Jeff + Meghan, Engagement Session, Phoenix, AZ


Hello and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.  I’m sooo stoked about 2016.  I started my photography business last year, and I’m so excited to seen how it’s going to grow and develop in 2016!  One of my business New Year’s resolutions is to blog more, because, let’s face it, this once every three months schedule that I’m currently doing is just NO BUENO. Being too busy to NOT post regularly is just not a good excuse. So, starting this week, I’m going to start blogging once a week.  THERE YOU GO -- I’ve just announced on the Internet, so it’s official, and now I have to keep to my promise.

(In case you were wondering, my other New Year's Resolutions are to:

--Learn how to parallel park LIKE A BOSS.
--Learn the lyrics to one rap song, so I can karaoke it LIKE A BOSS.)

I have been busy these past few months shooting a bunch of great sessions, which I’m so excited to show you! This particular one is one my all-time faves. Jeff and Meghan originally hail from Iowa, and moved to Phoenix a year or two ago. They are going to get married in Iowa later this year, but they wanted engagement photos that reflected the new desert environment that they have migrated to.  

I pretty much love all of my clients, but I especially enjoyed hanging out with Jeff and Meghan.  They are my version of DREAM clients – they were so friendly and funny, and very chill – they had no problem carpooling with me (a stranger!) all the way out to Apache Junction (30 minutes!) in unexpected traffic (make that 45 minutes!) for their session. I know they were nervous about doing the shoot, but they didn’t need to be, because they were so easy to photograph. They needed very little instruction. I would just say “stand over there and talk to each other, maybe hug and kiss” and all I had to do was stand back and watch their magic unfold. They are so adorable together- they enjoy making each other laugh, and have no problem with showing their love for each other. I could tell that they truly enjoy each other’s company :) I ended up with some beautiful shots from their session, many of which I posted below.

Jeff and Meghan, congratulations on your engagement.  Let’s grab that drink together soon so we can hang out some more!






Hello all!  It's been too long since my last blog post (over 3 months).  I've been REALLY busy since then -- traveling, attending photography workshops, and trying to keep up with my work load. Things have slowed down a little around here, so I thought I'd better take advantage of this lull in my schedule and update the blog with a new(ish) Day In The Life session. 

The Rosauros are great friends of mine. I was particularly excited to photograph their session, because I've known Candace for several years, and even helped throw her baby shower when she was pregnant with little Ronin. I shot their session on a typical Friday, which, for this family, consisted of visiting the zoo, shopping at Costco, and hitting up a food truck festival in downtown Gilbert.  Check out the video below for highlights of the session!



Techie Note:  The video below is in Standard Def (SD). Click on the following link if you prefer High Def (HD):



A couple of weeks ago, I posted my first documentary portrait session, of an adorable little girl named Charlotte. I was really happy with the way the images I captured that day, so you can imagine how much I looked forward to photographing a full Day In The Life session with the rest of her family.

The Morales family opted to have me photograph their session on a week day, so only Charlotte and her mother Cassie were there when I arrived first thing on Friday morning because the rest of the family was already at school/work. However, the house didn't stay empty for long. Throughout the day, a steady stream of friends and family came to visit. Throughout the morning I photographed Charlotte while she jumped on a trampoline, pretended to cook meals, and played with Play-Doh with all of her visitors. Charlotte's two older sisters and dad came home late in the afternoon, and the Morales family spent the rest of the evening playing on the trampoline (I've never see a trampoline get so much play in my life!), sharing pizza, and challenging each other to Wii dance offs.  

As expected, I captured some amazing images of the Morales family that day.  You can see their Day In The Life session in the video below.  

As always, thanks for stopping by!



Techie Note:  The video below is in Standard Def (SD). If you (like my husband) prefer the clarity of High Def (HD) because SD makes you "feel like you need to update your eyeglass prescription,"  then click on the following link:




A few months back I did a session that completely changed my perception of what portrait photos must look like. The shoot was for a little 2-year old girl named Charlotte.  Charlotte's mom, Cassie, is my hairstylist, and she's been pimpin' myself and my husband out for YEARS. She's the one who convinced me --- an Asian with black hair! --- to dye my hair blonde! If you are looking for a new stylist I encourage you to stop in at Salon Jo-El in Phoenix, Arizona and schedule an appointment with her pronto.

Cassie and I coordinated a photo shoot at a local park. When I met Charlotte on the day of the shoot, I exclaimed, "wow, she is so adorable!" I gushed over how beautiful she is (those eyes! that hair! those ruddy cheeks!) and thought, this shoot is gonna be easy! I'm gonna get awesome shots!  So, I set down a blanket, and told Cassie to plunk her down on it so I can get cute photos of her smiling at the camera.  Great plan, right? I thought so too. And most of the time, kids generally do just that. Charlotte, however.....well, she had other ideas. All Charlotte wanted to do was PLAY.  

I spent the next hour chasing her around, trying to get just ONE shot of her holding still and looking at the camera. For the entire session, I worried that I wasn't getting THE SHOT- that one, framable portrait shot that Cassie could hang in her hallway, the one that everyone sees and says, "wow, that's a great picture of Charlotte!"

When I went home that night, I was nervous about looking at the photos.  And, sure enough, I was right--I only got one good traditional formal portrait of Charlotte, and to be honest, it wasn't the best one:



But here's the thing.  Going through my photos, I realized that what I did get were some amazing photos of Charlotte racing around, rolling around on the grass, laughing, playing, and just being her little 2-year old self. My favorite images are the ones that I caught between the times I was trying to get THE SHOT:


I realized something that day. Going through the photos, I realized that I did, in fact, take formal portraits of Charlotte-- they were just different from traditional portrait shots. Because Charlotte never stopped moving, I had to stop trying to get the perfectly poised portrait shot that I thought other people expected. I was forced to shoot photos in the best way that I could at the time, using my signature documentary style. Sure, in my version, she isn't posing nicely in front of the camera.  Sure, in my version, she was laying on her stomach. She ripped the bow out of her hair, was covered in grass, and had messy tangled hair.  But you know what? They are still a beautiful shots, and they really capture Charlotte's independent, free spirit.

