I love life, and I love celebrating all stages and phases of life - from the day-to-day seemingly monotonous routines to the once-in-a-lifetime events of large magnitudes. Other photographers often tell me that I should specialize in only one thing, because doing so would be better for my business - but I politely thank them and keep on doing my thing. Because, even though I choose to photograph many different subjects and events, they all have a common thread - I am photographing celebrations of life. I am so thankful to be the person my clients choose to capture these moments for them, and I can't imagine doing anything else.
I’m a photographer, a mom, a wife, a snowboarder, a surfer, a roller coaster enthusiast, a college instructor, and a former mechanical engineer. I also recently earned my PhD in Education! I'm an attention-deficit-oh-squirrel, creative, fun, addicted-to-wearing-beanies kid trapped inside an adult’s body. I'm socially awkward most of the time I'm in public, and I make weird faces when I take photos because that's what I do when I concentrate. I dress for comfort (and for rolling around on the ground, standing in creeks, and climbing into trees to capture the best angles for my photographs) but I do clean up (reasonably) well on wedding days!
I'm real. I love clients who are real. I want my photos to reflect our real-ness. I believe in doing things because you want to, and because your heart and soul are telling you to, not because society says you should. I don't shoot images to get them published on blogs or to win awards; I shoot images so that my incredible clients can relive smiles, laughs, and tears for as long as they live. (Don't get me wrong, my work is blog-worthy and award-worthy - those are just not priorities of mine.) I love that life is unscripted, and I love capturing that for my clients.
I’ve lived in Pennsylvania, California, and Japan; I’ve traveled across the US, and to Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, Haiti, Czech Republic, and Germany. I’ve created amazing photographs in all of those places, capturing images and freezing memories for a lifetime. What I’ve found, though, is that nothing gives me more joy than using my talent and “eye” to capture fleeting moments for others.
I can never repay my family and friends for urging me to begin taking pictures professionally, instead of just using photography as a creative outlet for myself. They continue to nurture and support my passion, and for that I am eternally grateful. Every smile that I receive when I deliver images to my clients should be credited in large part to my family and friends who have helped me transform my photography passion into the successful career that it is today. I am truly living my dream.
People often ask me what's in my bag. Here you go!
Canon 5D Mk4 (x2)
Canon 5D Mk3 (x2)
Canon 16-35mm 2.8L V3
Canon 24mm 1.4L
Canon 24-70mm 2.8L V2
Canon 35mm 1.4L
Canon 50mm 1.2L
Canon 50mm 1.8
Canon 70-200mm 2.8L V2
Canon 85mm 1.2L
Canon 100mm 2.0
Canon 100mm 2.8L Macro
Canon 135mm 2.0L
Godox V860ii (x3)
Godox AD200 (x5)
MagMod Flash Diffusers and Light Modifiers
Canon 600EX-RTII Speedlite (x2)
Canon 580EXII Speedlite (x3)
Phottix Odin Transmitter and Receivers
Einstein E640 Studio Flash Units (x4)
Miscellaneous Paul C. Buff Light Modifiers