My First Best Friend


It all started...

3 years ago. I was compelled to create a meaningful personal project. I was sitting in my office in January 2014, trying to think of a project that would recharge my batteries for the year and also give back to others. Out of the corner of my eye I noticed something falling off the shelf above my desk. It was an old photograph of my grandmother and her mother and I caught it before it fell. I realized that even though I had lived in a two-family house with my grandmother throughout my childhood, there were really no nice photographs of her and me together.

Inspiration struck! And I set out to do a photographic study of a grandparent and grandchild, focusing on the faces of the subjects and the connections they have to each other. I put out a casting call for subjects from the local area and had such an enthusiastic response that she had a waiting list. Over the course of two years 30 families were photographed, including grandparents that traveled from all over the region just to participate in this photo session. The results were exhibited 4 times at local businesses and galleries.

My original goal of this project was to capture that special relationship between grandchild and grandparent -- a bit of who they are in this point in time as well as the relationship between them. Too often we wait until that ‘perfect moment,’ and many times that moment never comes. Everyone deserves to have a beautiful, tangible photo that illustrates their relationships.



Hello California!

Once again, this project is calling out to me. I'm thrilled to announce that I'm bringing this special project to life in my new home in California. The first round of sessions will be held in the East Bay with additional locations opening in 2018.

I've been approached to publish a book with the beautiful artwork resulting from these sessions. 

A special Portrait Package including the session and a framed heirloom print will be offered. You will have the option of being included in any future exhibitions as well as print/book publications.

To get on the list on how you can have one of your own First Best Friend keepsake portrait sessions, please sign up below and we will notify you FIRST when the schedule opens.