Healing: A Photography Project

I started looking for a project to take on so that I could give back to my community, one that would blend the three concepts in my life: family, art and charity. When I found the Stramski Center in Long Beach, California I knew that I had found a perfect match, a project that would resonate with me. The Stramski Center is an amazing clinic of Miller’s Children’s Hospital. They are great healers to many children of special needs and their families.

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Flower Photography

I am known primarily as a portrait photographer. Many people don’t know that I have a secret passion for flower photography. The secret’s not so secret anymore.

What began as a way to show my children the beauty of light and form in the garden as they were looking at our array of strange looking garden bugs became my creative release and obsession and now, to my surprise and delight, is being welcomed into art galleries.

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Familiar Faces

You know, most times that people are new to a studio experience they are nervous. I understand that. You are in the center stage with someone staring at you, what a self-conscious feeling! Having been a model many years ago I worked through that feeling. I have been there so I get that and I help my clients through that awkward feeling.

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Photography Project for The Steel Magnolias of Long Beach

The children who’ve stood in front of my camera have conditions including autism, Asperbeger’s syndrome, high risk infant development delay, craniofacial deformity and attention deficit disorder. I was simply blown away by the strength, determination, courage and love that these families share. Listening to their stories moved me in a way that is hard to describe, especially as a mother of three healthy children.

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Time to say Thanks

“Being a photographer means I get to be a part of so many families and I love knowing that I can create something that reminds you of your love for them. Each moment is priceless and we all need to stop once in a while to capture those moments for posterity to remind us what adds true meaning to our lives.”

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Family Portrait Displayed at Irvine Fine Arts Center

I’m very excited to announce that one of the portraits from the “Images From the Homefront” exhibit has been selected to go on display at the Irvine Fine Arts Center as part of its All Media 2008 Show.

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This Long Beach Photographer Wants You to Vote

The great fun about this contest is that it’s a popular online vote – no judges. So you too could help decide who I’m going to photograph, voting goes until November 7th at midnight. The winner will be crowned at the “Morry’s 70th Anniversary Soiree” on November 9th to benefit our local Historical Society of Long Beach. Yes, that’s right, Morry’s is a local wine store and wine and cheese bar that has been here in Long Beach for 70 years.

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Dancing with the Stars Brooke Burke

Have you been watching Brooke Burke on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” Season 7? Aren’t you just in absolute awe of her? I know I certainly am! Although I must say, I’m not at all surprised that she’s winning over the hearts of the judges and fans, because she absolutely deserves it. Not only is she drop-dead gorgeous and talented, I can honestly tell you she’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever had the opportunity to photograph. And I’ve photographed many, many beautiful women, including celebrities, and Brooke is genuinely one the kindest and most sincere people I’ve met.

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