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My name is Desiree Chaves. I am an Army wife, mother to three energetic (and exhaustive!) kids. I was born and raised in Ewa Beach, Hawaii and then transplanted to the state of Washington where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University. (Go Cougs!)

I have been passionate about the art of photography since I received my first camera, a Kodak Eastman Ektralite 500 while visiting family in the Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While I have been capturing my families memories for years (a certified 'mom-tog') , it wasn't until 2012, while living in Monterey, California, that I decided to take my art to the next level and start Candids & Colors as a full-time custom photography service. I specialize in maternity and newborn photography partly as a testament to the sheer awesomeness of pregnancy and partly because I love giving mammas and families something they can cherish long after their kids have grown up and moved out of the 'cute' stage.