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Capturing your memories and

freezing time is my superpower.

I'm a Bay Area native who grew up in a large Mexican American family surrounded by love, celebration, and cameras. When you were a kid, did you ever have a grandfather snapping photos or an uncle recording home videos at family parties? Because I sure did! At that time, my older brother and I would pick up their cameras, be silly, and just play. 


Fast forward twenty years, I became a first generation college graduate from the University of San Francisco and New York University, with a professional background in film, television, and international education. I lived in Macedonia as a Peace Corps volunteer, and later had the incredible opportunity to travel on assignment documenting youth service learning trips and acting as a guide all across the globe. With a camera in hand, I zip lined and river rafted in Costa Rica, walked the ancient Mayan Ruins of Tikal in Guatemala, visited a hilltop castle in Southern France, felt pure passion from flamenco dancers in Spain, and helped build foundations of three schools in community with Haiti and Malawi. While traveling with purpose, taking action, and being in discovery, I learned that life no matter where we are is about awakening the power of the heart. 

My Journey

The courageously curious and compassionate

human spirit, connected by gestures

of genuine care, is my inspiration.

I believe that each of us has a meaningful story to share, connections to make, trust to build, and love to give.  I am the photographer I am today - capturing the love we give across diverse cultures - because I am dedicated to making a positive impact on the world. What excites me most about photos is having memories we can relive over and over again. My greatest hope is that the photos we create together will transform into meaningful stories cherished and passed down through the generations of your family.


The breathtaking beauty of nature

is my happy place.

When I’m not behind the camera or exploring the world, you can find me hiking, learning how to play the ukulele, roller skating, relaxing with yoga, supporting educational causes, or pouring my heart into my niece and nephew. I enjoy meeting new people, deeply value experiences over things, serve the local and global community, and have mentors who encourage me to share the gift of creativity.


I am located by the beach in the Bay Area, California. I look forward to traveling near or far to capture joyous, unforgettable life adventures together. Let's continue getting to know each other. I went first, now it is your turn.

Your pal,




Q. What are you listening to a lot lately?

1. French Jazz

2. Girl Boss Radio

3. Fleetwood Mac 



It is an honor to help you tell the story of your life. 

Till we get our chance to meet, shine on.

Based in California

Travels Worldwide 


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