[EST. 1988] Los Angeles, California
I was born in Los Angeles, California in the 80’s. I loved everything about growing up in California when California was amazing. Today, when I visit I still find myself reminiscing about those long summer days, but ultimately I find the state to be almost unrecognizable. I truly believed that I was living the dream, and looking back, the time I spent there shaped me into the person that I am today. I have two brothers, a Mom and a Dad. My grandparents played a huge role in my upbringing, they were travelers which has rubbed off on me tremendously. I am an adventurer with the ambition to see the world, all parts of it. I currently live in Arizona, but I maintain a client base that brings me back to Idaho, California and Maine several times a year for weddings, and family photography.
I had my first baby in the summer of 2007, this was by far the beginning of my grandest adventure. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was set out to have as many babies as the lord would bless me with. After struggling with secondary infertility for 4 years, it wasn’t until 2011 that we welcomed our second daughter and that is when my photography business was born. Today, my husband and I have 7 children, we had 5 and then a pair of identical twin boys (for the twin mamas out there, they were di/d twins, but still identical)
Our twins came with challenges from the beginning, all very much worth it and one learning experience right after the other no doubt. The twins were born at 32 weeks because one boy (Baby A) had a very slow heartbeat and low fetal movement, this is a story for another time – but I was rushed to the hospital and underwent a grade 1 crash c-section, in the nursing world – this is called a splash and slash – full anesthesia – the works. They spent 38 days in the NICU, an experience that taught me more than I could have ever known. But you know what they say – you don’t know what you don’t know. After they came home from the hospital, we noticed that they were very different and that is when we found out that they are albino, you see people like them as characters in movies like The Matrix, The Greatest Showman – with a lack of melanin, they are very fair and have visual impairment.
I have been a photographer for 10 years, and throughout that time, I have serviced clients in several different states giving me all kinds of backgrounds, elements and lighting styles. I truly believe that traveling has made me the artist I am today. I love meeting new people, I love the challenges that come with events and working in unfamiliar places because that is where my creativity thrives. My favorite type of photography believe it or not are Fresh 48 newborn sessions.
These are taken just after a baby’s birth – documenting those brand new baby features just makes my heart so happy and I enjoy the documentary style of photography because it isn’t forced yet the love radiates through the images. When I realized the impacts of the pandemic, I knew that I needed to make changes to my business because Fresh 48 sessions were not taking place because most of the hospitals were not allowing visitors, so I shifted my focus to the basics, to pandemic-proof my business, and started taking a lot of weddings which I have fallen in love with all over again. Weddings are what I started with all those years ago, and are what helped me through the pandemic ultimately because I am one of those people that needs to continue moving forward to stay sane and when the world stopped I needed to find a way through it, so I chose love and celebrations.