Things I am proud of:
Someone important in the art world once called me the pioneer of maternity photography.
I have worked full time as a professional photographer for almost 25 years except the two years my son was an infant when I worked part-time often wearing him during sessions.
I have a Masters in photojournalism and still consider myself a story teller.
I have lived in Seattle for 20 years, longer than anywhere else. I have lived in South Dakota, Missouri, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kansas, Tennessee, California, Japan, and Singapore.
I speak Japanese.
I have been to Burning Man.
I am a mom to a three-year old boy.
I have been in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Sunset Magazine, on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Today Show, Good Morning America, and a bunch of other websites. It was fun, for a while.
I turned down Bravo to be on Pregnant and In Heels five times.
I had a retrospective show of my maternity work in Perugia, Italy in a castle that was in the town next to the only known fresco of a pregnant Madonna (Madonna Del Parto). (Thanks Rosella!)
I have been tear-gassed and know what to do.
I have a garden.
I got my first referrals from Annie Liebovitz, but don’t know her.
I covered the Hutu Tutsi reintegration projects in Rwanda for CARE.
I love working with women and empowering them. It gets me up in the morning.
I love watching soccer games especially The World Cup.
If I have a cocktail, I prefer a Negroni neat.
I don’t like pears. I make bread. I have great parking karma.
My undergraduate degree is in International Relations and I loved studying everything about the Pacific Rim. My minor was in Asian Studies.
I like skinny dipping and spent one summer leading the Skinny Dipping Alpine Club up mountains in the Cascades to cold alpine lakes.
I love cats, but have a dog.
I like to surf but don’t like big waves.
My grandfather started an insurance company, and I live by his words “Know your customer, Do Good Work, and Be Honest”
I love my mom.
I paid for the groceries of the man in front of me because his benefits hadn’t come through on his card and he clearly needed the food.
I started a nonprofit to connect foster children with professional photographers so they could have high-quality professional profile photos which would help them find their forever family. I was looking to adopt and was horrified at the awful photos of these children.
I grew up going to Powwows and Sundances but I am not Native American.
I read War and Peace and loved it.
I walked solo across Spain on the Camino De Santiago.
I have always wanted to play the guitar but can’t find time to practice.
I really do want to make pregnant women feel beautiful.