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Once again, I had the opportunity to travel to Toronto, Canada this summer, and photograph some amazing families. I feel so grateful for the opportunity to enter into these families’ homes, so they can let me capture the joy inside them.

My subjects: a sweet and beautiful stay at home mom, and her three gorgeous young kids. I saw myself in her so much, as I am also a stay at home mom; and I “get her”.  She shuttles kids back and forth from her kid’s school, and activities; grocery shopping; make sure everyone is fed and happy; homework; get them clothed; etc. And yes, to stay at home is a huge privilege; but it is also a lot of work. It’s also a time in our lives that goes by so incredibly fast. So it was my intend from the beginning of this session, to capture as many beautiful memories of these crazy years for her. Because I know, no one will treasure and appreciate these memories more than her.


On September 12, 2007 at 11:50 AM, I became a mom for the first time. And I own this gift to the boy in these pictures. Dominic is an energetic, compassionate, and bright little boy. He gave me the biggest, most precious gifts of all: he made me a mom. He taught me to love in a way, I never thought it would be possible. A love beyond anything or anyone I have loved before. Happy 10th Birthday my sweet boy, mi amor, mi rey, mi corazon….


Just when writing this post, I realize how I can be taken back to a place, and moment from a picture. It’s truly powerful. I finally get to show you the images from my road trip with my younger brother from Southern Germany to Italy. I loved to have had the opportunity to travel to Europe by myself; so very grateful to my husband and my parents to support me. And grateful to my younger brother for hosting me during this time.

Out of all the beautiful people I met, the amazing food I ate, and the gorgeous places I saw; my most memorable memory, other than the fact that I LOVED spending that time with my brother singing, and laughing,  will be the day we arrived in Northern Italy: my brother and I were looking for a place to eat, and some wine and cheese to snack on. We entered a little wine shop in the town of Brennero, in the Dolomites Area, and we had the most amazing chat with this older Italian shop owner. We were trying to tell him in Spanish, that we were not together; but that we were brother and sister. And after all our efforts; he said: ” Fratello e Sorella!!!!!”.  His hand gestures, and accent made it that much better. With his advice, we had amazing wine, and cheese that night.

We stayed over night in the Dolomites Area, close to Fortezza; and then in Verona: La Piccola Roma (Little Rome). Great memories of an amazing trip, and now you get to see Northern Italy through my eyes….

Images taken with Canon EOS 3, Tr ix-400 BW, and Portra 400. Scans by Photovision.

You may be wondering why I love shooting at home sessions so much. Don’t get me wrong, I love a beautiful outdoor session with beautiful light, and that has been my specialty for a while; but I think that at-home sessions allow for a certain authenticity that is hard to accomplish elsewhere. You are in your own, familiar place: your happy place.

A lot of people worry about which state of mess their homes are in. But guess what? It’s your home, and no matter how messy it is, I will make it work. Trust me. We will look for the light, hug, and be happy together in your own place.

Photographing these three sisters, and their mom was so much fun. “Play some fun music, the kind you love to dance when you are by yourself!!!” I said.. “and pretend, I am not here. Let go.. and just dance.”

See for yourself some of my favorite images from this Almaden Valley At Home Family Session.


Finally, I get to blog some of the images from my recent trip to Bavaria. This past May, I visited my brother who currently lives in Freising, Germany while finishing his Master Degree in Economics. We got to spend a really great time together; with lots of laughter, and remembrance of our childhood. We also did quite a bit of exploring in Bavaria, and visited a few towns and cities, such a Munich, Freising, Regensburg, Dachau, Fussen, and other towns along the Romantic Strasse.

Even though I lived in Europe for a year, I always yearned for the opportunity to go back now that I can express my views of a place via my photography. During this trip, I took on a bit of the genre of street photography; which fascinates me so much.  I, also, got to know the bavarian culture with their beer, pretzels, schnitzels, and beautiful bavarian outfits; which they wear with pride. Loved how people let us sit with them on a beer garden, embraced in conversation with us. And thanks so much for the random strangers that let me photograph them on request… gotta love to make a young bavarian couple kiss in the middle of their county fair!

Here are some of my favorite images my time in Bavaria, all taken with my Canon EOS 3, and the 35 mm film Portra 400. Scans by Photovision. More images from Italy and Austria to come…

I will be soon be adding some of these images to my Fine Art Prints Shot for sale here.



Dachau Concentration Camp


Romantic Strasse

My Brother