You know the kind of photographer...
One who will run around with your kids in a field while the camera is continually clicking away
One who will play your favorite music playlist to help you loosen up during your senior session
One who will be there to fluff your dress, cry during your wedding vows, and smiling from ear to ear when you walk down the aisle
One who becomes giddy with excitement when she shows you the back of her camera
No one is in front of a camera on a daily basis, not even your photographer! So it can seem a little intimidating when you are the sole focal point at a photo session.
So you don't want a photographer who doesn't give you clear direction on where to place your arms and hands. A rock star photographer will even act out the pose so you know exactly what to do. You need a cheerleader who is going to constantly tell you how amazing you look, no matter if you're snuggling your first born in your arms, throwing your graduation cap into the air, or having your first dance with your soulmate at your wedding.
I’ve been around photography my whole life! My grandfather never stopped taking photos. I mean it…I have so many photos of us at Thanksgiving with food stuffed in our mouths LOL! It drove us crazy at the time, but I love seeing all the memories now!
Once I started taking photography in high school, I couldn’t ever let it go. I just kept taking photos of anything and everything I could. And then I received a special gift - my grandfather’s Nikon F3 film camera that he bought in Hong Kong.
I loved everything about it: the shiny silver buttons and knobs, the smell of the film cartridge, the feel of the Nikon letters carved out in the body, the clicking sound when you pressed the shutter. I took it to college, and it was the camera I used for my first film photography course.
Being able to use my grandfather’s old Nikon camera to carry on what he enjoyed doing means connecting to my past and to my clients.
I never counted the exact amount of hours, but I know that many of my weekends in undergrad were spent in the dark room, developing picture after picture while listening to the alternative rock station. Smelling those chemicals was not something I had to get used to over time. I craved them even after I went back to my dorm.
While I use a digital camera now, my passion for photography started in the dark room, listening to music with just a faint glow of light while I stood impatiently waiting for the paper to develop.
My family noticed my new love for this art, and they have been encouraging me ever since. To this day, I have both my grandfather and great-grandfather’s cameras sitting on my desk. I love knowing that I have taken their same passion and continued to make it an important part of my life.
Can we just talk for a quick sec
about how I am such a history nerd and classic movie buff?
If you are in love too with grabbing as many copies of every kind of history book and curling up with a good ole’ black and white, say hello to me over on my contact page! And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter below to keep with all the goings-on and be the first to know about my mini sessions!
Holding onto heirloom photos is so important, and I want to share my love of photography that has been instilled in me by my family.
My grandmother passed away suddenly when I was 15. When we were cleaning out my grandparents' house, we found a ton of photos of me and my grandmother when I would spend time with her. Having those photos, over 20 years later, allows me to be right back in that place with her.
I didn't get enough time with my grandmother, and all I have are pictures. The photos I have of her make me feel peaceful, stronger, at ease and confident.
Creating those connections on the other side of the camera is what I am all about. Today is the day because these moments pass and we can not get the time back.
When clients have been searching for a photographer, they hired me because they “fell in love with my style” or after their session have said that they were “surprised at all of the wonderful shots, especially from the baby who I didn’t think ever cracked a smile.”