Crystal + Fernando • Family Session

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.

Happy holidays!

Rudy + Adrian • 10 Years

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. 

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Danielle, Sergio + Noah • Family Session

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! 

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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.

Rosana • Photo Session

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”)

The Reset Foundation Fall Benefit

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. 

 Glen E. Martin is Founder and President of  Just Leaderships USA  and shared his story of being incarcerated for 6 years which taught him that, "those who are closer to the problem are closest to the solution."

Glen E. Martin is Founder and President of Just Leaderships USA and shared his story of being incarcerated for 6 years which taught him that, "those who are closer to the problem are closest to the solution."

  Naima Shalhoub  and Marcus Shelby delivered a beautiful performance of freedom songs that fit the night perfectly. Naima's music is centered around social justice.

Naima Shalhoub and Marcus Shelby delivered a beautiful performance of freedom songs that fit the night perfectly. Naima's music is centered around social justice.

 Keenan T. performed a moving poem that touched on how African Americans are treated and viewed.  "On this day in a place built by you but not for you...Because the U.S. reads our faces like warning labels....with skin as loud as our voices..."

Keenan T. performed a moving poem that touched on how African Americans are treated and viewed. "On this day in a place built by you but not for you...Because the U.S. reads our faces like warning labels....with skin as loud as our voices..."

 Paul Perry is the Bay Area Reset Foundation Executive Director and shared a meaningful story about his experiences as a  teacher to students whose parents were being incarcerated on the regular and then came to school where he was then asking them to focus on school. 

Paul Perry is the Bay Area Reset Foundation Executive Director and shared a meaningful story about his experiences as a  teacher to students whose parents were being incarcerated on the regular and then came to school where he was then asking them to focus on school. 

 Darrell is a Reset Foundation student who shared moving words about his transformation through TRF. 

Darrell is a Reset Foundation student who shared moving words about his transformation through TRF. 

 Co-Founder and CEO Jane Mitchell used to be a teacher in county jails and couldn't let her idea of re-imagining the prison system go. So, in her senior year at Stanford University she began to brainstorm a solution and wrote every idea on Post-its that decorated her dorm room walls.  

Co-Founder and CEO Jane Mitchell used to be a teacher in county jails and couldn't let her idea of re-imagining the prison system go. So, in her senior year at Stanford University she began to brainstorm a solution and wrote every idea on Post-its that decorated her dorm room walls.  

 Lexie is the Development & Communications Coordinator and who I keep in touch with. You're awesome, Lexie!

Lexie is the Development & Communications Coordinator and who I keep in touch with. You're awesome, Lexie!

 Seeing pledge cards go up in the air was so moving. Community members who believe in TRF showed their support by pledging amounts like $100, $500, and $10,000! 

Seeing pledge cards go up in the air was so moving. Community members who believe in TRF showed their support by pledging amounts like $100, $500, and $10,000! 

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!