Thank you for stopping by! I want to take a moment to tell you a little more about me and my photography work.
I Love Doing
I come from a family of people who can not sit still. We get antsy fast. We need to be doing, learning, discovering & growing. One of my favorite quotes of all time is from Pablo Picasso which explains it perfectly.
“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.” ~ Pablo Picasso
Whenever I get stuck, I just keep going, keep doing, keep working. There is always light at the end of the tunnel!
Where I Began
Once upon a time…. I started in the image making business on the other side of the camera, as a model and actress. I did much better as a commercial actress than a model and I have a few nationals under my belt and I am SAG;). So I began doing makeup for other actresses and models on the side and then started working in the fashion world. During this time I also became a manicurist. There were so few free-lance manicurists at that time that I quickly rose to the top in that arena, working for every top magazine you can think of, on exotic locations around the world. That was years ago.
It was around that time that I began shooting models for my own make up portfolio. I did the hair, make up, manicure, styling… and then I shot it too! That was in the early 90’s in New York. I had a Nikon F3 35mm film camera with a 5mm 1.2 lens. I still use it sometimes for my boy Pierce:).
Pierce at Lake Balboa Park CA 2016. ~ Nikon F3, 50mm 1.2 Kodak Portra 400
Doing hours of make up for fashion photographers, never got me a great beauty shot. That inspired me to take my own beauty shots! Real tight shots of eyes and faces. The first think I learned when I shot for myself for the first time, was that I wanted the make up very clean and natural. I was doing all this crazy make up for the other photographers but I wanted clean, real, natural make up which as it turns out is the most difficult. Skin perfection! That’s really all I want! Even now.
Investing in Me
I came to photography with a wonderfully innate sense of posing, having been a model and actress. Even so, I have taken plenty of posing classes at this point in my career. Actually, I continually take classes each and every year to learn more about every aspect of photography, art, retouching, video production and more. I continually invest time and money in my craft. I love learning!
I have learned and worked on so many kinds of productions. From products and image stacking jewelry, to nature macro fine art, to pixel by pixel beauty retouching to head swapping and body shaping, color rotation, fashion, kids, lifestyle, stock photography, to births, weddings, families, and even a funeral! Whew! I have learned to do it all.
I have found a favorite. Lifestyle. Be it a wedding or portrait or catalog in a studio. I love photographing people looking happy.
Cannon. I shoot with a beautiful new Canon Mark IV body. I also use a variety of monthly subscription software programs. Here is a list which may be easier to digest!
- Canon MarkIV body
- Canon Mark II bodies x2
- Canon 600 EX-RT Speed lights x2
- Canon L series 50mm 1.2
- Canon L series 70-200mm 2.8
- Canon L series 16-35mm 2.8
- Cannon L series 100mm macro 2.8
- Sandisk cards
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom CC
- In Design CC
- Wacom Tablet
- Alien Bees lights
- Photek Softlighters
- Impact Studio light modifiers
- Mathews c-stands, apple boxes, light stands
- Manfroto tripods
- Animoto video software
- iMovie video software
- Fundy Designer
- PhotoFolio website
- Instaproof gallery
- WordPress blog
- Two Bright Lights
I’m sure there is more that I am not thinking of off the top of my head. When I think of it, I’ll let you know!
Bringing it home!
I meet you with all these years of knowledge and experience & I sincerely hope our paths do cross one day and we can make memories …. together.