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{An Exhibition of Place and People } MEMORY BANK II


For me, it is about slowing down and listening. Listening to the stories that soon will be only relayed through memories. In our busy lives sometimes we easily forget. We all know that realization… a moment lost, a conversation that should have taken place, a story that needs to be told. It is because of this realization that I am so proud to be apart of this upcoming Exhibit. But first…a little info:

Memory Bank II is Preservation Napa Valley’s 2012 community preservation project: an annual, intensive endeavor to celebrate and build awareness for the cultural heritage of Napa County. Partnering with the Napa Valley Museum, subjects have been gathered from eight county areas, from American Canyon to Calistoga. Six professional photographers and one filmmaker are capturing the people and places during an era of great transition in Napa’s history.

August 11- September 23rd 2012

Opening night is tomorrow! August 11th 5:30-7:30 Napa Valley Museum, 55 President’s Circle, Yountvillle, CA

I was fortunate enough to work with three subjects, whose stories and lives touched me. I so enjoyed walking with them and hearing their stories all while being given the immense task of telling just a bit of their story on film. It was an honor and I’m excited with the result.

Here are just a few of the images. I invite you to come to The Napa Valley Museum ( to enjoy the rich lives of these history makers in our valley’s heritage.

Thomas May sits in front of his original Napa Valley home

Roy Enderlin

Arnold Enderlin


{ Istanbul . Turkey } captivating sights + rich culture

As many of you know I have renewed my secret love affair with film and this trip was the perfect opportunity to flirt a little. Istanbul was an amazing city; a rich history &  the current culture blend chaotically yet poetically. Here’s just a glimpse of the result.

Most images shot on Contax . Fuji 400


{ italy }

“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life.” –Anna Akhmatova

In between & during the corporate shoot, images of wanderings, stories & the soul of Italy…

For a complete escape to Italy- visit the show 

For a complete escape to Italy- visit the show

{Old Hands . Old Faces . The Way it Was} Upcoming Exhibit . Opening May 20th 5-7pm

I was honored to be invited to participate in the Preservation Napa Valley‘s upcoming exhibit.  Here’s a sneek peek of a few of my contributing  images:

Preservation Napa Valley presents their 2011 Community Preservation Project: Memory Bank: A Discovery of Old Hands, Old Faces and the Way It Was, May 20th-June 30th, at 1400 First Street, (next to John Anthony Tasting Lounge). A very special exhibition opening with all Old Timers, Photographers and Filmmaker will be held May 20th, 5-7pm.

Memory Bank: A Discovery of Old Hands, Old Faces and the Way It Was
One Filmmaker, Six photographers and Sixteen Old Timers

This unprecedented photographic and film documentation of Napa Valley Old Timers presents the work of six local, professional photographers and a filmmaker who captured fourteen unsung Napa Valley Old Timers. From Pope Valley to Angwin, Rutherford, Napa, Calistoga, American Canyon and beyond, each of these Old Timers played a part in a once quieter, smaller Valley… a time that preceded the glamour, glitz and reign of Napa Cabernet.

Farmers, teachers, fruit truck drivers, dairy men, naturalists, homemakers and hay-makers; these are the folks that watched the transformation of Napa from a vast and diverse agricultural bread basket to the viticultural powerhouse Napa Valley is today. It is the last generation that holds the memories and stories of a place and time passed. The exhibition will be curated by Jennifer Garden, an established and well known curator from the Napa Valley museum.

This six week exhibit has been made possible through the generous support of The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Gasser Foundation, Cathy D’Angelo Holmes of Coldwell Banker Commercial, John Anthony Vineyards and Drapinski TV &Audio. For more information please go to or call Wendy Ward at 707 258-9286

Preservation Napa Valley, 1180 Green Valley Road, Napa CA. 94558

{and here i am} Guatemala – Constru Casa


Here I am in Guatemala – it’s been so crazy this last month fund-raising & planning for this trip that it feels surreal to finally be here with my feet planted firmly on Guatemalan soil. I am touched by the instant warm welcome we received by both the Constru Casa folks as well as each an every person we pass along our travels. Everywhere we venture out we are greeted with warm, “Buenos Dias, Buenos Tardes or a simple Hola”.

Many people gently stroke Trevor’s hair and he often receives compliments on his light hair and blue eyes. (much to his confusion).

Brandon is slowing building the confidence to speak some Spanish and yet the  language of futbol has proven to be universal. The boys carry their ball where ever they go and easily make friends as they begin playing.

