Well, photography was my hobby but I made it a job 15 years ago. So, I had to go find some other fun stuff. I enjoy the gym, gardening, pottery and just about any sort of crafting and jewelry making thing. My tie-dying skills are off the hook. When I was in high school I used to sell custom tie-dyed t-shirts and beaded jewelry. Come to think of it, I've always been in business selling my art. I just realized that!
I'll admit we live an untraditional lifestyle. But, we're an absolutely happy family just the same. The kids are 18, 15, and 12. In between being a taxi a business owner and a short-order cook, I try to find time to relax with the family. Our favorite thing to do is eat out. Our second favorite thing to do is cook. We love food! But, If you asked the kids where they would want to go on vacation... I mean anywhere, every single time they’re going to say Las Vegas. I know. Where’s the culture, right? I think it’s because my sister lives there. And they adore their auntie. I don’t know why but there’s nothing that makes them happier than a hotel and a pool. I thought we’d be the family that camps. But actually we're the family that hotels. There's still room for improvement though.
When I had my first baby, I honest to goodness thought that I had the most beautiful baby in the world. I had no idea that every mother thought this about her children. I photographed my daughter all of the time. So, ultimately I draw my inspiration from the absolute admiration I have for my babies. I know now, that every parent feels the way I do about their kiddos. I really think... What could be more special than creating art with your family? To me when I walk into a home that is decorated with pictures, it’s not just a house to me. It feels like a home filled with love.
I absolutely love music. My favorite thing ever is to go to concerts. So far I’ve seen Korn, Blink-182, Violent Femmes, No doubt, Garbage, Sting, Kiss, Cold Play, Smashing Pumpkins, The Expendables, The B-52s, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band, Passion Pit, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, Group Love, Psychedelic Furs, The Cure, Morrisey, Phish, Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Band of horses, Fleetwood Mac, Tool, Puscifer..... I know there’s more... I just can't think of them all right now. My love for music is all over the place,
I have to say my favorite photographer is Robert Doisneau. Because more than anything I feel a human connection when I look at his images. Of course, I’ve got favorite painters like Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Kahlo... But, also my stepdad. Back in the day, he was the definition of an eccentric artist. I really had no choice but to learn something about composition, color harmony, storytelling, and raw emotion through his paintings.
If you looked at my personal Instagram, you’d probably think that I loved my pets more than my kids. It's just that my animals let me take pictures of them more than my kids do. But seriously. The pet to people ratio in my house is equal. And that, in my opinion, is too many animals. We have two pit bulls (Kimura & Wade), one terrier (Chaz), and two cats (Mary Kittens & Mr. Banks.) It’s madness….Way too many. Please let’s just keep this between us though. Okay? Shout out to Kahoos for making the best pet food on the planet though! I like to brag that my pets are pescatarian.
If I had to choose I would say summertime is my favorite season. I love the heat! But when it rains I embrace every minute of it. I look forward to rainy days. And if the sun comes out on a rainy day, it drives me nuts! If it’s going to be a rainy day. Then darn it, I want it to stay a rainy day. I don’t know... It’s just a thing I have. Also, even though I count down the days until Christmas. Absolutely no Christmas music in the summertime. And in all seriousness, smartphones. What a weird invention. I mean, I get that their purpose is to help people connect but at the same time, they’ve created the biggest divided in human connection that I’ve ever seen. I just don’t get it.
Honestly, the dark... I'm not afraid of spiders, I'm not afraid of heights, I don't have fear of airplanes. I don't struggle in close quarters. I'm not really afraid of anything. But put me in a dark room and forget it!
Each year I volunteer my time at four elementary schools in Compton. The police department puts on a father-daughter dance for the schools. The girl’s dresses, hair, and makeup, food, DJ, and professional portraits are all donated. The girls will either bring their father or a special male role model to the dance. In some cases, one of the police officers will be their escort. I take portraits of the girls and their escorts and create a printed package for them. I know that this is an extremely important time in their lives as they're being promoted into Middle School. It's the begging memories of becoming strong amazing women.
Also, I donate time or service to as many nonprofit organizations as I can. Often you’ll find my gift cards at a local silent auction to raise money for a non-profit, or I’ll photograph an event. If you have a non-profit organization contact me. I'd love to see how I can help.
I don't do weddings, events, or parties. If there's going to be a wedding or a party, I want to be there to celebrate. I specialize in people portraits and portrait lighting. I did do weddings early in my photography career. And although I think I did a pretty nice job, It's just not for me. I have some friends that kill it at wedding photography and If you go to my friends and partners page, you'll find their website links there.