My special talents include:
- staying calm in stressful situations
- making people feel good about themselves in photos and in real life
- losing track of time in a Plant Nursery
- avoiding Lacroix at all costs
- quoting Friends and Parks + Rec. (could I BE more obsessed?!)
My love language is gifts and one of my most prized possessions is an award I won for "Best Hugs". (Shoutout to my amazing Showit United family!)
But wait, there's more...
…EVEN THOUGH THEY REALLY CAN’T HANDLE THEIR BOOZE."
Motherhood is a jungle. It's loud, stressful, scary, chaotic, and sometimes, there are bugs and unidentifiable liquids. But, these boys are all of the good that I want to see in the world. They're curious, kind, resilient, affectionate and just as obsessed with dinosaurs as me. Everything about my photography comes back to these two. They have taught me the value of a moment. They've shown me how our memories, while beautiful, will start to lose some clarity in the small details. The photos never will. Motherhood and photography simultaneously break my heart and stitch it back together daily and I wouldn't trade it for the world. My goal for photography and life is centered around the legacy I want to leave them: Love hard, serve well. You are stronger together and your fears are a strength, lean into them and do shit scared.
David. He has made me a wife, a mother, and I still can't believe he's real. He has shown me real love, compassion, trust and incessant laughter. He's exponentially funnier than I am, over a foot taller than me, and I find new reasons to love him every minute of every day. He is the reason I am able to spot love from a mile away and he's responsible for that little sparkle you always see in my eye. We met in high-school in Guam and he's been one of my best friends ever since. And just like me, he believes 50/50 is bullshit and that marriages are 100/100. We're all in. No take backs.
I cry in my car as I'm leaving your wedding. I scream and cheer when you get a new job or adopt your 87th puppy. My heart breaks when you lose someone you love. Because I love you. I know you, I get you, I am in this with you. We spend so much time together during your engagement and on the wedding day that we end up feeling like family and I'd have it no other way. I'm going to remember your grandma's hugs, your dad's corny ass jokes and the way you cried when you said "I do" for the rest of my life. You have a friend in me forever. I got your back.
It took my entire life to realize I was a creative. I played the piano and the trumpet when I was younger and I sang in any choir I could find. I took after school pottery classes, Spanish clubs, learned to sew with my grandmother, attempted to learn guitar from my mom - unsuccessfully, btw - etc. Basically, I craved creative freedom, but didn't realize it. I LOVE working with my hands, I mean, I even took apart my electric pencil sharpener at 7 because I wanted to see if I could put it back together. Creativity is like therapy to me and every wedding I get to photograph makes me love it that much more.
The CliffsNotes to my heart.