Location: I live in San Francisco with my husband, two cats and a garage full of surfboards.
Duration: I grew up in Connecticut and have lived in California for thirteen years. I have been shooting editorial and advertising for five years.
Staff: I have a full-time studio manager, bookkeeper and freelance assistants, stylists and producers.
Education: While visiting colleges on the East and West Coasts, I visited Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. I fell in love with the West Coast and I turned down a scholarship to RIT to move to California. I left half way through the program and moved to Paris. While living in France, I had a different education. Perfect croissants, long lunches with red wine and road trips to the country. I learned quiet beauty.
Cultural Influences: The light in Northern California, Minimalist architecture, cherry blossoms and beach towns. California, and its landscape, influences me endlessly.
Environment: I share a sunny storefront in Potrero Hill with two other creative women, a fashion designer and graphic designer. We repainted it, ripped out the carpets and furnished it with lots of white, birch, bright colors, modern furniture and new light fixtures to make a modern cozy space. But my real working environment is outside my office. I shoot lifestyle, travel and shelter assignments, so my work takes me from remote beaches to well-designed homes. I love shooting all that is simple and beautiful.
Philosophy: I believe in photographing what you love. For some people, fashion is their expression themselves. Pictures are my fashion. When I see an amazing dress, I want to photograph the way it blows in the wind, its sheerness or patterns. When I see turquoise waters I want to photograph them, their vastness and quietness. When I see someone laying back in tall green grass, I want to capture what it feels like...the cool soft grass, the sound of it gently blowing around you. I feel I am inside the photo I am taking for that instant while shooting. I want to remember it...Photography is a voice and there are millions of people who see my work everyday in editorials. It is a powerful tool and a chance to say something positive. Making people feel good when they see my work is like a mini-vacation.