When I capture your milestone moments, I, too, feel like they are important moments in my life. Each portrait session is unique. Every person, every family and every moment cannot be duplicated. While most portrait sessions take approximately 2 hours, there is no timeframe. Often, it takes some time for people to even get comfortable in front of a camera. Feedings, diaper changes, tantrums and breaks are all part of the process; we work as a team. Therefore, I don't rush and I won't rush you. I schedule only 1-2 portrait sessions per day. I do not overbook myself. It is important that I am fresh and ready to work every time. Another common question: "How many images do you shoot?" My answer: "As many as I can."
In order for portraits to not look like they were all taken on the same day, I encourage clothing changes. Some clothes not only look better and are more flattering than others, but they can also elicit different expressions (relaxed, glamorous, playful, etc.). You may not realize this until seeing it in a photograph, so it's best to wear many options throughout the portrait session.
Why is Naturally Photography unique? Because I know how to take portraits, and I have fun doing it. I love what I do and that enthusiasm is infectious. I am not a "snapshot" photographer; I am an image maker. Because I have studied posing since college, I know how to flatter every body type. Our studio fully retouches every portrait you order, turning every print you get into a perfectly finished work of art.
I knew I wanted to be a photographer since high school. In 1972 there weren’t many women photographers. When I needed a passport photo, I went to a portrait studio in Oceanside, CA. A woman answered the door and welcomed me inside. I couldn't believe that she owned the studio. She encouraged me to study at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. A total stranger completely changed the direction of my life! Then, in 1978, I graduated from Brooks with a degree in photography and had dreams of becoming the greatest photographer ever. However, when I got married and pregnant that same year; I put my dream on hold while I raised my four children. I continued to hone my craft while cataloging their lives, their friends' lives and our world through my photographs.
As soon as my youngest received her driver’s license, I embarked on my career as a photographer. Having come up with the idea of “Naturally Photography" while at Brooks, I was finally able to make it a reality. In February 2015, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) certified me as a Master Photographer.
My passion extends beyond high school seniors and families. I work closely with Beaumont Hospital in their labor and delivery and birthing departments when newborns are born at-risk. And my affinity for the elderly is exemplified in the Living Witnesses book series, commemorating Holocaust survivors' lives and legacies.