I’m Beryl and I’m so glad you’re here. Won’t you settle in for a bit? Go grab a cup of iced coffee and stay awhile. I’d love to connect, share my story, hear yours, and invite you on life’s journey with me. We’ll bond over our love of our little ones, Chipotle’s guacamole, TOMs shoes, and of course photography.

I believe that there is magic hidden inside your camera, and I’m here to help you discover it.

I am a professional photographer by chance. A teacher to the core.

I was the kid who used to line up my stuffed animals on the rug and showed them what I did in school that day. The pied piper of our block who led the little kids in a marching chorus of song and dance around the neighborhood. The teenager who volunteered at the local elementary school and fell in love with the idea of ‘lifelong learning’ and ‘making and impact’ on the lives of America’s youth.

I worked in Elementary school classrooms for 10 years, teaching Kindergarten and First Grade students how to read and write and then teaching teachers and students how to embrace technology and teach creatively in the ‘digital age.’

I became a mom for the first time when I found out we were expecting on Mother’s Day in 2009.

I fell in love with photography as a way to document this exciting time, and then fell in love with it all over again when I needed healing after our tragic loss at 20 weeks pregnant. A year later in 2010 I became a mom for a second time when I gave birth to my beautiful, vibrant, inquisitive, blonde hair, blue-eyed, rainbow girl Brielle. Every day she teaches me the importance of happiness, lightheartedness, and big dreaming.

(and that even though I may not feel like a supermom, I’m always super in her eyes)

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Never in a million years would I have guessed that a camera would ultimately guide me to change the trajectory of my life, my career, and my dreams.

But that’s just what it did, when I decided my life’s purpose was to teach other moms how to rediscover themselves using their camera as a guide too.

I know how quickly it feels like life is whizzing by.

How busy it can be. How after becoming a mama you may have ‘lost your spark’. How your kids are growing up way too fast. How you have a camera (or two or three), but you aren’t capturing the memories you’re going after. How there never seems to be any time. I know because I’ve been there.

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I want to teach you how my camera and photography brought me to a place of self-discovery, confidence, and connection with life and the special people and things that surround me. Whether you’re making the most of the camera on your iPhone or you’re trying to figure out how all the buttons and dials on that big fancy DSLR work…

I’m here to help.

To jumpstart your learning I’ve got a completely free e-magazine to get you started. This signature issue of Compose is 40+ pages of my best secrets for improving your confidence behind the lens so you can snap amazing photos and focus on what matters most, connecting with your kids and family. Here’s a sneak peek at just some of what’s inside:

•    Your must capture moments made easy
•    20+ Favorite Photography Resources For Moms
•    My best tips for photographing your whole family
•    20 conversation starters for taking better photos of kids
•    The moms guide to buying a DSLR camera
•    The surprising problem keeping you from preserving and printing your photos

To start reading now, simply enter your email address in the box below and I’ll deliver this issue right away!

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It’s a beautiful world out there and your camera is ready and waiting to capture each moment of this precious life.

I’m simply here to help inspire you on the journey.

Ready? Set? Happy snapping!



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P.P.S. If you’re looking for personal one-on-one guidance as you journey towards using your camera to its fullest potential,  I’d love to be your photography muse. Learn more about how we can come together to do just that by clicking here.