Posted on January 20, 2017
I have been eyeing the mirrorless system for a long time (talking photo lingo here)! I recently had a very special opportunity to finally give it try thanks to Olympus !
and the M.Zuiko ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO lenses!
I had so much fun playing with this system! I even tried the double exposure feature in camera (see Laila’s photos below)!
So easy and so fun! Oh, and so light! The system is compact and performed as good as my current DSLR. I’m really excited to move in this direction. Thank you again Olympus!
Posted on January 28, 2016
At the conclusion of every year I take about a month off. Two weeks is dedicated to the children as they have winter break. And two weeks is dedicated to myself. Time to reflect, regroup, and plan the upcoming year. This brings on a clear and relaxed start to the New Year. This year started off even slower as I got the flu for almost 2 weeks. Still recovering. I hope you don’t have to experience it this season. No fun!
Over break I was able to capture photos of my girls for our annual holiday card. This year it was a New Years Card. I scouted this park years ago and have always wanted to shoot there. This year it finally came together with my babies! Blue on blue on blue. I am grateful that they still cooperate so well for me…and it was sooooooooo sooo cold on this day.
Please enjoy some of my favorites from the shoot.
Posted on October 8, 2015
As the girls get older Halloween gets more and more exciting for them and for me. I’m not the adult that likes to dress up BUT I love helping my girls with their costumes every year. The extent of my annual Halloween photos of the girls are usually 1 or 2 snapshots in front of our home but this year I paired up with two of my photo besties and dear friends Amy Salessi & Valerie Ackerman on a very special shoot and I was able to capture my “Lost Girls” in more than just a couple of photos in our version of Peter Pan!
The way this shoot came about was Amy’s little niece was born just a couple months ago and her mama wanted to dress her up as Tinkerbell for her first Halloween. Well, before you know it a full blown Peter Pan shoot was born. We had 13 kids, a limited amount of time, sunlight…and patience…. AND with a few helping hands from prop building to on set assistance on the day of the shoot… we pulled it off! So much fun.! Looking forward to more collaborations with Amy & Val in the near future.
All images below captured by the 3 of us and edited by me.
Posted on June 17, 2015
Relaxed, fun and easy going. My kind of people! This session was so perfect and so much fun. Meg & Aaron share a special kinda love. They are already tapped into things with one another that take couples 20 years to figure out. It was so special getting to know them and the love they have for one another. Keep following your instincts and stay centered in your faith and you both will last a lifetime! I’m looking forward to photographing your wedding in September…wooohooo!
Posted on April 22, 2015
A couple of years ago I opened myself up to shooting weddings again. Only a handful of weddings, only special weddings. Abigail’s best friend is a great photographer (who will be in the wedding) and the referral came from her. Thank you Jana! When I met Abigail & Trevor I instantly knew I had to photography their wedding. It may have been the home made gluten free cookies they had ready for me when I arrived to our initial consult…just maybe. Or maybe it was that I felt we were kindred spirits. I love when work doesn’t feel like “work”. I’m kinda a hippie in that way and feel my clients out to make sure we are a good fit, especially for a wedding. I felt honored when these two contacted me shortly after this day and they expressed they felt the same way about me and asked me to be their wedding photographer!
Now fast forward to their engagement photos that happened just a couple weeks ago. We headed to Malibu for some fun beach photos…and maybe some romantic shots too. We saw some seals and were blessed with a super high tide that made for some killer photos….Then we headed to enjoy some great conversation & some yummy Thai food.
I feel like we’ve known each other forever… Thank you two for being so awesome.
Posted on March 12, 2015
Personal shoots have always taken the back burner in one way, shape or form for me since I started in this business nearly 8 years ago. I was blessed to start working immediately after I decided I was going to do this professionally. There was a ton to figure out and it seemed like it all needed to be done yesterday. I immediately started shooting with business in mind, fulfilling my clients needs and my needs as an artist were always met last. Thankfully, I squeezed in shots during each of my sessions and weddings for me, and I have those. Over the past year or so I have decided to shoot more for myself and really take time to move into the direction that my heart and my creative soul needs to move in. I’m talking entire sessions! Wooohooo. I’m sure some of my pro photographer friends can relate. Getting back to the basics.
This session is of my daughter Laila just before she began kindergarten last August. My friend Amy Salessi happened to be shooting on a school bus yard and invited me to play. I am so thankful for the relationships that I have built over the past few years within my industry. It has renewed my faith that there are some people that really do care and support others and want to see them win. Lord knows I’ve encountered just the opposite of this over the years.
As you will see at the end of the session she was super excited to play with the big red stop sign! (It’s the little things) Oh, and she brought her two favorite pairs of shoes.
This month for me is about catching up on blogging, showing my work that has been tucked in the vaults and pushing toward the future. I’m super excited about 2015 as many incredibly opportunities have already presented themselves and I’m so ready to act on them.
Dress from: www.littletrendsetter.com/
Posted on March 10, 2015
One thing I love playing with is light! And this desert shoot had some fun/extreme lighting within a short period of time thanks to the mountains behind us. We are so lucky here in Southern California to be a hop, skip and a jump away from the ocean, mountains and the desert. Thank you again Shannon for inviting me out to play!
Again, the styling was off the hook and the setting was to die for!
Posted on March 10, 2015
Way back in October of last year I was invited by a friend to come play in Palm Springs. It just so happens that my friend is an amazing photographer who happened to be hosting an equally amazing workshop – Dream Beneath the Desert Sun. Olivia and I joined my friend Shannon Sewell & her daughter for a day of fun. The girls hung out and played and so did we! I had fun stepping into Shannon’s world and her process. Although I love love love helping my clients with clothing choices & I have played with subtle styled shoots in the past, I had never been involved in a shoot like this. We started the day off at the incredibly decorated modern home that Shannon and Krysta Metcalf (workshop co-host) rented. We shot in and around the home. The shoot was style by the ever so talented Heather Rome. Shannon told me I would love both of those ladies and surely I did! Here are some of my favorites from the shoot. Part two (Desert Session) is coming up….
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Posted on February 18, 2015
Posted on December 8, 2014
All of my clients are special to me. This family and I have a very special bond as our babies were born on the same day and the same year! June 28th, 2009. When Deanna contacted me to photograph her first newborn, we were surprised to find out that we were both expecting at the same time. We knew there was a possibility that I would have already had my baby when hers arrived. We agreed that I would bring my baby along to the session in order for me to get the job done. I couldn’t say no to this as we would both be in the same “space” during the time of the session. The big difference was it was her first child and my third! I knew I would be alright! My dad was gracious enough to come along with me and my newborn Laila and play any type of damage control if needed. It actually went pretty smooth! This was 5 1/2 years ago. Needless to say we have remained close. I have photographed this little boy since he was born and now he awaits his new little brother in February. My Simone was born in Feb, so who knows we might have two children with the same birthdays! I can’t wait to meet and photograph the new baby!