For Angelina and Manuel's engagement photos we headed to The Mission District in San Francisco to capture a theme that reflects their culture and the inspiration for their wedding, Día de Muertos. Congratulations on your engagement!
Happy to share this photo session because this was my second time photographing my friends Jamie and Anthony with their beautiful kids. This time we stayed local in the Mt. Hamilton Hills by where we all live. Avery, their daughter will be turning one soon and Jamie wanted photos of her and of their family. Seeing Baby D and Avery again brought me so much joy.
Thu, Rhuda and Daniella welcomed baby Rahmina a couple months ago and I got to photograph their first Christmas photos as one happy family! Love them and the wonderful presence they bring to my mine and my family's life.
Lauren, Joey, and their baby boy Rowan are a 200 on the cuteness meter and I love these photos. Lauren is my girlfriend from high school and one of the sweetest souls all of our friends know. It was an honor to capture their moments! Enjoy!
Crystal and Fernando's family are the cutest! I loved observing how different their three children are from one another and how each of them help shape the balance of their family unit. One of my favorite parts of photographing families is noticing the dynamics that contribute to creating a unique family bond. No dynamic is the same and they are all beautiful in their own way.
Rudy & Adrian have been together for 10 years! Adrian is my cousin and him and I are closest in age and we grew up together. As individuals, Rudy and Adrian are some of the most awesome people I know and together they're more amazing. Since I've met Rudy, I loved her. You may have seen my shoot with her earlier this year where I recall a lot of our memories together. Cheers to you guys who are still silly and loving even after 10 years. I love these two and photographing them is always an adventure.
I got the pleasure of shooting holiday photos of Danielle and Sergio along with their son Noah (who, btw, is such a cutie pie, love him). I had been eyeing this spot which is located shortly after the entrance to Joseph D. Grant Park. We had to jump a fence, #nbd, but it was worth it because I finally got to photograph here! I enjoyed capturing their family so much and especially loved when Noah would say, "Cheeseburger!"every time it was time to smile. Also, I think Noah may be a future photographer!
I've known Danielle and Sergio since they first started dating and Noah wasn't yet around. I'm happy to call them my friends and honored to capture their beautiful family.
I'd like to share the portraits taken of my beautiful amiga Rosana who, like me, lives on a ranch where there's tons of open space and legit backdrops to photograph against right down the street from our own bedrooms. Who, also like me, is Zacatecana meaning our roots lie in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. As we've grown closer this last year we've learned so much about each other and have supported one another through everything. This was a feel good shoot that gave us both a little reminder to keep doing our thing. Taken in her hood in San Martin, CA lent me a lot of inspiration and I'm so excited to share these photos.
"It takes a long time for women to feel it’s alright to be chingona. To aspire to be a chingona!…You are saying, ‘This is my camino, this is my path and I’m gonna follow it, regardless of what culture says.’ I don’t think the church likes chingonas. I don’t think the state likes chingonas.! And fathers definitely do not like chingonas. And boyfriends don’t like chingonas. But, you know, I remain optimistic. I will meet a man who likes a chingona, one day. One day, my chingon will come."
- Sandra Cisneros (from HBO’s “The Latino List”)
I was connected with this Bay Area nonprofit through a random decision I made to sign up on Catchafire, a volunteer matching site that connects you to nonprofits like The Reset Foundation based on your skills and the nonprofit's needs. In this case TRF needed and photographer and I needed a great cause to be a part of. It was a match made in nonprofit heaven because I've been lucky enough to be a part of some of their very big moments.
The Reset Foundation is helping to re-imagine the justice system for young adults (ages 18-24) by creating an alternative to prison and focusing on improving their lives through education, counseling, creating new experiences and reentry. The Reset Foundation creates environments that positively influence the mind sets, habits and core skills of incarcerated adults and work with them to break the cycle. "Designed to cost the same per person as a traditional facility, Reset campuses re-purpose existing government funding to produce outcomes along with exponential cost-savings."
I began photographing their staff for head shots and website photos and then just recently I was asked to photograph their Fall Benefit where they receive pledges to help the foundation live out their vision. The Reset Foundation held their benefit on the top floor of The Fairmont in San Francisco called the Crown Room which provided 360 views of the city and a great ambiance for a night of giving back.
The same night as the Fall Benefit, The Reset Foundation also found out the results of the Google Impact Challenge that they were in the running for. At this moment they found out that they were awarded a $500,000 grant from Google as a people's choice winner!
I always love working with this inspiring group of people whose visions and stories leave my heart and mind more open than what I walked through the door with. Congratulations guys!
Grace and Jamie were looking to capture some family portraits along with a cake smash session of their almost 1 son Nico. Being that I go running in Joseph D. Grant park regularly, I had a vision in mind for this family. I've seen so many beautiful spots to photograph at this park while running the trails with my family and I knew exactly where I wanted to take them for their session!