I blame it all on Mandy Moore.
Taking it back to 1999, boppin on the bus with my walkman...you know, back when I didn't even have to question if anyone here had ever even heard of a walkman.
For starters, music has always been my passion. But it was hearing one particular song that made me understand why. The second the thunder began rolling in, to start off Mandy Moore's track "Not Too Young" on her debut album, I could envision an entire music video BOOM just like that, no blinking necessary.
From that point on, it became a trend. Every time I heard a song, video and album art popped right into my head. Not to brag or anything, but I was pretty spot on with "Stronger" by Britney Spears once that video rolled out on TRL - definitely think someone tapped into my brain for that one but anyways...
Growing up in northern IL, the so called "music scene" wasn't actually a thing though, go figure. So, I made my own version of it by being the girl in our friend group that always carried the disposable camera and put together slideshows to all the hot 90's and 2000's jams.
AND DESPITE HOW OBVIOUS IT WAS TO EVERYONE ELSE, IT WASN'T YET OBVIOUS TO ME.
When I got to college, I knew I wanted to study art, because art was what I was good at and what I enjoyed the most. I won national t-shirt design competitions in high school so I thought, yeah graphic design, Im great at that! Turns out, I was not. It's not that I was bad, its that I was SO bad it made me want to put my finger through my eye, into my brain and swirl it around...okay not that bad but if you caught that reference then we are F.R.I.E.N.D.S already.... so I ended up with my backup option, photography.
"Golf's no different than hockey, it requires talent and self discipline"...
I always thought that if photography was what I would be doing then I would make my way to New York or Hollywood to fulfill that music industry dream. Turned out, after visiting both places, I despised them actually. Too expensive. Too crowded. Not my kind of people.
I had many, call it "Happy Gilmore moments" of feeling like I was meant for something and not realizing I was actually meant for something else.
After doing weddings full time, then living in Nashville for 3 years and working in the entertainment industry, I realized the actual who or what I was photographing wasn't necessarily what mattered...it was how.
It was capturing the laughter between mom and her kids, catching the EXACT moment that an artist jumps with excitement on stage or the look of absolute adoration a groom gives to his new bride on their elopement adventure. And the angles, oof do I love some good angles.
"It was a comet...the boy saw the comet and suddenly his life had meaning..."
Once I was able to figure out that as long as I could catch those emotions and those fleeting moments, in a not necessarily visible to the naked eye way, I could be anywhere and photograph anything.
And while going from shooting an elopement to hitting the road on a music tour may seem like they would have nothing to do with each other, they most definitely help me keep the creative juices flowing.
"We're almost there and nowhere near it, all that matters is that we're going!"
The most important thing I have learned is that no matter where you are or what you do, what matters most are the relationships that you build with the people surrounding you.
So whether you catch me at a show, or decide boudoir is the way you want to go, I cannot wait to work together and I hope to meet you soon! In the meantime, meet...
can't live without
your unique story,
thinking outside the box,
talking in accents,
and all things 90s!
chaos and drama,
improper use of their, there and they're.
"LOVE IS patient, kind, it does not envy or boast...
It does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth...
It always protects...
LOVE NEVER FAILS."
— 1 corinthians 13:4-8
WORdS TO LIVE BY
I've always wanted to make one of those videos where you switch from singing like Christina Aguilera to Britney Spears then slam it with some Alanis Morrisette...until then, karaoke.
I mean, if this photography thing doesn't work out...
I'm just sayin.