the holiness of grief

the holiness of grief

Grief is a thread that is woven through the tapestry of every life, every day. I’m a highly sensitive, intensely feeling kind of woman. Some moments the void of loss swallows me whole. Some moments it’s small enough to step over and go about my day barely...
School of Rock + House of Blues = Epic!

School of Rock + House of Blues = Epic!

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of photographing a bunch of amazing young people doing their thing up on stage at the House of Blues in Anaheim. The kids started working together only about 3 months ago, under the leadership of Joey Ancona, from the School of...
Drawing within: the restorative power of The Hermit.

Drawing within: the restorative power of The Hermit.

When my dear friend and Amulet partner MaryBeth Bonfiglio asked me if I wanted to collaborate with her around a Tarot project she was working on, my answer was an immediate yes. I love working with the archetypes found in Tarot and I love supporting the work MaryBeth...
New Decade.New Website. New Photos. Alexandra Franzen.

New Decade.New Website. New Photos. Alexandra Franzen.

Early this fall I had the pleasure of working with the crazy talented and oh so beautiful Alexandra Franzen again. This time there was more clothing involved but just as much power. Alex has a way of showing up so wholeheartedly that everything she touches, writes and...
CREATIVE FIRE. A  before and after photo session with Ana Ottman.

CREATIVE FIRE. A before and after photo session with Ana Ottman.

When Ana first reached out about new photos for her website, she admitted she was less than totally comfortable in front of the camera and yet she had total faith in my work. I was hooked. I don’t think many of us are comfortable in front of the camera and yet if you’re already willing to trust me in spite or your camera concerns… We’re golden!

I asked her how she most wanted to be seen in her images. What do her clients need to know about her?

Here answer? “I want to look Powerful. Capable. Creative. Mysterious. And, in some contradiction to the previous four: Intimate. Trusting. Can you help?”

I was up for the challenge.

What is it you really want?

What is it you really want?

That’s the question that I’m living into right now, the question that’s informing most of my work.It’s one of my favorite questions that I love to ask my mentoring clients, my photography clients, my children, my husband, my friends… and yes, definitely, myself. This...
Why do photographers charge so much?

Why do photographers charge so much?

  “How much do you charge for a photography session?” my client asked. “They start at eight hundred dollars,” I emailed back. “And what exactly do I get for that?” she responded. “A pre-session consultation, our session time and a finished gallery with your images” I...
ALIVENESS. A photo session with Isabel Abbot.

ALIVENESS. A photo session with Isabel Abbot.

I first met Isabel a few years ago when she was a contributor for Amulet. I instantly fell in love with her writing and shortly after, with her. We met in the flesh about a year ago. She was going through cancer and wanted to do a photo session that would capture her...
{Lovers Session} MaryBeth Bonfiglio + William Dunwoody

{Lovers Session} MaryBeth Bonfiglio + William Dunwoody

When I was little I used to wonder why if my parents loved each other once for even just one day, why they couldn’t just do that same thing over and over again. Now as a grown woman who has lived through more than one love relationship, I know how wise and naive...
2014 List of Favorites So Far…

2014 List of Favorites So Far…

I wanted to share a quickie list of beloved tools, people and courses that I love for this time of year. With so much to celebrate, so much to release, so much to look forward to it’s lovely to have anchors like these to join us on our journey. Hope you enjoy...