A little smitten with black coffee and a lot obsessed with my white lab. In this black and white world, I'm a firm believer in the grey.
When I first got into photography I was an atheist.
Being born and raised in a world full of drugs and rock and roll meant going to school was an option for me. I learned the world had winners and losers and I wasn't sure where my family fell.
I spent my entire life running from Jesus, annoyed with "Bible Thumpers"; there was no way God would allow the things that happened happen.
And then 2014 happened.
I'd just graduated college and was marrying the man of my dreams.
While tying up the loose ends of wedding planning, I made a pit stop by my tailor's house for some dress measurements before I left town for my bachelorette party.
Before I left my tailor's house, she asked to have coffee with me.
"Have you ever accepted God as your savior?"
Oh, great. A stupid Bible thumper... Ugh.
"No. And I don't plan on it." :)
"Oh, that's okay. This is really pulling on me. Just have a seat and repeat after me..."
Irritated, I sat down, and repeated her lines.
I felt abducted. A warm, gold-like glowing fullness washed into my feet and swept up my body. I opened my eyes, and the day was vibrant. I heard birds. My senses were turned up. I thought she spiked my coffee.
I was terrified.
And It was time for my bachelorette weekend.
On my last morning, I woke up early to enjoy coffee on the balcony and finish a book. I finished the last page and I closed the book. Wanting more coffee, I opened the sliding glass door and there was a bird. Sitting. Looking at me... On our stove.
I walked over to him, put my finger out, *hoping* (yeah right, eye roll!) he would let me hold him.
(I'm that weird)
He climbed onto my finger, and instantly: that warm- vibrant, gold-like feeling swept through my body.
It was in that moment my life began to change.
Once I figured out the feeling I felt was Jesus, everything began transforming.
I spent most of my life running from Him, trying to define myself as a free individual, only to turn up more chained down. As my relationship with Jesus matures, I'm learning that it's Him who breaks chains, and His perfect love that sets me free.
When I found Him, I found my passions, and the permission to follow them. I quit my job and followed my passion.
Spending my weekends photographing weddings and baptisms is pretty much the coolest thing in the entire world...
And this brings me to photography: the crux of how I fell in love with people.
What started as a job has transformed into a soul-shifting passion full of purpose I would have never anticipated.
After having photographed so many weddings, I understand the importance of my role.
I've learned that helping my couples plan their wedding day means the difference of them enjoying their day versus remembering the day feeling stiff and rushed.
It's my burning passion for you to feel comfortable and at ease on your wedding day because I know how important it is for good memories to wash over you.
This is why its my passion for my couples to be present on their wedding day.
I've developed a system so that my couples can relax... When you're with me, you lean into each other on your wedding day instead of worrying, because you know it's handled. You recognize the importance of slowing down to feel your heart when you embrace.
You feel comfortable. At ease. Trusting.
This process has taught me to see the world differently.
The small, fleeting moments that God gifts us with are so important, and capturing these moments that cannot be recreated is my passion and promise to you.
"So apparently we're freaking professional models!!! Holy crap, these are freaking amazing!!!"
I believe that every person deserves to be known because every story can impact the world. I photograph weddings because I believe in the power of two stories coming together, and those memories serving as reminders of who my couples love and why they love them.
The success of our world depends upon the people, which depends upon families, which depends upon parents... The success of parents depends upon marriage. Marriage is important.
Remembering how you felt on your wedding day means so much to a marriage.
WHY you love who you love is the most important thing in this world, and it is my burning passion behind creating genuine, creative, and timeless images to remind you of why you fell in love.
Why? Because my story was quite different.
I sometimes wonder what would have happened if my mom and dad stayed married. If she would have had the wherewithal to seek help for their family when he hit her, or if he would have had the confidence to seek help for himself... Or for her when she had troubles. Maybe, I wonder, had they found a way to help each other, would my mom have struggled with addiction until it took her life? Would my dad still be living out what I know he desires so deeply to change? I'll never know.
I watched my mother allow men into our home so that she could afford to feed me and her addiction. I watched my dad struggle in his own difficulties... completely unable to help me because, for whatever reason, he didn't have the ability. I have such a deep desire to know (not that I would change *any*thing that happened, because its led me to a life of abundance that I love so much) who I would be and where I would have landed if my parents would have supported each other.
This is why I'm passionate about marriage.
