I started in high school. A boyfriend bought me a camera and I was hooked. Then on to RCC, took all the classes I could get my hands on or could afford at the time. Since then I’ve done quite a few online courses with Creative Live being one of my favorites I’ve had some great mentors and lots of trial and error.
I guess I was inspired by the way it made me feel when I took a photograph that I really love. It makes me feel different than anything else. I guess it’s my therapy or my meditation. I love to be creative, it can be an obsession.
I think I am most proud of some of my food photos. Being able to not eat the food before I photograph it is a big plus. Food can bring up lots of different emotions and I like to be able to bring those emotions in people when they look at a photograph.
I really enjoy the final product. Seeing that image in my mind come to life. I love to watch people when I give them their photographs of their children or a wedding and see their faces light up, it makes me happy.
I’ve worked with lots of interesting people. Celebrities, musicians, chefs, babies, brides, they all have their own story and I love when I get to bring that out of them in a photograph. To tell their story in a photo.
Most of my work has been for Inland Empire magazine for the last 18 years but I also do a lot of side work for family and friends and for myself.
Photography is always changing, there’s always something new to learn or some other way to get that image that you’re looking for. I want to get into macro photography, there are so many beautiful things in this world to photograph. Sometimes there’s just not enough time to take all the photographs that you want to take. I find myself saying “Just one more!”