Category: Real Documentary Photo Story Features

Documenting What Follows After Receiving “The Call” We All Fear

It’s always easier to tell other people’s stories, isn’t it? The Sunday after Thanksgiving, we got “the call.” My oldest sister Cathy’s battle with Lymphoma was coming to a much quicker-than-expected end. After a three-hour drive to Albany, my husband, my three children and I arrived rather frantically to the hospital in anticipation of seeing […]

Documenting Real Stories: The Intimate Familiarity Between a Mom & Her Baby

I’ve always been fascinated by motherhood. I grew up without my mother, so since ever I was a girl I’ve studied mothers and their children, envious of the easy bond, the magnetic affinity. In awe of what it must be like to have that oneness, that other half, on demand. An unlimited supply of security […]

Preserving the Heart of Your Holidays Through Family Photography

Sometimes what’s warm and familiar to us is something we don’t SEE. I mean, really see. We’re easily caught up in the doing + prep for the cookies, festivities, gifts for everyone, dinners, and beyond that we can miss feeling the experience itself. I don’t know about you, but holidays aside, I crave more connection […]

Documenting Real Stories: Bringing Your Camera to Girls’ Day

NoFo Winery Part Deux was the name of the invitation for the Facebook event sent by a client of mine whom I’ve become really good friends with for a few years now. My initial thought was, “it’s like an invite to a birthday party but for moms with wine & cheese. Plus NO KIDS for […]

A Story of Devastation + Miracle in the 2017 California Wildfires

Yesterday at 11am I got a call from my brother in law, Pasquale Mastantuono inviting me to document some of the story at Safari West. Located in the hills of Santa Rosa the 400-acre private wildlife preserve was in the direct path of the destructive and deadly Tubbs Fire that swept through the area on […]

An Annual Family Photo Session to Spotlight Cerebral Palsy

I want to share a story with you. A special one. Special. Special needs. Special needs family. What does this mean? Why is it important to share the stories of special families? Well because they are among us. They are our family, friends, neighbors, and classmates…. By sharing their stories it helps bring awareness to […]

Go on an Adventure While Volunteering Your Documentary Services with a Non-Profit

Balancing being a mom of three girls and growing a business makes for a pretty busy life. But this summer I found myself with a unique opportunity – all three of my girls, 10, 12 and 14, were going to be away for 3.5 weeks at sleepaway camp. This was going to be the longest […]

Engagement Photography That Speaks To Your Heart

Have you ever looked at a photograph of your newly engaged friends thought “Man, I have never seen them look like that!” Maybe it’s a friend wearing a suit when he’s clearly a shorts and t-shirt kind of guy. Maybe it was a girlfriend sitting daintily in a park when you know she would rather […]

Making a Connection With Your Client While Making Pictures of Her In Pregnancy

I won’t lie. Like many photographers, it took me awhile to find my feet. I began as a filmmaker and threw myself headfirst into the wedding industry, falling head over heels in love with photography along the way. I was happy with my work, but after awhile, I knew that the culture of high expectations in […]

Documenting Real Stories: and she would reply, “I’m right here.”

I went to school with Tina and her older brothers and kept in touch with her on Facebook throughout the years that followed. I had been following her husband Jamie’s journey with stage 4 cancer.  He had been fighting for two and a half years and when I saw her post about Jamie being taken […]

Thoughts on Choosing a Photo Project You Can Commit to

The past 12 months or so just happened to be all about projects. I love how they keep me accountable for documenting all the important stuff happening around me. I really just wanted to give up the desperate feeling of where my next client was coming from and whether they like my style and to […]

Documenting Real Stories: Learning About Lobsterman Life

I’m a child and family documentary photographer in Oklahoma City obsessed with the connection of kinship. Every summer, my family escapes the heat and heads to the coast of Maine. It’s complete nostalgia to chase my nieces and nephew along the same beach I’ve been barefoot on since I was a newborn. Last summer, I photographed […]

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