How did I get here?
Growing up, I was surrounded by artists and
engineers. So, it’s not surprising that my
passion would ultimately turn to something
both technical and artistic. I graduated from
college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering
and immediately went off to work in California for
the Space Shuttle program. It was an amazing
experience to put to use all that I had learned
from my degree.
Yet, during my time spent in California, my lifelong
love of photography continued to grow. I can
say ‘lifelong’ since I’ve owned a camera for as long
as I can remember and have always been the one
to record every important (and not so important)
event in my life, along with my family and friends.
This love of record keeping, along with my natural
tendency to record it artistically, eventually led to
my first SLR camera 11 years ago when I was
introduced to backpacking by my Californian friends.
We would go to some of the most remote locations
in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and I guess I felt a
40 lb backpack wasn’t heavy enough. So, I added
another 10 lbs of camera equipment to make it
more challenging to hike 15 miles. I cannot describe
how beautiful the landscape was during our trips.
I guess I feel the words I lack are somehow expressed
through my photos. Hence, my obsession with nature
photography was born. I bought every type of lens,
filter, and film (remember film?) I could get my hands
on. I experimented with color, B&W and slide film.
When that wasn’t enough, I took courses at the local
college where I learned more about composition,
darkroom techniques and eventually digital
Since then, I have become a mother of two and
not surprisingly, my subject has changed from
obscure landscapes to children and families.
I love capturing moments that are real. Yes, I
will occasionally say, “Hi, over here. Can you
smile?” However, mostly I like to get candid
shots since they can truly record a person’s
If this is the style in which you want to capture
you and your family, contact me to schedule