My husband inspires me... He is my rock, my supporter, and my love. I am constantly encouraged by him! Building relationships as a creative entrepreneur also intensely fuels my fire and pushes me to be better while serving others through my work. And even more, my faith keeps me joyful throughout this journey by teaching me more about how I can use my God-given talents to love on my tribe and my community.
For the most part, yes! I completed one college class and attended a handful of conferences, but I continually learn from the photography and creative community around me - reading (lots of reading!), observing, watching videos, and shooting. Photographing love pushes me to learn more each and every time I pick up my camera. Outside of photography, I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.
I love shooting in the warm, golden, and glowing light of a summer sunset. There is something about the gorgeous sunset light that makes me feel so fulfilled and faithful in creating. But don't get me wrong, I LOVE a snowy session, capturing the first blooming colors of spring, and the warm oranges and reds of fall. Truthfully, each season brings me joy as another season to photograph.
Yes! I specialize in wedding photography working with couples from engagements to wedding days to anniversaries. If you’re looking for a family, extended family, newborn, or senior photographer, I would love to share recommendations of some of my favorite photographer friends throughout the community that specialize in these areas outside of my specialty. I promise they will take great care of you!
YES! It’s part of my passion to encourage creatives in their businesses, and I love my time with my one-on-one mentoring clients. Find out more information here. And yes, there will most likely be coffee and cake!
Lightroom Classic CC (hey photogs!) and a task timer (hey lady bosses!)... I love the streamlined, less stress workflow that Lightroom allows me to have, and my task timer keeps me on track while I accomplish my daily to-do list, big or small!
Hands down, my 85mm f/1.4 wins! I reach for this lens pretty much 85% of the time, and I've been hooked ever since I photographed with it for the first time. It allows such a natural, real, and intimate perspective. A few years ago, my answer would have been my 50mm f/1.4 as it used to be my go-to lens for almost everything, but that all changed when I met the dreamy 85mm. And yes, I'm a prime lens kinda gal!
Yes! I am available (and excited!) for worldwide travel! I love to explore and photograph in new places, and I would love to photograph your elopement or destination wedding day outside of Chicagoland. And to let you in on a little secret, I would just LOVE to travel to Colombia (again!), Yellowstone, Utah, Puerto Rico, Colorado, Mexico (again!), Europe, Florida, Texas, and the Grand Canyon (again!) - among some on my bucket list - for wedding days. Getting married in one of these places or somewhere else? Let's chat!