meet bettie

I’m a Chinese medical student, former business lawyer and lifestyle photographer living in Portland, Oregon with my wee family, our dogs, chickens and an antisocial hedgehog.

I learned about photography and people-watching at a very young age. I took a long hiatus from the camera in my 20s, not really picking it up again until I become a mama. Even then, I considered myself a hobbyist as I focused on motherhood and my legal career. While working full time as a lawyer, I started desperately searching for a creative outlet to balance out an intense, intellectual day job. I began dabbling in all sorts of crafts: sewing, felting, painting, jewelry making, etc. Nothing really connected with me, though, and my favorite part of the exploration was taking photos of the process and then blogging about what I had made. So we invested in our first DSLR and I started carrying it around with me everywhere. The rest, as they say, is history.

I’m all about capturing the real moments, the in-between moments, the little kindnesses and details that often get overlooked in our crazy, busy lives. I love connecting with people away from the computer, IN REAL LIFE, to find out who they are, what they love, and what makes them unique. I personally hate having my photo taken, so I strive to make the experience comfortable for everyone. My goal with every session is for my client to walk away with images that fill them with joy.

When I’m not studying or attending classes at the National University of Natural Medicine, you’ll find me working on a session, or taking my kids to school or sports tournaments or parties or to purchase any one of the numerous items that always seem to get lost, broken, outgrown, consumed, or are just required for survival, or providing a warm lap and much-needed ego boost to my two tiny dogs, or daydreaming with my one and only while we live out our farm fantasy on an urban micro-plot in the center of a great neighborhood in the heart of a great city. Time permitting (and I do endeavor to make the time), I love to hang out and play with my family, take small adventures in my beautiful state, meet friends for tea or coffee, and shoot film (35mm, 120mm, and instant {polaroid and instax}).

I primarily focus on portrait sessions but I enjoy shooting families, pets and the occasional wedding and event in Portland and beyond. Drop me a line if you are interested in finding out more. I’d love to hear from you!

*All photos on the website are taken by me unless otherwise noted. Please do not use them without my permission.