Your photos are the final piece of your visual story. And that's what I do - tell your story.
I found my niche in dance and performing arts photography after I took up ballroom dance as a hobby. I started photographing my fellow dancers at competitions and other events. I loved capturing the beautiful fluid movements and continuity, the picturesque lines, the interpretation of music, the costumes, the glamour, and the energy of competitions. Dance and photography are the synthesis of my two passions. They allow me to bring my imagination to life.
Unlike other event photographers, I take an artistic approach my work. It's about the entirety of the event -the people, the venue, the mood, and all the details in between. You will get beautiful images of your most meaningful and unforgettable moments.
My photography journey began at age 10 when my parents bought me a Polaroid camera for Christmas. I spent hours going through family photo albums and being captivated by the pictures. I was curious about the stories they told. The most compelling ones drew me into the story and I would imagine myself as one of the characters in the stories. There was something intriguing about those color-faded and B&W photos; faces of the people; the old cars and houses; and sceneries that had long since faded into history. Now with a camera of my own, I created new stories.
Photography was just one art form that interested me. I also enjoyed classic films and musicals, plays, and dance performances. I liked the broad range of creativity of the artists - acting, storytelling, singing, music, and dance - all of which spurred my interest in the arts so mush so that I seriously considered a career in entertainment. Instead, I worked as a photographer at a local Sears Portrait Studio during my gap years between college and law school.
One of the most important things that I learned is the emotional connection that people have to images. It was not uncommon to do a multi-generational family shoot (or a shoot with a terminally ill child) only to learn that a loved one shortly thereafter had passed away. As much as I liked being a photographer, I reasoned that law was the more practical career choice.
I came full circle with a renewed interest in photography not long after I began working as a lawyer. First, as a means of chronicling the lives of family and friends and then to document holiday gatherings and other events. Before long, my camera became as much as an accessory as my purse! I rarely left home without it. As I gradually began building a large body of work, friends and strangers alike suggested I that turn my hobby into a second career. With that encouragement and some introspection, I made the leap from hobbyist to professional.
Yes, you read that right! I love the texture and taste of fresh, heavy cream in my lattes, coffee, and teas. The more the merrier! One of my favorite things to do is sit in a coffee shop with my laptop and enjoy an extra-hot cup of flavored latte.
I met my dance partner at a competition and my literal first words to him were "May I take your picture?" And I've been taking his picture since then!
My favorite ballroom style to dance is American Smooth: Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot ("Foxy Trot"), and Viennese Waltz. I love the fluidity and continuity of movement, the music, and the costumes. They remind me of the the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musicals.
I am somewhat of a world traveler and briefly entertained the the idea of being a travel photographer. The travel bug bit me when I spent my junior year of college abroad in England. Since then, I’ve been to mainland Europe, Central America, Asia, the Caribbean, and Canada. My ideal vacation is a month-long (at least) stay in Italy exploring that beautiful country!