It doesn’t matter if it’s an iPhone picture or a professional session, looking good in pictures can make or break your day, right?   If you take a selfie that turns out awkward… ugh – you don’t want to get in front of the camera ever….. again!   But if the picture actually turns out ok, then you relax, smile and feel pretty dang good!  And that is such a better way to go throughout your day!

Here’s a few tips that I’ve learned through the years to help you nail it every time!!

Tip #1:  Twist a little

If you’ve ever worried about the camera adding 10 pounds, try this trick to lose 10 pounds instead. Stand a little sideways and twist your waist by turning your shoulders towards the camera.   This is a great angle to help anyone look slimmer and is sometimes referred to as a “Quick Tummy Tuck”.   Standing at just an angle will always be more appealing for any figure, rather than just standing straight on.




Tip #2:  Turtle neck

I promise that even the skinniest people can get what I call Awkward Neck Syndrome (ANS), I see it all the time! You know the kind, where you are laughing, or turning to the camera, and somehow the camera captures lots more neck than you really have? It’s the worst! I don’t know why, but every time I’m in front of a camera, I tend to pull my chin back without even realizing it and causing me severe cases of ANS!   Ugh!! Luckily, this is an easy fix. The next time you are in front of a camera, (heck grab your phone camera right now and try this), just push your neck and forehead towards the camera a little bit. Kind of like a turtle sticks their neck out. This feels awkward, but from the camera’s perspective it doesn’t look awkward, instead it lengthens and minimizes any chance of a double chin. Wha-lah!!




Tip #3:  Pull your hair forward around your neck

I’ve learned this tip from many years in Photo Shop (PS). Any time I had a client request that I use Photo Shop to help her look skinnier, I played around with all kinds of PS tools to help her look her best, and still like herself. One simple trick I discovered in PS was using a tool to push their hair in around their neck more.   It’s weird, but it really helps you to look much skinnier.   So now when I get that request during the shoot I will bring their hair forward as much as I can around their neck during the shoot so that they get the same result without using my mad ninja PS skills!

I had literally the “Best Weekend Ever”  shooting this amazing wedding in Portland Oregon recently!  Mallory was able to come with me for the weekend as my 2nd shooter and we got to hang out with the neatest people and shoot as much as our hearts desired of this beautiful couple and wedding!  The bride and her Mom were an absolute dream to work with, so we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding gig!  I loved that she chose a white theme with bright colorful flowers – the colors just popped and the bridesmaids looked amazing!  And the reception was perfection – the venue was cozy, the decorations were stunning and the people were the very best you can find!

I love shooting with Mallory, we each have different styles, and she brings a lot of fresh perspective and talent to every shoot.  Plus we get to talk photography shop together which may sound a little nerdy, but to me it is so fun!  Plus plus we went to downtown Portland and had the best shopping day and the last plus is that we found the cutest doughnut shop ever!

We are so excited to announce that this wedding has been featured by The Knot online wedding magazine!!

And…. it was also chosen as a winner for the 50 Weddings in 50 States!!

And… it will be featured in their 2016 print magazine!  I couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful to be a part of such a beautiful event!  Thank you Mary and Emily!!




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Hey all,

I am excited about fall coming soon… excited about all the upcoming photo sessions, excited about Fall Break, and excited to be able to take my baby boys to the park.    Last night I attempted some park play after the sun was out of the sky, and it didn’t matter, we were all still dripping with sweat and it was 7 pm… ugh!  I wish I’d had my camera with me because Jack went down the big slide with a neighbor girl and face planted into the sand, when I ran to the rescue his face looked like a snickerdoodle cookie – completely covered in sand – eyes, nose, mouth it was like a sand mask!  I was laughing so hard, and wiping it all down, and the little boy never even cried.  Little boys are amazing that way – they just love the outdoors and are happy as long as they are outside…. oh, and if they are making lots of noise too… can’t forget that!

