My photography journey began when my daughter was born and I received my first DSLR camera. And with this amazing new camera, I was sure I would be a great photographer immediately. I was not. It took me a long time to realize it was not about the equipment. It’s about the photographer and lots of practice. Years later, and many photos later, a friend asked me to take her family photos and then urged me to pursue it professionally. Since then, I’ve met lovely people, had great fun, walked dozens of miles, and taken thousands of photographs. 

I’ve always been fascinated with photography, the magic of capturing a moment to cherish it forever, and how it can so easily trigger our memories of times we might have otherwise forgotten. Photography has always interested me, whether looking through old family photos, restoring images, teaching others what I've learned, or taking the photos myself. I love photography. I come from a long line of creatives, and photography was my path.


My style has always been about showcasing my subjects as naturally as possible. I primarily use natural light and outdoor locations. I use prompts to engage my clients with each other or with me to get those genuine and authentic expressions. And while I prefer candids, I throw in the traditional poses too.


I’m based out of Lompoc, California, but I’ll travel up and down the Central Coast for a cool, new location to photograph you. I look forward to hearing from you.


  • The "Elm" in Elm Photography is just my initials. I know, I know, I'm a creative genius.
  • I was born and raised on the Central Coast of California, a true California girl. The blonde hair gave it away, didn't it?
  • I love coffee. The smell, the first cup in the morning. The second cup in the morning... you can see a pattern here.
  • I like all things vintage, especially old photos (obviously)
  • I'm pretty quiet and dislike small talk, but once you get to know me, you may not shut me up.
  • When I'm not busy snapping pics of people, you can find me chasing after bugs and flowers like a true nature enthusiast.
  • I'm an introvert, but photography has made me more extroverted. But only a little.
  • I love true crime and witty comedies.
  • I have a big sweet tooth; it's right there, see it?
  • A good belly laugh can cure nearly anything except maybe a sweet tooth.
  • Family and friends are a treasure, even if you don't always agree.