I like to wake up while the rest of the house is asleep -three kids and a strong-hearted husband. I go into my front room where the morning light dapples through the trees and I journal with a hot cup of tea beside me. There is nothing quite like morning light. The way it grows in brilliance, starting off so gentle and peachy like a soft hum which becomes, slowly, a belted heart-song by noon.
Art is all around us. And our lives are filled with beautiful, tiny, precious moments, along with those monumental ones. Graduation. A birth. An engagement. Your wedding. A new career. Seeing the beauty in the tiny things -the way your eyes sparkle when you make a soul connection, that sweet tilt of the head you do when you feel playful, the way your mouth curves up just enough to give a hint of a smile while your eyes say, “I’m sooooo ridiculously happy in this moment of my life.” I love capturing those moments, those special things about you that set you apart. Those tiny and big things that define your life.
Working together, taking your unique vision along with my creative input and making something so different and lovely -that makes my heart sing! And capturing a side of you that you may not have seen before -the part of you that shimmers, that reflects the many facets of your beauty and personality- oh, my goodness, that I simply adore photographing!
Wedding photography and its related portraiture -engagements, bridal, boudoir- has been the main focus of my work since I fell in love with it after shooting my first wedding in 2009. I knew immediately what a gift it was being in such a unique position to witness two people giving each other their hearts forever. I get a front row seat on soulmates at their happiest. And that is ridiculously awesome, in my book!
We’ll meet for coffee and pour over albums while I get the scoop on your wedding plans so far. I want to hear your love story -how you met, how he popped the question, if you picked the ring out together or it was a total surprise! I want to hear all about the colors you’ve picked, the style you’re thinking of, see your inspiration photos and know what is most important to you about your day. And I want to help you where you need recommendations, help with planning your timeline, sorting out all the details and getting you connected with the right vendors to make your day extra magical. It’s a relaxed, fun visit. And if you’d like to reserve your wedding date then, I can get your contract to you and make sure your date is marked on the calendar. If you need more time to do your homework and discuss things with the wedding planning crew, that’s totally fine.
Selecting your photographer isn’t just about budget, and it’s not just about how you want to remember your wedding. It’s about your legacy. This is how you, your children, your grandchildren, your future family for generations will see and treasure your heritage. Because love is what it’s all about. It’s the beginning and it’s the end. And this is your love story. How will you remember it and be remembered?
The artistic style and personality of your photographer directly flavors the wedding day in the moment and in the pictures -the pictures that will be the only lasting thing to look back to your wedding day with. Choosing someone you feel completely comfortable being around and who you can trust to capture the moments, the details, the romantic couple portraits with you two artistically traipsing around your venue, shepherding family and friends through all the formal shots -finding that person who will orchestrate all those pictures while helping you enjoy your day to the fullest is a high priority. And loving the pictures so much that as you browse through your sneak peek gallery while you’re on your honeymoon, you can’t stop squealing with delight (between tearing up and crying with joy.) It’s that combo of personal service and fun during the wedding festivities and delivery of final photos that have you hopping up and down with happiness that keep me a wedding photographer.
This is where creativity takes flight! Oh, portraits!
From helping select the locations to guiding you in wardrobe selection, I love crafting unique portrait sessions that set you apart. Let’s keep it soft and beautiful with natural light, occasionally relying on off-camera lighting for dramatic effect or to counter existing lighting conditions. I’ll bring my creative tool kit and we’ll have a joyful time photographing your senior portraits, engagement session, bridal portraits, your sultry and elegant boudoir session, your precious newborn, and family.
I still remember my first commercial. A guy who owned a media production company that we went to church with asked if my sister was available to audition for a tv spot. Lucky for me, she was out of town. I got the audition and my first paid gig. And, 20 years later, I’m still working in front of the camera. (Austin is a great place for an actor -lots of opportunities while still allowing you to have a business and live life.)
Having a killer headshot for business or acting is not optional. It’s a must. Because the face you’re putting out there is your face which represents your business, so if you don’t look like you take yourself seriously as a professional, no one else will. Together, we’ll help bring out that dazzling personality and gutsy glimmer that will make everyone stop dead in their tracks and take notice of YOU.
At the end of the day when my children are asleep, the house is once again quiet and candles and twinkle lights cast their warm and moody glow, I reflect on my day.
And you know what? Everyday I realize just how happy I am to get to be such a special part of people’s lives. Because I get to see love. And life. I see couples come together. I see babies being born and little families growing so beautifully. I see people saying “YES!” to their dreams and taking new career paths. I see people saying yes to themselves and allowing themselves to blossom in front of me so I can capture that unique rawness that makes them stand apart from everyone else.
I am so happy to be your photographer.
Let’s make magic!