ABOUT ME

Why I do this….

 

When my children were small, I wanted to have family pictures taken, but never made the time. Children change so quickly and I regret that there are gaps in their memory books. When I did photograph my children, I usually was the one taking the pictures, so there are very few memories of all five of us together.  Does this happen to you too?  Mom, you need to be in the photos!  Looking back, I wish I had made time to schedule photos of my family with a professional photographer, so I could just show up and let everything be handled for me.  This is why I like to guide moms through every step of the process, from location, to wardrobe styling, to how to how to get your your children and partner/spouse/significant other on board with this whole thing.

 

Do you want to hear a painful truth? My oldest daughter arranged for the photo on this page. Our photographer was Brandi Christine Shutt and I'm glad my daughter chose her to create this memory for us. Don’t wait until your babies are in their twenties to have family photos made!

 

Speaking of children and spouses, I’m wife, a mom to three adult children, and grandmother to three (including a set of twins), with another on the way! My eldest daughter and her husband are dual military. They moved to San Diego shortly after their 5-year old twins were born. My husband and I followed them from Atlanta, because, well, grand babies. I understand the military lifestyle from a mom’s perspective: It is busy & unpredictable at times, yet fulfilling to serve a greater cause. Family time is precious in military families because of frequent separations. Family photos matter in a special way to military families.

 

When I’m not watching the grand babies or taking pictures, I love being outdoors. I ride my bike or swim most days of the week. I am a proud member of Team USA in Triathlon, and am currently training for the World Championships in Europe in 2021. 

 

 I completed a three-year Professional Photography Certificate Program at UCSD in December, 2020 and continue to take classes to hone my artistic vision.

 

I look forward to meeting you and your family and sharing my talents so you have memories of the moments that matter.

Cheers,


MJ

 

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