HOW DID YOU BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER?
It’s actually pretty funny because I kind of fell into photography unintentionally. It was something I did here and there through high school but I really wanted (or thought I wanted) to go into graphic design. I spent my freshman year of college at Illinois State University as an undecided art major then transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign my sophomore year, where I became a photography major. When I applied to the graphic design program (but saved by the grace of God, was rejected), photography was my second option. At first I was a little disappointed, but once I started finding my groove and creating my own art behind the camera, I fell in love! I have always found inspiration from music and song lyrics, so whenever I style a shoot, it always has some sort of lyrical background inspiration. I loved being able to take a song and tell its story through a series of, or even just one, photograph. It is no surprise that my love for love songs and music transpired into my focus for capturing love stories and the journey of creatives themselves. Everything happens for a reason and I wholeheartedly believe in that.
WHAT’S YOUR STYLE?
I am very much about finding out who you are and what makes you unique so that I know EXACTLY how to capture your story. I am very carefree, laidback, yet adventurous all at the same time. Engagement, creatives and lifestyle sessions are our chance to just hang out and have fun! I love taking road trips, going hiking, eating ice cream, pizza, jamming to 90’s tunes and learning all about you and your little quirks! You will also, most likely, find me laying on the ground, jumping in lakes or climbing up a tree to make sure we get a pretty badass shot or two. I’m also a sucker for awesome lighting. While sometimes I come up with ideas beforehand, I mostly just let the action and emotions unfold naturally and stay focused on catching all those little moments to capture just the right feels.
DO YOU TRAVEL?
HECK YES I do! New experiences, new adventures, and maybe even some new food...all my jam!
HOW MANY PHOTOS AND WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU?
Every session is different. Creative and lifestyle sessions usually yield 25-50 final edits, engagement sessions yield 75-300 and weddings yield approximately 500-1200. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity.
As far as experience goes, I have been told previously that I’m as cool as a cucumber but know how to take charge! Your experience with me should be effortless and that is what I am here for; especially for wedding days! I want to make sure your day runs as smoothly as possible and so I make it my job to keep your day worry-free and full of fun, love, laughter, and all the things! These are the moments you should look forward to the most and be able to look back on and say it really was the best day ever!