meet the bloom team

Brenda Acuncius

Brenda Acuncius

Bloom Founder and Forum Owner

Brenda lives in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with her husband and three little ones (yes, she counts her pup as a child too). Her passion for photography began when her late father introduced her to a Pentax camera. As she married and had her first child, the passion was sparked again with a failed stint with scrapbooking. She has been shooting professionally for over 5 years and shoots with a Canon Mark ii and three prime lenses. In her free time she is co-President of her daughter’s elementary school and she loves all things design, chocolate, books and J.Crew.

Breeze Floyd

Breeze Floyd

Coordinator of Site Operations

Breeze lives in Connecticut with her 3 children, Myra, and twins Chase and Aria. She specializes in custom children’s photography, as well as band promos/live music. In addition to her photography business, Breeze runs a web design business. She loves anything made by Apple and all things emo.

Hope Toliver

Hope Toliver

Social Media Coordinator

(photo courtesy of Swinson Studios)
Hope is a Tulsa, Oklahoma area hobbyist/part time photographer with a passion for photographing her girls mostly, but also high school seniors and families. She met her husband in college at the University of Oklahoma. Together, they have three beautiful girls (10 year old Mackenzie and 2.5 year twins Nia & Nala). While she has always enjoyed photography, her passion for the study of photography really began when she started a 365 project and took a Photography 101 in 2010. In 2011, after joining the Bloom Forum, she found personal projects including a 52 week challenge with fellow forum members, a 52 week project for her girls which included a Me and Mine project, and 10 on 10 projects which she accredits to her growth. She feels really blessed to have met several Bloomies in real life and is happy to have found some genuine friendships on the board and at our Face 2 Face in-person workshop.

Rebecca Conway

Rebecca Conway

Film Coordinator and Mentor

Rebecca makes her home in East TN with her husband and two daughters, whom you will often find in front of her camera. She has a longtime passion for creating and found her way back into photography once her children were born. After several years of digital photography, Rebecca has found that shooting film has given her the freedom to find her voice and create the kind of images that speak to her heart.  She is always working on personal projects to nurture creativity and explore her craft. You can find her images featured on blogs like Apartment Therapy, 100 Layer Cakelet and Let The Kids. She is also a contributor in the collaborative children’s portrait project, You Are My Wild.

Outside of photography she enjoys interior design, dabbling in most domestic arts and spending time with her family. She is happy to give back to the Bloom community as she feels it opened the door for her and introduced her to many of her now closest colleagues and friends.

Shannon Harrison

Shannon Harrison

Creative Director | Vendor Relations

Shannon resides with her husband and three small children near San Diego, CA. Photography pulled her heart strings starting in junior high with instant cameras and mountains of disposables. Pulling from her college journalism courses, Shannon finds photographing the simple slices of everyday life to be the most rewarding and credits her participation in the Bloom Workshop for giving her the courage to do so. She shares her love of writing here on the Everything Bloom blog and is also a proud contributing writer at The Creative Mama.

Stephanie Moore

Stephanie Moore

Forum Project Manager

(photo courtesy of Aubry Startin)
Stephanie has been married for 10 years to her best friend and has two children that keep her on her toes! She is from Phoenix AZ and now resides in the Tucson area. She has always loved photography, but decided she had to learn all about it after having kids and wanting to take better pictures of them. Before she knew it, her hobby was turning into a business and she has never looked back. She loves using her camera as a way to capture real interactions and emotions between people.

Wendy VonSosen

Wendy VonSosen

Creative Manager

Wendy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and loves to photograph high school seniors, newborns, and children. She is the mom of four and has been married to her high school prom date for the last 19 years. Her passion for photography took root in her freshman high school photography class and has grown ever since. When not photographing clients, she is working on one of (too) many personal photography projects she has foolishly taken on, chipping away at the pile of books by her bed, shuttling kids to three different schools, or dreaming up the next home improvement project from Pinterest.

Alpana Aras-King

Alpana Aras-King

Bloom Forum Contributor

Alpana grew up walking the streets of Bombay with a film camera. There, every corner tells a story; every street holds a secret. In college, she studied photography and design and learned that capturing the art of life would be her passion and profession. For over 15 years, she worked as an art director and photographer in the world’s top ad agencies. She learned even more ways to tell a story.  Currently, she lives in the SF bay area with her husband and their nine year old boy. As a mom she is aware that one day her son will walk out their kitchen door carrying a bag instead of a backpack. There is so little time to capture who he is now, in this moment, in this tiny pocket of time, where he wavers between who he is and who is so quickly becoming. Her passion with her business Storyboxart is to capture your loved ones, your stories. She loves crafting products that preserve memories as vivid accounts of childhood to last through posterity.
Cara Harrison

Cara Harrison

Bloom Forum Contributor

Cara is a wife and mom to three young children (two boys and a girl.) She lives in the Greater Cincinnati area, but on the “friendly” side of the river (Northern Kentucky.) When she isn’t busy with church, playgroups, or kids’ sports, she runs a custom child and family photography business. This year, Cara is also participating in a 365 project, with the goal of creatively capturing a full year of her childrens’ lives.

