Hello there! Thank you for taking the time to visit my website and for coming to my bio page to learn a little bit more about me.
I decided that it might be nice for my potential clients to get to know a little bit more about me. When you are working with a photographer I feel that if you can find someone whom you might have something in common with, or that you feel they are someone you could see yourself enjoying being around then you will probably feel that much more comfortable with them and therefore end up with some great photos.
So here goes…I hope you enjoy what you read I am a very friendly person who generally enjoys all of the wonderful things life has to offer. I really enjoy meeting new people and hearing their stories or even getting random advice from strangers that I encounter during my travels. You heard it, yes I love to travel! I would one day love to travel all over the world but for now I usually take little road trips around California and the surrounding states. I try to make it up the the Sierra’s at least twice a month to go hiking if possible. I love just going out hiking and enjoying all the trees and rivers, there are some fabulous things up there that can only be seen by hiking and I love to discover them. If you would like to see some of the things I have come across they can be seen in the landscape galleries here on my site. I also enjoy finding area’s that are not too strenuous of a hike for the more adventurous clients that want to have photos in a place off the beaten path.
I absolutely love the great outdoors! I am also a big fan of animals; I have pets of many different types, I love to feed wild birds, and I am a sucker for the poor little wild kitties down at my studio that I have been feeding for years…you might see them if you come to visit me.
People often ask me how I came up with the name for my studio. The name of my studio really has three different meanings to me. The main meaning is that I love to capture the natural side of a person in my photography or someones “human nature”. I know things have to be posed to a certain extent but I go for natural posing with my customers and have a hands off approach. When it comes to couples I like to just let the love shine through in the romantic poses. The second meaning behind the name is that I love to put people in nature and therefore the majority of my work is done outdoors. I don’t mind going the extra mile to find a beautiful location that will make your photos mind blowing rather than ho-hum. Last but not least…I feel that it is my nature to take photographs of people. I absolutely LOVE working with people, I love capturing that fleeting moment that only exists in that second I take the photo, I love the excitement I feel when I see a wedding couple start crying because I captured a look that perfectly shows what they were feeling at that moment. I guess you could say that photographing people is one of my strongest passions because I truly gain great joy from doing what I do.
Now lets go back to my childhood for just a bit so you can see where all this nature loving happy go lucky personality comes from. I grew up in the fabulous little city of Reedley. Many people who know of this city would not see anything fabulous about it, but I really liked my little town. I grew up out in the country where I was less than 1/8 of a mile from the Kings River. So from the time I was very young I had lots of fun looking at beautiful things and playing in nature. Every morning when I woke up I had a beautiful view of the Sierra’s. My family would often take me camping and on other little road trips to the ocean and other surrounding attractions. My mom for years had a wonderful garden so I always had fun helping her outside as well as enjoying all the great food that came from the garden. That could explain why I eat fresh tomatoes like they are apples! LOL! I was the only girl with two older brothers so I would often go on little photography adventures taking photos of my dog, trees, leaves, you name it, I took photos of some of the oddest things. Even with my little point and shoot camera I had a blast.
My passion for photography really took off once I started high school. Once I had my first photography class and got to use my first 35mm camera with interchangeable lenses I was truly hooked! I loved having the freedom of taking any scene and cropping just the details I wanted from it. I also fell in love with macro photography. I ended up becoming one of the yearbook photographers, I took college level photography classes at another school, I did all that I could to learn about photography while I was in high school. After graduating from high school I went on to college to further my education. I attended College of the Sequoias (Liberal Arts Degree), Cal State Monterey Bay, Monterey Peninsula college, and then I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach. My degree was in Fine Arts with specialization in Photography. I was trained in many forms of art but I would say my second favorite has to be wheel thrown ceramics. I could have started my studio years before because I already had a great knowledge of photography, but I felt that my education would help to make me a more well rounded businesswoman. I learned things like graphic design, accounting, marketing, and I studied all forms of art and art history. All these skills came together in the end and have allowed me to run my business very efficiently without having to hire much outside help. What I really hoped to do by getting my degree was to show my clients that I am serious about what I do.
I officially opened the doors to Human Nature Photography back in September of 2003. I have now photographed over three hundred weddings, and many many more portrait sittings. I love the way the photography world continues to evolve and the possibilities for what I can create changes on a monthly basis. I continue to educate myself through seminars and other media so that my skills stay sharp and I can continue to grow. All in all I want to be sure that I have what it takes to make my customers happy!
Well…in closing, I would like to say thank you so much for taking the time to read a little bit more about me and my business. I hope that you have read enough that you feel like I just might be the photographer you have been looking for to create something special for you.