Lives In: San Francisco Bay Area
About Me: I always knew I wanted to do something creative, but I never knew what exactly I should do. As I was just graduated from college and planning my wedding in 2008, I realized that I could be a wedding photographer - I’m great with people, I have an eye for composition, so I just had to figure out how to use a real camera. I get places by just doing things and figuring it out later. I took some photography classes at a local community college and then from there starting shooting weddings for friends of mine. Along the way I realized I actually liked building the business part of it too. And as my photography knowledge grew so did my client base, and friends in the industry started to notice, and the community in the Bay Area has been immensely generous to me and my business. That was 7 years ago, and now I’m finding new passions that have stemmed out of photography - fashion, design, editing a blog, writing, and styling. A few years ago, I met Kat at a photography workshop and we shared a passion for stories, women, and fashion, and so we teamed up to start The Refined Woman. My area of expertise there is our branding and social media presence. Kat and I both enjoy telling stories through our blog, but also highlighting brands that we think are making a difference in the world and making killer products while doing it.
Hire Me For/I'm Good At: I excel at being able to take a concept or a story and translate that into final images. I like to choose locations, rent props, scour thrift stores, pull wardrobe and put it all together to see it come to life in the end. I am good at narrowing down editorial choices and images, which makes me a good instagrammer.
Interested In: I love to collaborate with new clothing brands and get to know the makers behind the products - and I would love to style and photograph a lookbook for those brands. Someday I would love to collaborate with a clothing brand that specializes in classic minimal designs - I have so many ideas on items I am always looking for that I can never find in the store. I would also love to connect with a mentor about styling.
Mama Likes: I love to travel. Italy is my soul country. I also love thrift store shopping (it’s like treasure hunting!) and getting out and finding new coffee shops and brunch places in the city.
Mama Inspiration: My friend Taylor Sterling with The Glitter Guide, Delbarr Moradi, Caitlin Flemming
Brands that most reflect your style or that you’d want to work with: Elizabeth Suzann, J Crew, The Podolls, Freda Salvador, AYR, StyleSaint, Everlane, Mansur Gabriel
Words you live by/quotes you love: “and above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” (roald dahl)