They always say "Mother knows best," and for me that old saying holds fast and true. I was just starting classes at Orange Coast College here in California, and it was my mom who suggested taking photography when I was searching for units to fill my schedule. She said, "Lesley, it's in your blood!" You see, I have a very talented and artistic family. So as horrified as I was to be following my mom's advice, I bit my lip and signed up for the class. By the end of the first day, I knew I had discovered my passion.
My love and excitement for photography led me to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography. I had every family member model for me over the years during school. You know, during the "technical" stages. Their patience is amazing!
After years of freelance assisting and shooting for other studios, it was time to be my own boss. It gives me the freedom to think outside the box and not be limited to somebody else's "artistic" vision. Plus, it gives me the flexibility to be at home for my children.
So where is my studio? Well, it's anywhere you need me to be. Anywhere you are most comfortable and relaxed. From the Inland Empire to Orange County to the outskirts of L.A. It's all about "you" the client. The experiences of having your portrait made should be an exciting and memorable event. My sessions are "play time" at its best.
And here I am now; married to my supportive husband Ray, with two amazing kids who are bursting with personality and creativity which makes each day a new adventure. They are my inspiration, and my best guinea pigs for new ideas. My children have been known to run when mom gets that burst of "why not" and the sparkle in her eyes. I have an amazing set of photo albums and a huge desire for more wall space.
Thanks kids! Thanks family!