A Bit About Me As A Portrait Photographer

I started becoming interested in photography as a young child, and my curiosity and passion grew along with me. One of my favorite memories as a child was going to pick up our prints from the grocery store print lab. My Mom would wait until there was a sale, and then bring in 25 or 30 rolls at a time. After picking up the prints, we would sit in the grocery store parking lot, in the car with my siblings, and go through hundreds of photos together, laughing and taking out our favorites to keep in our room. When I was around 21, I bought my first “real” DSLR camera. After shooting my first wedding at 23, I was hooked. I’m drawn to light. You’ll notice in my photographs that I love my subjects to be surrounded by light, and I will go to the ends of the earth to find the right light for a photograph! After photographing over 100 weddings now, I bring along with me an experienced eye, yet I always get excited when I show up to every wedding! I still get butterflies in my stomach when I think about all the amazing photographs I will take that day, and I feel so honored to be chosen as your photographer!

You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” -Ansel Adams

Fun FAQ about me!

I am married to Steve, the love of my life. Our son, Zane, was born in 2014, and I currently homeschool him for Pre-K. Zane has my sense of sarcasm, and my husband’s allergies! I LOVE cats, but since they’re both allergic, we ended up with a hamster named Mario. I also have a Ball Python (snake) named Houdini, who I’ve had since college. We don’t keep the hamster and the snake in the same room, for obvious reasons.

My favorite color is rose-gold. I don’t drink coffee, but I LOVE Red Bull, even though I try not to drink it too much because I know how bad they are for you! I’m obsessed with all things Christmas. I fully decorate my house for Christmas the week after Halloween, and love every second of it. I used to be INSISTENT that everyone should have the experience of cutting down their own real tree each year. That is … until the year that we brought our freshly-cut-down tree into the house and found it to be infested with spiders. That brings me to my next point, I’m deathly afraid of spiders. Needless to say, I am now a HUGE fan of my artificial Christmas tree.

I was on the wrestling and the fencing team in High School. I wasn’t really sure where I fit in, but I went through a Punk/Rock phase in High School, and I’m glad I did. It gave me the chance to really find myself! I have a BA in Christian Education and Biblical Studies. Even though I don’t “use” that degree for my job today, I am so thankful that I spent those years learning the Word of God and growing closer to Jesus! I love all things floral print, seriously, give me ALL the floral print!

I’ve driven cross-country twice, back and forth from Maine to Washington. I lived in the Tacoma/Seattle area for 5 years and I really miss it! I love donating blood and platelets. It makes me feel like I’m making a difference. I was a major TEENYBOPPER growing up … and I kind of still am. I love the Backstreet Boys and I’m not afraid to admit it! I lived in Southern France for 3 months, and I love traveling. I wear flip-flops year round, even in the Maine winters!

I was voted ‘Best Personality’ in High School, and ‘Best Laugh’ in College, probably because I laugh ridiculously loud and everyone stares at me! I have 7 siblings and 2 step-siblings, which include a teacher, a lawyer, a diving instructor, and a millwright. My siblings are literally my best friends in the entire world, and even though we fought like crazy growing up, I can’t go even a day without talking to them now.

My favorite movies are the Princess Bride and Elf!  I drink way too much Diet Pepsi, and I’m obsessed with Reeses Peanut Butter Cup eggs/trees/pumpkins. Those of you who know what those are, you know what I mean. I love planning parties! I go ALL OUT on my son’s birthday parties each year, because it’s so much fun for me! And any of my friends who are getting married or having a baby, they know who will be hosting their baby/bridal shower! I love tattoos! I have several, I think 12 or 13 … and I’m always in the process of planning out my next one! My husband and I even have each other’s names tattooed on the inside of our lips … which we had done when we were just dating!

One last thing … I can’t cook. I have tried to use our oven a few times during our marriage, and have managed to set something on fire almost every time. My husband is so gracious about it, and thankfully, he loves cooking! So he makes dinner for me every night, knowing that otherwise, we would be eating cereal for every meal! The funny thing is, none of my 5 sisters can cook either! Now that you know all about me, I can’t wait to meet YOU!!