I first picked up a camera at 16 years old - my mother told me I could either have a camera or a sweet sixteen birthday bash. I chose the camera. I split my time between my two passions; photography and education. I have an M.Ed. in education and work as a full-time elementary school teacher. I am super lucky to work at a school that allows me to pursue my interests in the creative arts and bring that passion to my students.
I’m marrying my high school sweetheart in October 2020! Our venue is an alpaca farm and you know I'll be taking bridal portraits with the animals.
I’ve been known to sing (badly) instead of speak when I'm in a good mood. This is not my students' favorite quality of mine.
I can’t do a cartwheel or whistle and I’m definitely embarrassed by it. I even tried watching video tutorials - it's just not in the cards for me.
I love plants but I can’t keep them alive so my place is full of fake plants from Target or Homegoods. I'll buy one per shopping trip and I'm running out of space.
Let's talk about kids and taking their photos. Asking kids to listen to a string of directions and then promptly follow them is hard! That means, “sit here, fold your hands, don't move, look at the stranger with the camera, and smile” isn’t going to work for very long. I am a firm believer in play. When photographing kids and families, my priorities are safety and play - in that order. My job is to allow your kids to have fun so they forget that their taking pictures. This is how you get photos that seem to "capture" your kids' personalities. We’ll play games, go on an “adventure”, race each other, and play pretend. I most definitely will make a fool of myself in order to make your babies laugh. The goal is to capture the absolute best photos of your family - real smiles, belly laughs, authentic moments.
Let’s be real, I want to be your family photographer for all the years to come. The kids will know me (who wants a stranger taking their picture, right?) and they’ll know that they won’t be asked to sit still and look pretty. Let's capture some beautiful moments!