We spent the first few days visiting the Constru Casa work sites, towns that they are helping & seeing the schools, women center & homes that they are hard at work building. In addition, we were invited to share in the celebration of a volunteer’s hard work & departure as well as a new women’s center open to families. The volunteers that we have met come from as far as Holland, Spain, France, London, and the United States.  In our spare time we have walked every inch of Antigua and I have enjoyed shooting the colors and flavor of the Guatemalan culture.  It all has been a joyful whirlwind and today we decided to stay home to catch our breath before an intense week of shooting, traveling & home construction.

The people we have met are warm & lovely. They take nothing for granted and make use of everything. Overall, we are humbled and inspired by their grace and ability to adapt in difficult conditions. Yesterday, Brian was floored when we saw an elderly woman carrying two large cement cinder blocks on her head and then asked someone to hand her a third…to carry down a steep slope in bare feet. I know many young fit woman who couldn’t come close to her strength. The blocks she carried were foundations of her son’s new home. Blocks that would prevent the home from sliding  down the steep hill during the next heavy rains.

I am eager to witness more of these construction projects next week & my boys are ready to assist. I can’t wait.

Many more images to come…

{Breaking Ground . Clinica Verde}

Clinica Verde breaks ground! Congratulations to all of you who have donated time & money to this amazing cause. What a journey…what a story!  Meanwhile, last week I turned in my final application for the Getty’s Grants for Good to continue my photojounalism work in Nicaragua . Send me some positive thoughts, prayers, keep your fingers crossed, get out that rabbit foot…whatever works for you; I’ll appreciate your thougths.

{Tell us more about you…}

Isn’t that a tough question? Some of my work was recently accepted into a publication and the editor wanted to know a bit more about me. (I’ll give more details about the publication once it  goes to print.”) They gave me a variety of questions…thought I’d share my response:
I am a photographer and I am a mother…the two seem inseparable at times. Both challenging my inner drive, inner child & the ability to balance it all.. I think that deep down I always knew that I would be a photographer, but becoming a mother gave me an excuse to look at life with the freshness and wonder of a young spirit and find joy in the details…looking past the obvious, to know someone deeper, to trust my instincts, and to push the boundaries of what I am able to do with my life.
I have never been published and I suppose it’s one of my guilty secrets that I have always hoped I could some day. Maybe it’s vanity…maybe it’s the possibility that if someone else puts my work in print, then just maybe, it will make me real. 
My hobbies are anything that brings me outside…kayaking, yoga, biking, backpacking & travel. I find that as I get older, my desire to travel has become more intense; a profound longing to feel connected to others in this world. Lately a list-topper has been just going exploring with my boys in the forest. I think all therapy should begin with a hike in the woods with small children…puts life in perspective. Oh, I have many bad habits…though most pretty tame in the grand scheme….I love  staying up late,potato chips, bad dance music & a great margarita. Add good friends to the occasion and I set!
I am most proud of the fact that while I juggle many things as a business owner & a parent…my boys still have contests of who loves me more. Once they are tucked in tightly for bed, I look forward to my work. I can’t imagine a life of feeling the drudgery of work each & every day. I am so proud that I have created a life that I can enjoy living.
I shoot many things and sometimes it is for joy, sometimes for money and on a good day it is both.

Sticky Fingers, Fall Colors & the Sweet Aroma of Harvest


Wonder-iffic…girls & cancer… on the run

What a day! You gotta love days like this when a bunch of awesome people come together to show the power of the positive. OK…here’s the background.

1. Girls on the Run -“GOTR” © is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. The final step in their program is for all girls to run a 5K.

2. Emily Miner – a local friend & mom who is working hard to kick some serious cancer booty. Read her story here. 



 3. Clif Bar Family – Gary & Kit have donated an amazing track to the St. Helena community & high school


And 1+2+3 + a dynamic community and what do you get? An awesome event celebrating the successes of the local girls & huge outpouring of support for Mrs. Emily Miner and her army of love.  Here’s some pics…thanks to Brian for grabbing a few of these.


Emily’s Army…cancer doesn’t stand a chance!

Calla finishes strong and runs to her big sister Sophie!



Thanks to everyone for making this day possible. The remainder of the photos will be posted on my site under “editorial” soon!

Images of Nicaragua


The strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke a sense of humanity. If it is used well, it is a powerful ancedote in the war aganist all injustices.