Ginger Unzueta

Ginger Unzueta

Bloom Forum Contributor

Ginger Unzueta is a natural light, lifestyle photographer living in Central Florida. She is a mother, a wife, a daughter and a friend. She is a lover and seeker of light and she longs to capture the love and connections of the people she is with. She wants to capture the stories of today to be retold tomorrow. She yearns to capture the beauty of the imperfect and the details of everything around her. She strives to find her way to give back to this world; for she feels she has been blessed in immeasurable ways. She looks for God’s direction in all of this, with hopes to fulfill His purpose for her life.

Hannah Mayo

Hannah Mayo

Bloom Forum Contributor

(photo courtesy of Rebekah Hood of Kallima Photography)
Hannah is a mother of two boys, and married to her best friend. She is a portrait and wedding photographer in Palm Beach, Florida, and is passionate about capturing the love in peoples lives and expressing who they are in an authentic and artful style. Her love for photography took root when she was 16 on a trip to London, and she shot her first paid job at 19. She shoots a combination of digital and film, and loves experimenting with vintage cameras and alternate processes and shooting personal work. She is constantly learning and evolving as both an artist and business owner. Hannah also enjoys going on adventures with her family, writing, being by the ocean, reading, travel, coffee shops, running, and shopping thrift and antique stores.

Jayme Franklin

Jayme Franklin

Bloom Forum Contributor

(photo courtesy of Storybox Art)
Jayme is thirty-something California girl living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves dark chocolate at any time of day, and likes to go running to save her sanity and to find her happy place. She is a wife and a mother to two little blondies, who are often her inspiration when she looks through her camera. As a natural light photographer, she loves to photograph people being real, being themselves, and being together. Her style of photography is full of light and is a fun mix of modern and lifestyle portraiture, that aims to reflect the true personalities and relationships between families, couples, and children. This past year, she has challenged her self and found creative inspiration in shooting 100% film for all of her personal work.

Jenny Cruger

Jenny Cruger

Bloom Forum Contributor

Jenny Cruger finds her own life & style often intertwined with her business with a concentration on raw emotional, natural themes, lovely textures, neutral colors, and beautiful light. She shoots newborns, babies, and bellies in her soft natural light studio in historic Franklin, TN and families, children, and weddings on location, generally in some random, weed filled location at sunset. Shooting a mix of film and digital, for over 10 years, Jenny enjoys creating not only for her clients, but her own soul and they are often one and the same. Jenny lives just South of Nashville, TN with her husband, child, 3 dogs, and horse, but is originally from Michigan.

Jules Trandem

Jules Trandem

Bloom Forum Contributor

Jules is San Diego photographer specializing in children, families and high school seniors. This past year was especially meaningful to Jules as she challenged her creativity with many personal projects … Fifty-Two on Friday, Just Us Twelve Times, What ____ Looks Like (a lifestyle journey), and finally {elevate} A Fine Art Challenge. She feels so blessed to be a part of the Bloom family!

Kelsey Gerhard

Kelsey Gerhard

Bloom Forum Contributor

Kelsey lives in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC with her archaeologist husband, their two spirited daughters, Luella and Willa, and their rescued puppy. She met her husband as an undergraduate at UCSB, has an MFA in Photography from CalArts in Los Angeles, and wishes California was just a simple road trip away from DC. Her first love is creating art out of her every day – her own personal narrative – usually as told through her children. She is a proud co-founder of the project You Are My Wild and feels lucky to also be in business taking lifestyle portraits of sweet children and their families. She is a camera hoarder who loves both film and digital, a swimmer, a (nearly) lifelong vegetarian, and a chronic instagrammer. She truly values the connections and friends that she has made through Bloom!

Sara Tegman

Sara Tegman

Bloom Forum Contributor

Sara loves to capture families, children, teens, newborns, moms-to-be and graduating seniors. She hails from the heartland out of St. Louis, Missouri. She adores Brenda and finished the Bloom Workshop in February of ’09. And the rest, they say, is history.

Sarah Cambio

Sarah Cambio

Bloom Forum Contributor

Sarah lives in Grand Forks, ND with her husband and two lively children. She started getting into photography when her daughter Olivia was born and her passion just took off from there. Her first ventures were babies and children, but has currently fell in love with maternity and boudoir. When she is not clicking away, Sarah can be found searching for antiques or finding new recipes to try in the kitchen.

Summer Murdock

Summer Murdock

Bloom Forum Contributor

Summer is first and foremost a wife and mom to four awesome kids. She is also a child and family photographer based in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. She believes childhood is magic. She strives to show that though her imagery by creating authentic portraits that harness light, life, and lots of movement. Kids should be kids even during a family photo session. She loves new places, Diet Coke, sunshine, pretty light, the beach, and starting new projects (which she often doesn’t finish). When she’s not taking pictures she can usually be found outside exploring new places with her kids. Summer loves to travel and often jokes that her alter ego is a wandering nomad but her real life couldn’t be further from that lifestyle.