Growing up just outside Pasadena, CA – my innate desire to create was evident from an early age. From crafting and sewing clothes for my stuffed animals to playing the piano and exploring nature, I found joy in bringing something new into existence. My parents played a significant role in nurturing my creative spirit, each expressing their own unique forms of creativity.
My dad channeled his creativity through various artistic pursuits – writing, leatherwork, woodwork, calligraphy, and tending to our vibrant garden – he exemplified the embodiment of a true Renaissance soul. My mom, a dedicated nurse for over 40 years, modestly claims not to possess a creative bone in her body. However, I see her creativity shine brightly in the kitchen, where she effortlessly makes homemade meals that bring family and friends together. I have many fond memories of gathering around the dining table during holidays or just a normal weekday, savoring the dishes she poured her heart and soul into. Throughout my school years, my dad played an equally essential role in my love for food. Each day, he lovingly prepared a homemade lunch for me, complete with a handwritten note. These small gestures filled my days with warmth, reminding me of the power of personal touches and the profound impact they can have on our lives.
My love for food intertwined with my passion for creativity, setting me on course for my own unique journey filled with gastronomic adventures. Equipped with a degree in Graphic Communication and Design from Cal Poly SLO and a love for food and intrigue for travel, I decided to combine these passions and dive headfirst into the world of food styling, photography and story-telling.
Harnessing the power of social media, I created a food-focused Instagram account to document and share my favorite dishes from restaurants I visited. As my account flourished, I immersed myself in the vibrant food scene of Los Angeles and beyond, exploring new culinary experiences and connecting with like-minded individuals who shared my passion for food and creativity. Building confidence along the way, I collaborated with restaurants and food brands, capturing their mouthwatering dishes and products through my lens. My aim is to not only showcase the delectable food but also evoke emotions, tell stories, and inspire others to appreciate the artistry behind every meal.
To broaden my focus, I ventured deeper into the digital landscape and landed a role as a Social Media Manager at a PR firm in Downtown Los Angeles. This corporate job offered valuable insights into the inner workings of social media and honed my expertise in influencer partnerships. It was a period of growth and learning that complemented my creative endeavors, providing me with a well-rounded understanding of the industry.
Currently, I enjoy curating engaging content and leveraging my skills in photography, styling, and storytelling. My current focus primarily revolves around food, beverage, and travel brands – allowing me to combine my passions and create captivating visual narratives.
Beyond my professional endeavors, I continue to find solace and inspiration in diverse creative outlets. Thrifting, sewing, painting, and gardening are among my cherished hobbies that provide a balance to my work. Going into nature rejuvenates my spirit and sparks inspiration, motivating me to spend as much time as possible outside.
In 2019, I embarked on an unforgettable journey to Italy with my mom, a country that holds a special place in my heart. During that trip, I had the serendipitous encounter of meeting my now-husband, who hails from the enchanting city of Bologna. We navigated the challenges of a long-distance relationship, cherishing the moments we spent together and enduring the months of separation due to the global pandemic.
When possible, we seized the opportunity to travel, including my work trips to Turkey and Spain. The summer of 2021 was a particularly memorable time as we also spent three incredible months together in Italy, strengthening our bond and experiencing the joys and complexities of love and commitment. During that time, we got engaged and began planning our wedding, which took place in December 2021 in Italy, surrounded by loved ones.
Presently, my husband and I are building our life in Bologna Italy, savoring moments and facing uncertainties that come with creating a future in a new place. As we navigate this adventure, we remain open to the possibilities of where we'll establish our long-term roots. Join us on this exciting journey as I share our experiences, discoveries, and the beauty of life through my lens. Let's embrace the wonders of creativity, food, travel, and love together.
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Growing up near Pasadena, CA, my creativity blossomed as I delved into the LA food scene, food styling, photography, and storytelling. Now, I curate content centered around food, beverage, and travel, while indulging in hobbies like thrifting. Italy holds a special place in my heart, where I found love and embarked on a new chapter in Bologna. Join me on this creative journey of food, travel, and love.