About Brenda Ficco

Brenda Ficco has quickly earned recognition as Sonoma County's favorite school picture day Portrait Photographer. She has a unique way of working with young students making them show off their natural smile. Which in return her portraits end up being framed and on display in many homes.

Brenda has been on a mission to create not just perfect school portraits, but creating the best picture day experiences for her schools administrations and staff. Her natural style, service and patients have distinguished Brenda and her company as the photography vendor for school accounts who want exceptional portraits, customer service and a great experience.

Giving Back

Brenda volunteers as a parent helping at numerous 4-H and FFA events throughout the year. She enjoys organizing fundraising events for West County Softball in Sebastopol along with several schools, offering Family Photo Days. She teaches photoshop and yearbook class at Orchard View School in Sebastopol each week. She gives back daily by acting as lead mentor in her school picture day business.

"I love working with young students and watching them grow up into beautiful souls" —Brenda Hawkes-Ficco, Owner

Meet Our Staff

Brenda Hawkes-Ficco photo

Brenda Hawkes-Ficco
Photographer, Owner

Lorrie Vella photo


Kim Roberts photo


Lindy Galeam photo



Our History


Brenda's interest in photography began in high school and continued throughout college.

She fell in love with photography capturing timeless moments and experiencing the joys of working with people.

In 1998 she launched her career into animal photography and rapidly expanded into portraits.

April 12, 1999 was the first wedding she photographed in Santa Rosa, California.


Brenda found success in the world of book publishing with her stock images. She continues to specialize in photographing kittens, puppies, adult dogs and baby pigs. Over the years she compiled thousands of images and continues to capture new adorable and creative portraits.

When she wasn't busy photographing High School senior formals, weddings or family portraits she was lining up baby kittens and puppies.

Her first daughter was born in 2005 and Brenda was very lucky that she could create a schedule allowing her to work as well as focus on being a new mom.


Brenda quickly realized she loved working with kids and started photographing at day cares in Santa Rosa. Building Blocks Pre-School hired Hawkes Photography to take their yearbook headshots.

Within the year, Hawkes Photography was contracting with Pre-schools, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.

Brenda Ficco quickly earned recognition as Sonoma County's favorite school Picture Day Portrait Photographer. She has a unique way of working with young students allowing them show off their natural smiles. We are glad to know our portraits are framed and on display in many homes!


Hawkes School Portraits Company expanded during the last three years and is the largest LOCAL School Picture Day company in Sonoma County.

We are on a mission to not only create perfect school portraits but to create the best picture day experience for the schools' administrators and staff.

Brenda's natural style, service and patience has distinguished Hawkes School Portraits as the "Go To School Photography Vendor" for those who want exceptional portraits, customer service, and a great experience for everyone.