New Ventures

October 14, 2015

If you’ve read my About Me, you know that my love of photography did not start with people. It was completely and totally about capturing the world around me. I was amazed and fascinated that I could make the world stand still. The amount of money my parents’ spent developing rolls of film with pictures of my dolls, our toothbrush holders, landscapes (and I was no Ansel Adams)… okay, I had to help pay too, but still.

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But what you see here, when I get around to blogging (oops), is mostly people. In fact, it’s mostly babies and toddlers. I love working with people, with families, I love freezing time with a laugh, a scowl, a funny face, or pure wonder (what the heck is that crazy lady holding?!). Only, I never stopped taking pictures of the every day. I never stopped with the dolls, the toothbrush holders, the landscapes (that’s a lie, I haven’t taken a picture of toothbrush holders since those cute bears that hung on the wall in our bathroom in 1994). The point is, I don’t share a lot of what I capture.

And now I’m trying to change that.

I quietly ventured into selling my work years ago when I was fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and just as quietly let it slip away. Recently, I’ve gotten the urge to branch out again, stretch my creative limits, and offer some of my non-people work for sale.

I’m starting with Etsy, but I have some other ideas in mind.

Please have a look around, stay for awhile, share my shop, buy some Christmas cards, and let me know what you are looking for in prints and products. I would love to hear your ideas and how I can add some beauty and perspective to your space and life.

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Three weeks and three days after Hayden made his appearance into the world and our family “tribe,” I finally got to meet the precious little man. John and Rachel, your little guy is simply perfect and I can’t wait to watch him grow with you. Shannon, take care of that handsome little brother of yours… he’s so lucky to have such an awesome big sister! Here’s a sneak peek from our session last weekend.

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Brother and Sister

“You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.”
-Winston Churchill

I don’t remember the first time I heard this quote, but I know that it has stayed with me since that moment. My best friend started a team to walk for lupus. When I walk with him at the end of April, I want him to know that he is not walking alone.

I believe in the power of community. I believe that when people come together, we can accomplish the impossible. In the last few weeks, we’ve seen the world come together to support New Zealand and now Japan. We’ve watched the world wait and pray and donate to assist those that were affected personally by the earthquakes and tsunamis.

Imagine if we came together that way always.

We all have causes we care about: homelessness, poverty, cancer, slavery, the environment, life… the list goes on and on and on. They all matter; and I’m asking that you put lupus on your list. Please. In the spirit of giving, I have something to give you in return. For your support, dedication, and donation, you will receive your session at a deeply discounted rate. You will find all of the details below and you can contact me if you have any questions.

Click the flyer below to see it larger. Share the link to this blog post. Donate. Raise awareness. Learn more. For whatever you can do, thank you. I appreciate it.

Walk for Lupus Fundraiser

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.
-George Eliot

Birthday Week

February 5, 2011

My boss’ family celebrated a birthday week this week. Her really adorable daughter, you know the one, turned three earlier this week. She’s such a funny, awesome little girl. Just a few days before her birthday, my boss had another adorable daughter. She is such a good, sweet little baby.

The pearls were her great-grandma’s pearls and you’ll see a rosary in an upcoming sneak peak that was great-grandma’s as well. This sweet little one is named for great-grandma and it was wonderful being able to incorporate that into the session.

I had so much fun visiting with them and meeting the new little one. Can’t wait to see you all again! Here’s a little sneak peek.

Newborn & Three Years

A Little Princess

January 26, 2011

It was really such a joy to get to meet and photograph this little princess and her family. I’ve known her dad and grandparents since I was a little girl and to be able to capture such a beautiful moment in their lives was truly an honor. This gorgeous little princess and her awesomely handsome big brother are some lucky kids.

I love you all! Congratulations again on your sweet girl!

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Welcoming Kylee

January 24, 2011

This weekend, I flew to the Sacramento area to meet and photograph our family friend’s newest addition. I was so excited to see the family – it had been so long! Kylee was seven days new and so beautiful. She hated losing her clothes, but was a little angel all swaddled up. I can’t wait to finish going through the pictures. Here’s a sneak peek – big brother was such a trooper and so proud of his baby sister.

“Isn’t she the cutest?” Yes she is!

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Celebrating Every Day

December 30, 2010

While I was visiting my family for Christmas, I had the opportunity to meet the family my sister nannies for – what a joy they are! The little boy is full of spunk and light. The little girl is sugar, spice, and every thing nice – she was so sweet. The baby girl was just precious and such a good baby. She loved being all warm and cozy in that basket. To the parents, thank you for being so kind and welcoming. Your family is truly beautiful. Have a very happy New Year!

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I had a great time catching up with The Little Miss and her beautiful mama over the Christmas weekend. She’s grown SO much since our Christmas Eve morning session last year… as to be expected. She was far more talkative this time and I loved hearing her little voice. She wasn’t particularly thrilled with us for asking her to smile and be her cute little self so early in the morning when it was 45 degrees outside, but she perked up after a visit with my parents’ puppy and a trip to the park. As it turns out, not all things change – she still loves to swing! She’s also turned into quite the little climber. She’s seriously precious. Thank you so much for a wonderful morning. See you again soon!

 

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Summer Lingers Still…

August 26, 2010

I have chosen summer over blogging as it seems… long days of sunshine (finally!), movement, late nights with friends, laughter, and delicious food (best creation thus far? Brie spread over a baguette and topped with fresh blackberries… mmmm…).

Summer Lingers

“August creates as she slumbers, replete and satisfied.” ~Joseph Wood Krutch


A Summer Strawberry

“In August, the large masses of berries, which, when in flower, had attracted many wild bees, gradually assumed their bright velvety crimson hue, and by their weight again bent down and broke their tender limbs.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Back in March, Abby & James came down to San Diego for our friend Lindsay’s dance performance and we decided to take some engagement pictures too. Abby and I go waaaaaay back to middle school. We went to school together and practically lived together at the dance studio. It was a delightful time. She is one of my very best friends and I was so honored to be present back in September on the day James asked her to marry him. I’m also so thankful (and cannot wait) to be in their wedding next June (53 weeks!) at the Conejo Players’ Theatre. James is awesome and I’m so happy for these two. There are so many good times to come! Here’s a glimpse at their amazing love and hilarious personalities. Once again, I had a ton time narrowing it down! I’m going to have to come up with a new method. Haha. They’ve already seen the pictures, but I’m excited to share them with the rest of you.

Engagement Portraits in San Diego... from Ocean Beach to Point Loma, Abby and James show their love