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  • Well, hello! Welcome to fresh.simple.true.

    I'm a portrait photographer based in Long Beach and I love The Quirk in beings. I like capturing the funny faces, silly expressions and personal interactions that are like wonderful inside jokes to your family. Babies and dogs are my specialty; I love them individually, but when you put them together...bam! Awesomeness happens.

    My clients like portraits that show who they are, not just what they look like. They want the important stages of their lives documented, but in an honest, genuine way. No soft focus for them; no awkward family poses and definitely no matching turtlenecks.

    This site is a combination of my portfolio and blog. Blog posts are right below this introduction, and links to my portfolio work are directly above. I love to blog, but honestly, I'm on Facebook probably more than I should be, so find me there and say hello.

    I donate my time & art to many nonprofits. Rescue work is close to my heart and I offer session discounts for those with rescued/shelter animals and also senior or terminally ill animals.

    I'm a big fan of community. I make my artwork available to nonprofit fundraisers at no cost; if you have an event coming up and would like to auction some of my work, don't hesitate to drop me a line and let me know what you've got going on.

I do, I do! I mean, I did. But I won’t again.

I shot a wedding! It’s been over a year since my very, very last wedding; I retired from that part of the business a long time ago for lots of reasons. But a couple of weeks ago a good friend of mine got married, and he asked me to shoot the wedding. Arrrggghhh. Come out […]

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November 1, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Angela Ward Brown - As a wedding photographer I totally get why you didn’t want to be a wedding photographer any more. But I have missed seeing great work like this. Your work has so much of you in it, and its great to see that in what can be an identikit wedding world.

Top work, bird.

November 1, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Nainoa's Dad - All kinds of awesome.

November 4, 2013 - 4:31 pm

susan sabo - Ange, I have to laugh at your comment, because you are so much more than a wedding photographer. Your praise is a great treat for me; you’re one of my favorite photogs ever. Thanks, love. xo

Carlos! Thank you!

So Much Life!

I was supposed to post Part II (and frankly, the part that makes sense) of the story behind the photo I posted on Facebook yesterday (the “what’s up with me” story), but I got a new film camera yesterday (a gift from Mr. Susan) and we all know what happens when that happens. The first, […]

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October 14, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Cindi - So damn cute. I love how Mouse is getting in on the action now. Trust me, I get it. :)
And looking forward to your news! xo

October 14, 2013 - 4:05 pm

susan sabo - Mouse has completely melted our hearts, all of us, even T’s! They’re definitely a pack of 3 now. *swoon*

October 14, 2013 - 7:34 pm

scribblegurl - The vatos look so ridiculously happy and adorable in the bottom one, while Mouse looks very dignified and like a little queen. Love it. :) And the top two? I’m melting. :)

October 25, 2013 - 1:39 am

Nuala - Your dogs are so gorgeous – and they are so lucky to have you.

November 4, 2013 - 4:37 pm

susan sabo - Ha, I was calling her a Vata, but it just doesn’t fit. She’s known around here as “la princesa.” :)

Thank you, Nuala. I feel so so lucky to have them!