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If you're still wondering about my name, here's how I got it.  Many decades ago in the Philippines, my young mother was told her fragile daughter of almost three pounds had a slight chance of surviving and it would be a miracle if she lived.  Three brothers wanted to call me Princess because they knew I would be the last child our mother could have and being the only girl, I would be the "Princess" of the family.  Another brother  wanted to name me  Grace because he said, "if she lives, it'll  only be through the  Grace of God."  My parents loved both names so I became Princess Grace.

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I'm an International Photographer since 2009 & currently based in HOUSTON, TEXAS, USA.  I'm obsessed with all mediums of art, but for me, photography is the only way I truly know how to capture the simplicity, perfectly imperfect, & unseen beauty of life. I strive to create lasting relationships with each of my clients because I believe that is the best way for me to capture true and raw emotions.  I will always go the extra mile and provide excellent service & products from  beginning to end. 

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Have you ever compared the things you lack with others? We all do it at some point in our lives.  The Summer of 1999 forever changed me. I was at a friend's house and I was drawn to the beautiful family photos artistically hung on her wall. I realize then what I lacked in my own home. I didn't have any newborn portraits of myself, no embarrassing images for my mom to show my friends (thank goodness), or a single snapshot where my father, mother,  siblings, and I were all together. That summer gave me the determination to write my own personal history through photography and consistent journal entries.

The lack of childhood photos is the root of my Love & Obsession with Photography. Since I grew up in a humble home, my family and I couldn't afford cameras or conveniences like that. I would save up my pennies to buy disposable film cameras here and there.  Today, I am still shooting with film.  Each time I hold a roll in my hand it takes me back to the beginning.

In college, an amazing large format photographer and fellow university friend asked me to model for her art and photography capstone project. It was then that I fell in love with photography all over again. I still couldn't afford a camera with barely getting by as a poor college student, but I remember researching about photography and loving every bit of it. Since I didn't know where to begin and I had my college major and minor to worry about, I gave up. Yup, I gave up! It just wasn't the right time for me.

 Many years later in 2008, after I had graduated from Brigham Young University, a family member was selling an old digital camera. I saved my money again and bought a Nikon D80 with a 35 mm prime lens. I was so clueless. I remember thinking “this camera is broken,” since it wouldn't zoom in or out. (fyi: prime lens, whose focus length is fixed and do not zoom in or out.) With camera in hand I began school at New York Institute of Photography and consider my greatest schooling to be the personal experience of trial and error and lots of practice.  I learned that mistakes make magic.  I'm constantly reminded that the real tragedy is when we stop trying.  Every day there is something new to learn and there will always be room for improvements.

Then in 2009, I knew I was ready. I dreamed big, took a risk, opened my heart to the world, and began my  journey as a wedding and portrait photographer. My goal, then and now, is to be an artist that documents life and love in a simple, beautiful, real, and unique way.  

It has truly been a wonderful journey to create a better me, a better photographer, and a better documentary artist.

P.S. I am grateful you stopped by!

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