I am a friend, sister, daughter, wife, and mother of three. I am a photographer of life. When growing up, I was often asked “What do you want to be when you are older?" For me, it wasn't until I was about 27 years old that I really had an answer. I have had many jobs. You name it, I’ve done it. But “people” were my thing. I needed a job which would allow me to interact with people and would impact them in a meaningful and creative way. Maybe in a perfect world I would be a doctor, but school just really wasn’t my thing and having to work a typical 9 to 5 job wasn’t either. So in 2011 I started my own photography business and things really took off for me. In October 2015 I decided God had a bigger plan for me and I opened my nonprofit "The Love Song Foundation." My daughters keep me on my toes, and push me to greater heights daily!
I am located in Temecula, California and I truly enjoy what I do. I photograph anything and everything. If it can talk or giggle, I will photograph it. My clientele ranges from celebrities to everyday people like you and me. My work has been featured in FORBES, People magazine, Yahoo News, CNN, The Huffington Post, and Bridal Magazine just to name a few. It has been published in Los Angeles, the UK, San Diego, China, Germany and Africa. It has been one remarkable adventure. In 2011, German, the husband of a dear friend of mine, was diagnosed with leukemia. As a photographer it is my passion to capture memories for people--Even if those memories are painful. I thought it would be amazing to document his journey. I photographed him in many sessions throughout this terrible disease. I was able to capture memories with his newborn baby, throughout his chemo, and ultimately his last family portrait and final moments in the hospital with his wife and son. German will always be special to me. For he is who opened up my heart to create priceless moments for others. After photographing him for over a year I realized I have a gift that not many people possess and I need to do something with it. German died in February of 2012 and I have made it my mission to live out his legacy. He taught me to always be kind to people and live life to the fullest. He told me to always take time to capture the little moments and that is just what I want to do. From 2013-2014 I started offering these sessions I called "Forever Loved" and it spread like wildfire. I did about 15 of these a month and my husband and I funded them. In other words, they were free to those who applied. This quickly became a financial dilemma. Praying to find a way for my business to grow as well as enabling me to reach out to others in need. July 2014 a celebrity campaign company reached out to me wanting to team up. This essentially would allow me to sell T-shirts and other clothing items. The profit made during this 20 day campaign would go on to fund these special sessions. This worked amazingly well, although, I still felt I needed to do more. So in August 2015 I opened a nonprofit organization. Love Song has truly taken on a new melody.
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