What first interested you in photography and how did you get started?
I grew up traveling a lot with my family, and I always wanted to capture the subtleties that gave these places their unique story and personality. In giving me my first camera, my dad was the first to teach me to notice the beauty around me and to capture the world through photography. These formed my early experiences in visual storytelling and they were so formative. Later in college, as I grew to spend more of my life indoors, I started to appreciate the aspects of a beautiful space or environment that I always wanted to have around (especially as an English major roaming the beautiful campus halls!). It was then that I became inspired by interiors, spaces, and design.
What do you do?
I wear a lot of hats in my day-to-day. When I wear my hat as a digital creator on This Modern Style, I love creating stories on design, travel, and lifestyle. My passion for this initially started as a photographer, where I first grew an appreciation for visual storytelling. However, the great majority of my time I actually live offline, dedicated to my main profession as a physician. Blogging is a creative outlet I seek when I am not working; over the years, I’ve really enjoyed balancing my career with this as a hobby. When I first started, I had to learn early on how to use my time efficiently in order to pursue blogging as a meaningful hobby, as ultimately I prioritized my medical training and education. It required climbing an initial steep learning curve to learn this balance. Now, I love what I do in both worlds.
How do you take and edit your photos?
I switch it up amongst my Google Pixel 3, iPhone, and Canon EOS Rebel T5i with a 28mm f/1.8 pancake lens. I edit using Adobe Lightroom and VSCO, using filter S2.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I love using the art of noticing and mindfulness to capture scenes and moments that catch my eye. I also enjoy interacting with the Instagram community and seeing how various talented creatives paint the story of their lives. These people and experiences have greatly inspired me, and taught me to use photography as a way to explore textures of an environment that bring joy and inspiration. Practically speaking, several blogs, magazines, and shops are full of inspiration for me, including Coco Lapine Design, Cereal Mag, Dwell, Design Milk, KonMari.Co, and Totokaelo.
Your mantra for your photography is "to seek the light, shadows, whimsy, simplicity, and happiness found in everyday life" — what images or scenes do that the most for you?
I love thoughtfully designed spaces that allow me to play with light and angles as a photographer. Scenes that I love include a quiet, light-filled corner of a room; still life such as a delicately-poured latte on a café table; or remnants of a delicious dinner in a beautifully designed restaurant.
How do you bring that mantra into your everyday life?
I seek those quiet moments that give a sense of peace, serenity, and mindfulness towards the little details. It’s in these textures that I find the most joy in my own life. I’m very into self-care, cozy reading corners, and nightly rituals that allow me to gently unwind at the end of a busy day.
As a content creator/photographer, it’s hard to notice these details when life is so busy. I dedicate my day-to-day to my main profession as a physician; these days are so full that I have to learn to use my free time wisely. Now, I use my time more wisely and carefully so that I am able to enjoy the depth of these moments and my hobbies.