I recently visited Cassie's house and I'm happy to say that she loved them! She has already framed a bunch of the photos from our session and has hung them proudly on her living room wall :)

I photographed a Day In The Life session with Cassie's family recently.  I hope you check in so you can see more photos of the beautiful, sassy Charlotte, and of the rest of Cassie's amazing family!





What Are Little Boys Made Of (Made Of)?

I photographed a Day In The Life session with the Feiler family that kept me on my toes! The Feiler kids are typical boys: they race their toy cars, they shoot each other in the face with their toy guns, they wrestle with their new Labrador puppy, and they pee in the yard :) I spent the day documenting a typical Feiler Saturday, which meant a whole day of running around and cheering as the boys played in THREE separate soccer and/or football games. I was exhausted by the end of the day, but went home with a smile on my face, because I had a lot of fun. A big thank you to the Feilers for allowing me into your home to capture moments with your sweet family!



Meet Cora and Maverick

This past December my friend Teresa, who was pregnant at the time, asked if I would photograph her newborns when they arrived. This was a big deal for me, because not only was it was going to be my first newborn session, it was for twins--Teresa and her husband Vic were expecting a baby boy AND girl! I was, of course, super excited to do the shoot, but also very, very nervous, because I DID NOT want to f*  it up.

Nowadays it seems that parents prefer newborn portraits in the style of Anne Geddes (if you aren't familiar with Anne Geddes then I encourage you to check her out here -- she's an absolute genius when it comes to baby photography). This style of studio photography involves a lot of props and lighting, and then wrangling of babies so they fit in various baskets/buckets/boxes. While I absolutely love this kind of portrait work, I personally lean towards a more documentary style of photography.  I explained to Teresa and Vic that I wanted to approach their session as I do during a Day-In-The-Life session.  I wanted to capture them taking care of the babies as they do on a daily basis: feeding them, rocking them, putting them to sleep, etc. Luckily Teresa and Vic were really happy with this approach, so that put my mind at ease, and all I had to do was wait for the twins to be born. 

On the day of the shoot, I expected to arrive to a chaotic household. Teresa and Vic are, after all, first-time parents, to not just one baby, but twins. I know they were very busy with round-the-clock feedings, diaper changes, baths, etc. However, when Teresa opened the door for me, two things struck me: how amazing Teresa looked after just giving birth to twins (!!), and how quiet the house was. It was so calm and peaceful. The general atmosphere set the tone for the the shoot. Over the next couple of hours, I quietly documented this little family as they settled into their new roles of mom and dad, and daughter and son.

Cora and Maverick showed up a little earlier than planned, so my newborn session was actually more of a preemie session. I'm going back to photograph the twins as newborns after they've had some time to grow. I hope you check in with me in a couple of weeks to see how they are doing!



Kienle Day In The Life

Last month I did a "Day In The Life Session" with the wonderful Kienle family. For those of you who aren't familiar with "Day In The Life" sessions, I follow a family for a day and document their daily routine: waking up, eating meals, playing with toys, etc.  Childhood is fleeting, and my goal during these sessions is to photograph and memorialize this precious time of life before it's gone. 

The Kienle family whole-heartedly embraced the concept behind Day In The Life sessions, and allowed me complete access to their entire day. As a result, I captured the most beautiful images of their daughter Olivia cuddling with mom Kelly and dad Alex in the wee hours of the morning, of baby Vivian practicing tummy time with Kelly, of shopping for toys, sneaking treats to the family dog, giggles at bath time, and sweet bedtime kisses.

I put together a video with some of my favorite images.  I hope, after you watch the video, that you will see that even though you may feel that your day to day life is boring, in reality it's actually filled with really beautiful moments.

Welcome To The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life

Hello! Welcome to my blog! Wow, I'm so excited--this is my first blog post EVER! I'm really looking forward to using this blog to show you my recent photography work, and also as a chance for us to get to know each other. 

My "About" page on my website is currently non existent (I'm dreading having to post the mandatory "selfie" photo), so I should probably tell you a little about myself.  I'm a recent environmental-engineer-turned-photographer. I studied engineering in college, and I worked as a project manager for an environmental consultant company for 11 years.  I was always proud of my job, but, truthfully, I never really enjoyed it.  So, with my husband's blessing, I quit my job last fall and began studying photography--and when I say "studying" I really mean "working my butt off." 

I have spent endless hours shooting with my Nikon, taking photography classes at the local community college, studying the work of other photographers, etc. I also mentored under some incredible photographers, and I traveled several times to California just so I had a chance to shoot on-location with them. I've basically been hustling and doing whatever I could to get to "today."

For me, "today" marks the first day of the rest of my life, because I officially launched my website yesterday, which was like opening my doors for business. I'm not gonna lie, it was a scary thing to let everyone know you have a website, and then invite them all to view and (eek!) critique your work. I know that I still have a lot to learn both professionally and creatively,  but I'm also really excited to start this new life as a photographer, as an artist, as a business owner. But mostly, though, I'm really happy to just have reached "today." :)

 I hope you join me on my new journey, and check in regularly to see my work.  Please always feel free to say drop a line and say hi, I would love to hear from all of you!