ABOUT GINA

Blond woman in a fedora

Hi! 

I'm not going to bore you with how I fell in love with photography.  It doesn't really matter!  I DO love it and I want you to, also.  More importantly, I want you to love images of yourself and/or you WITH your loved ones.  Photography is about creating visual eye candy for you and for a meaningful purpose.

WHAT IS YOUR MEANINGFUL PURPOSE?

  • To create images of you that remind you that you matter. 

  • To create images of your loved ones that make your heart flutter whenever you pass them in the halls.

  • To create images that level up your business.

  • To create images that attract the right people to you. 

  • To create personal art pieces that make people stop and stare. 

  • To create intimate images that make space for you to connect with your body and spirit. 

  • To immortalize this moment.  To gift the future with serene moments of reflection. 

MY MEANINGFUL PURPOSE:

I've been photographing people since well before mirrorless and digital single-lens reflex cameras were the only way to professionally photograph the world.  Along the way, I learned that the most important thing about portrait photography is not the equipment, it's connection.   I have to have the skill, yes, but the most important thing is listening, guiding, and connecting so that I can provide you with an experience to remember and images you love so much that you feel joy and love every time you see them.  Using my photography skills to bring positivity and joy to the world ultimately gives me the greatest joy.  My meaningful purpose is selfish!

CLIENT-CENTERED:

Asking the right questions is the most important element of planning professional, client-centered photography that goes far above and beyond point-and-shoot photography or phone pics.  Above all, I believe if you hire a professional photographer you should expect great service and expertly crafted photographs that can't be captured by just anyone!

THE RIGHT QUESTIONS:

  • What kind of photographs do you want and/or need?  Fine art, magazine-style, professional branding, lifestyle social media content, etc.  Look through all the images on my website (and even Pinterest) and consider which styles resonate with you!  Don't worry, we can do more than one thing!

  • Who are YOU and how do you want to be photographed?  Clothing, style, mood, props, posing.

  • What unspoken message do you want to convey with images alone?  A tough lawyer?  A strong but kind eligible bachelor?  A friendly and knowledgeable life coach or realtor?

  • Do you need polished, professional images for your website and professional profiles AND casual lifestyle images to fill social media feeds, all while staying consistent with your brand

  • Are you celebrating a milestone or life change?  Turning 50, 80, 100?!  Did you get a promotion, retire or win the lottery?!  

  • Do you want gorgeous, forever-caliber portraits of you and/or the ones you love to pass down to generations? 

  • Do you want to include others or add them in later in the session?  Your family, a friend, a partner, etc.

  • Do you want to gift someone you love a photoshoot to make them feel special and express how much they mean to you?  An intimate session for a fiance or spouse?  A magazine-style (model-for-a-day) session for a good friend? A senior session with golden-light AND studio (model-for-a-day) fun?  

EDUCATION:

  • University-level courses, blah, blah, blah.

  • I shoot A LOT!  Far more than Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule!  

  • Countless in-person workshops and online tutorials on posing, lighting, camera techniques, etc.

  • Hours of retouching seminars that retouched my soul. 

  • Neverending awe and passion for cool, beautiful, or just freaking awesome photos!

  • Every time I enhance skills or learn new ones I am able to provide a better service for you!   

NON-EDUCATION:

  • I am the worst at CULLING down the photos because I love them all too much.  I'm sure there's a YouTube video for that, but I can't seem to bring myself to study it.   

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:

AWARDS:

Portrait Masters:

  • 1 Silver level award in the top 20, teen and senior category.

  • 5 Silver level awards.

  • 8 Bronze with Distinction awards.

  • 10 Bronze level awards. 

 

RECOGNITION:

November 2021: Captivating Cover Award for Calabasas and Hidden Hills Living Magazine

August 2021: Shout-Out LA recognition.  Shout-Out LA