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Corn and Pumpkins

It’s time for Halloween!!!  With that said, hubby took me to the North River pumpkin patch in Indianola this weekend.  In 32 years I’ve never been to a pumpkin patch or have I carved a pumpkin before!  I grew up in the Philippines; we don’t have the orange giant squash that you guys call “pumpkin”, over in my country!  We grow a different type of squash in the Philippines, which is often used in many of our dishes such as stir fry, curry, broth-based soups including desserts.

We hit the golden hour and the light was BEAUTIFUL.  It would have been the perfect time for a portrait or engagement session.  All photos were shot in manual mode (as always) using the Sunny 16 rule in my Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM kit lens.  I had so much fun taking pictures.  Thanks to my wonderful husband.  I might as well carve my first pumpkin! 


For those who know me, they know I LOVE to eat.  I just love food!  I am not addicted to food but I’m always in a good mood when there is food around!  One of my favorites is dimsum.  There is only one place in Des Moines that serves this type of food as far as I know and that is Wong’s Chopsticks located in Johnston.  Dimsum is served only on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-2pm.  Their dimsum has gotten so popular that they started serving them now on Saturdays; initially they only did it on Sundays…and yeah I am REALLY happy about that!

Dimsum is a type of Chinese small plate food usually served in carts around the restaurant ready for people to eat.  It is pretty popular in big cities.  I remember when I was in New York and London the dimsum restaurants normally have big round tables where they seat you with your fellow other diners and have you share one table.  The lines and the wait times are quite long too but to me it has always been worth the wait!  The three menu items I frequently order from Chopsticks are the Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan), Shrimp in Rice Paper, and Fried Dumplings – my newest obsession!

On a different note, Filipino (Pinoy) food is my favorite cuisine.  I am not biased to my roots either!  I just have never been able to let go of what I grew up eating!  Among my favorite Pinoy dishes, Lechon Kawali (Crispy Pork Belly) is probably the one that I crave the most and since there aren’t any Filipino restaurants in Des Moines, each time you crave your native food, that usually means you have to get in the kitchen AND make it!  So, I made it happen!  Craving -served!

Self Portrait

My favorite photography quote is the one of designer Karl Lagerfeld’s that goes “What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.”  There’s more to photographers than just creatures who take pictures for a living.  I am proud to say WE are those who capture a moment that’s gone forever and impossible to reproduce!

Sometimes in life we take things for granted as our day to day become mundane but we forget that there is one thing that we take for granted the most; and that is TIME.  We forget to appreciate and value time.  We forget to live.  We can’t predict what would happen to us but we sure can choose the path we take.  Everything is about making a conscious effort to make that choice that will either bring us closer to our dreams (may they be big or small) or farther away from it.

This is my moment, captured on Canon 100mm f/2.8 L MACRO lens!

About Me

Hi! My name is Nonna and I specialize in portrait, family, engagement, and wedding photography using natural light. I hold a degree in Business Administration with concentration in Management but photography is my passion, which was influenced by my dad who was an Economist by profession but an avid photographer! I like fun and easy sessions where you are just being you! I love capturing candid shots of real emotions so I can definitely help you capture your moment and preserve those memories that you would cherish in your lifetime.

I am based in Des Moines, IA with my husband John. I LOVE to travel and I have been to 13 countries so far. I also love food and lighthearted conversations with my family and friends, and I particularly like exchanging ideas with anyone who loves photography.

If you would like to inquire more about my packages or just want to get to know me, send me an email at or call 515-573-0150 or 515-309-2247.

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