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A bit about me, my anxieties and of course my dogs

family-photo A number of years ago, my husband and I moved to the Bay Area without really knowing anyone or anything about the area. On our move over we passed by my grandfather’s home in Nevada. During our dinner with him, he pulled me aside and told me, “I think you have an eye for photography,” and set me up with my first camera as a little graduation gift. Little did I know that would be the first step in my career as a photographer.

After moving to the Bay area, I felt as though what I’ve craved most was connection and community; photography has become a source of this for me. I’ve grown to build connections with people that have become my “family” through documenting them over time. And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized more and more how much my family and the people I surround myself matter most, and that is what’s drawn me to document people throughout their lives rather than just for one small period in time. My long term clients aren’t just clients to me, they’re family. Watching their love and their families grow is an immense honor, and using my experience and unique perspective to make their memories tangible brings me so much joy.

My late grandfather was one of my favorite people on earth, and the fact that he got me started in the field makes me cherish my craft even more. I know he would be proud of the business I have built and the community I have created, and I think of him and his legacy often as I am working.

I'm currently living in Oakland, California with my husband and two goldendoodles. Anyone that knows me knows my dogs: Birch and Lemon, they are my adventure buddies and are my companions while I do all my hiking and location scouting. I grew up in the Las Vegas area, so growing up in the desert has made me be completely in awe of all of the different landscapes that Northern California has. I try to spend as much time as I can outside, rain or shine (and sometimes fog) you’ll find me out in the streets, in the woods, or on the coast walking my dogs trying to take advantage of the beautiful place I’m lucky enough to call my home.

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If I’m not out hiking or taking photographs you can often find using my spare time to practice yoga. In 2019 I decided I wanted to take up yoga to help be better aligned with my body because it turns out wedding days are long and hard on your body! Even though I was traveling a ton for work I still found time to practice at a local studio when I could. Along came the pandemic at the beginning of 2020 and I now spend my spare moments practicing yoga in a tiny corner of my home, and on some days, the pups even join me. Pottery is also a little-known hobby of mine and I often dream of having my own wheel and kiln one day so I can just lose time making fun things for the people I love. As you can probably tell from most of my interests I’m an introvert, but I do enjoy spending time with my people and I do really love my job as a photographer.

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