Lifestyle Portrait Photography (maternity, newborn, family, children, seniors), Wedding Photography, Event Photography
I’ve always loved taking pictures all the way back to when I had my Kodak 110 film camera. I worked for a school photographer for 16 years and decided that I wanted to do this on my own, so I went back to college when my daughter was a senior in high school and got my Certificate in Photography.
My most favorite project isn’t necessarily a project, but a whole new branch of my photography business, and that’s weddings. I never thought I wanted to do weddings, but I got out of my comfort zone and started second shooting for free for a couple of the most awesome wedding photographers and just great ladies. They taught me everything I know! Now, I am in love with photographing weddings. They are exhausting but so much fun!
My dream shoot would be to shoot a wedding or engagement in Yellowstone! It’s my absolute favorite place on earth, and I love shooting landscapes there. So to combine both of my passions would just be a dream come true!
The person that I admire most in my personal life is my mom for sure! She raised me and my brother and did it all by herself. I didn’t realize all of the sacrifices that she made for us until I was an adult and had my own kids.
In my business life, I admire Katherine Beth of Katherine Beth Photography. She’s the one who took a chance on me and let me shoot with her team when she was put on bed rest at 19 weeks of her pregnancy and still had 5 months of weddings to shoot. But she made it work, with our help, and she did it with grace and strength. And now she has a beautiful baby girl!
I don’t really have a “style," but I like light, crisp, clean images.
My favorite Kraft & Jute product is definitely the thumb drives. I never wanted to be that photographer who finished a shoot and never saw my client face to face again. I like to deliver a gallery in person and then hand them over their images on a thumb drive in super cute packaging with my logo on it so they don’t forget where their images came from. I use the bamboo ones for my portrait sessions and the crystal ones for my weddings.
Honestly, I really hate the marketing side of my business, and I’m not that good at it. I belong to a networking group, and I try to make connections with other people in the industry. I try to use Instagram, but let’s be honest, who really knows how to make that work!!
I collect Christmas ornaments from all of the places that me and my family have visited and Starbucks cups from all of the same places.
My favorite thing about the place I live would probably just be the fact that most of my family lives here and we’re all close. And we have some pretty cool places to shoot.
I love, love, love hockey!!! I’m obsessed! And I’m a die-hard Anaheim Ducks fan whether they are losing or winning.
I am absolutely in love with my Canon 70-200 2.8L lens. It takes the best portraits and gives you that dreamy background.
I don’t really think I have a favorite place to go for inspiration. Probably anywhere in nature inspires me. I just like it to be pretty.
I don’t really listen to podcasts, and if I’m going to read, it’s usually a good romance novel!
I love Jenna Kutcher! She’s just so positive, and I love the fact that she’s so transparent and doesn’t let the world’s views affect her. She’s just very inspiring.
Anytime I talk to professional photographers or other Lightroom users I am quick to ask if they are using Lightroom presets. I do this because I really can't imagine my Lightroom experience without them.