I have a formal education in the Fine & Applied Arts including photography, graphic design, web design & multimedia design. Before starting Photo Essence in 2005 my life & job experiences included being a Graphics & Web Design instructor at local County Colleges and I have been coaching gymnastics for over 25 years which certainly has given me a wonderful perspective on children.

My love of photography was sparked at a young age and continued to grow over the years as I learned about the techniques and mechanics of photography. This love of photography quickly became a true passion when I discovered the world of digital photography. I was finally able to combine my multi talents of design, photography and love of children into custom portrait photography.

With many people worrying about their children’s safety I can assure you that you and your family don’t have to worry letting a stranger into your home for a portrait session. Because I continue to coach gymnastics I am required to have a thorough background check every 2 years and I can provide references upon request.

Please note that all images on this website were given permission to be used at the time of the client’s portrait session. If you prefer not to have your child’s images shown in my portfolio please notify me of this decision at the time of your session.

Once we are done with your portrait session and I have uploaded your proofing gallery you will need to use the password I send in an email to gain access to your images. Only you and the family and friends that you wish to share the password with can gain entrance to the proofing gallery.