My business journey began after having my son. I was a mixed media artist that felt unfilled by my path. And when all I could really focus on was becoming a mom, photography became my outlet. I’m someone that’s always just felt compelled to make images. But I realized I want the images I create to become heirlooms, something more than concept and craft.
When my husband and I got married, we were fresh college grads. We were figuring out all of the things let alone how to plan a wedding. When I think about my why, one of my biggest goals is to be an advocate for the couple who has no idea what they’re doing either. I want to preserve this time for them because it’s a chapter that matters.
Weddings are so much more than details, they’re about the people coming together for them. I want my couples to really be able to see themselves and their loved ones in their photos. I want them to remember this moment when all these people were together in one space. I have a passion for making memories tangible, not just pretty.
My husband and I have dreamed of homesteading since we started dating in college. Neither of us grew up this way or have any experience. But, we live really far out in the country on 11.5 acres in a fixer upper to actually pursue it. We want to eventually grow the majority of our own food. So far we have a big garden and fruit trees planted, a small flock of chickens for eggs, and a ton of grass to mow. Meanwhile most houseplants have died... but no worries - we’re getting better!
Before I became a photographer, I was a mixed media artist. I've taught painting and drawing to children and adults. Some of my work is part of Ball State's (where I graduated from) permanent collection. I've shown in several local juried exhibitions, galleries, and my work has been written about in the local papers a few times. Even though I don’t have any tattoos, I’ve drawn several for other people. I still love creating art in my spare time and exploring new concepts.
I love food and cooking to relax. There's just something so satisfying about serving something really good from scratch. My husband and I enjoy cooking together, taking on different parts of a meal. It's something we do fairly often for in-home date nights. I'm the person who brings baked goods to holidays and or as an extra birthday treat. I pack a cooler for wedding days and more often than not, there's some homemade cookies or bread in there.
I studied abroad in Italy and briefly in Spain when I was in college. We stopped in 26 cities and it was one of the coolest experiences I've ever had. I’ve also traveled through Alaska, a lot of the major parks out west, the east coast, and around the south. Every year my family goes to Michigan where we stay in the family lake house that my great-grandfather built almost 60 years ago. There are a ton of places I'd still love to go and shoot in, especially more state and national parks.
I love the outdoors doing things like hiking and kayaking. When I’m outside, nature photography is my side hobby. So I enjoy taking a backup camera with me and taking photos when we’re exploring outside. I especially love finding interesting mushrooms and photographing and drawing them.