I'm a hometown girl originally from Washington State who grew up with a hunger to experience the world and a call to the California beach life.

My photography career bloomed from a passion for social activism. In 2009, I co-founded an arts program for foster kids in South Central LA called SoCal HeARTs. The mission was to offer creative activities cut from public schools to nurture well-rounded children and their dreams. A few years in, I got behind the camera to document the work and found my calling.

I feel in love with documenting weddings a decade ago with a team I've had since the beginning. The experience and trust between us creates a comfort, creativity, and a track record that I couldn't be more proud of. I now live my dream of shooting a smaller number of weddings and editorial opportunities that push my artistry while continuing to creatively direct the incredible work of my team.


“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

with every breath

A Little          Present / 

A Little More 

I fell in love with my partner, Brian, after volunteering my camera in support of a travel company he founded to invest in ecosystems and communities, so it's been a time of inspiration and adventure!



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All my life I've been a dancer and my love for movement, composition and choreography translated not only in the imagery but is why I came to love weddings. They are these impassioned, layered dances that push me and push the art.

They require me to be so many things - a timekeeper, a choreographer, a stylist, an art director, a friend and part of the family.




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