My journey as a photographer is a bit of a circuitous one. I currently live in San Francisco, shooting out my home in Noe Valley, but I'm actually from Canada, where I split my time between Toronto and Vancouver. I earned a Master's Degree in Classical Archaeology, but I picked up my husband's camera, a Canon D40, when bored to tears trying to obtain my Green Card (for those unfamiliar with the immigration process, many applicants are not allowed to work the year or more that it can take).
I dabbled in travel, architectural, and long exposure photography, trying to find a nice that fit. I fell in love with newborn and family photography, however, while pregnant with own my son, Ray, born on Thanksgiving morning in 2016. The knit clothing, the props, the squishy babies - I mean, what's not to love?! Baby photography has also been the perfect way to marry my love of antiques, flea markets, and photography; I now find myself not being able to look at an object without asking myself if I can fit a baby in it?
Since becoming a mother however, I've reflected more and more on the significance of documenting our familial lives. My father passed away suddenly when I was quite young, and didn't leave much behind in terms of momentoes. I don't have many memories of him, but I am lucky in that I have a great deal of photographs of our time together. My father was a bit of a man of mystery, and while looking at the photos is painful for me, it really is evident how much we adored each other, and I'm so grateful to have them.
In my sadness, I spent a great deal of my childhood searching for faeries and caterpillars in the forests and fields near my home. I was always on the lookout for magical creatures and furry animals, and I want to instill that sense of enchantment in my photographs.
I always tell my clients that we're not just taking photographs to put on Christmas cards, or to follow the latest fad, whether we realize it or not, we're actually doing it for our future selves and for the people that are babies are going to become one day. It's about making and preserving memories, and I want to be able to give that gift to you.