So here's the deal. I am who I am, and I'm not going to pretend to be something that I'm not, and neither should you! Sure, I know how to be professional, and how I SHOULD talk (fun fact I was a receptionist throughout high school). But, it's pretty hard to get to know a person when they put their "professional" hat on, and I want you, as a potential client, to get to know the real me and not some super fake version of me.
I would say that I land somewhere between an introvert and an extroverted introvert. I can be quiet in new situations and like to just sit back and observe, I typically prefer to listen instead of speak. BUT, business situations, or once we know each other a bit better, I am a lot more chatty, and will happily chat about something we have in common!
It's sort of hard to sum yourself up neatly in a paragraph or two, so here are some random facts that will hopefully give you a better insight into who I am and what I'm into!
Home Sense is my second home. I change my furniture around constantly, I love using my house for sessions because it gives me an excuse to move everything around from room to room and to create a fresh new space! If I had to choose a second dream career, it would be design! I'm really loving wood furniture, and warm earth tones these days. One of these days I would really like to open up my own home decor store.
I wouldn't quite call myself a hipster yet, but I do enjoy a good hat (or many good hats), my plant babies, essential oils, indie folk music, shampoo and conditioner bars and I am trying to reduce my overall plastic waste for the good of the planet. However, I'm not a vegan, I'm not into crystals or astrology, and I do think that people use planets being in "retrograde" (whatever that means) as a silly excuse for things in life not going as planned lol. No offence to anyone, it's just not for me.
I have a pretty big potty mouth, the f word frequently pops out of my mouth. If I don't use a swear word, how will people know I really mean something? Typically it's on the positive spectrum though so at least there is that? Don't worry I do have restraint around children and family members at weddings.
I just started making my bed and flossing every day, I feel like such a grown up now! I've found that these are the types of things that happen in your 30's.
I love love love travel, and I love love love epic locations, but I also really just love being cozy at home with my man and my dog. I'm not anti-social by any means, but I do secretly hope that most social events (not work events) get cancelled and I can stay home...
I love iced coffee or lattes, but hate hot coffee!
I love pasta and cupcakes, why can't I live on these things alone? Why??? Why??? (I am always secretly hoping there are cupcakes at weddings!)
I have a little pupperoo named Oakley. He is my world, despite the fact that he wakes me up to take him out the use the bathroom at least twice a night for the last nine years. He makes for a really good co-worker, though he doesn't help do anything at all!
I really like epic locations for photos, the more epic the better, I'm willing to do a lot if it means you get an amazing photo. I often get asked if I will travel for sessions, and the answer is heck yes, take me with you!!!!!!
I truly want to get to know my clients. I want everyone to feel like they can be themselves when they are around me, life is too short to pretend to be someone else. With that in mind, you will notice that I speak here just like I would if you were a friend right in front of me. The magic comes when everyone is comfortable being themselves and is having a good time!
My approach to photography is to document your unique love story the way it exists in reality. I want to capture the way you hold each other, laugh with (and at) each other, smile at each other and rest with each other. Life isn't always perfect, but there is beauty and serenity in that imperfection. I love documenting adventures that couples go on together, and on the flip side, I also love capturing love where it lives, in the living room you watch Netflix in, the kitchen you cook together in, the bedroom where you have your cuddlefests. I want to get to know you, what makes you tick, what fuels you, where your heart lies. I believe that this allows me to capture people in a raw, authentic, beautiful way and helps me tell your stories. This does work best if everyone involved is open to the photography experience.
Fear not though, you do not need to know what to do! I happily prompt people and will also position people and give them instructions for what I think will bring out the best emotions in photos. You aren't expected to be a model, or know what to do with your hands - it's my job to make sure you look fabulous!
You will often hear me say at sessions (with adults only of course) "OMG this is fucking perfect"," that looks soooo hot", "ahhh that's amazing, keep doing that!" I feel like if I was behind the camera I would want some feedback that things were going well, so I am sure to give it!
I truly love capturing my clients stories and documenting all the various forms of love! My preference is to work with people who are equally excited about their photography experience and creating amazing memories. If photography is just a check off a list for you, then we may not be the best fit.