My favorite subjects in elementary school were always art and reading. I never understood how — or if — that would play out in the ‘real world,’ until I started this venture.
I’ve been drawn to the camera since my parents let me toy with their Nikon SLR as a child, and I remember the day they gifted me my own as a teenager. I explored other media, t00, studying ceramics for years — in fact, I first used a dark room when I explored photographic printing on clay. Random, right?? I took photography and sculpture classes in college at Wake Forest University, and fit in a semester to study art history in Florence, Italy (still one of my favorite spots on earth).
When I joined the corporate world after college, I continued to take classes on the side. And I incorporated my love of art and art history into my career — after a brief stint at the Freer & Sackler Galleries, I was fortunate enough to work at The Art League, an art school and gallery in Alexandria, VA. I loved taking classes on the side, somehow I fitting that in while also obtaining my Master’s in Arts Management.
Photography was always hobby — something I loved and dabbled in, taking classes and shooting while I pursued my career, started my family, and figured out what I sought most in life. Which was: Being with my family and behind the camera. I relinquished my office job for playground attire and now I’m fully dedicated to my two passions.
I love working with families to capture their life as they know it. Sessions are lighthearted and fun — I encourage families to just be their authentic selves while I snap away. I know parenting is hard and childhood is chaotic and messy. My job is to make them pause, clear the clutter, be in the moment, and capture that. The result is honest, beautiful, and invaluable — we’re all told all too often that these early days are fleeting.
On my blog, I add narrative to the images — something I feel strongly about, since selective use of photographs in social media today can paint a different picture than reality. I want to add that honest perspective on parenthood, my thoughts as I release the camera shutter, or insights as I reflect back on photos while editing.
And my family? Our son has a beautiful imagination, is wicked smart, and always runs, never walks. Our daughter is the most empathetic child, only wants to wear dresses, and is adding some spiciness to her sweet demeanor. Our littlest one is as chill and sweet as a third child should be, and she always keeps me laughing and is always getting into trouble. My husband is so supportive and encourages me to pick up the camera more (and like our kids, has piercing blue eyes that are so photo-worthy). My Nikon D750 is always at my side.
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