ABOUT DEARHEART STUDIOS
Originally from New York, I left my hometown of Brooklyn for the foggy hills and captivating charm of San Francisco. There, I became a wedding and dog portrait photographer, opened a boutique storefront studio, traveled the world for destination weddings, fell in love, began my journey to motherhood, and wed at San Francisco City Hall. When my children were born, I decided to close my studio to focus on my family.
Inspired by my children and love of family, I created Dearheart Studios when my children began school so I could continue my passion for photographing people and dogs. It is my joy to document your story through my lens and create honest, artful photographs that you will hold dear to your heart for years to come.
Although I no longer call San Francisco my home, a piece of my heart remains there. The rest of my heart resides in Sacramento with my husband, two boys, and two dogs.
I began my career in 2000 photographing couples in love all over Northern California, including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Miami, Houston, The Carolinas, and as far away as India, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Philippines, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and on a cruise ship.
"One of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World"
— American Photo Magazine
During that time, I received some wonderful honors. In 2009, under my former studio, Ann Hamilton Photographer, I was named among American Photo Magazine's "Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World." The following year, I was chosen by The Knot Magazine as one of the "Best Wedding Photographers" in Northern California. My work has appeared in wedding and industry magazines, including Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, 7x7 San Francisco, Rangefinder, The Knot, San Francisco Examiner, and in several books by industry icon, Bill Hurter, including the "Best of Digital Wedding Photography." I have received the distinction of Associate of WPPI (Wedding & Portrait Photographers International) for my work being awarded in print competitions over the years.
Before weddings, I was as an apprentice for celebrated dog photographer, Amanda Jones. Inspired by Amanda and my beloved pug, Bogie, I began photographing dogs in 2005. My dog portraits are on display at Wag Hotels in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as in private collections. My work has appeared in national industry magazines such as Rangefinder and Photo District News (PDN), as well as Dog Art Today, Design Aglow, Varón magazine, and the Yahoo! Flickr app for Apple's iPhone. Clients have included Yahoo!, Wag Hotels and Earthbath. In 2009, I was invited to speak at WPPI's annual photography conference in Las Vegas, sharing my love of dogs and passion for dog photography.