It wasn’t until after Preston and I married that I decided to turn my passion of photography into a career. I have always been obsessed with photography, even as an older child, and all through high school. I studied and was trained on the 35mm and developing in the dark room in college. But it was while we were living abroad in Japan that I decided I wanted photography to be more than just a creative outlet. I was driven to share my creative passion with those around me, but I had no idea where this step would take me. With the push I needed and the vote of confidence from our recent wedding photographer, I began my journey into the professional photography world.
At first I started photographing couples, families, maternity, babies and all things Lifestyle. I soon desired to focus on just one genre, But what, which one? I loved them all, and all the connections and friends I made with each one, how could I possibly choose? This is when my life changed.
I found myself delving back into my beginnings, back to my artistic roots. I wanted to connect the subjects I had always studied in my fine art painting classes… The Female Form. I wanted to find a way to combine my two artistic passions into one. I absolutely loved figure drawing classes in art school. It was in this class that I knew I was meant to be an artist.
The year before moving to Japan, while living and working in Thailand, I created an entire Encaustic body of work based on The Independence of Women. I took a group of women and painted their portraits in the nude while they sat for me. They chose the music, their drink of choice and we connected over stories of when they first truly felt independant. These sessions were so incredibly empowering for us both. Painting the female form was where my journey began, so I knew that revisiting this subject matter would lead me in the right direction.
I began to photograph women with the idea that they could share those intimate moments with their partners while they were deployed. I wanted their intimate portraits to allow them to stay connected while they couldnt be together.
It was love at first sight yall! I loved getting to connect with a woman one on one and to help her see her own beauty. Showing someone their true self and beauty is a magical feeling that inspires me to no end. It made me want to work harder and harder knowing that this experience would also build her courage, strength and confidence so that she knew she could accomplish anything.
After the birth of my first, Clover, I knew that I had to add Birth Photography to my passion of working with women. Documenting something as amazing as a human being born is beyond words. I have never felt more empowered than doing this for my clients. Laboring with them and being able to document their birth is one of the most powerful experiences and stories I have ever had the honor of telling. Its incredible for a mom to see herself giving birth and to see and know her own strength, but also for others to see how miraculous the act of physically bringing a baby into this world is. It is a story that will be in their families for ever and ever and that makes me so happy.
I am so incredibly blessed to be able to show women how amazing they are during all the phases of their journey through life.