Hello and Welcome!
I’m so happy you made it here!
Heck I’m happy I finally made it here! It’s been forever (or so it seems) that my entire website and blog has been under construction, getting completely redone, but it’s finally ready and working the way it should. I hope you join me here on my blog and follow along my journey of my photographic works. I have so much to catch up on, I honestly don’t know where to begin. I do know that I want this to be a place where I can share with you my creations of all my Photography works, like the creations of my Fine Art works with some behind the scenes details, along with my Portrait Photography. I’d like to show you previous portraits I’ve done so we can catch up, and any info of upcoming sessions and events. I’d love to also share with you about my artistic process and creations, as I grow as an Artist. When I look back to when I first started with Photography, I realize I truly have come a long way and have changed so much over the years.
A little back story…
I have been an Artist my whole life, I love to paint and draw, illustrate and create, from working with traditional materials to the digital arts, but photography has been my number one choice of medium as I get to create custom works of art for both myself and for my clients like you. I have a degree in Graphic Arts, Fine Arts & Photography and continue my Photographic education through my PPA membership along with workshops and online classes to grow with the ever changing technology. My goal is to master my craft, which I feel I have done well in some areas, but I know there is always so much more to learn, and I want to learn it all. I believe in experimenting and trying something new, and this is how my photographic work has evolved and changed over the years, through persistence, learning, trial and error, experimenting and mastering a technique.
I started with photography back in the good old film age, way before the dawn of digital photography, over 20 some years ago. I was about 8 years old when I got my very first camera to play with. It wasn’t anything special, just a simple Kodak camera that used the old 220 film roles. But it wasn’t until I was in high school, when I was about 15 years old, when I really got into photography. I had gotten a gift of a nice used Olympus OM10 fully manual SLR film camera, and started taking black & white photography classes both at my high school and my local art center in South Beach, Florida. I loved working in the dark room, and creating an image from start to finish. I was mostly shooting candid moments and street art with a journalistic style, whatever caught my eye really, and I entered many local competitions with my photographic works and won. That was just the beginning.
Fast forward about 15+ years later, while going back to college, that I decided to finally become a professional portrait photographer in addition to my fine art works. Honestly even before then, I didn’t ever dare call myself a professional, but rather an emerging artist. It wasn’t until a client pointed out to me, during one of my Art Exhibit shows, that I am a professional because I have sold my photographic art works and make a living out of it. He was right! So my professional journey began.
Where I am now…
I have evolved a lot as an artist though since then. When I started I was photographing street art & candid moments as I mentioned, but now my work is more intentional. I’ve learned to hone my skills, and combine my artistic talents to create conceptualized photographic portrait art. Creating an entire scene with props and backdrops that I hand make to hand made costumes and accessories and bringing my vision to life. I also absolutely love shooting modern styled beaut/ glamour portraits inspired by fashion as well as modern styled high school senior portrait sessions (also inspired by beauty & fashion). My favorite sessions are working with teens and women of all ages to show them how beautiful they truly are, and bringing out their personality in their images, but I do of course offer traditional portrait & lifestyle sessions that brings me back to my roots keeping that journalistic style of mine. Occasionally I do shoot sports and events. Those are fun too, I do enjoy a change every once in awhile.