PHOTOGRAPHY, DESIGN & PHOTOBOOTHS
My photo journey began as a child and I can remember the first time I was trusted with my own camera. I was about 8 years old, visiting my great-grandparents in the mountains of Asheville, NC and was given a 110 film camera to document my visit. I spent the next few days carefully capturing all the details of my trip; the flowers, every dog and cat that would let me get close enough, the community watch sign and even a couple of people.
After that first experience, I was hooked on "taking pictures" but didn't realize or appreciate the art and technique that went into photography until much later.
I attended UNC-Wilmington and earned a BA in Communication Studies. I graduated and entered the corporate world as a marketing coordinator for an accounting software business. I loved my job but knew in my heart it wasn't something I wanted to do forever. I went from job to job for three years and finally decided to turn my hobby into a part-time business. I kept a full-time marketing position and decided to work part-time in a local photo lab so I could learn that part of the process. All those work experiences proved to be invaluable. I met so many great friends and learned more than any class or degree could have taught me. It wasn't long before I quit my full-time job, quit working at the lab and jumped into the most challenging and rewarding work I've could have ever imagined.
I can proudly say, I've come a long way since those first images as a child but I still take tremendous care in recording the details of my subjects. I love being a photographer because I have the privilege of being part of so many different and special times in people's lives.
Through my work I have had the opportunity to meet people and see things I probably wouldn't have otherwise. I've held a 10 day old tiger cub, shared countless wedding days with happy couples and their families, sawn the sun rise over giant saguaro cacti in Arizona, witnessed wolves chase down and kill a deer (not my favorite experience), felt the ground move under my feet as larger-than-life NFL football players race towards the end zone and I've had conversations with precious children (some with their little pants on backward and their shoes on the wrong feet because they dressed themselves) that still make me smile.
With every experience, I am thankful for all the gifts God gave me and the moments I will remember forever.
I love God, my family, summer, rainy days when I can snuggle on the couch, everything with my best friend, junior mints, my pets/kids CJ and Indi, fresh snow, Christmas time, sweatpants, old chairs, old doors, old walls, old stuff, the colors pink, teal, red, green - ok, I love all colors, the perfect fitting jeans, candles, my studio, a good sale, cars, my Dad’s Old Spice, my Grandparent's house, laughing til I cry, gushers fruit snacks, children, walking barefoot in the grass, the time to read a good book, the beach, ice cream, nibs candy, the smell of suntan lotion, Montana, sleeping in, road trips, sweet tea, slippers, office supplies, dangly earrings...