Life is Precious and so are our Memories

Recently I moved in to my new home and as we all know moving involves many, many boxes! One of the boxes I was unpacking was full of old photograph albums and loose photos. Those of you who know me personally, know I have had tremendous loss in my family due to cancer. Its has been truly devastating, but I am finding my way and figuring out life without some of my beloved family. This box was a treasure of beautiful moments, captured and preserved. I am so grateful for the job I have and that photography is my passion. Photographing people and capturing their memories is so therapeutic for me, and I would like to thank all the families who allow me to be part of their memories and trust me to document these moments. We all think we have an eternity on this planet and so much time to do all the things we want to do.  Life is fleeting and in a blink of an eye, it  can change direction. With a heavy heart I am here to tell you, you don't have endless amounts of time.  You need to do the things you want to do, now. You need to tell the people that you love, that you love them, now. Don't put these precious moments on hold, appreciate what you have and never, ever take it for granted.

On a much lighter note here a some of my favorite moments and family memories that  I helped capture:

Baby Love!

Photographing Newborn Babies is the Sweetest Thing Ever! Many new parents think about doing these photo sessions and never go through with actually doing them,  because lets face it,  being new parents is overwhelming and exhausting. The outcome of these shoots is always incredible and every parent is always grateful that they did it! This time passes so quickly, the window is a small one. One of the secrets is to just let the baby do its normal routine and slowly work around whatever happens. It is a very organic process and no two shoots are alike. The key to a successful session is getting yourself ready and then let the little one do his or her thing. I realize some woman can feel a bit self conscious after having a baby, but the focus will be on the baby and all that baby love!!! Relax and let  the magic happen!!! Napping is a good thing, sleeping babies are precious! Diaper changes and feedings, no worries, both of those things lead to comfortable happy babies! So never let the unpredictability of a baby discourage you from having your newborn baby photographed! It will be a day you will never forget and you will cherish these photos forever! 

Click on the right image to scroll through the photos!

The Lavender is in Full Bloom!!

What could be more beautiful than a lavender farm in full bloom?! A photographers dream assignment! I was asked to photograph a client in the most beautiful of all settings, her brand new purchase of a lavender farm! Everything about this photo shoot was perfect: the color, the light, a beautiful client and great looking staff too!!! Truly a fun shoot and a pleasure to do! Can't you just smell the lavender!!!!

The Art Of Food!!

Food Photography is fun, creative, challenging, and rewarding!! The Art of Food is amazing and is better left to be created by the professionals, a food stylist or a chef! The beauty of food only comes from experience and can be quite challenging to make it look appetizing in a photo! These photos were all styled by professional chefs for a cookbook that I had the honor of photographing, "Santa Barbara Culinary Art"! 

The photography of the image can be tricky as well. First you want to keep the image and surrounding simple and clean, letting the food be the star. I find using natural, soft lighting gets the best results. Also you have to work fast and be prepared ahead of time for the food arriving to be photographed. Food can change quickly , best to get the shot quickly as it is presented. Playing with depth of field is also fun and creative with food, this can highlight the food or allow a component of the dish to be featured. Also the use of props can be used but should just be subtle and not take away from the star of the photo, the main dish.

And lastly, food photography is rewarding!! Not only do I get to take these fabulous images of food, I usually get to enjoy eating them afterwards as well!!! TASTY!! And as a bonus I get to to have my images in a beautiful cookbook that hopefully will inspire people to try and recreate these amazing dishes!

These photos were all done for cookbooks, but these images would look great on restaurant websites. If you are in need of food photography for a cookbook, restaurant websites, Zagat, Open Table, or just for your social media, give me a call.  I would love to get artistic  with you and help promote you and your business.