Vulnerability alert: writing an "About Me" page is tough. The expectation is to include things like how long I've been a photographer, what my shooting style is, or what my coffee order is at Starbucks. Sorry, no thanks.
I am not the photographer who has had a camera in her hand since she was young. In fact, I did not know I loved photography until I started taking photos for a blog I wanted to write. Entering the wedding industry was never part of my 5-year plan in college, and owning a business never crossed my mind growing up.
But despite my sudden interest in wedding photography, I can now confidently say I have discovered my true calling, my deepest passions, and my dream career. And I don't want any piece of my business to feel like anything other than that. So let's skip the usual. Get to know me on a more accurate level, so when we meet in person, we can forego the handshake and skip right to the hug!!
I grew up in NJ, and lived there until I was almost 16. Then, my family moved to our summer house in VA on Smith Mountain Lake. So I have a little mix of Yankee - Country in me.
When I graduated from Liberty University, I was only 19-years-old. I earned a BS in PR & Advertising and began pursuing a creative career in digital marketing while also starting a blog to keep up with my love of writing.
On a family vacation to Lake Powell, I paid my sister-in-law $300 to buy her old Canon 60D camera. It was meant to just be a way to enhance my blog images, but after practicing with it on our gorgeous desert lake vacation, I felt something more was developing!
In February 2018, I moved to D.C. for a new job at a communications firm! Moving to a big city was so scary, but by then I also knew my new hobby would come with me as a comforting companion.
In January 2019, I realized my hobby was able to serve families and couples in my community. I decided to go all in and launch my business, but also declare that I would be a wedding photographer! Ask and ye shall receive, because not even 3 months later, I booked my first wedding!
Of course he comes first. I am an unashamed, obsessed cat mom. Ryan loves meeting new friends that come by. My friends all know they'll be greeted with little pink-nosed kisses. If I'm home editing images, Ryan is surely close by (translation: we're likely playing his favorite game called "How long can I sit on your laptop before you move me?")