“In the order of nature we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them, or only seldom. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again, line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1841)

In 2009, I left behind a cushy six figure salary job in the legal industry and went a little eccentric by completing an intensive graphics design program at New York University. In 2010, I began freelancing as a custom toy and graphics designer under the name of Mint Purple Studio. By 2012, I began portfolio building as an amateur photographer despite what seemed like an impossible feat to be distinguished (because everyone was buying a DSLR and calling themselves a photographer). But as cliche as it sounds, I kept following my heart. Mint Purple Studio expanded two years later into a professional newborn and portrait studio (as in we are federally trademarked, pay sales taxes, licensed, have insurance, take continuing ed classes etc…

In 2016, Mint Purple Studio joined Professional Photographers of America as an active professional. While I am incredibly thankful to have awesome clients and absolutely love what I do, the academic in me wishes that my photography work can bring change to our society. That spark for change inspired me to apply for a grant from the Luminous Endowment to propel a deeply personal photography project.

On April 16, 2017, the Luminous Endowment notified me that I won their China Grant. The coming months will be super busy putting together a manuscript and searching for a publisher. It is a small first step and I am beyond thrilled at the chance of being able to work on something that can “pay it forward.” This year, a record six of eight grant winners are women. I am so humbled by the honor and so thankful to many who encouraged and supported me along the way! Please do keep this maniacal mom in your prayers for the road ahead!

You can view the winning announcement here and read about my winning photography project entry here.

The Lunar New Year of the Chicken is fast approaching on January 28, 2017!  The chicken is the tenth animal of the twelve Chinese horoscope signs. At Mint Purple Studio, our golden chickens Gumgaijai (金鷄仔) and Gumgailui (金鷄女) are running around creating all sorts of fun mischief.  Why are all the honey jars in the Studio empty?  Stick around for later posts and the chickens will tell you their character story soon.  For now, Gumgaijai and Gumgailui want to spread some sweetness with wallpapers, wall hangings and a printable DIY red envelope template (great for kids) to welcome the coming of Lunar New Year 2017!  Each design contains lucky Chinese greetings which are translated underneath the image.  Please do kindly keep our watermark intact to uphold copyright and trademark regulations should you use or share Mint Purple Studio’s images or files.  Thank you!

金鷄迎春 literally means the golden chicken welcomes spring and has a meaning similar to “out with the old and in with the new”

Download Gumgaijai and Gumgailui 2560 x 1600 Wallpaper HERE

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鷄年報喜 wishes upon the recipient of this greeting an auspicious event during the year of the chicken 

Download Gumgailui’s 2560 x 1600 Wallpaper HERE

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鷄年如意 wishes the recipient of this greeting smooth sailing during the year of the chicken

Download Gumgaijai’s 2560 x 1600 Wallpaper HERE

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金鷄賀歲 literally translates to the golden chicken celebrates the new year and wishes the recipient of this greeting a happy new year of the chicken


Download Gumgai Family 2560 x 1600 Wallpaper HERE

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鷄年吉祥 wishes the recipient of this greeting luck and longevity

Download Gumgaijai’s printable wall hanging HERE

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鷄年大吉 wishes the recipient of this greeting great luck in the year of the chicken

Download Gumgailui printable wall hanging HERE

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鷄鳴富貴 wishes the recipient of this greeting great fortune and wealth in the year of the chicken and literally translates as the chicken is calling out for great wealth

Download the Good Fortune printable wall hanging HERE

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雞 means chicken!

Download the Golden Rooster printable wall hanging HERE

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鷄年吉慶 wishes the recipient of this greeting an auspicious year of the chicken

Download the Gumgaijai printable 8.5 x 11 inch Red Envelope Template HERE

If you would like to shop our FULL line of Lunar New Year character design products, please check out Mint Purple Studio’s character shop on CafePress!


Happy New Year!!!  

Mint Purple Studio is in it’s 7th year of designing, 4th year of family photography and somewhere along the way we managed to gather friends from all over the world.  To thank you and give back to our friends, I would like to ring in 2017 with a Thank You Giveaway – a one year Click Magazine subscription to one lucky winner.

I blogged about Click Magazine in my holiday swag post and absolutely LOVE it.  Friends often ask where my creative inspiration comes from, how my images are so crisp, what camera I use and why.  Well, many of those answers come from formal classroom instruction but often also come from reading Click!

The magazine writes about all things photography related, is super inspirational and the articles are written by some of the best female photographers in the photography industry.  The best part is you do not have to be a professional photographer to absorb the magazine material.  I started out reading Click because I just wanted to take better photographs of my babies many years ago!  If you love gorgeous photography that is authentic and truly captures the here and now, you want to be reading Click!  (Just a note, I am not being sponsored by Click for this giveaway.  I genuinely adore Click that much and know any photography lover will too!)

Here are the rules to enter:

  1. Follow our social media accounts here and here (if you haven’t already!)
  2. Gain an extra entry by sharing with a few friends (or many. . . <3) under any image on our our social media accounts
  3. Gain a triple entry by sharing with any expecting mommy friends under any baby image on our social media accounts
  4. That’s it!
  5. The giveaway will end taking entrants on Sunday night 11:59pm, January 8, 2017
  6. The winner for our 2017 Thank You Giveaway will be announced Monday afternoon, January 9th, 2017 <3


Terms (just some legal stuff) : 1. Entrants are open only to individuals 18 years or older.  2.  I would like the opportunity to give the magazine subscription to a non-professional photographer so if you are a professional photographer (own a photography business), please let others have the chance to win this beautiful magazine.  3.  Print copies will be delivered only to entrants residing within the United States mainland.  Any international winner will receive digital copies only.


Dear friends of Mint Purple Studio,

2016 has been an amazing year because the studio is growing by leaps and bounds.  Thank YOU so much for your support and passion for professional photography. It is truly an honor to be able to share your family’s special milestones.

Please enjoy our annual holiday video featuring your little ones from this year. A big congratulations if you made it onto our booking calender this year! As our gift to you, click the link here to claim your 5% discount off all session fees for 2017 bookings!

May you and your loved ones have a joyful, blessed and healthy holiday season. I look forward to serving you in 2017!

Please Keep in Touch Here!

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value ~Charles Dudley Warner

I love mid-December because Mint Purple Studio is wrapping up end of the year client work and business housekeeping. It’s time to plan for 2017 – who, what, when to shoot and nail down what fun photography continuing education classes to take. Also very importantly, a few weeks of much needed staycation time with the family as well as holiday gift shopping!

Speaking of holiday shopping, I stumbled across the above items which quickly became this photographer’s favorite holiday swag. These are the items that make me break a smile, feel warm inside and get inspired for my next shoot. Plus they would probably make great gifts for a photographer friend too! hint hint….just sayin…

  • Click Magazine | hands down the best magazine to be inspired by other fabulous women photographers, learn photography techniques, important business tips and preview the latest camera gear
  • Wooden Anagram Toy Camera | a nice addition to any neatly curated wooden toy camera collection that brings back nostalgic memories of the retro instagram app logo
  • Social Circles Business Cards | awesomely designed circular business cards that come in a practical yet elegant metal snap case.  If you are an expecting mommy and spot me, be sure to ask for one of my social circle cards which give you a 5% discount on your newborn photoshoot session fee!