Meet Michael – Pianist Extrodinaire

This is Michael. He is a pianist. His instructor is Doris DeChenne of San Diego.

On Saturday, September 21, he will play 12 pieces for an event sponsored by the Autism Society of San Diego!  The event is call ed Lights. Camera. Autism.

To see the entire photo shoot, visit


Brenda Boyd Photography in Menifee/Murrieta, CA, Announces Accreditation by Special Kids Photography of America

Brenda Boyd Photography announces its accreditation by Social Kids Photography of America on August 27, 2019.

Accreditation means a photographer has completed a Special Kids Photography of America workshop, has passed a written test and submitted images that were reviewed and approved by a panel of judges. “Because of this accreditation, I am even more sensitive to the needs of special kids, and I will listen to the parents when they tell me what makes their child amazing,” says Brenda.

“When I became an ‘aunt’ of two special boys, my life changed forever,” says Brenda. “I learned everything I could, and I become a respite provider. My sweet nephews are all grown up now, and they have taught me the invaluable arts of love, slow, laughter, and listening.”

Brenda says, “I’ve heard stories about families who have been turned away by photographers because the photographer didn’t want to work with or photograph that child. Families with special kids enjoy a great photo of their child, just like everyone else.”

Brenda Boyd is a professional photographer serving the Menifee, Murrieta/Temecula, and surrounding areas. She specializes in headshots, people and pet portraits, and special kids photography. She is the only accredited special kids photographer in the San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. She is available by appointment by calling 909-583-3033.



Special Kids Photography of America was founded out of a young Pennsylvania mother’s frustration, humiliation and hurt experienced at a photo studio where she went to commission a portrait of her one-year-old disabled son. The photographer tried to turn her away because her baby did not look like other infants. After her tears dried, she got mad and realized that professional photographers need to be trained with researched knowledge and how to be comfortable with photographing special children. That’s what SKPA does: Train photographers and advocate for special children through beautiful photography.

Since the time of SKPA’s inception in 2000, hundreds of photographers have been trained in the unique understanding of working with various disabilities common in our society. All photographers and interested parties can benefit from the educational books and tools available from this website. Our main mission is to represent parents to photographers, that they might have the training, understanding and tools that equate to improved photographic services to familes of children with special needs.

SKPA photographers are in no way employed by, nor recommended by, Special Kids Photography of America. SKPA photographers are listed on the SKPA website as a courtesy and possible assistance to families seeking photographic services for their special children.

Joshua: Now Here’s a Special Kid

I’m getting certified with Special Kids Photography of America. If you have a special kid and you want photos, but have had a terrible experience with other photographers, maybe we can meet to see if I can get you some photos that will make you smile and cry!

See all the top picks from today…


In Los Angeles with Peter Hurley

Big Dream Come True – I’m in Los Angeles for three days with Peter Hurley at the Headshot Intensive/Intensified workshop.

I love this quote from Bruce Lee:

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” – Bruce Lee

SANTA ROSA PLATEAU: Go See the Chocolate Lily

With camera in hand, I headed out to Vernal Pools Trail today at the Santa Rosa Plateau. I wanted to see if the SUPER BLOOM had reached this area…almost. I saw only a few wildflowers, and spent most of my time with two: One was the Chocolate Lily, and the other was the Shooting Star. These were taken with a 50mm fixed lens at f/1.4, mostly on my belly. Nature is amazing. I’m primarily a headshot/portrait photographer, so in a sense, these are flower headshots.



COMMON NAME: Chocolate Lily. The Chocolate Lily is also known as the black lily.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Fritillaria camschatcensis
DESCRIPTION: Chocolate lilies are named after the color of their blossom. The 9- to 18-inch-tall stem is topped by one to eight bell-shaped nodding flowers, 1 1/4 inches long. These blooms appear dark purple, almost black. Three whorls of lance-shaped leaves grow around the stem.
Chocolate lilies are native around the Pacific Ocean including Japan, Alaska and the northwestern United States. In the wild, these flowers are found growing near lakes and streams as well as in wet meadows, marches, sphagnum bogs and forest wetlands. Chocolate lilies grow below 3,000 feet elevation down to sea level.
STRUCTUREThe rooting structure of the Chocolate lily is made up of small bulblets resembling rice, and was called Indian rice at one time. This perennial bulb provided a food source, eaten raw or cooked, before European settlers arrived in western North America. Dried bulbs of the Chocolate lily were added to soup or pounded into flour.
GROWTH: Chocolate lilies can take up to a full year to sprout, which usually occurs in the spring.
FASCINATING: Chocolate lilies do not smell like chocolate; they smell like carrion (dead animal). The name makes for excellent practical jokes! By smelling like carrion, they attract flies. When the flies come into investigate, they pick up pollen spores. When they move to the next flower, they will bring those pollen grains and help to pollinate it. The bulbs of this flower are edible and were called rice lilies by Inuit tribes
LOCAL SIGHTINGS: The Chocolate Lily can be seen off the Vernal Pools Trail at the Santa Rosa Plateau in Murrieta, CA.

SUPER BLOOM: Diamond Valley Lake Wildflower Trail

The SuperBloom is on. The best places are Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, Walker Canyon at Lake Elsinore, and Anza Borrego State Park. This afternoon I went to Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet. Once you park, you walk .4 miles to the Wildflower Trail Loop. The loop is 1 mile, with flat and some incline and decline. So the total walk is 1.8 miles. Every turn has something new to see. We saw over 10 varieties of flowers. You even get a color brochure to help you identify the different flowers. It is $10 per car, and $3 per person. Totally worth it.