Follow Your Heart


principal photographer and founder of Eleven Hearts Studios.

Her experience in photojournalism, fashion and art define the aesthetic of her style as a wedding and Portrait photographer since 2002.

Her editorial style combines a photojournalistic approach with an artistic attention to detail, lighting, and composition.

Gigi's eye for capturing a celebration at its best continues to set the industry standard.

Gigi has been featured many magazines around the world. including Vogue, Perfect Wedding, Elle, Cosmopolitan Bride, Washington Post, District Weddings, New You, Style Me Pretty, Ruffled, In-style, Marie Claire, Maison Francaise, Cosmopolitan, Gawker etc...

Currently, she travels back and forth to Europe and Asia to cover weddings and other events, as well as teaching Digital Media and Photography Course at Universities.

Gigi is a lifetime resident artist at Torpedo Factory, Old Town Alexandria as a Painter and Illustrator.


Mentora College

Washington, D.C.


Interview with Elle Magazine

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TV interview in Washington, D.C.



2019 Best of (Fashion & Portrait Photographers Nationwide).

2018 Best Portrait Photographers in Washington, D.C. by Expertise Washington, D.C.

2017 Best Portrait Photographers in Washington State by Expertise Seattle, Washington.

2016 Best Portrait Photographers in Washington State by Expertise Seattle, Washington.

2014 Best of Washington Awards for Art Film Photographers by
Washington, D.C. Business Recognition.

2013 Best of Washington, D.C. As Art Film Photographers by Washington Awards.

2012 Eleven Hearts Studios been selected for the Wedding Professional Hot List by Moment-Ville.

2011 Eleven Hearts Studios had been selected in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros Nationwide by Bride's Choice Awards. 

2011 Adobe® Award Winner on the Behance Network.

2010 Bride's Choice Awards from Martha Stewart Weddings.

2009 Bride's Choice Awards from WeddingWire.

2008 Gigi opened another studio in Santa Monica, California and later she had been awarded one of the best wedding  photographers in Beverly Hills, California by Content Society.

2006 One of top ten wedding photographers by A-List in Washington, D.C.

2005 Juried to become a Life Time Resident Artist at Torpedo Factory as a painter. Her paintings are in many collections around the world. 


Juried member of ISPWP (International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers)

Juried member of AGWPJ (Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association)

Juried member of BOW (Best of Wedding Photographers)

Fearless Photographer California 

Member of WPPI (Wedding and Portraits Photographers International)

Member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)

Juried Member of Torpedo Factory