Why I do this….
When my children were small, I wanted to have family pictures taken, but never made the time. When I did photograph my children, I usually was the one taking the pictures, so there are very few memories of all of us together. Does this happen to you too? Mom, you need to be in the photos! Your family needs to remember who you were, as much as you need to remember who they were.
Looking back, I wish I had made time for professional photos so that I could just show up and have everything be handled for by someone else. This is why now I'm on a mission to guide moms through every step of the process, from beginning to end. Your days are busy enough without having to add "the perfect photo shoot" on your to-do list..
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.
Two things I've learned over the years: Family time is precious. Family photos matter. Even if you don't choose me as your photographer, don't let the moments that matter go untold.
When I’m not taking the grandkids on adventures or making photographs, 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 2021 Triathlon Nationals.
I completed a three-year Professional Photography Certificate Program at UCSD in December, 2020 and continue to take classes to hone my artistic vision.
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Mary Jo was great from start to finish! She provided detailed instructions and tips for a successful photo shoot. She helped choose our wardrobe, and I even texted her from the store with photos of options for my husband and she told me what would go best with the other items already chosen. My teen daughters aren't too excited about getting close to each other or us--but Mary Jo was so patient and calm in getting them to pose and close the gaps for great photos. She did a wonderful job of capturing our family in this season and I am so appreciative.