Here is a line up of my fall classes

Photographing Children

Come learn how to capture great images of your kids! Whether it’s a classic portrait, a candid day-in-the-life image, or an action/sports shot. We’ll learn about how to find the best lighting, how to work with wiggly toddlers, and how to get crisp images and avoid getting blurry shots. Only 12 spots available, must register to attend at

Thursday, September 19th

9:00 – 11:30 , in Chandler

Photography 101 and 102

Come and learn in person how to create amazing images, and how to use all the functions on your camera!  These 2 classes are 3 hours each and held one week apart from each other.  During the class, we will learn a concept, and then step outside with our cameras and actually shoot using that concept, then we’ll come back inside for more learning! Be prepared to learn things you never knew your camera could do. Both classes are packed with information! All of the concepts are based on using natural light only.

$150 for both classes

Class 101:  $75
Thursday, Sept. 22nd
9:00 – 12:00

Composition, lighting, creativity, toddler tricks, clarity and focus, using the Creative modes (not Auto), aperature priority, shutter priority,

Class 102:  $75
Thursday, Sept. 29th
9:00 – 12:00

Lenses – why, which, when,
depth of field, white balance, focus points – toggling, exposure, ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode,

The classes are designed to go together.  To register, email me at  to let me know your interested and we will get you registered!

Can’t wait to meet ya!

I feel like I have been absentee forever!!  My life has been soo full lately!  Another amazing trip to Africa, a small flood, a busy remodel and of course, much photography going on as well…

The Senior’s are keeping my schedule, I have so many to catch up on, but I thought I’d throw a few out there just to prove I am still alive and well!

Hope you enjoy!!

I will always love doing pictures in the hospital because it is such a sweet experience!  This little girl came with a great set of lungs and an unexpected full head of hair!  Congrats S and J!!

Meet part of our crew…. we have named almost all 10, but we could not name the last 2, since they are identical!  We have Guster, Tank, Frisbee, Twitch, Rue, Prim (our 2 smallest), Ginger, and Summit!  The entire puppy experience is so good for the kids.  We all adore them, and we all are helping with the feeding and clean up duty.  Then we all grab one or two and snuggle up to a movie together on the couch, they are soo fun to snuggle, and they like to bury their noses deep in between your arm and body.  Are they not the cutest things ever?

Oh my goodness, with spring break, kids basketball and other activities, and my upcoming trip to Africa, it was a bit crazy trying to get these classes to fit in the calendar!

But they are back!  Missing shooting, still feeling like you need that extra tip or advice to really help you shoot better?  I love that these are not online classes, or something you have to figure out from a book.  I love learning from someone standing right in front of me, and so I love these classes!

Here is the class line-up for Spring:

Photography 101 and 102: $190

Thursdays March 1st and 8th from 9 am – 12 noon

details are here

Photoshop CS3, CS4, and CS5: $250

Thursday, March 29th 8:30 – 3:30 lunch will be served

details are here

Creative Lighting Class: $125

Saturday, March 10th 3:30 – 6:30

details are here

Everything about this shoot went well.  Our little cute here started out a little shy, but ended up as darling as she could be, the lighting was fabulous, and everyone so fun!  Momma delivered a little brother 3 weeks later, so I have some of his newborn shots to share with you soon as well….

Just checking out some of my amazing sessions I had during the Holiday Season, and this one always made me laugh!

Thank goodness Mom thought so too.  Not every Mom would like this picture, some only want the perfect smiles with the perfect hair.  But looking at this image, you can see their personalities, and that is both timeless and priceless!  That is why this Mom made a big ‘ol print out of this image, and then used it on 200 Christmas cards going all over the country!

Personality trumps all!!!

Is Santa bringing you a new camera for Christmas?  Then let’s get together and figure that thing out so that you can be taking amazing pictures of your kids and family!

These classes will be held in January, and will make the perfect Christmas gift for that photographer who is ready to really get to know her camera!

Photography 101 and 102 – $190

Class 101 – Thursday Jan 19th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.




Toddler tricks

Clarity and focus

Using the Creative modes (not Auto); aperature priority, shutter priority


Class 102 – Thursday Jan 26th from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.

Lenses – why, which, when

Depth of field

White balance

Focus points – toggling

Exposure = ISO, aperature, shutter speed, manual mode

I am also offering another Lightroom class, I myself have been using more and more of Lightroom lately and I am love, love, loving it!  The tools are so great and you can get through many many pictures in a small amount of time!

To register, email me at  I will send you a paypal link, your payment reserves your spot!

Phoenix photography classes