, 5TB, 4TB, 3TB, 1TB - all used for backup drives); also Apple Time Capsule, G-Technolgy, LaCie etc.
Memory Card Reader
Kingston Digital USB 3.0 Portable Card Reader (mainly for SD cards for Sony A7III & Canon powershot G7X Markii)
Kingston USB 3.0 Memory Card Reader FCR-HS3 (main)
Kingston 19-in-1 USB 2.0 Flash Memory Card Reader (retired)
For Sony A7III
Sony SF-G128/T1 High Performance 128GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - for slot 1 video and photo
Sony SF-G64/T1 High Performance 64GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card - for slot 2 photo backup
For Canon powershot G7X Markii
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB up to 95MB/s UHS-I/U3 SDXC Flash Memory Card - SDSDXPA-128G-G46
For Canon 5D Mark III
SanDisk Extreme PRO 128GB CompactFlash Memory Card UDMA 7 Speed Up To 160MB/s- SDCFXPS-128G-X46 (main)
Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB CompactFlash Card (backup)
Multiple SanDisk flash memory cards, 16GB, 8GB, 4GB purchased over the previous 15+ years (mostly retired)
Camera Bags - learn what's in my camera bag and how to choose the right bag
F-stop Guru backpack with medium slope ICU (for outdoor/travel photography)
Tenba Shootout backpack (for outdoor/travel photography)
Jill-e rolling red leather gear bag (for portrait photography)
Shootsac lens bag (for portrait photography)
Various studio backdrops
Extra camera batteries and battery charger
Several Arca Swiss quick release plates for tripod ball head
The following is a list of photography related software I've purchased and used over the past 10+ years, and now I almost exclusively use Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.
Photo organization & retouching
Adobe Lightroom Classic CC (right now 99% of my retouching is done in Adobe Lightroom Classic CC)
Abobe Lightroom 3, 4, 5, 6 (before 2016)
Retouching, editing - see how I edit my landscape photos with Magic Light Landscape Workflow Lightroom Presets
Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6 (past) and now CC
Nik Software Complete Collection 3 and 4 (including Color Efex, Viveza, Silver Efex, HDR Efex, Dfine, Sharpner etc.) - before they were acquired by Google
Final Cut Pro X (since 2019)
Professional proofing, printing, production
ProSelect studio proofing (professional portrait software; you don’t need if you are amateur)
Various professional printing lab vendor software for wall prints, canvases, albums, books, DVD slideshow production etc.
Last but not least, I shoot RAW on 99.9% occasions, unless I run out of memory cards.