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this is my WHY

years i've been in business

As a mother and a formally trained professional photographer, I believe that life's milestones deserve to be honored, treasured, and preserved...not only for you, but for your children to share with their children.
You reading these words is the end result of something I have been working on for nearly a decade. 

She was my first, and of course, I posted that proud moment online as soon as it happened.

I realized that in a few short months, this beautiful moment would be ancient history. It was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised.

A friend from across the country replied: "Just wait until she says "I love you." In that moment, my heart stopped.
   
  

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amount raised for charitable causes SINCE 2017, including:

prematurity awareness

bay area health care organizations

early childhood education 

$7,000+

THIS IS US

ANything on HGTV

POLDARK

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THE WAR OF ART by Steven Pressfield

THE POUT-POUT FISH

IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE

PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS OF AMERICA

NAPCP - NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CHILD PHOTOGRAPHERS

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memberships

I waited 36 years to hear the word

Mama

"it was all happening just as fast as everyone had promised."

Something really beautiful.

Something made to last.

Something made to share.

01.

When I started on this journey, I envisioned my home being filled with amazing images of my family.  I've searched high and low for the best products to showcase my work and have road-tested every product I share with my clients.  I even give you the opportunity to see a mock-up of your wall art BEFORE you purchase.

something beautiful

02.

All of my clients want the same thing.  Beautiful, timeless images, the ability to preserve and display them along with the ability to SHARE them online.  For this reason, we provide digitals suitable for online sharing with friends and family with every purchased image.

something made to share

03.

It has been a long process to find materials that not only look great, feel great...and stand the test of time and I'm so happy to provide this service for my clients.  I'm not merely doing the design work, I am providing albums and heirloom pieces that are only available to professional photographers.  It's quality you can feel.

something made to last

what it all  means for you

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don't let these moments pass you by. let's get something scheduled.

i feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend a world-renowned photography school

Photography is an art, but also a craft...there are volumes of information on lighting, posing, post-processing, and producing a high-quality final product...not to mention the skills needed to put parents and children at ease in order to encourage their truest selves to shine through.  Much of this comes naturally to me, but I've also dedicated myself to studying the art and science of my craft in order to build a business based on a superior customer experience.
In 2010, I left a successful medical sales career at the top of my game.  I packed all of my worldly belongings in a PODS container and moved from Chicago to Ventura, California to attend the world-renowned Brooks Institute of Photography (now Brooks at UC Santa Barbara). 

I feel incredibly fortunate to have had this experience as most photography training is now only available online, workshops that last less than a week or via trial-and-error.
After photography school, I mentored with one of the world's top wedding and portrait photographers and worked as a retoucher in her studio before opening my own business specializing in the special years between maternity, baby's first year, and young (or maybe if you're like me...not so young) families.
I'm also incredibly proud to have been able to raise over $7,000 for a variety of charitable causes over the past 2 years and have been featured by several premium brands, including Janie & Jack, Monica + Andy, Elestory, Crate & Barrel, and CB2. 


Go to ONE location, get TONS of looks.  Indoors and out.
Any time of year.

I am able to offer my clients a HUGE variety of looks simply because of my location.

Winter.  Spring.  Summer. Fall.
The studio has something beautiful and memorable for each season.

It's simple.

about the studio

Rich in history and artistic inspiration, Sky 9 Studio is best described as a dream photo location. The studio and gallery boast 30-foot ceilings, with huge windows throughout. A selection of well-curated props and furnishings are used within the luminous space but photographic possibilities extend beyond the walls of the primary studio, providing endless variations in photographic styling.  

Exposed brick, an ivy-covered courtyard, arched hallways...these are just a few of my favorite places to photograph you.  Simply put...there is no single place in the San Francisco Bay Area where you can go for a photo session and get so much variety in one session.

"a dream photo location"

 
Walnut creek
&
east bay

 
san francisco

north
bay
&
marin
county

where are you coming from?

san jose
&
south
bay

directions to studio

940 tyler st, #23
Benicia, CA  94510

925.948.0565

VACAVILLE
 sacramento
fairfield

when you pull in the parking lot, look for this archway...

Once you walk under the archway, look for the door with the 940 address plate. Once inside, go to the end of the hallway and turn LEFT.  Sky 9 Studio is located in Studio #23.  This entrance is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

DIRECTIONS FROM WALNUT CREEK | EAST BAY

-take I-680N, cross Benicia Bridge
-merge onto I-780 W toward Benicia/Vallejo
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street


-take I-80E towards Sacramento, cross San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge
-take exit towards Martinez/Benicia
-merge onto I-780 E
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street

DIRECTIONS FROM
san francisco

when you pull in the parking lot, look for this archway...

-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

-from 1-580E, cross Richmond Bridge
-take the Cutting Blvd exit toward Harbor Way
-turn LEFT at Cutting Blvd
-merge onto 1-80E toward Sacramento
-take exit toward Martinez/Benicia
-merge onto I-780 E
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street
-turn LEFT at the second drive and park


-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry)
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

DIRECTIONS FROM marin county | North bay

-from 1-680N, cross Benicia Bridge
-take the exit on the LEFT onto 1-780W toward Benicia/Vallejo
-take Exit 6 for E Fifth Street
-turn LEFT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-at the fork, bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street
-turn LEFT at the second drive and park

-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry)
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

DIRECTIONS FROM san jose | south BAY

-take I-80W
-take Exit 40 / Benicia / Vallejo onto I-780W
-take EXIT 6 for E. Fifth Street
-turn RIGHT at E. Fifth Street
-at the signal light, turn LEFT onto Military E. Street
-when Military East bends to the left, continue straight onto Grant Street
-bear LEFT on Polk Street and go under the bridge
-at the second STOP sign, turn right at Tyler Street

-walk through the arches and into the building (there is a very small address plate which is hard to see from the parking lot...see below for a photo of the entry
-once in the building, walk down the hall with the arches and turn left when you get to the end of the hall
-Knock on the door with the large red #23

DIRECTIONS FROM sacramento | vacaville fairfield

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