Beyond the Sea

I am fascinated by water- by its colors, its ability to calm and soothe, and its unbelievable power. I live on the East Coast, so am always near water, but I find that when I leave home, I often choose to visit places that are also near large bodies of water. This collection focuses on the beautiful forms of water- from vast oceans to rushing rivers, rain drops to ponds. 

I specialize in portraits, interiors & creative commercial- with themes of rich colors, beautiful detail & authenticity. The very best way to get to know my photography style is to see the images themselves! 

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I opened my studio ten years ago in New Haven, Connecticut, passionate about using my photography to help people connect with their families, their stories, and their own beauty. When I'm not at the studio I love to travel and collect new photographs for the fine art series. My work can be found in private collections around the world, and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, Forbes, MSN, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. I live in New Haven with my husband, Yale University professor Dr. Paul Van Tassel, and our three kids. 

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