I have always been interested in moments. Ever since I developed my first
negative in the dark room during a summer class at age 11, I knew I wanted
to preserve and refine the visual aspect of experiences. Flipping through
the pages of Life Magazine inspired my fascination with people and their
lives. It drove me to study photography in high school and to get my first
job at a gallery in Santa Cruz, California. Ever since, my camera has been
a permanent necklace, helping me experience the world through it’s lens with
a powerful focus.
I honed my skills at Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, CA studying
Visual Journalism. After graduating, I immediately got a job in the South
Bay as a staff photographer for the Morgan Hill Times, Gilroy Dispatch and
Hollister Free Lance newspapers. As the main photographer for nearly eight
years, I’ve gotten to know and work with many people in the community.
My real love is shooting events, candid portraits, and animals. I love spending
time with people, getting to know them, and documenting their lives in a
meaningful way. I enjoy creating books, calendars, and prints of people to
remind them of their favorite times with friends and family. I always take
comfort and happiness in knowing I am preserving important memories for people.
My two dogs and husband make sure that I am well-balanced at home. If I edit
photos for too long, Schnitzel our dachshund will whine at my feet until I play
with her and our Chihuahua, Beags. When we aren’t walking them around the
neighborhood, my husband, Ross and I love to work on our house, spend time
in Santa Cruz at the beach with the dogs, go wine-tasting, or just relax
and hang out.
Working with pictures and their context has given me a great appreciation for the
power of the visual media. With the tremendous amount of movement in all of our
lives, I want to help capture and commemorate the significant moments that you may
not even know you were missing.