All of these things sound the damn same, so I'll try not to bore you with how much I love my job. Here's me: I get to use my empathy as a superpower to pick up on your vibe. I go off the energy you give but in real life I've learned to give less fucks about everyone else and focus on what truly matters: people and experiences. I believe in magic. I believe in love. I believe in living your life to the fullest, and not living the way others think you should. Break the rules. Love hard. Let go.
Photography found me when I needed a way to connect with feelings of love. I had two kids and lost myself as a wife and mother. I was DEPRESSED. It was the beginning of my mental health journey.
When my photography career started, I had cracked as a human and was a shell. Photography helped me put those pieces back together in a whole new way that I'm in love with. This whole person can be the BEST mother to the boys I birthed. I'm obsessed with my children and the ecosystem (and tiny farm) we've created together.... dogs, cats, and a flock of chickens.
We live in the mountains and love to listen to the sunsets sing through the forest. I'm real with my kids and let them lead their own lives. They are my life's greatest work.
Photography sets my soul on fire. I take the chaotic, messy, intense shit show that you feel your life is and create these beautifully intimate and raw moments. Photo sessions with me aren't for the faint of heart. We'll get dirty, emotions will overflow, and perfect moments will be rooted in real, ridiculous moments. I'll grab my hiking boots and camera and we can adventure into the natural wonderland where I live. It's about the photos, but more importantly, it's about the experience.
I went to college to be a teacher. I've taught Chemistry and Biology as well as GED classes in middle and high schools as well as colleges.
From jumping out of a plane to swimming with sharks, I'm an adrenaline junkie and want to do it all. I've tempered the crazy with being "safe" for my kids, but I can definitely say I've lived.
I love to just go - near, far, wherever I can snag a good price on a plane ticket.
Unpacking my childhood took some time. Repairing those relationships took even more time. I've worked with therapists and a meditation coach to become the best me. Having bad ass friends helps too. Growth is an on-going process, and I'm not afraid to do the hard work to deal with my own bullshit.