young girl swinging and dancing while holding hands with her dad.

Family Photos

Dancing Queen – In-home Family Photo Session, Oakland

November 2, 2022


You know it was a good time when you questioned if you spent more time mostly upright or upside down with a family. My abs tell me it’s the latter.

Either way, I had a blast meeting this family as we danced our way from room to room. Not only did we share a love for music, but we also captured this season in their new home in the East Bay. I also wanted to show Kimberly, who is often behind the camera as a fantastic photographer, how radiant she is with her family.

I’m always grateful to be invited into the home and hearts of my client-families. And sometimes we have so much fun that it makes goodbyes a little bit harder, as is the case with S waving goodbye to me at the window.

About Me

Real life is more than pretty pictures.
The beauty is in the journey, and it's absolutely
worth documenting all of it. 

I’m captivated by people and always have been; my B.S. is in anthropology. Early on, I appointed myself the family documentarian, carefully recording milestones and travels and learning along the way how much I love visual storytelling. I picked up my first professional camera when my daughter was born, knowing those early years with her were precious and full of changes. A photographer friend’s encouragement soon led me to make photography my career. Today, after many years and proud accomplishments, my passion for it only grows.

I can’t imagine doing anything else.       


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