The key to getting the type of image that I strive for lies in creating a relaxed dynamic where people feel free to play and be themselves. A shoot with me feels like you’re hanging out with a good friend.
While I may suggest a pose or two, I lean on capturing things as they unfold naturally, with lots of candid images. Unscripted moments are best. Often times people don't realize I'm there (I put on my Harry Potter invisibility cloak) Other times I'll step in and gently guide you.
My photography combines photojournalism with environmental portraiture. I love incorporating place and location into my images. It makes for distinctive images that reflect the light, the mood, and the sentiment of your unique day.
I'm your gal if...
You’re getting married under an oak tree, in mist so thick it collects like rain (it happened!) And while there was no saving the mascara, it didn’t matter.
You’ve put thought into it all, but the most important thing is celebrating your love and bringing together your community to have a wonderful time.
You can’t wait to see your grandma dancing with your best friend.
You’re getting married in the Austrian Alps in lederhosen.
When I'm not working as photographer, I'm...
Directing and producing a short film about my mamma, who started a second career in her 60's working as an extra in film and tv. She’s been everything from an alien nun in a Marilyn Manson video to a distinguished wedding guest in Glee; find out more here.
Experimenting with fermentation...kefir, pickles, sauerkraut. My ancestors are from eastern Europe, which could explain this.
Reading too many books at a time: the most recent rotation includes: Slouching Towards Bethlehem, by Joan Didion; Your Art Will Save Your Life, By Beth Pickens; Hold Still, by Sally Mann; The Hidden Life of Trees, by Peter Wohlleben.
Helping my bestie from college make wine in the south of France; ok maybe I’m drinking her wine and only sort of helping. I'm also eating lots of cheese.
Playing salon hostess à la Gertrude Stein, except I also cook. I love hosting musical gatherings - most recently John Brothers Piano Company: they’d be amazing at your wedding!
I studied comparative literature at UC Berkeley. Post college I moved to Paris and worked in a photo lab and a Vietnamese restaurant. I assisted some fashion photographers and realized that wasn't for me; I am most inspired by real people and their stories.
When I was first getting into photography (almost 20 years ago!) I remember seeing a Nan Goldin retrospective. I was floored. Her work was so honest and intimate. There are many seeds of what I’m drawn to in art and photography that I can trace back to how I felt at that exhibit.
I've worked as a photographer for 14 years throughout the bay area and southern California. I've been lucky to have my work bring me to Austria, France, Mexico, Hawaii, and Thailand. Where will you take me? :)