2016-sanfranME2Welcome! I am a portrait artist specializing in motherhood, children and families.  I am a SoCal girl now living in the Arizona desert.  As I’m sure you realize, I love photographs. I love looking at them and taking them.  I am seduced by the stories they tell and the questions they leave behind. I love the feelings they give, the intimacy they portray, the lighting, the mood and the shadows.  I am also a lover of words, interesting, beautiful, strong, simple, eloquent and poetic words.  I love reading and may or may not have have been known to read the dictionary for pleasure.

I am a romantic at heart. A lover of poetry and period films.  I don’t generally watch TV but admit to have binge watched Downton Abbey while sipping hot tea and my current indulgence is Poldark.   I love traveling and discovering new places.  I’m always up for road trips where I look forward to coffee and conversation with my husband and the opportunity for my kids to to experience life without wifi, daydreaming, cloud shape finding, watching the sunset behind the rolling hills and being inspired to connect with their thoughts and their creator.

Being from sunny southern Cal I’ve long fancied the ocean, it’s roaring waves, gentle breezes and warm sand but more recently the mountains have been calling.  The forest allures me with it’s silence and tranquility.  I’ve embraced minimalism and simple living.  I love meditating on God’s word and creation and experiencing His hand in my life. I look for beauty and joy in everyday moments and my life has been made richer by my four children and my marriage to my best friend.

I’ve been photographing for nearly ten years.  I’ve met many amazing families along the way and have had the honor to watch families grow up and in size.  I’ve also had the privilege of appearing on the popular Arizona morning show 3 TV’s Your Life A to Z!  to feature some of my work as one of Arizona’s premiere family and child photographers.  Things were going very well but suddenly my life changed.

In 2008 my world turned upside down when I learned my baby would be born with a severe heart defect requiring multiple open heart surgeries.  She is now 8 years old and has endured four open heart surgeries.  Nothing teaches you to appreciate life, be truly present in the moment, cherish every smile, every embrace and every breath more than fearing it could be the last.  During this time my husband was also diagnosed with cancer and my dear father suffered a major debilitating stroke.  Due the storms we faced as a family there have been lapses of time in my work where I just had to withdraw from the world to heal my broken heart but as true love does, photography has always lead me back.

In life we have many hopes and dreams but nothing is guaranteed. Today is a gift. We must treasure today, this perfect ordinary day, before it is gone. My wish is to capture meaningful moments and connections of the irreplaceable people in your life.  My life lessons have fueled my desire to work with families who recognize the importance of preserving their most cherished memories with timeless portraits.  I come to each new session with an open mind, full heart and fresh eyes excited to meet you and document the beauty that is your life through it’s ever fleeting seasons.

With my youngest now in kinder and my oldest in high school I realize now, that the days are long but the years are short.  Let’s connect and collect beautiful moments.