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Can you tell us your journey with photography? What keeps you fascinated by photography?
It all started with a disposable camera that my mom bought me when I was 12 years old. It was the last day of school, and I wanted to document the day before we went off to summer break. I’ve been snapping photos ever since.
Currently, I primarily work as portrait/headshot photographer for artists and creatives.
You know the saying ”a picture is worth a thousand words?” I don’t believe that. I prefer to say a “picture is worth a thousand feelings,” because that’s what photography evokes for me. How many times have you looked at a photo and just stared at it? Even if it's just a few seconds, there’s a thousand moments that can happen. You can remember a memory or a loved one, a story can unfold, you can be transported to a different world, or you can share moments of joy, love, and laughter. Our first instinct when looking at a photo is not to explain it, but to remember those moments that make us pause. Those are the moments I try to capture.

What do you want the people you photograph to feel during your photoshoot and why?
I want folks to feel comfortable, confident, connected, and at ease. If there’s one thing that I always strive for in all my shoots - this is the singular thing. If I’m doing portraits with a couple or an artist, the photo is actually not my main priority. I know it’s ironic, because that’s the whole point of a photoshoot. But hear me out! I don’t focus on the photo, because it’s not about the photo, it’s about the person in front of the camera! The photo is just a byproduct of the shoot. I’m going to repeat this, photoshoots are about you.

What’s a yearbook-style superlative you’d give to your high school self? What’s one for your current self?
Hmm...let me think (googles high school superlatives). I'd probably be "Most likely to sing in the shower." Now, it totally would be "Most likely to serenade his dog."



lorenz angelo gonzales

Specializes in: events, families,  and weddings

comeplum associate photographers

Can you tell us your journey with photography? What keeps you fascinated by photography?
Like many others, photography has been my passion ever since I can remember. In high school I decided to follow my dreams and attend Savannah College of Art and Design where I was professionally trained in Photography. For me, photography is about seeing the beauty in creation and the life we have been given. Whether it’s food, people, places or events, I seek to capture this beauty the best way I know how.

What do you want the people you photograph to feel during your photoshoot and why?
I would love the people I photograph to feel comfortable while having an amazing and memorable time. Photoshoots are meant to be fun where you can let loose, be yourself and feel confident.

What’s a yearbook-style superlative you’d give to your high school self? What’s one for your current self?
Fun fact, I actually was awarded Most Creative in high school. Now I would probably get most likely to marry your high school sweetheart.



ComePlum is a photo studio for go-getter women who are impacting the world. We have a team led by lead photographer Praise Santos and also comprised of her favorite people, her associate photographers. Here is a little more about them.

Stephanie Quirk

Specializes in: events, families,
and weddings

You know the saying ”a picture is worth a thousand words?” I don’t believe that. I prefer to say a “picture is worth a thousand feelings,” 

Can you tell us your journey with photography? What keeps you fascinated by photography?
Photography has been in my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up on a farm; therefore I was exposed to all the seasons, sunrises, sunsets, watched shadows from the trees blow in the wind, and examined various textures. I was given my first camera when I turned 13. A purple Sony coolpix. It wasn’t until high school I realized I could turn my dream into a career. After I graduated high school, I moved to San Francisco in 2015 and enrolled at the Academy of Art University. I learned so much from living in the Bay, meeting new people, and just doing life in a big city impacted my work in so many ways. Crazy how I met Praise at Comeplum and became her first intern! SAY WHAT!? 
 
I later met my fiancé in the photo department and we both brought our photography together and started our business Luminary Photography. We photograph portraits weddings, families, maternity, and many other things! If I could describe our style in a few words, it would be joyful, bright, warm, and timeless. I graduated from the Academy of Art in 2019 and solely focus on Fine Art projects, marketing, Luminary, and Associate Shooting for Comeplum. I’m constantly fascinated by the people in the city. It’s like a storybook I can’t put down because each character is so unique. They are the ones who continue to inspire me and I want to provide that space for them to capture the chapter they’re currently living. 





krysta sinclair

Specializes in: events, families,  and weddings

What do you want the people you photograph to feel during your photoshoot and why?
I want my clients to feel like they are heard, loved, and can dance like nobody is watching. In other words, I want my clients to feel as comfortable as possible. To feel okay with letting the kids run free or for them to hold the stick in a group photo is completely natural. I feed off that energy and make it my job to capture it. Letting things flow naturally allows the photos to be raw, real, and also a super fun day to remember!

What’s a yearbook-style superlative you’d give to your high school self? What’s one for your current self?
I’m laughing at this question because I was the editor for the yearbook in high-school and had to type out all of the quotes! So mine would be, “most likely to write out all the high school superlatives.” LOL. But if my friends were to write one for me, it’d be “most likely to own Trader Joe’s.”

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