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Novato Family Session – The Beginning Of Fall

Fall has arrived and it always amazes me how it seems like one day it’s summer and then the next it’s fall. The transition, although subtle, always feels a bit abrupt to me. I do love the cooler weather when I get to pull on my boots and cozy sweaters but I’m a summer girl when you get right dow to it. But, for photography, fall is my favorite time of year. The light is so crisp and has this softness to it that I just love. And fall is my busiest time of year for photographing families. People start coming out of the woodwork wanting a family session.

When the light started to shift this past month, I found a message via Facebook from a family that I had photographed  a few years ago. They only had one little boy at the time and they were just the sweetest family ever. It was interesting because I’ve thought about them over the years, wondering if maybe they would want to have new family photos taken. I sent an email a few months back but it bounced so I let it go. Then, only a week or so later, after my email bounced back, I received a Facebook message from them, asking to schedule family photos. I just love when the collective conscious is at work and things flow together. I of course was overjoyed to photograph them again and to learn that they had an addition to the family.

You tell me…aren’t these boys and this family just adorable?! And there sweet dog!! Oh my goodness such a beautiful animal.




Nerium & The Difference It Has Made

I’ve been long overdue for a new portrait! I talk all the time about the importance of an updated portrait for social media and I was guilty of using a photograph from a few years ago. I needed to practice what I preach. I used that older photograph because I loved it and more importantly I liked how I looked in it. Happy and youthful.

So many of us are in that same position. Using images from years ago because we still feel like that person on the inside but it’s not necessarily reflected in our outward appearance. I can say that for me, the bags and wrinkles under my eyes were the biggest issue. I looked tired ALL the time. There were better days than others and definitely worse days which were most. I had Matt take a few portraits here and there and I never wound up using any of them because of how tired I looked.

Well, now that I’ve been using Nerium, especially their eye serum, things are changing. I recently celebrated my birthday and I thought what better way to celebrate but with a new portrait. I was LONG overdue as I mentioned before. We went to the backyard and Matt snapped away. To be perfectly honest, I held my breath while downloading the images and loading them into Lightroom to process. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was hopeful and definitely pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

Here are two portraits that Matt has taken of me. (The one on the left was with the boys so you’ll see the tops of their heads sneaking in 😉 No “touch up” to either one. They were taken in almost the same spot in our yard and at almost the same time of day. One from 2 years ago and one from 2 weeks ago. You be the judge but my verdict is I LOVE Nerium’s Eye Serum and I wouldn’t live without it!!

If you’re interested in trying out the products you can read about and purchase HERE:

And I’m looking to grow my team so if you’re interested in taking this ride along with me…I’m happy to have you! Click the link above and either send me an email or call.



October 9, 2016 - 3:58 pm

Addy Walter - This is a great opportunity that I cannot, NOT SHARE!!!
It has done incrediable wonders and I love to share with anyone who are interested in our money back guaranty. It is highly recommended to take before and after pictures to reconize the long term results…

October 10, 2016 - 9:43 am

Sue Garvey - Another happy Nerium person!

October 11, 2016 - 4:40 am

Thania Fuentes Miranda - which is the price of Nerium?
where I can find Nerium in Mexico?

October 11, 2016 - 9:38 pm

Laura - Hi Thania, you can go to to purchase products. You will find prices and information there. If you need assistance let me know and I can email you directly. Also, on the webpage you can select the country you are in and it will show up in Spanish. We DO ship to Mexico!!

VOICE 2016 – Image Collection – Still Life

A few months ago I was asked to set some goals for myself as part of my BNI (Business Network International)  chapter. I had to think about what I wanted my short and long-term goals to be and one in particular stood out.

I’ve been a fan of Click Magazine for years. I’ve been a subscriber since they first started printing the magazine and have faithfully read each one when it arrives. I’ve learned about photography gear, photography techniques, photographers around the world and so much more. It’s been a dream of mine to have a photograph published in that magazine and when asked to set goals for myself regarding photography, that was the goal I decided to write down.

I’m a bit in shock and won’t really believe it until I see it…but that goal, that dream, is a reality.

I entered The Voice photo competition a few months ago. There are 14 categories and I submitted a number of images into a variety of them. With a deep breath and all of my fingers and toes crossed, I hit enter with each group submission and let my fate be carried by the digital wind.

Last week I received an email. I’m not sure If I’ve ever been so excited to read an email regarding my photography. The opening word was “Congratulations”…and I knew. One of my images made the collection.

There were 35,000 submissions. YES, 35,000!!! They selected 15 finalists from each of the 14 categories which totals 210 finalists overall. My “Continental Morning” image is a finalist in the Still Life category. My image is included in this year’s Collection which will be displayed in the online gallery, which is comprised of all 211 images that make up the 2016 Voice Collection, at:


All images from the collection will also be printed and mounted by Miller’s as part of a Gallery display during Click Away in Seattle in October. At Click Away, the Collection will be honored at the Voice Gallery Reception, hosted by Canon on Friday October 7th, from 8-10pm.

BUT, for me, the biggest prize is this…All Collection images will be published in the September/October 2016 issue of CLICK magazine, which is arriving in mailboxes soon.


Yes, my image will be published in the magazine. The goal I set for myself that at the time seemed like an impossible goal, a goal that I had NO idea how it would happen…is happening!!!! I’m beyond thrilled, excited, humbled. Now I need to figure out how to get to Click Away so that I can be at the reception honoring the finalists of the VOICE 2016.

Keep pushing forward, keep setting goals even if they seem unattainable, keep dreaming. This is the lesson for me. And what a huge lesson it is.

If you’ve had a goal or a dream come true that felt impossible, I would love to hear from you to inspire myself and others to keep pushing us forward.

A San Francisco Summer Night – Family Session

I love where I live and in fact, exactly where I live the weather is beautiful and warm, most days and nights. Even though I’m only 30 minutes or so from San Francisco where summer is notoriously known for being cold and foggy. I’m sure you’ve heard the famous saying by Mark Twain…”The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. Well, he had a point and we found out first hand the other night. I had a family session out at
 Point, a beautiful hotel/restaurant deep in Sausalito with a view on a clear day of the Golden Gate Bridge and SF.

As I was driving to the location, dressed in my summer evening clothes the feeling of dread started to envelop me. This was because as I approached Sausalito I could see the fog rolling in. A thick, gray blanket pouring down over the hills toward my destination. I knew if once I popped out of the tunnel I had a view of the bridge I might be o.k. but I called the family anyway, just in case. They have a new baby and I didn’t want to freeze the poor thing to death for the sake of some photographs!

I came through the tunnel and thankfully did see the bridge, part of it, but the family was game and so even though the wind was blowing and the air was a crisp 57˙ we decided to go for it. And I’m so glad we did.



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