I solely believe that it’s by God’s grace that I am where I am today. From my Faith in the Lord, to graduating college (Go Beach!), to marrying the guy I met when I was 15 years old listening to “Yeah” by Usher in a white Honda Civic, and to being encouraged to step out into capturing people’s memories beyond how I already was.
I have been fascinated with photography and memories frozen in time since I can remember. Even when I was a little girl, I would go straight for the old photo albums EVERY time I would go to visit my grandparents. It didn’t matter that I had seen these photos 10,000 times before- each time I was taken back to moments so precious that they were intentionally captured for generations after to marvel at.
I would like to say that I was “born” to be a photographer and knew since I was nine years old, but I honestly had no clue how God would use my desire to capture memories later down the road.
I’ve always carried a camera in my purse. If you were my friend throughout grade school, junior high, high school or even college, you probably had plenty of photos taken for your keepsake by me.
In junior high and high school, I was a part of the yearbook committee and even went to fun, nerdy “Yearbook Camps” before the school year would start. After having captured people for years as a hobby, it naturally flourished into a business after following the call put on my heart & my awesome husband encouraging me to step out in faith.
My heart and passion is to love people and make them feel special. I truly find joy in other people’s joys & I thank God for that.
Favorites: My amazing husband, my adorable daughter, Breakfast (anytime, anywhere), Italian food, coffee with LOTS of creamer, the color black (is black even a color?), reading, anything from rockabilly-oldies-pop-punk-folk or some good ol' 2000's hip hop music, criminology studies (got my bachelors degree in deviance & social control), working out, SOA, Scared Straight, Ink Masters, Breaking Bad, Parenthood, This Is Us, a tidy home, fresh flowers in my house, sunflowers, dark lipstick, the 1950s, old Hollywood glamour, Seattle, my Bengal kitty, my French Bulldog pup, traveling, Ukraine, surprising people, giving gifts, hand written notes and well done tattoos.
WHY I LOVE WHAT I DO
“So whether you eat, drink or whatever you do, do it all to the Glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)
I had read this verse time after time, but it wasn’t until a deep conversation with one of my mentors that this verse penetrated my heart and became the backbone behind everything I do with photography.
I want to help tell people’s true love stories. Why? Because they are ALL intentional, whether we know it or not. Each is a beautiful, intrinsic piece of a much greater story. Above your wedding day (which will be completely AWESOME), the reason I'm so passionate about photographing weddings is MARRIAGE- what it means after the wedding day, what is symbolizes and the years that follow saying "I Do". Being married myself for 7 years now, I can tell you that I will be not only your photographer, but a huge encourager, cheerleader and friend before, during and after your wedding day! I can't help it-- it's in my veins to celebrate the true meaning and importance of marriage!
My hope and desire is that the memories captured will not only be a treasure to look back on in days of joy, but more importantly, days of trials & sorrows. Photos only capture a little glimpse of the story- and more often times than not- the beginning of a story. My hope is that the memories captured to look back on will help provide not only joy, but strength and encouragement needed in those times of trials, because I know thats exactly what photos have done for me. If this is something that speaks volumes to your heart-- I would love to set up a time to meet in person to hear your story!
I desire to capture raw, authentic, romantic and playful moments- steering clear of replicating another person's images (AKA Pinterest), so you can have your own moments unlike any other. Let me capture your imperfectly perfect love- all the snorting laughs, hair blowing around in the wind, genuine kisses and everything in-between.