Well, we have returned from an amazing trip. Their lives are difficult, the people were wonderful. I’ll let the images tell the story.View my site / ediorial to see more images.


Raquelito age 8. Grandmother cares for after Mother passed away & Father left.  Lives is a shack outside of Boaco in the country. Can’t attend school because she can’t afford the price of a uniform.


Boys in Empalme de Boaco. Cutting down branches to sell for firewood. (A common way to help support the family.)


Life on her knees. Empalpe de Boaco


“I dream for my family to have a house…for an easier life.”

nica_191.jpgnica_189.jpg Pechu, age 8 & Sister Airiana, age 3 – Mother cleans homes during the day and they look after each other with the help of a neighbor. Pechu hopes to go to school someday. Boaco


To find out more about how to help. Read the full post or check out

Check out the Napa Register Article about the upcoming event to support Nicaraguan clinic – Clinica Verde.

make a loan…change a life

wow…I love learning about programs such as these. Talk about keeping hope alive….

Kiva - loans that change lives

I want to let you all know about a cool non-profit that is doing great things called Kiva. Kiva allows individuals to make $25 loans to low-income entrepreneurs in the developing world (microfinance). By doing so, individuals like you provide affordable working capital for the poor (money to buy a sewing machine, livestock, etc.), empowering them to earn their way out of poverty. 

It’s a new, direct and sustainable way to fight global poverty, and the way I see it, I get a higher return on $25 helping someone build a future than the interest my checking account pays. 

They also have gift certicates…which would make an amazing, impactful wedding favor.

Please check out the site:  If you need more “reputable” validation than my recommendation :), know that they have received great press in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to NPR to BusinessWeek. “The Only Non-Profit that Matters”-Fortune Magazine

hola nicaragua

The strength of photography lies in its ability to evoke a sense of humanity. If it is used well, it is a powerful ancedote in the war aganist all injustices.

Well the countdown has begun before our Nicaragua trip. I have mentioned the trip to many of you and thought I’d explain more here. 

I recently saw a movie called ‘War Photographer’; a documentary about a photographer who has made it his life’s work to expose global injustices of war and poverty. His words resonated with my long-range aspirations in photography.  “My goal  is to create images that are powerful enough to overcome the deluding effects of mass media and shake people up from their indifference.” – James Nachtwey  In the words of my husband, “Once people know, how can they look the other way?”

In two weeks, we will be traveling to a small village in the center of Nicaragua. During this trip, I will be visiting and photographing the people that live in these smaller surrounding villages. I am humbeled to be taking my camera into such conditions and hope that I can use my images to increase awareness and hope. It is times like these when I am reminded how small our world is and it is far too easy to close the door; close our minds off to the world that we do not see everyday.

Some of my images will be aiding Clínica Verde , a non-profit creating an environmentally sustainable prototype for a health clinic in Nicaragua that can be replicated throughout the world.  Find out more here: 

Upon our return we will be hosting some fundraising events at Clark-Claudon this summer. The first event is a cycling event:Wildflowers & Wine Ride, leaving from the Clark-Claudon ranch and ending in an awesome Napa Valley picnic. Please join us.

For about ten years my family has been involved with this small  village in Nicaragua. They have helped to build homes, a park & baseball feild as well as help in the local schools and  the clinic. They have funded multiple children to go to school including many girls into university. ( A goal far too often un-attainable in a poverty-striken area.) One particular girl has gone from a shack with black plastic for walls, all the way to university. This spring we will visit her in a ‘real’ home with her husband and new baby. All proceeds from this event will go to students in such dire situations. It is so easy to make a life-changing impact; I give kudos to all who are choosing to do so.

I look forward to sharing the images with you and thank you in advance for any involvement you care to have.

If you would like to help by sponsoring a child or donating to ClinicaVerde, please contact me., or go to

It’s Auction time again…


Here’s a sneak peak… It’s that time of year again…the parents have come out to play.  The date is Feb. 23, 2008 and the schoolyard this year is Rubicon Estate hosting the 21st annual St. Helena Cooperative Auction  “A good thing growing…green.” and it’s going to be a fabulous night! I am pleased to be sharing prints of each child throughout Rubicon estate as well as a DVD slideshow of the children of the school “allowing wonder to happen”. The food & wine will be amazing, the live lots this year are really special…and I do hope everyone enjoys the photos. In addition, a portion of the proceeds goes towards “greening” the school to solar power.  Care to play? You can purchase tickets online or call 707.965-3706 to request tickets or a catalog.