My Mission


The eye behind the camera senses those special moments that capture the essence of the day and the sparkle in people's eyes. I pride myself on delivering great photos to my clients and making sure they enjoy the full experience. And of course, let's have fun!

Who I Am

I was born and raised a California girl. My dad, a west coast surfer, and mom, a New York rocker. Raised with a west coast cool and a New York spirit, I believe it's a direct reflection of how I operate and engage with the world. As a kid, my parents made it a point that I develop an appreciation for the arts. They were constantly introducing me to classic films, blasting all genres of music, had me participate in theater productions and we frequented museums of all types. My dad took up photography in high school, taking photos for the school's newspaper and eventually for pleasure. I always remember his beautiful 35mm cameras around the house. As for me, I picked up a camera a starting taking pictures of everything as soon as elementary school, loved it and didn't put it down. All through my high school years my friends and I would photography and shoot videos of our friend's bands, crazy adventures, and our choreographed dance numbers. During that time, while taking photos at Pasadena's annual Do-Da Parade, I realized I loved watching and studying people; quietly capturing brilliant fleeting moments. College came and I took photography classes at Orange Coast College. Being on stage since a very young age I continued dancing and surrounding myself with music; whether it be masterfully recorded or live. I took anthropology classes along side photography to satisfy my desire to study human culture and histories. My photo passion furthered as I got my degree in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley.

I found that photography was the one thing that brought all my interests together. I could engage and learn about people and cultures around the world and document my colorful findings with my photos. I could capture the explosive energy of live performances. My people skills allow a family or couple in love to relax to give the camera their naturally beautiful smiles. Preparing for and taking photos can easily be stressful. It's no good if we're not having fun. I have been praised by artists for being stealthy and personable when shooting, by families by making the experience quick and fun, by individuals for making them feel special and relaxed. Comments like those lets me know I'm doing good work.

I can't wait to start a new project with you! Thank you and I look forward to working with you.




PO Box 99843 Emeryville, CA 94662

All images produced and edited by Lauren Matley