“It is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.”
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
I'm gonna be pretty blunt about myself: I am not a light person. I hate small talk (it makes me feel very awkward), and I'm shit at networking. I'm not a casual friend who you talk to every once and a while, who has mild hobbies and is super laidback.
What I am: steadfast and obsessive. I fell in love at 16 to a boy with deep brown eyes and never stopped falling. I'm an oversharer at heart, constantly yearning to find others who hate casual pleasantries and just want to jump right into the heart of themselves. I may not have huge groups of friends, but the friends I have are family, people whom I would die or kill for. I text them constantly all throughout the day. I reread and rewatch all of my favorite movies and books because I love the comfort of them, and I always learn something new each time I visit them.
I'm the mom friend that wants to take care of and problem solve for everyone around me, including my clients. I want to nurture and educate, to take people's hands and guide them to achieve whatever it is they want to achieve.
I want to live and create in the reality that exists when you peel back the layers and expose the truth. I want to document moments of people's lives like I used to photograph my life in high school, like they're MY moments, to keep a piece of the memory frozen forever. When it comes to my work, I love weird. I love couples who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty, figuratively or literally. Haely once described our style as editorial nostalgia, and I truly can't think of a better way to describe it.
I want to get to know my clients intimately, to laugh with them in times of happiness and empathize in times of stress. It's imperative to the process of documenting: how can I accurately capture your love if I don't know the truth of it? How else can I earn your trust so you feel comfortable sharing that truth?
I am not a light person. I can be too much for some, too intense, too strange, too awkward. My photography and personality are not for everyone, but they ARE perfect for someone. If that someone is you, I'd love to chat more.
My biggest inspiration for photography has always come from music. I'm someone who creates narratives for all of my work, whether it's styled or real, and the story is either a creation from my own mind or one I've collected from my clients. I create narrative playlists based on those stories, or I deep dive into the story I interpret from a song, creating a shoot based on that.
I thought I would share my monthly playlists so you can get a real feel of the type of inspiration I get.
a shoot based on the song "cartwheels" by lucy dacus
Sometimes in life you find people that just fit like a puzzle piece. I'm a firm believer that soulmates do not only come in romantic form, but also the friendships that exist in our lives. Haely started off as a girl who liked one of my posts, and I facebooked stalked her because she was beautiful and I wanted her to model for me. Almost 9 years later, and we've found that our creative journey was not only model + photographer, but co-creatives that play off of each other, pushing each other to make them better at their craft. She's such a naturally talented person, and photography is no different. She's also the voice to my silence: she can make friends wherever she goes, while I'm more of the quiet, pensive type (until I'm comfortable with you and then never stop talking).
Any wedding that's booked with me will also include her as a co-photographer, because we're just better together and you deserve the best.