I have been a professional photographer since 2002… Everyone has to start sometime, and that was my time. I had been a recruiter in high tech in Silicon Valley during the good times, met a wonderful guy and gotten married, and then like most Americans, was jolted from my sweet vision of life by the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. It made me want more fulfillment. It made me cherish the ones I loved even more, and when I got the chance to work for my own wedding photographer, I seized it. I had always been a photographer, having taken it in college, and grown up with a camera in my hand for years. It was time to do it for money. It was time to hope that people would choose me to capture their precious memories! It was time for me to meet Christy Wunderling and her fiance, Matt Olson. They considered many photographers. Even my really good friend, Jacki Vaughan, who had recently left her job at the San Jose Mercury News to go full time into photography. Christy and Matt picked me. I photographed their engagement session, their beautiful wedding at the Carmel Mission, and then, a few years later, Matt’s sister Bridgette’s wedding at the Carmel Mission and Pebble Beach. Then Matt & Christy had a beautiful baby girl, Rosie! They are so special to me, and I am their family photographer! Such an honor. A few weeks ago I photographed Christy & Matt, their two children, Bridgette & Darren, their two children, the two family dogs, and Matt & Bridgette’s wonderful parents! It was a great day, Christy found a great location, everybody showed up ready to smile, and then afterwards we shared a wonderful lunch. And Rosie gave me a picture she had drawn. It’s on my fridge. Love you guys, and hope everyone has a happy Mother’s Day!