La Petite Boheme

When la petite boheme Sophia, visited us at the Blue Lagoon my camera was immediately held hostage by her day-glo eyes!!  She has a quiet beauty and an anarchist spirit that I love.  I didn’t have much time with my little soul sister but Im kidnapping her this summer. It  will be fun, like a summer camp for models and photographers! We’ll do water sports (and take pictures), we’ll eat ice creams (and take pictures), we’ll have outdoor movie nights (and take pictures). I’ ll even take pictures at nap time.  Lots and lots of pictures. Just kidding…I won’t be a total photoholic and spoil all the fun.  I’ll use film and shoot conservatively (wink wink). But you get the point, I  love documenting and telling stories with my photos. I especially enjoy photographing kids. When I have someone like Sophia within reach of my longest lens it excites my photons. Every photogeek needs a muse and a willing subject. Right now my muse is my dog and a pretty photogenic glass of wine that are always by my side. But I can’t wait till summer when Ms. Sophia returns!

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childrens portrait photographer – simple soulful portraits of Dustin & Jake

Dustin is 14. It’s one of my favorite times to photograph boys; they are beautifully awkward in their transition from boy to man. fine art nude photographer black and white heather van gaaleJake is 12 and still has the tender sweetness of boyhood. He adores his pet rat. She just had 16 babies!  The boys are energetic and always on the move but I wanted to capture their quiet side (minus the logo shirts and baseball caps).  We did simple portraits with no shirts and plain backgrounds. I love their freckles and light skin.
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Temecula childrens photography of future FMX and motorcross superstar! Ryder

Notice how the story transitions from toy motorcycle, to bicycle, to quad, to motorcyle with dad, to finally the bliss of freedom when Ryder sits on his own motorcycle! I loved photographing this little freckle face cutie as he dreams of becoming a freestyle and motorcross racer like his dad and flying through the air. He’s so scrumptious and unpredictable!
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Youth portraits Class of 2012

Photographs of Sophia that doubled as a senior portrait session and a modeling portfolio. Sophia has an FMX track that is insane! on her property. I love girls like Sophia who can get on a dirt bike one minute and then rock her high heels the next. Our next shoot of Sophia she’ll be riding her dirt bike keeping up with boys.


senior portrait photographer temecula modeling portfolioSophia is graduating from Great Oaks High School in Temecula today! Congratulations Sophia, the world is waiting for you!!

In honor of The Festival of Mothers

I believe becoming a mother gives us a stamina that we never knew we had. For the child creates a newly born energy that empowers us with pure mental,physical and emotional strength. It is the profoundest fulfillment of everlasting love.

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I took this portrait of single mother Julie and her sons in 2003. Julie is a great mother and successful business owner.

Over 45 countries celebrate The Festival of Mothers.  It is hugely recognized, although on many different dates. People all over the world honor mothers for giving life & love. The honor dates back to ancient festivals of the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses and mothers of deities.


Newborn photographer

I photographed little Cooper on his birth “date”.  Cooper was born 10 weeks premature and weighed only 4 pounds. After doubling his weight  and his delivery date close by he was finally allowed to go home from the hospital. I thought it was awesome to photograph him on the day he transitioned from premie to newborn. Here he is shown as a healthy (and chunky ) 8 pound newborn baby. Happy birthdate Cooper!

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