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 production.
Since then, I have become a mother of two and not surprisingly, my subject has changed from obscure landscapes to people. 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 personality.
If this is the style in which you want to capture you and your family, contact me to schedule your session.