What drew you to photography?
I feel like photography found me at a time when I needed it most. I started to dabble in it after I had my second baby. About a year and a half later, my other daughter, Ava, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Photography was a healing mechanism for me during that time. It also gave our family a wonderful gift...the memories of her last year with us.
I continue to photograph our family and clients now because it still remains a therapeutic release. Something about being able to create art has healed my heart in so many ways.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I’m inspired by so many things. Light ALWAYS inspires me, and I like to challenge myself to use it in interesting ways. I also draw inspiration from art and music. My children often inspire me too!
What type of cameras and lenses do you use?
I currently shoot with a Nikon D750. My most used lenses are the Nikon 35 1.4, Nikon 50 1.4, and Sigma 85 1.4.
Where was your favorite place to shoot and why?
I’m drawn to moody places. I love to shoot with one window against a darker wall in my home, but I also love to find pockets of golden light outdoors. I don’t know that I have a “favorite” place because as long as there is beautiful light, then any location will produce gorgeous images
What's your favorite image you've captured?
I feel like my favorite images are constantly changing, but right now it is this one. It was a foggy fall morning when my son and I ventured out to a pond by our house. Usually, when it’s foggy the sun isn’t shining so when I noticed the rays pouring in through the fog, everything around me felt so magical. It was truly an extraordinary moment.
Are there any projects you are especially proud of?
Yes! Each September, I organize an awareness campaign for childhood cancer on Instagram. The theme is gold or images that inspire hope. Each year gets more challenging to think of new and creative ideas but I shoot some of my favorite images during this time in honor of my daughter Ava.
What has been your biggest challenge in pursuing a career in Photography?
The biggest challenge for me is TIME! As a mom, who also homeschools two of my children, our days can go by fast. I only get a few hours, if I’m lucky, a day to dedicate to my business. That can mean getting up early or staying up late to work.
I know as my children get older that I will have more time to focus on the business aspect of photography so I’m trying to embrace the season I’m in now by practicing good time management skills.
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