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Momtographer Class

  I am so excited to be announcing the very first “momtographer” class!  Are you a mom who loves taking tons of pictures of your kids, but you don’t feel confident using that fancy dslr that you got for Christmas?  Or maybe you’re not a mom, but you love capturing special moments, or beautiful scenery.  Then this class is for you!  We will be learning all the basics about your dslr, we will get you out of auto mode on your camera and working in full manual mode, where the options are endless.  We will also talk about finding great light, composition, and some of my personal tips and tricks for getting your kids to cooperate while you snap photos.



Who is this class for?

Anyone with a dslr camera who is interested in learning more about their camera and how to make your snapshots really shine.  Even if you’re a total beginner, and have never done more with your camera than turn it on and snap away, this will be a great introduction for you.  And if you do know a bit more about your camera, and some of it’s basics, you will still benefit from our time together.  There will be plenty of time to ask questions, and to get personal one on one help, with things you’ve been struggling with.   This class is for moms, hobbyists and enthusiasts.   It is not appropriate for anyone in business or planning to pursue a photography business in the next year.  

What do I need to bring?

~ dslr camera

~ any lenses that you own

~ your camera manual if at all possible

~notebook/ipad for taking notes

~ questions!  This is a beginner class after all

~ comfy shoes and clothes, we will be learning and shooting outdoors

What you will receive.

~ 90 min crash course on your camera, lighting, exposure, composition, tips & tricks for shooting kids, and where to print your photos

~ 1 hr of guided shoot time with cooperative models, a beautiful setting, and plenty of help

~  30 min observation photo session,  of how I pose, shoot, and use light

~ quick tips reference guide to refer back to at a later time

~ water, and snacks to keep up your energy

When, Where, and How Much?

~ Saturday June 28’th 3-6 pm

~ Syngenta Flower Gardens

~ Early bird Registration $99 by June 7’th

~After June 7’th registration is $125

~ Registration must be paid in full to reserve your spot in the class


~ Please use the paypal button below to complete your purchase.  Please note you do not need a paypal account to use the paypal link.  After you’ve completed payment, please be on the lookout for a welcome email from me, it will arrive to the email address that you’ve provided to paypal.  Thank you!

Big Changes!

It’s been so remarkably quiet here for the last few months.  And with good reason, we packed up our family and moved!  It was a touch decision for us, as we have planted roots firmly in Gilroy and have so many dear friends and family in the area.   But change can be good, and at the very least it’s always exciting.  Our home sold much quicker than anticipated so we are currently residing with family in Riverbank, ca.  This is a short term move, and the long term destination is still unknown!  See I told you exciting.  The great news is my personal life is far less busy, so I have lot’s more time for blogging and taking fabulous photos.

In the meantime I will be be available for travel sessions back in Gilroy.  Some dates will be planned and announced on facebook, but if have a specific day in mind for your session please contact me to schedule early so I can arrange my schedule.  Otherwise this is great news for all of my Modesto area friends!  I’ve been busy scoping out new locations in the area, and have had great luck so far.  I’m thinking it might be time for some family mini sessions in the next few weeks.  Until then, here are a few sweet shots of my own little family.  They make great guinea pigs for location scouting.







Senior Model Representatives

Calling all High School Seniors! I am looking for one senior model rep from each of these schools: Gilroy High, Christopher High, and San Benito High. Must be socially active in your school, outgoing, and available for a custom photo shoot before 8-19. If you are chosen you will receive a FREE hour long custom photo session, a full social media package to update your facebook, Instagram, and other sites with awesome photos, and an 8×10 for your parents to hang in the house (extra prints can be purchased at the normal fee) You will also receive 50 rep cards to hand out to friends, that will feature your best photo. To apply email me at with your name, age, high school you attend, activities you are involved in, and a quick picture.

A day in the life….

Today I had a lovely conversation with an older mom.  And by older I mean in her 90’s now.  She raised 4 children…. and she survived!  It gives me hope, that I may actually live to see 90 even though some days it feels like I may drown in the sea of laundry, die of whining overload, or suffer from death by lego (you know that terrible moment when you step on a tiny toy… yah).  So what did this awesome lady have to say to me?  She said to live in the moment, enjoy the crazy chaos, and embrace every detail, because soon enough it’s over.  And then these tiny people that call me mom, will be independent teenagers who don’t want my advice, and not cuddly 8 year olds who think I rock.

I’ve been toying with the idea of “Day in the life” sessions for a while, and now it’s cemented in my mind!  If you have small children living at home, you NEED to do this.  These are the real memories that you will want to keep forever.  Any mom will tell you their kids aren’t always dressed perfectly, with clean faces and a smile.   That’s the cute version of their kid, but not the real life, every day version of them.  More often they are covered in dirt, and marker, and making a huge mess at the breakfast table.

For this type of session, I will come to your home for 2-3 hrs and shoot your family doing what you normally do.  If your family loves to cook together, then we’ll get pictures of that.  If your kids love bath, and story time, then that’s what we’ll do.  If you guys are all about going to the park and flying high on the swings, then that’s what I want to capture!  This is a totally customizable session, fit for your family exactly.  You and I will spend time discussing what your family is all about, and create an amazing experience that is uniquely you.   Don’t wait until your house is perfect, or you lose just a little more baby weight.  Because our kids really don’t care about that!  And neither will you when you’re kids are grown and your house is empty, quiet and in perfect order 😉

Because I’m so excited about this I’m offering day in the life sessions for $50 off the normal price in the month of June!  I am only available to shoot this type of sessions on Saturdays, so book yours fast!  Those Saturday dates fill up very quickly.