Hi! I'm Tiffany!
I am Chinese-American from Los Angeles, 2½ generation, oldest of 3 sisters. We didn't have playrooms full of electronics or the latest toys, but our art closet was always full of supplies sourced from yard sales.
I am a documentary family photographer and mother to a talkative (and super sensitive) son and a daredevil baby girl. Having also been an elementary school speech therapist means I am extremely observant and patient; acutely aware of mischief; snarky in the most kid-friendly way; and constantly dealing with situations bursting with hilarity, chaos and sticky hands & hugs. Weekends are full of roadtrips and church, and inevitable toddler messes. We downsized from a regular-sized house to a tiny house (498 sq ft) to try really hard to keep collecting moments, not things. Less space has meant more togetherness, and we think it's going to stay this way. My kids are my greatest source of chaos and joy. When I make pictures of them, I know the photos represent them as who they are now, for who they will become later, without prodding to perform or need for pageantry. I photograph without expectations of being anyone but themselves, and who they were created to be. I look at them with love in times of quiet, of curiosity, and I try to hold onto that in times of struggle, to look beyond the tantrums to understand how they are fighting so hard to become their own people. My hope is to photograph your family the way I photograph my own. My hope is to contribute to your family legacies. My hope is to show you as you are, wrapped up in the beauty of your everyday, seen in the eyes of the ones who love you, and to find the extraordinary in the ordinary.
My photography is the thoughtful internalization of subjects’ perspectives to reflect back to them the stories they’ll need later. I take an anthropological participant-observer approach to create storytelling photographs that feel alive. Although my work has won a handful of awards, none don any prestigious institutions, but some grace the walls and shelves of many families’ homes – which mean more to me than anything.