When I was in high school, I dreamed of having a corner office in a high rise building in a bustling city. My...have things changed!! I did start off in finance and was working towards that corner office, but then I realized - that what that corner office meant to me was freedom and authority to choose to live my life the way I wanted. And it hit me, that I can do that without the corner office. That way of life didn’t have to only be attained in a pencil skirt on the 50th floor. I’m happy to have taken the leap into my photography and educator role. I think I worked just as hard (maybe even harder) than that dream corporate job. ⠀ Lots of late nights that turned into all nighters, gallons of coffee and espresso, and hangry to overtired crabbiness. And currently -- sleep deprived and overworked but my heart is SO full!!!⠀ My support system; my husband, my family, my friends -- all of whom have supported me through the aches. Thank you!! To my wonderful clients that trust and love me - double thank you!!! You make me grateful to do what I do and your company is my “corner office”. Photo by Monty Montgomery
How cool is this vintage theatre marquee for Jenny and Martin’s special day?!
I’m always inspired and motivated by my couples. I think seeing their fresh love for each other only makes my heart fill with more passion for my own marriage and family. ⠀ I think some photographers love doing this because they love creating art and taking beautiful photos. But after 8 years, I know that I love photographing weddings because I love seeing LOVE. ⠀ Happy Monday friends!
Finding beauty and artwork and capturing more than just a photo is why photography speaks to me. I’m always inspired by folks like Jill Freedman and Vivian Maier that can capture greatness from ordinary. That’s what challenges me to keep striving to make more than just pretty photos, but to make compelling photos. I’m still working on it, but I think that’s why I have the greats to look up to! Who inspires you to do you??
I’m not totally oblivious to the fact that there is a sea of wedding photographers out there — but I will say, there are some unique things that I believe make me a tad different than everyone else. ⠀ For example: I noticed in 8 years of photographing weddings and working with multiple wedding photographers, that I definitely bring out the military side when needed, haha. I think most wedding photographers are creatives/artists at heart and can tend to be more soft spoken, timid, or in general just….very nice. (not all, but most) ⠀ Don’t get me wrong, I’m nice too!! LOL, but I will get down into the weeds, militantly remove distracting family members ;) crawl in the dirt, jump onto ledges, confidently direct your wedding party and families and even put some of those groomsmen in line if need be ;) ⠀ I’m very adaptable to all situations and can handle them with ease, including the mom that is “too involved” to body blocking the crazy uncle that just wants to get in your face all day. LOL.⠀ Hey — if I can go to war and lead Soldiers of all different backgrounds while maintaining bearings, I’m pretty sure a wedding is a piece of cake. Okay, the pun was great, but joking aside; weddings are a TON or work and I’m definitely not afraid of that. ⠀ Another thing that makes me a bit different is my photography skill set. There are loads of photographers out there that shoot only with natural light (which is beau-ti-ful), however, we don’t always get the perfect weather on wedding days and need to be able to adjust. I’ve listened and consoled friends in the past that have gotten images back and cried because it was so dark you couldn’t make out faces:( I spent a lot of time and still spend a lot of time educating myself on the technical side of things so that whether you are getting married outside at The Paine Art Center, or indoors at the Howard, I’ve got you covered so that you can always expect wonderful images. I can adapt to all sorts of lighting and venue conditions. You don’t have to have the “perfect” venue/location/weather for me to produce lovely images. I got you.⠀
I absolutely loved collaborating with other creatives on this styled shoot at @paineartcenterandgardens this spring and today I’m back at it! It’s so inspiring to work together to make a vision come to life.
Part of being a photographer is to actually have these life moments saved. It’s more of a legacy and an heirloom filled with stories to share through the generations. I know that I’m so so sad when I think about how few photos we have of our family and our special moments in life. But the few that we do have, I absolutely cherish them!!! My kiddo and my dad 😭😭😭 he’s not always in the best of health so I know this will be one of my most cherished images.