I’ve always worked with people. As a child, I participated in an Alice in Wonderland play and immediately fell in love with theatre. My dramatic tendencies spilled over to teenage and college, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. People have always been my specialty: emotions, drama and joy.
My grandfather, whom I never met, was also a photographer. His works hung on the walls of my parent’s house through my childhood. Little did I know that his dramatic Grand Canyon snapshots would sow the seed in me to grab hold of my own camera and shoot!
When I was ten, I took charge of our class portraits. I shot them (with my father’s help, who was also a photography enthusiast), developed them and arranged them neatly in albums. I liked everything about it: posing the subjects, capturing their portraits, developing the photos and arranging them into a pretty little booklet.
My enthusiasm for photography took on a serious turn when I began traveling with my husband abroad. He had set out on a mission to study the UNESCO World Heritage sites, and we spent two years traveling non-stop internationally, visiting an amazing range of places and cultures. It was natural to step up my photography interests and become professional.
When we returned to California in 2009, I began formally working as a Yuba City photographer. Since then, I’ve shot numerous portraits and weddings and continue to do so to this day. They say you’re lucky if you work in a job that you enjoy. I do feel lucky. I never tire of sharing in the joy of my clients.