People fall in love. Sometimes it's messy, and sometimes it's utterly magical ---
but one thing is certain: love is divinely beautiful. And the world needs more people who recognize the power of that.
This is why I'm passionate about how I run my business.
When we weren't at the lake in GA, we were at the beach in FL. I spent every waking moment in the water as a kid.
That's my dad! I was really close with him when I was little... He owned his own HVAC repair business, and I remember riding in his old blue work van with him to jobs. It didn't have seatbelts (or seats!) in the back! I'd spend the day exploring his clients' properties while he worked... We spent a lot of time together, and it was a blast.
My parents divorced when I was around 2, and my mom and I left family in Georgia and went Clearwater, Florida. She made a living as a waitress on the beach, and met all kinds of famous folks. One time Mel Gibson tried to get her to pull his hair to prove it was real. (she never pulled it...)
I also went to work with her a lot, and walked the beach or sat in the hotel. I don't remember as much about those days, other than the glorious sunshine & the sand being so insanely hot on my feet!! :)
Our home was constantly FULL of them. Always. My mother took them in - nonstop. (She had a huge heart)
I don't think there was a time in my childhood when we had less than 8 cats and dogs running around; I thought it was awesome! One time she even stole a monkey from a zoo (it's a long story). This cougar here has a pretty cool story too.
Anyway... My mom instilled a love for furry creatures in my heart, and I always thought I'd grow up to be a veterinarian. :)
But I did not become a veterinarian; I became a teacher! A lot of people don't know this about me, but I hardly attended school as a child.
My mom was more of a friend than she was a parent so I really got to do whatever I wanted! I dropped out of 11th grade (with As and Bs!) and a short time later found myself graduating from college with a dual degree in B.S.ED and K-12 Special Ed.
My kids in my classroom were my WORLD. We did Yoga together, learned through games instead of worksheets, and best of all: there was meaning behind what they learned. (Instead of it all being about test scores)
I poured into my kids and they poured into each other. It was an incredible journey, but I didn't have the freedom to teach in the ways I knew they needed. Once I learned there was nothing I could to change the system, I met with my principal, and we both shed tears as I resigned. It was one of the best decisions of my life.
Around this time, I married the coolest, smartest, funniest, weirdest, most loyal person I'd ever met. We met in 2006, started dating in 2010, and got married in 2014. My husband, Will, is basically the complete opposite of me. He's a DIY'er- knows how to fix absolutely anything (including completely rebuilding engines) and he's his happiest when he's tinkering. He is the brains behind ALL the behind-the-scenes-technical workings of my business. I never want to do life without him!!
After our wedding we left the country for 10 whole days! We stayed at Tango Mar in Costa Rica and It. Was. AWESOME. If we weren't galavanting around the sketchy outskirts of our resort, we were enjoying drinks poolside. I laugh now because I remember saving all the fruit from my drinks for the lizards, and eventually they learned to follow me around...
We traveled on horseback, zip lined, had an ATV adventure, and saw so much stuff.
It was incredible. We want to go back with our kids now!!
We're a pretty busy bunch! My husband runs a retail store, I run this fantastic thing right here, and together we homeschool our kids. Most mornings you'll find the kids and I crowded around the kitchen table with homemade breakfast burritos. Days are reserved for studies, and evenings are reserved for IPAs, seltzers and conversation with just my husband and I. (Okay, not every evening...)
For fun we like to hit the go carts at K1 Speed - and - not to brag, but I currently hold #1 in our family's race times.
Vineyard or City?
Legit, wherever you want to go, I'm game.
Here's what matters: that your engagement session gives us an opportunity to get to know each other so that I learn your best moves and you learn it's actually pretty easy to look great.
Do you need 6 hours of coverage or 12? I'll find out what's important to you, and help you understand how much time it will take.
Got a headache thinking about your timeline? That's why I customize those for every single client.
Worried your mom will take over your wedding day?
After your wedding, we'll enjoy drinks and snacks at your Gallery Reveal Celebration. You'll cry a little and snuggle up next to your spouse while you relive your wedding day through a gorgeous customized Album Design. We'll tweak the design to your fancy and order wall art for your home, all before most couples receive a plain digital gallery.
Let's talk real for a second: the divorce rate is too high.
It is my mission to fill my clients' homes full of artwork from their wedding day that is true to them.
Artwork that will remind you of who you love and why you love them.
Artwork that brings back real, tangible memories of how it felt to be present on your wedding day - not worrying about a thing.
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