I think the thing that makes my imagery unique is that I seek out what's real. It's important to me that you feel comfortable being that when we're together. Real, vulnerable, open. I appreciate that willingness so much and it is very humbling that my clients trust me in this way. I want you to know that I will be just as real, vulnerable, and open with you as you are with me.
I have been brought to tears during sessions listening to your stories. I love talking about our families, our struggles, and what makes us laugh! It's incredible the kind of bond that I have formed with clients during the few hours I spend talking with them and seeing them interact with the ones they love most.
Until we can meet face to face and share this wonderful thing together, I wanted to scratch the surface and let you know a bit about me!
What are some of your goals for the next year? I want to be published in print, book more weddings and Legacy Sessions, live more intentionally, and honestly just grow as a person and a photographer. That's the short list.
Nikon or Canon? Nikon. It's what I started with, learned with, and now can't live without.
How do you balance photography, family, friends, hobbies, taking time for yourself, etc.? I do this best when I wake up earlier than my kids, which honestly isn't very often but I'm working on it! I think the thing that makes the biggest difference is using my time well. Deciding what's most important and what needs to be focused on that day/week/month and creating priorities based on that.
How did you get started with business and clients when you knew you wanted to do photography professionally? When I first started out I just began photographing people and putting my work out there. I grew, my work grew, and eventually was ready to start my business. It took so much time, so much learning, and so much intentionality to get to that point. It still takes time, intentionality, and I hope to be always learning- but eventually the right clients began to find me and book me and that is an amazing feeling!
Were you on any other paths before you began photography? In college, I was working toward a degree in Art Education with a focus in 2D. When my daughter was born I knew I wanted to soak all of her up, and with that came documenting her and our lives with my first DSLR. I fell in love with my camera and began to dream about pursuing photography professionally.
What inspires you? Lots of things. I'm very inspired by my own kids and family. Knowing how important and fleeting each moment is, seeing my girls' uniqueness, the little things that make each of them their own person. They are very precious to me, and it helps me to see those kinds of things in other families and couples that I photograph. Music with symbolism, works of art, other photographers, light, my couples' and families' personalities, beautiful places.
What quirks do you have? This could get embarrassing. I sit in funny positions a lot. I have a really silly sense of humor. There are more, trust me, but I'll leave it at that.