A little more about me and how I work…
I am a mom of 2, wife to Brett, a coffee addict, and if I could wear sweatpants all day everyday I would. I really love to laugh about the hilarity that is parenthood because if you aren’t laughing, you’re crying! (turns out this gig is harder than I imagined). I left my elementary school teaching job years ago to stay home with my then new baby and grow my love of photography into a business.
I love photographing people, whether it be in their homes, outside, hospitals+birthing centers (fresh 48 newborns are amazing!!), connected to one another through a touch, a glance, a laugh, a simple smile, a kiss, and embrace. I also do not shy away from the hard feelings. Feel like crying? That’s ok! I’ll take a photo. Want to laugh? I’m here for it. Need to stop what you’re doing and nurse a baby? I won’t even skip a beat. I want to document your moments with your family in real time. I feel like I’m a hybrid lifestyle-emotive-documentary photographer (is that even a thing?? Well if not, now it is!).
All of these moment do not come without my connection with your family. And, I don’t mean we have to be friends for years ahead of time.
Prior to our session, we will have some chit and chat via email. I’ll ask you things like “if I sneak attack you at 7 am on a Monday, what would I see?” or “if you could escape for a few hours, what would you do?” “What’s your favorite things to do with your family?” We can even talk on the phone, which feels a little 1900s, but I can chat on the phone when my kids aren’t screaming in the background or I have found a perfect place to hide in my closet from them.
Also, I want clients to come into a session knowing me (pssst… follow me on instagram and you will! If you already do, then you rock!). Over there you will get to see me in my sweat pants, no make up, editing, playing with my kids, laughing at myself, speaking some truths about adulting, sharing life hacks like: if you don’t online grocery shop are you even living in the 21st century? Is that even considered a hack anymore? Probably not… but I do share things like “if you want physical space from your kids, just say you need to trim their nails or wipe their nose and POOF, running away from you.” I get serious, though, because emotions are good! We aren’t all cupcakes and roses 24/7! I mean, I won’t be getting up on a mountain top and burning my bra to show how done I am with the “rules” some of us feel we need to live by. That level of intensity is not something I have the bandwidth for, especially after 7 pm. (however, if you want to do that, I’ll be cheering you on from the other end of the Facebook Live… in my sweatpants).
As a photographer, I feel like I’m entering into your special space and capturing treasured moments when I show up to photograph you all. I want you to leave the session feeling like we’ve become better friends than when we initially met. When you receive your gallery, I want you to really feel like I captured whatever was happening in your life at those exact moments. Isn’t that what we ultimately want when we envision our family?
So, if any of the above made you laugh, we definitely need to become friends and work together.
This my family. Here we are bathed, in regular clothing, and just having a good time. Did I mention I am a videographer too? Hot dang! Welp, here’s a short sample.