Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting the Landrum family. Only 2 weeks ago they welcomed home a new baby boy. Little Wilbert is the 16th in his family to carry the name. His big brother Nicholas and sister Zillah were such a big help during the photo session. Both mom and dad are lucky to have such wonderful children.
Today I was reminded of how amazing the community of Watsonville is. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to be involved in several community minded organizations and have served on many boards, most recently including the Watsonville Police Assistance Fund board (WPAF). WPAF has given me the chance to work closely with our police officers and I've gotten an inside look into the lives and stories of the men and women of law enforcement. I've gained the highest level of respect for these officers serving their community. During a particularly tumultuous time in American history where officers are challenged daily and often met by public criticism, I felt it would be a good time to share something positive.
If you are local to Watsonville you may have noticed that quite a few officers around town have been growing beards. What you may not know is that they're doing so in support of Children's Cancer Awareness. The local organization Jacob's Heart has teamed up with the department for the 3rd year and it is proving to be a success yet again. In total, there are nearly 30 officers participating in the joint effort fundraiser. This idea came about years back when former Chief of Police Manny Solano was serving on the board for Jacob's Heart. Manny wanted to figure out of way to support to the charity closest to his heart. Working with Lori Butterworth, the founder and Executive Director of Jacob's Heart, they formulated an idea where the officers could get involved and give back to their community. At the time, the police department had a clean shaven policy and all officers abided by those rules. Manny put a temporary wave on the facial hair policy allowing officers to grow beards for 3 months. He figured it would be a great way for officers to show their support by grabbing the public's interest in the cause, too. Each officer participating also donated $100+ as a jumpstart to the fundraising efforts. The Jacob's Heart Foundation is 100% funded by donations and needs the support of the whole community. To join the officers in their contributions, I've provided a link where you can get involved and donate: https://www.classy.org/campaign/watsonville-beard-brigade/c135986
I will be photographing the officers over the next few days and weeks. Enjoy!
To learn more about Jacob's Heart, visit their site: http://www.jacobsheart.org/
I started out the week doing a photo session with a local Harbor High School Senior. Lucca and I had been planning for the shoot in the days leading up and we had tons of great ideas. We focused on capturing his adventurous spirit in his photos so that he could share them with friends and family for years to come. We started in the studio, then moved to a local park and finally ended up in Capitola Village. A couple fun hours and hundreds of shots later, we called it a day! Here are a few of my favorites.
This morning started off with a photo session of the most adorable little human. Meet Sonny Rose! At only 15 months she was talking up a storm and noticing everything around her. With cows and chickens looking on we had a very successful photo shoot with several outfit changes. Here are 2 of my favorites.
After several months without a web site, I have finally been able to take the time and gather my new work and assemble this site. There were a few behind the scene people that really encouraged me to go beyond my comfort level and buckle down and make it happen. To them, I am grateful. My hope is that I can keep my clients and friends up to date with all that I do in my day to day life as a photographer. I rarely am without my camera, and I am constantly finding the beauty around me. If I'm not photographing a wedding, a new baby, or a family, I am photographing my surroundings. This is where you will get a glimpse through my lens. Enjoy!