Ngoc grew up in Vietnam, attuned to the ocean, the blue of the sky, and the green of the trees. She stumbled into photography while working on a black and white feature film. With the director and cinematographer, she pored over black and white photography books and fell in love with the art. Today she shoots interiors, food, and gardens for many international publications. She wrote and photographed her first book, Bringing Nature Home, for Rizzoli in Spring 2012.