Eaton Canyon Photo Hike

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It's heartwarming to find like-minded people, especially in an industry that can be quite competitive. I recently embarked on an outdoor adventure with new photographer friends. Jamie, Jillian, Tara and I hiked into the hills of Pasadena's Eaton Canyon with our cameras in tow, learning from each other along the way. Some of us wanted to get in front of the camera more, so we could see how our own clients feel and learn how to help make them more comfortable in a sometimes uncomfortable situation. Some of us learned tricks on how to make our clients laugh more in front of the camera. We shared our knowledge and experiences and we all gained valuable insight. We don't have typical "co-workers" because of the profession we chose, so I believe the new camaraderie was just what we all needed. All of these women are incredibly talented at what they do and I can't wait to continue learning from them and collaborating with them!

Catch The Sun // Wright Ranch, Malibu, CA

I had the honor of volunteering as a photographer for a great cause recently. Catch The Sun is an event started by Colby Devitt, which gives homeless children a chance to explore and have fun in nature, and end the day by watching the sun set, something which many of them have never experienced before. The day also included drumming, singing, dancing, drawing, poetry and more. The grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, and his wife, graciously donated The Wright Ranch in Malibu for Colby's event; the kids truly had a blast wandering the beautiful property, taking in the gorgeous views and playing in the lagoon. I have no doubt this day touched the lives of these kids who might not have ever had the chance to experience it otherwise. As is usually the case in taking part in these kinds of events, I felt overwhelmingly moved and inspired, and was reminded why I love to photograph children in all their wonder. It was a great event, for a great cause, and I hope to take part in the next one!

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Family Vacation in Chicago / And getting back to basics...

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I have some behind the scenes chatter to share with you all. I am brewing up a comeback of sorts. Or perhaps a “starting over,” or,  more appropriately, “starting anew” -- it has been a dream to pursue family photography as a real thing/business/venture, and that’s where the pieces are finally starting to fall into place. Instead of having everything all neat and tidy, like a new business name and a fancy website, etc, I have decided to take the plunge and just start DOING it. It’s the philosophy I follow anyways with my photography-- no need for things to be perfectly wrapped up, perfectly presented, because that isn’t really everyday life anyways, is it? Life is messy sometimes, and not perfectly put together, but it is, more often than not, beautiful nonetheless. And it’s always something we want to remember. So here I am, announcing that I’M FOR HIRE! If you enjoy the way I photograph families, children or couples, and you would like to get more information about setting up a shoot, please reach out to me so we can talk details! And do tell your friends, spread the love!

Also! I’m trying to come up with a new business name that speaks to my style of photography, how life is not always perfectly put together but the memories are what’s important. Throughout my childhood, whenever my family came together for a celebration or just to hang out, inevitably my Mom would pull out shoeboxes full of old photographs and we would reminisce and laugh-- we still do it to this day. My vision is that everyone gets the chance to sit around with family and friends to cherish their memories caught in time. Shoebox Photography was my original idea, but it seems it’s already taken by another business. I’d still like my business name to be something that uses the same notion, however. I’d love to hear if any of you have ideas for me on this re-branding! See you soon!