take me back

A lightbulb went off

I can take photos right here at home! Now of course, when you think about wedding and family photos, there’s this image of cringey poses by a tree, matching khakis, and forced smiles. It hurts me to just think about it! But seriously, if you want a quick laugh, Google ‘cringey wedding photos.’ 

How. I. Was. Wrong! Those were choices made by grown adults, and those were choices that I would not be making. 

I could take all of the knowledge that I learned in school and actually use my degree and I could create beautiful images that have zero cringe! To bring it back full circle, my driving force is to capture connections. And how much more connected can you get than with weddings and families?! Your perfect match, parents, siblings, best friends, those are some of the deepest connections that I’m so freaking lucky to be a part of, even for a day. 

Photographs have a way of transporting you back to a moment in time, and I don’t know about you, but I have all kinds of memories in my brain that are just waiting to be unlocked! With my photographs, I want to catapult you into that moment when you first locked eyes as you walked down the aisle, when your little one passed gas and everyone laughed, making for the perfect shot, and when you busted a move on the dance floor with your besties.

Although I did allow myself to get whisked away with these magical thoughts and imagined myself going on awesome dates eating delicious food, I came back down to earth and realized that I need my friends and family. 

Picture this :

Photographer. Ahhh, what a title. I say this with my gut when I say that, when one hires a photographer, they evolve into your confidante, soundboard, hypewoman, and, dare I say...friend! Think about it: your photographer is there at the most important moment of your life, will meet the ones closest to you, and will bring out the Sasha Fierce in you! All that being said, I understand how important it is to find the right person to capture the right moments with the right one. 

It’s 2014 and this Arizona native, cactus obsessed, fair-skinned gal was ready for a huge change. Bright eyed and bushy tailed with my Photography degree from Northern Arizona University, I knew where I wanted to move. I’ve always been a fan of cloudy, rainy weather (emo much?), and love being surrounded by water, so I packed up my turquoise jewelry, stocked up on big, comfy cardigans, and moved to the PNW. Seattle, to be exact! 

Cliché alert! I always knew I wanted to be a photographer. But seriously, I did! And when destiny calls, best believe you answer! In the process of finding myself in college, I thought I’d be a photojournalist for a cool travel magazine and see the world. I was intoxicated with the thought of telling stories about magical places and sharing cultures from far, far away. (Or was the intoxication from something else?) Either way, I was fascinated with the thought of showing how connected we all are, no matter where we might be in the world. Of course we’re different, that’s what makes us all beautiful, but at the end of the day, we are all the same. We love family, we love our communities, and we crave connection with one another. 2020 has been absolute proof of that. Who knew that grocery trips could get me so excited?