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City Lights: Magical Urban Portraits

In January, before the pandemic struck, I went downtown. I’d not been downtown to shoot in years. I’ll admit I am someone who complains a lot about shooting in my area but also hates traffic. I decided to venture outside my comfort zone. I love patterns and natural textures. Details. I’m a more is more […]

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Sisters & Friends: Perfectly Imperfect

It’s not often I get to see my friend Julie who lives abroad with her girls. She was only in Los Angeles for one full day before she got on another plane. Julie’s daughter has modeled for me before and she introduced me to Hannah and her sister Madelyn a year or so earlier. We […]

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Wings & Whimsy: Butterfly Overlays

Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life.* From a purely aesthetic perspective, butterflies add a pop of color, details, and can […]

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Top Your Image Off: Leafy Top Overlays

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Exploring the Neighborhood: Finding Inspiration at Home

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Classic Drama: Red Rock Moon

I spent early July 2019 teaching a workshop in beautiful Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of the last shots we took before we lost our light was of Layla perched on these red rocks. I’m going to take just a second to let you know that I’m not a risk-taker with my models. And especially not […]

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