Family Photos

Elim Grove

January 27, 2017


I’ve really fallen in love with portrait work. Not headshots per se, but portraits – something more intimate with meaning and depth, and I find myself having a hard time explaining the difference between the two until just recently thanks to my friend, Mark.

He’s a remarkable human being, loving father, cancer survivor, baker, bed and breakfast owner, life enthusiast, and dear friend…he’s pretty much unstoppable and my family and I are lucky to have him in our lives. He’s also humble so he’s mostly likely blushing at the mere mention of his name.

When I asked him what he was looking for in a portrait, he said that he wanted something that his children can remember him by. After my heart recovered from the weight of his words, I knew right there and then that that’s how I want to move forward as a photographer and as a person in the grand scheme of things.

Thanks, Mark, for always reminding us of what’s important in life. You’re an inspiration and I hope that our session does justice to your request.

If anyone ever needs a respite in life, I urge you to take a visit to the redwoods at Elim Grove and give Mark a warm hello for me. His Americanos alone are worth the drive.

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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