My journey into luxury photography began as a passion for capturing fleeting moments. My childhood was full of bright days, loud belly laughs, and embraces as warm as the sun.
When I had my first daughter, I finally understood my father’s desire to photograph every moment he possibly could, from the first steps and birthdays to all of the small moments in between. I desperately found myself wanting to slow down time and spend every moment soaking up the world through my daughter’s eyes. And now, three kids later, the feeling is still there – if anything, it’s even stronger.
Time is the one thing in life we can never get back. So I am very careful with how many sessions and weddings I take on. I want each family I serve to be given my absolute attention, because these moments matter.
It's in these moments of awe that take my breath away. I’d be honored to capture your wedding, event, or family session so you can cherish those images for years to come.
Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes a precise moment in time.
— HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON
My family is my driving force, motivation, and guiding light. I love the quiet, in-between moments when I catch my children discovering something new in their little world because it gives me a glimpse of the magic they see everyday; that itself is a beautiful gift.
Photography takes ordinary moments and makes them extraordinary, and there’s no better feeling than getting to relive your favorite memories when you look at your photos. I aim to create a unique, luxury experience for each of my photo sessions, whether you’re celebrating your wedding day or posing on the couch with your little ones.
That’s why I capture the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together.
My life and my work are driven by my love of storytelling. Photography has given me the opportunity to make magic. With each wedding and family I photograph, I aim to capture photos as raw and real as the moment itself. It is my honor to preserve those memories for you and your family to cherish for years to come.
teresa + cong
“Aika is truly one of a kind. She went above and beyond just exceeding all of our expectations. We would recommend her to anyone in a heartbeat.”
Nothing warms you up faster on a brisk afternoon than a warm cup of tea and a leather-bound book of poems. Throw in some butter bread sprinkled with sugar and you have the ingredients for a perfect day.
Poetry is an art form that has influenced the way I photograph that is reminiscent of sun-kissed mornings with a cool spring breeze. I have lived a thousand lives through the stories I've read and have lived a thousand more through the love stories I photograph.
There is an air of magic in the history behind an heirloom. I'm a big fan of spending the afternoon sifting through antique shops and secondhand stores for timeless pieces with secret stories. My favorite find? A vintage pair of Jimmy's!
The White Wren
South Sound Magazine
aika has been featured in the following publications
AWARDED BEST PHOTOGRAPHER FOR
THE BEST OF THE SOUTH SOUND 2022 for South Sound Magazine
AWARDED Double Exposure image of the year for Belle lumiere's End of The Year Awards, 2021
AWARDED Best Bride & groom Photographer
FOR THE Global Wedding Awards by Lux Life Magazine 2021
aika is thankful for these awards
My life and my work are driven by my love of storytelling. My childhood was filled with bright days, laughs that could be heard for miles, and embraces as warm as the sun. Each memory was lovingly arranged in albums, and each page was filled with the familiar scent that I remember from that very day. And it was my love for reliving these fleeting moments and the story each image told that lead me to begin my photography story.
Photos remind us of the strength, courage and hope that reside in all of us the way few other things can.
I relish in the reality that has found me as an artist as I carefully balance the curated with the raw. I am dedicated to my art but I value my clients’ experience above all.
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