4 years ago, I was a determined 23 year old who was getting ready to move across the country and build a photography business from the ground up. I didn’t know a single soul, I didn’t have any clients, and I sure as heck didn’t even dream that I’d be able to financially support my medical student husband on just shooting weddings.
So fast forward through all the hustle! I’ve been running a successful business full time for 3 years, shooting dreamy weddings, and teaching other photogs my secrets, all while raising my slobbery puppy Boris and loving on my 6’7” husband in our first home in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
So you know what I think about while sitting in my office with a snoring pup at my feet? Helping you create the most beautifully raw and authentic experience. Whether you’re an engaged couple looking for a photographer who will put their whole heart and soul into making sure your photography captures the genuine and candid moments, or you’re a creative looking to grow a profitable business that is every bit as passionate and heartfelt as you are, you’ve found the right place.
I’m a North Carolina photographer, storyteller, sucker for romance, and lover of educating others how to rock their photography businesses. Most days you can find me with my mastiff puppy Boris, cooking new recipes, repurposing old furniture, or watching the latest Marvel series with my husband.
My work has recently been featured in The Knot Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Wedding Chicks, Ruffled, and more!
I was born in the desert of Apple Valley, California. Land of the Joshua trees and tumbleweeds, no joke! People always assume that since I grew up in California I must know how to surf. Not true... The beach was about 2 hours away and we only went a handful of times a year. I became a pretty awesome boogie boarder though!
I’ve always loved the water. I learned to jump off the edge of a pool and swim to the side all by myself at only 1.5 years old.
Got my first job when I was 15 at the local pool as a lifeguard. I loved sitting in the hot sun but not getting those unattractive tan lines from my guard suit.
Moved to Logan, Utah to attend Utah State University and major in Speech and Language Pathology.
My first introduction to photography. I met a young entrepreneur who owned her own photography/videography business and I had no idea young people could do that! It opened my eyes to possibilities within my own future.
Got my first DSLR for my 20th birthday. I saved up my money from the restaurant I was working at and helped pay for half of it. That was probably the most expensive thing I owned and I was excited but also a little overwhelmed because I knew there was a ton to learn.
Married my husband that July. Choosing my wedding photographer was the single most important thing to me. I loved how she really captured the true essence of our relationship and that’s ultimately what made me fall in love with photography. Those raw and honest moments are so precious.
Took my camera backpacking in Havasupai. It was a 20 mile round trip hike while carrying that giant camera but I loved documenting our adventures.
Shot my first wedding solo, and it was in San Diego! After about a year of second shooting and mentoring, I finally felt ready. I remember jumping up and down and yelling to the rooftops when I booked it. I couldn't believe it.
Graduated USU with my Bachelors in Speech and
Moved to Pennsylvania. I was sad to leave my newly bloomed business in Utah but I was also excited for the opportunities I was going to find on the east coast. I booked a wedding that fall in D.C. and remember loving how green everything was compared to the west.
After 1.5 years of working at the Hershey School District and rebuilding my business, my hard work had paid off and I finally went full-time in photography.
Got our Dogue de Bordeaux puppy Boris!
Moved to Winston Salem, North Carolina! My husband started an Anesthesia residency program at Wake Forest.
Loving every minute with my little family here on the east coast!