When I first became introduced to photography during my Forensics Science Academy class, I had no idea I would be embarking into a world that would tap into my creative, expressive, and passionate side. I thought I was attending a science-based course that would teach me how to take a decent, properly exposed, photograph of a crime scene. Instead I was properly introduced to a device called a camera that would soon become the paintbrush to my art. I then immediately started taking photography classes at Fullerton College and completed the course program. Every class I took was like a different paint color, contributing something new and different to my art. For me it wasn’t just about taking a picture that would fulfill the assignment requirements. It was a challenge, a direction, and an opportunity to capture the essence of my subject according to my perspective. Needless to say, photography became my passion.
I am currently a crime scene investigator for Fullerton Police Department. Forensic photography is a big part of my job. I use my knowledge in photography to teach my colleagues how to photograph crime scenes that can document as much detail to aid in the reconstruction of a scene at a later time. I am also the creative photographer of the police department. My photographs are displayed throughout the police department. They are used in newsletters, websites, and the department annual reports.
Outside of my full-time CSI job, I have a side business in family, wedding, and event photography. I enjoy capturing treasured moments; whether it’s a baby’s first year, the big “I do” or the yearly Christmas card family portrait. I have built life-long relationships with my clients. They trust me and my photography, which means more to me than the monetary aspect of my business. I believe that a great photograph is not just one taken by a great camera but by the creative eye behind the lens.