WHY MUST THEY ASPIRE TO WHITENESS: SIA AS MISTY COPELAND

I think most women are appreciative of the body positivity movement that has gained traction over the last decade; I’ve seen very few who don’t understand how damaging it can be for a woman to only see the very thin represented in media and fashion. The need to represent body types of all kinds is…

MOTHER NATURE FOR MOTHER’S DAY: A SPRING PHOTO SHOOT

I love the way the transition between seasons marks the passage of time, reminds us that the year is progressing, and brings with it all the familiar changes I look forward to each year. With spring in full swing and Mother’s Day fast approaching, I decided to treat myself to a conceptual photo shoot embodying…

Expecting on the Beach: Back-to-Back Maternity Sessions

Talk about a coincidence! Last weekend I ended up shooting two separate maternity sessions, on the same beach, and both mother’s were expecting their first boys! The day was somewhat overcast, but still nice, and we had all talked about bringing outfits with layers in case it got cold, so everyone was well-prepared. Machelle was…

Elite Dance Recital: When I Grow Up

My daughter started attending Elite Dance in Antioch as soon as she could walk. So far as I know, this is the only dance school in the area that offers early dance instruction for kids this young. They begin with a weekly drop-in class that focuses more on teaching the kids the very beginnings of…

PITTSBURG PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY: UNDER THE SEA

I have known Sharon since the 3rd grade when we met as students in the GATE program (Gifted And Talented Education). Once a week, a very small number of students were pulled out of each school in the district and bused to one classroom to spend the day together. We were categorized as kids who…