All us photographers have some story about when we first picked up a camera and felt the magic in capturing the beautiful world in front of us, full of magical places and friendly faces. For me I grew up watching my mom diligently photograph our numerous cross country vacations, and set-up a make shift studio in the garage for family portraits. In high school I decided to start borrowing her camera and photograph all of my friends bands (the hardcore and emo stuff, in it's heyday of course.) When it came time for college, I chose my major as Photo Journalism at the University of La Verne (that's in sunny So Cal!) and was able to hone in on my skills. My very first photography classes focused on all film, from manual focusing, to building a pinhole camera, right down to processing and developing our own film and prints.
The rest is pretty much history. My cameras are a hyper extension of my right hand, especially now that I am so blessed to live in the ever stunning Pacific Northwest (be sure to check out my Personal gallery for some of my landscape work!). During college my classmate got a gig as a wedding planner at a family owned winery in Temecula and the venue was in need of a wedding photographer. Weddings are basically the best of every type of photography: posed portraits, journalism, details, and landscape...and I LOVED IT! The day is full of so much raw emotion...love and excitement, nervousness and joy. Being able to document it all in detail is a true honor for me.