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Snapdragon Photography Studios

Professional Experience Education & Associations Further study and advanced workshops: Brooks Institute of Photography, CA. Professional Development in Photography Certificate: New York Institute of Photography, NY Graduate Work in Educational Psychology: Ca. State Northridge, CA. Fine Arts Study: Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology/Illustration: UC Santa Cruz, CA Member International Photography Association 2003- current Member Workbook 2003-current Member APA 2002-current Published Work & Awards: International Photography Award, Honorable Mention, 2004 for photographs slated for “Passion Play: The Passion of Songwriters and musicians” Publication of award and work in the 2004 Annual IPA Book Published in the spring of 2004 as a collective work titled The Colors of Life (library of Congress ISBN-0-7951-5227-2) Published Photographs in Mothering Magazine, 2002-current Published Photographs in Santa Barbara Family Life Magazine, 2004 Published “Memory Gardens” Article in Santa Barbara Family Life, 2004 Current project: Passion Play: The Passion of Songwriters and Musicians Relevant Career History Writer/Photographer: 1989-current, Jackson, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura CA, Milwaukee WI & Chicago IL Freelance writer with most current work a collective work titled: Colors of Life, Library of Congress ISBN-0-7951-5227-2, as well as, various articles for magazines Photographer/Art Direction: snapdragon photography studios 1997-current, Jackson, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Ventura CA, Milwaukee WI & Chicago IL Freelance Documentary Photographer as well as Children’s Portraiture, Wedding, Commercial, Fine Art Photography Photographer/ Art Direction: ArcherInk, 2002- 2005 Santa Barbara, CA. T-shirt Design, Graphic Design, Photographer, Photography Direction, Photoshop Touch Up and Restoration, Web Design, Catalog Design, and Greeting Card Design

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What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?

Getting to know the people you are photographing and tailoring what you create to who they are as people. Making people feel at home so that the poses and facial expressions are genuine. Styling the background and clothing chosen.

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

What types of pictures are they looking for, what do they want to "say" with the images they are requesting, what do they like about pictures they like? I ask them to show me some pictures of themselves and tell me what they like about the images. I ask them about themselves so I can suggest props, locations and etc that they might want to include. I really like to create a body of work that really speaks to the person I am photographing but that sometimes has something a little surprising. Often a person has a secret persona that isn't evident in day to day actions such as a person that never wears dresses might want to wear a gown and high heels and do some glamor shots as well as a more traditional pictures.

What do you love most about your job?

I love helping people see that they are beautiful and that they are seen as such. I like to capture a glimpse of who they really are. I love seeing a beautiful image and working with people on a vision.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I was always an artist. I love pictures and color and contrast and imagery. I started out an art major and everyone told me that artsits never make money, I believed them and went on to study Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology; I loved learning about it but my heart was not in it to pursue a career in the sciences.
I wanted to take images and photographs how I wanted to take them and collab with the client. I didn't want to churn out clients but rather work with them to produce something unique.

Why should our clients choose you?

They should choose me if they are looking for someone to collaborate with and like the images they see on my website. I like to do natural light photography so that should be something they are looking for as well.

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