I’m a proudly imperfect photographer, and I love that I make mistakes because that means I am ready to learn something new. I’ve made so many mistakes over the years that I’d like to share them with you, and that way you can move along faster than I have.
When you are ready to nip along smartly with your photography, whether you are documenting your family, marketing your business, or building your own photography business, let’s chat. I’ll offer practical, doable guidance, loads of empathy, and plenty of real-world examples of how I learned things the hard way.
When I started my first photography business in 2009, there was an embarrassing amount of stuff I didn’t know about photography and running a business. I look back on my images, my methods, and my prices (gasp) and don’t know whether to laugh, cry, or recoil in horror.
I struggled for years because I thought that’s how it was done. It wasn’t until 2015, a whopping six years after filing my business license, that I hired a coach and joined a mastermind. Within the first month I realized how much I hadn’t been doing that mattered, and how much I had been doing that didn’t.
Once I had someone in my corner with experience, I learned faster. I avoided common obstacles. I started seeing enormous differences in my images and my bookings.
All because I had the backing of someone who remembered what it was like to be where I was, and she genuinely wanted to see me flow and grow rather than hustle and struggle.
There is plenty I don’t know today, and there is the stuff that know about and am learning to do.
What I Believe
I believe in celebrating relationships, knowing there is always something to celebrate even on the hardest days.
I believe in holding hands.
I believe silently sitting next to someone is often the best show of support.
I believe that it’s important to say “I love you,” even when I’m pretty sure the other person knows.
I believe in expressing emotions, whether that means crying, screaming, or jumping up and down.
I believe in embracing life.
I believe in laughing until my face hurts and I have to run to the restroom.
I believe that life is most beautiful when it isn't airbrushed.
I believe that wrinkles and age spots are earned and speak volumes in wisdom and experience.
I believe in the beauty and bonding of vulnerability.
I believe in a solid 10-second hug for every hello and goodbye with family and close friends.
I believe that grief lasts as long as love.
I believe the best smiles are full body experiences.
I believe in kindness, compassion, and empathy.
I believe a family's history, including handwritten letters, pictures, and stories, is the most valuable thing a family has other than this moment and their love for each other. I believe we are all living and dying right this minute. End of life and hospice care aren't about dying - they are about living as fully and comfortably as possible.
I believe handmade gifts are priceless without price tags.
I believe people are meant to break during difficult times. I believe they grow into new strength when they are able.
I believe in telling the story of my family through the photographs I see in my home, and that includes days that are good, bad, and ugly. I want to do that for you.