At the age of 14, I convinced my parents to convert a little-used closet in their basement into a darkroom. There began a lifelong love of photography–a pursuit that would, unbeknownst to anyone, shape my future.
I love my work because I have a passion for people and the beauty in the world around us. I approach each session with the goal of creating an experience that is relaxed & personal and includes a sense of humor. It’s my great privilege to be trusted with capturing your images and memories.
By using natural light and following your cues, I am able to create portraits that are candid and beautiful, yet classic. I will photograph you where you are most comfortable…whether that is in your own home or garden, in my home studio, or at one of the many stunning outdoor locations that surround us. And I embrace the challenge of overcoming a client’s apprehension of being photographed.
The Bay Area has been my home for over 20 years. My career path includes a business & marketing background, photography training, and experience working with children. I’ve been continuously involved making connections with children-–first through developing children’s software, then by founding a children’s art studio, and now by photographing people and places. My husband, Sam, and I live in Marin with our two children, and I donate regularly to community schools and charities.
My work includes family portraits, high school seniors, professional headshots, and commercial/web photography.
About Your Session
Sessions are about one hour in length. As we get acquainted, I will briefly evaluate the lighting conditions and determine the best locations for our photos. I make sure to provide time to connect with your children before we begin shooting and keep the session lively and engaging.
- You will receive a set of proofs via an online gallery for review within 7 days of our session. You’ll have 10 days to review your proofs before making final decisions. I am happy to meet with you in person or set a phone appointment to help you with your decisions.
- If you have any of your own ideas you’d like to share with me or incorporate, please let me know in advance. The most important thing to me is that you are happy with our results!
- Plan to get a good night’s sleep the night before your session, and have a healthy snack.
- Be sure to try on clothes in advance, and feel free to bring more than one option.
Clients often ask me what to wear. I’m happy to discuss wardrobe choices personally with you, but as a basic guide:
- Solid color clothing with simple collars and without logos or busy patterns is best. This will allow your expressions to be the focus of our photographs. V-neck or scoop necklines are most flattering for women. Make sure clothes are comfortable so that you will be relaxed.
- In a group photo, it’s good to have some relationship between what you are all wearing, but you don’t need to all match.
- Color and texture can make portraits interesting— as long as they all work together. Wear colors that complement one another and flatter you and your family/group.