I started doing photography in high school. I would shoot football games for the yearbook. After high school I realized I needed to know more about photography if I really wanted to take good pictures. I took a few classes at a local college. I fell in love with it! In 2003, I moved to San Francisco. I started working for a handful of wedding photographers as a second shooter. It was from those amazing people that I learned more about the business aspect of photography. I worked my way up to shoot weddings on my own. After doing that for a few years, I moved to Tennessee. I concentrated on starting my family and getting settled. When I had my second baby, I just made a huge switch to newborn photography. I did a mentorship with an amazing newborn photographer, Jennie Pyfferoen. She has been such a huge help to me! I learn something new every time I do a session. It has really been my niche. I absolutely love newborns!
Why and when did you become a photographer?
I started doing photography in high school. After years of hard work and working for others, I started my own business in 2010. I love being creative and giving my clients beautiful images.
How would you describe your style of photography?
My style is classic, simple and sometimes whimsical. I do try new things, but I want my images to be timeless.
What is the most difficult challenge in the photography business?
Standing apart tom the rest. I have struggled with that. But I am at the point where I know all I need to do is give my clients great images. I want them to love their pictures.
Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?
It sounds cheesy, but newborns really inspire me. They are so new and beautiful, I can’t help but be drawn to them. I love documenting this precious time in these little lives.
Tell us little about your studio.
This year I built a studio in my backyard. I love that I have my own space and that I can give my clients a unique experience.
Name three favorite things in your camera bag.
My MarkIII, 50mm 1.2, 100mm macro.
What advice can you give an aspiring photographer today?
Learn the basics! It’s not about anything else, until you know what an f-stop, shutter speed and ISO do!