I’ve lived in San Diego my whole life, but, aside from photography, my biggest passion is travel. My favorite place in the whole world is Reykjavik, Iceland.
• I am, unashamedly, a total nerd. I love history, literature, film… the list goes on.
• I’m an animal lover! I have an amazing dog, and he’s the best fur baby I could have asked for.
• I’m a huge craft beer snob.
• I love getting to know people and helping them appreciate their beautiful qualities that they may not even be aware of. I am fascinated with human nature and the way we interact with the world as a result of our experiences, and I think there are few things more beautiful than learning from those who are different from us.
• I am also an advocate for mental health. Having dealt with depression and anxiety my whole life, as well as seeing the people I love struggle with their own mental health, I think it is very important to be transparent and willing to talk about these things in order to remove the stigma around mental illness in general.
• I’m a big fan of bulleted lists.
I absolutely love what I do. There is nothing that warms my heart more than seeing a woman transform from being shy and insecure, to completely confident and full of self-love! I am so lucky that I get to play a part in that. Helping women see how beautiful they really are is such an amazing experience for us both, and I can’t imagine a more rewarding career.
During my teen years, I struggled a lot with body image issues. I wasn’t as skinny as the other girls, I was short and felt like my legs were stubby, and I was very unsure of myself and completely lacking in confidence. It wasn’t until my early 20’s that I started to accept, and even love my body. I remember seeing Ashley Graham on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2015, and I was amazed that a magazine that notoriously featured only thin women had actually published a campaign that celebrated “plus size” women. That was honestly a turning point for me, and I started to see myself in a whole new light. Around this time, I started shooting more boudoir gigs, and as I was learning to love myself, I was also learning how I could use my skills to help other women love themselves.
When I’m directing a shoot, I aim to tell stories and to show others that there are all kinds of beautiful people that make up this world. Women are like snowflakes; we are all entirely unique, and this is something to be celebrated. It’s very easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others, but I believe that comparison robs us of the joy of loving ourselves. Every woman deserves to feel worthwhile, smart, unique, and sexy.
Oh, and one time I was on Conan.