a family dressed up as bananas dancing at a family session in alameda

Family Films

Favorite Moments of 2021

January 15, 2022


As I reflect on 2021, I can’t help but think about all the families I created with, and my heart is full. I care so deeply for them and about this work. Documenting their family stories and crafting meaningful experiences and art for them is a true honor.

Some of my favorite memories:

  • Meeting new faces, including the recruitment of a family dressed as produce to boost morale in my town of Alameda.
  • Reconnecting with returning families and delivering real, in-person hugs…and even sleepovers! Quite different from 2020 when we stood a million feet apart.
  • Getting vaccinated! And then boosted!
  • Thanks to this beautiful community, we raised $1000+ for COVID relief in India and Palestine. The sessions sold out in 1 day. Thank you!

It was a doozy of a year, but we all showed up to life AND even prioritized time for photos. The thought that they trusted me with their most precious memories AND got dressed for such an event is what warms this sappy soul. In all this uncertainty, one this is for sure: I’m a better human for having spent time in their company. Really, I can’t imagine being part of a better community of open-hearted families. They deserve a gold medal for all the mental gymnastics surrounding schedule reshuffling and the Q-tips they probed up their noses to keep everyone safe.

[wipe tears away].

Happy New Year!

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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