About Me and My Process
My photographic journey began with taking portraits of friends in high school using a disposable film camera. Eventually, I learned how to use a fully manual film camera, and with the encouragement of my girlfriend at the time, I saved up income from my job and bought my first digital Canon camera.
In college, I studied sociology and psychology until I took a course on the history of modern art. That class changed everything for me, and I learned how art could tap into the subconscious and help people perceive the world and themselves in new ways. I realized the ways that art can communicate feelings and nuance beyond the range of language, and change the way people see the world. It was truly psychology in action.
From there, I switched majors and graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in studio arts. After that, I practiced my craft by interning at commercial studios, learning from mentors in photography, and shooting everywhere from food-truck kitchens to Malibu weddings. I have had the privilege to teach and show my work in Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo, and I currently volunteer teaching photography to high school students.
Outside of photography, I am passionate about making pottery, cooking, and my Australian Shepherds. (I’m also learning to play music, but lets just say I’m a long way from Carnegie Hall)
MY PHILOSOPHY & PROCESS
Photography can be an incredible way to express and explore your personality, and I love being able to use my skills and experience to help women create amazing photographs. I know how nerve-wracking it can be— I’ve done boudoir sessions for myself and for a while worked as a figure model for an art school— and I also know how powerful and empowering it can be to see yourself in a new way. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard from clients “Oh my god, I had no idea I could look like that,” or “Wow, is that really me?!” Of course, I’ve been doing photography for a long time, but that isn’t what makes the photographs special. The real secret lies in how I go about the photo session, with an attitude of collaboration and improvisation. Here’s what I mean by that:
My process is collaborative: I believe that the most beautiful and sensual boudoir sessions happen when the subject feels relaxed and confident, with everything else guided by that. As much as I bring my photographic talents, you’ll be bringing your style and personality. When pre-planning your session, we’ll go over what your inspirations are, whether we want to make use of props such as flowers or fruit, and the tone of the shoot, whether it be light and cheerful or dark and sultry.
My process is also improvisational: I believe that the best artwork is created when following one’s intuition and being open to surprises. We’ll still be prepared-- prior to the session, we will go over inspiration and ideas for the session, and I’ll be using all my experience to make it happen beautifully. Much like jazz musicians adding their own solos and personal flair to a classic song, we will be creating within a framework and mood that we set, and I’ll handle the technical side and guide it along, making sure we’re always in harmony.
The result is a session in which authentic poses flow effortlessly and breathtaking photographs come naturally.
I usually work with one of three professional makeup artists, depending on their availability. Each are fun, talented, and hardworking professionals, with years of experience working on film, television, and commercial projects. I am always thrilled by their work when we collaborate, and I know you will be too.
The custom leather harnesses are crafted by AT, a woman in Venice Beach who makes bespoke accessories and jewelry for private clients. Her work is tasteful and elegant, and looks incredible over lingerie or alone. I’ve known her for years, and I’m proud to recommend her services. (Her work is made to order and by hand, and so requires 3-4 weeks wait.)
Trina does the meditation sessions, and she does a mix of arts from Reiki to Aromatherapy. I’ve been going to her myself for a few years, and after a session with her I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, relaxed and grounded, as if I have been meditating for an entire day (and I’m pretty sure my voice is an octave lower, too). For your session, she’ll use select essential oils and incense that will make you feel totally refreshed and confident.
Finally, my books are printed by a company located in Porto, Portugal. They specialize in art books and have been in business since 1979. I’ll bring a sample to our meeting, so you can see their craftsmanship and dedication to quality first-hand.