I've been doing photography for the majority of my life and weddings + elopements specifically for the past three years, but I actually started as a travel + landscape photographer and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in photojournalism! My focus has always been on telling stories in one form or another, and my dream of becoming an environmental photojournalist is what led me to pursue the wonderful world of adventure elopements and destination weddings.
Now, my focus is using my skills of storytelling and environmental photography to showcase the most beautiful love stories in their most authentic form, and in the most special of places. I am a chaser of light and my background in landscape photography has given me a great respect for the more technical side of photography, leading me to strive to make every image a work of art.
When I was in college for journalism, (thinking I wanted to be an environmental photojournalist), I learned how to document other people's stories without outside influence. So now I work to create an environment for my couples to feel comfortable enough to be authentically themselves so I can showcase who they truly are rather than giving them generic stiff poses.
Of course, there's a time and place for posing and prompting, so I will always be there to give you guidance, fix your hair (although windblown looks are my fav), and fluff your dress as needed. It's about balance. Creating those intimate moments while also taking the time to shoot those classic portraits in a new way.
I was introduced to travel at a young age, so it has always been a part of my life and has made me into who I am today. Learning to snow ski at 6 years old, hiking the mountains of New Zealand at 11, and setting off on my own to spend a month living out of a car in Iceland at 19 has molded me into the elopement photographer I am today.
When I first realized that photography was my passion, I decided I wanted to be an environmental photojournalist (Nat Geo was the dream), but I soon realized that including storytelling in my landscape photography was paramount. Through meeting my boyfriend of over 6 years now, Cory, (he's definitely my favorite thing), I fell in love with documenting love stories.
So I put my biggest passions together: love, storytelling, and adventure.
Every relationship is different so every elopement, wedding, and couples' shoot is a unique experience crafted around the people I'm photographing! That's the exciting thing about my job - every day is a new adventure that I get to go on with the most incredible people around.
I get inspired by the soft touches, the windblown hair, the in-between moments. Things that you notice as the day goes along but never have a chance to document yourself. Everyone can take a posed photo of themselves at an event, but what inspires me are the little things that actually tell the story. Images that show how the light of the sunset lit up your partner's eyes. Images that show the giddy laughs or emotion-filled tears as you read your vows. Images that show how strong the wind was, or how colorful the leaves were.
I want to create a gallery for you that can truly make you relive this most special day for the rest of your lives. Not just posed portraits, but a documentary-style look at every little moment, and everything in between. Let's paint that picture together.
At my first ever job, a movie theater, I had a crush on a coworker named Cory who was super outgoing, funny, and had nice hair. As shy little newly 17 me, I never thought he would notice me. Little did I know, he would make excuses to walk to the other end of the theater where I was, just to walk past me. *cries*
Somehow, I managed to get his snapchat and we started talking, and within a month, we were already saying "I love you" for the first time. Fast forward over 6 years, through Cory almost dying of rabies (that's a fun story..), many hikes, many trips to Ponce City Market for our favorite ramen place, our 5 year anniversary trip to Washington, and many more adventures, and we are better than ever.
He's the one who helped me realize years ago that my passion was not for the film industry like I had thought, but for photography. I would not be where I am today without his constant support and love, and his adventurous spirit that challenges me to do new things - like rock climbing - that's a new one.
He is my very best friend.