1. Tell us a bit about you!
I am a 23 year old mom and wife. I thrive on creativity, and besides photography I love all kinds of artsy and crafty things. I love the ocean, coffeeshops, books, vintage cameras, film, writing, and travel. I am on a journey that is spiritual, artistic, personal, and life-long.
2. How did you end up being a wedding and family lifestyle photographer?
I have loved taking pictures for as long as I can remember, but I truly fell in love with photography as a teenager, on a trip to the UK. After that, you could rarely find me without my camera. I majored in Communication Studies in college, and took courses in photography- that was when I knew that it was what I was meant to do. I started my business the year after I graduated.
3. why do you love what you do?
I love capturing the beauty in the world- the real, raw beauty in people and in relationships. I believe that it is all a powerful reflection of God. I also love (and feel unbelievably lucky) that I have a career that is creative and challenging and makes me feel alive.
4. what inspires you in your work?
I am inspired by the energy in the people I photograph, by the ocean and nature, by blogs and catalogs and Anthropologie, by books and movies and art galleries. Inspiration is everywhere.
5. pick a favorite role model, and tell us why you respect them?
It is difficult to pick only one. There are several women I know who I look up to for the way they gracefully balance business, art, family, and self. I also admire anyone who is comfy in their own skin and unafraid to be who they are, and allows that to shine in all they do.
6. what equipment do you use and why do you love it?
I shoot with a Nikon D700 and a vintage Pentax film camera. I love my prime lenses, especially my 50mm. I also enjoy playing with my Polaroid SX-70 and my Holga. I like to experiment, and I love film. Everything has its place though, and my D700 is my (other) baby.
7. how would you describe your style?
That is always so hard to pin down. I’d say it is artistic, authentic, and ever-evolving along with me.
8. if you could second shoot for any photographer, would it be and why?
Elizabeth Messina. She was the very first photographer whose work I fell in love with, and it still amazes me.
Also, Jose Villa- his work never ceases to take my breath away.
9. give us a disaster story. Has anything terrible or crazy happened at a shoot/wedding and how did you handle it?
Thankfully I have no disaster stories. The closest I’ve come was during my very first engagement session, there was a brief moment where my camera was trying to keep up with me and I thought my card had gone bad. Luckily that wasn’t the case, and everything was fine, but for a few seconds I was panicking inside but trying of course to be super cool outside.
10. what is the most challenging thing about your line of work?
Balance. Having a career and being a mom and wife is not easy- there is always more than one thing needing my undivided attention at any given moment.
I wouldn’t trade it though- I believe it so important for my kids to grow up seeing me following my dreams and doing things I am passionate about.
11. tell us why you love SoFly!
There is so much knowledge and talent represented in the group, and such a willingness to share and support one another. That is so unique and special. We have a great time together too.
12. what is your favorite website/blog?
Oh just one? Lately, Pinterest. But I also love Etsy, The Creative Mama, and of course Facebook and Twitter.
13. tell us something you’ve learned recently that you’ve applied to your business
That it is important to say no sometimes- to jobs that aren’t a good fit, to requests to work for free, to clients who do not value what I do. I also recently started working with a CPA, so I’m learning more about the financial aspects of running a business. I wish I’d started working with her sooner!
14. give us one item in your arsenal of equipment that you simply could not live without!
My D700. Or my 50mm. Or my Wacom tablet. Can you tell I have trouble narrowing my answers down to one?
15. 5 words your friends/family have used to describe you
Free-spirited, creative, nurturing, organized (but they haven’t seen my desk today), smart (a.k.a nerdy)
16. where do you see yourself in five years, and what are you doing to get there?
I see myself staying busy shooting what I love, and in a place where I am meeting my financial goals and still giving the best of myself to husband and kids. To get there, I am putting in the long hours and continuing to constantly educate myself in both business and my art.