I grew up in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Northern California to attend Sonoma State University, where I earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies. I currently work at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) as a Research Integrity and Policy Manager where I manage investigations of research misconduct cases and other areas of integrity and security in scientific research.
When my twins were born in 2004 I went from working at UCSF to being a stay-at-home mom. I had always enjoyed photography but the twins inspired me to take more photos. All I had was a little digital Canon point-and-shoot camera. One day I went swimming and forgot I had tucked the camera in my bathing suit bottoms and it was ruined. This was a turning point because I decided it was the perfect time to invest in my first Canon SLR. Two years later, I had an official photography business.
At the core of everything is family. My husband, Chad, who also assists me at many of my photo shoots, is the most thoughtful person I know. Having him by my side through the ups and downs of life is such a blessing. I have twin girls who just graduated high school and a stepson in middle school. I love my eternal family!
My favorite things...
Spending time with my family and friends, being active each day at the gym, movies, sushi, Huntington Beach, Santa Cruz beaches, architecture, shopping, pretty jewelry, dark chocolate, ice cream, music concerts (love Coldplay), museums, traveling, & Disneyland, As a follower of Christ, I enjoy serving my church and community.
Community Service ...
With the COVID-19 shelter-at-home order in 2020 I wanted to do something meaningful for my community in Vacaville, CA. I read online about a photographer in Needham, Massachusetts who started the Front Steps Project. I was instantly in love with the idea, so the very next day I contacted people to see if they were interested in having a free family portrait taken of them in front of their house. I had a goal of photographing 100 families and I accomplished this by photographing 1-4 families each day. The project started on March 27, 2020 and ended with my 100th family on May 9, 2020. This project brought me so much joy as I got to visit with friends and meet lots of new people who live where I live. Fast forward two years later, I continue to enjoy the friendships I made through this project.
Read article published in the Daily Republic, April 29, 2020: https://www.dailyrepublic.com/all-dr-news/solano-news/vacaville/vacaville-photographer-offers-snapshots-in-time-with-front-steps-project/
I truly appreciate all who have supported me,
especially my family and friends.
I thank all my clients, especially those who
have stuck with me for many years.
Thank you for visiting!