At an early age, my passion was ballet and modern dance. Over the years, my dancing and my family life has intertwined with artists, dancers, actors, writers, musicians, and photographers.
These influences shaped my use of light, composition, design, form, and emotion in my photographic work.
I was given my first camera when I was ten, a Kodak Instamatic, which found a place alongside my dancing. I loved the process of “stopping” moments in time.
But it wasn’t until I was in my mid-twenties that I began to take my love of photography seriously. I bought myself a Minolta film camera and was swept away.
Soon after, I discovered the beauty of Nikon. I started with an N90 and over the years I’ve upgraded through several Nikon film cameras.
When the film (Velvia) I was using was discontinued, I gradually moved toward digital, starting with the Nikon D80, then the D90, and today I use the D7200.
I primarily shoot with a Nikkor Micro 85mm f/2.8, Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6, and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8.
Recently, I moved into mirrorless systems with a Sony a7R II, using a 50mm f/1.8 and an 85mm f/1.8 lens.
I’m driven by the joy of creation, of seeing, and the joy of expressing myself. I strive to make work that urges the viewer to begin a dialogue between the subject matter and themselves, enhancing their perspectives of the familiar and offering an opportunity to explore their own sense of interpretation.
I reside in Monterey Bay, California, an area with deep roots in photography. I find inspiration from my surroundings and the Monterey Photographic Community.
My images range from abstract to landscapes, from architecture to models, macro to photojournalism, color to black & white. They have been shown in galleries, private collections, and are available for purchase and commission upon request.
I photograph where my inspiration takes me!
Inside my camera bag:
Nikon D7200: I find this camera comfortable and easy to use. It has produced high quality images that I am happy with, though it struggles a bit in low-light situations.
Nikon Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5: This lens is very versatile. I tend to use this lens the most both in close up work and portraiture. It’s lightweight and focuses fairly quickly. The wide range of zoom gives me a lot of creativity and options during composition.
Nikon Micro 85mm f/2.8: This is an affordable macro lens. I use it mostly for my abstract work.
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8: I don’t shoot landscapes that much, but when I do, this lens is great. I bought it when photographing the Milky Way at the ocean and got some great images.
Lens Baby: Love my Lens Baby and the surprising effects I get from it!
Manfrotto 190 Carbon Fiber Tripod: Lightweight, sturdy, and easy to use.
RRS Ball Head: Easy to use with its lever clamp and knobs. It locks in my Nikon securely and is easy to maneuver.
Photoflex Diffusers: White, silver, and gold. I have several different sizes that I use throughout my work. I find these are so useful, that when I teach my Middle School Photography classes (guide), these are used as prizes. A must for any photographer.
TrueShot Camera Strap with Galaxy Neoprene Pattern: Love this camera strap. Very comfortable!!!
Sony a7R II: Lightweight, full frame, and does well in low light. I find this camera more useful for evening shots and shooting in the city than the Nikon.
Sony SEL85F18 85mm f/1.8-22: Wonderful portrait lens, in studio or outside. Well-built lens and pretty good weight. Happy with my images!
Sony 50mm f/1.8: A great workhorse lens. I love taking it out in the studio or during a more casual street shoot.