I had just moved to a new state to marry my husband. I left my job and my family behind, packed up everything I owned and plopped my 6 year old son in his carseat. We jumped in the U-haul truck and started a brand new adventure. I took a huge chance that day, leaving everything for something new. But, then again, I've never been one to shy away from change or taking risks.
Everything from the outside looked perfect! I had been blessed with an amazing job in Washington DC in Marketing at a prestigious law firm. My son was finally enrolled in a school system that could meet his needs. And I had a wonderful man by my side who made me feel like I was worthy of everything in the world!
I knew what came easy to me but I still had this nagging feeling that I wasn't fulfilling my potential. The commute into DC every day started to take it's toll, and my son's needs began to drastically change. I needed to be closer to home and God provided a way for that to be possible.
I often find myself at a loss for words whenever I think about how thankful I am for my clients and their families letting me into their lives through photography. I've watched in awe as many of my couples united together through marriage have moved on to graduate with higher degrees, begin their careers, and even start their families. I've cried during their weddings and celebrated with them through anniversaries. I don't think they'll ever understand the impact they've had on my life and the lives of my children. We are truly blessed for having known them all!
Now that I have seen first-hand how necessary it is to let yourself have dreams and give yourself permission to chase after them, I am a huge supporter of following your heart. I can’t WAIT to hear all about your dreams and the vision you have for one of the most special days of your lives! As a dreamer myself, I’m here to walk with you during your planning stages through the moment you say “I do”, and beyond.
Fast-forward 4 years - with my husband by my side, a newborn on my hip, and my son entering middle school I decided to take entrepreneurship head-on.
In between taking care of a newborn, running in and out of IEP meetings for my son, and managing a household, I built my business slowly, planning piece by piece. A major goal of mine was not to grow too quickly, and keep myself out of debt while building what we dreamed of. This wasn't the easiest of tasks but with the support of my husband - we did it!
Our business has experienced tremendous growth over the past seven years, and it still surprises me daily! I’ve had the most amazing opportunities to travel all over the East Coast and Mid West to learn from some of the best in the industry, as well as fulfilling my heart's desire through photography.
What a journey it's been so far!
TOTAL WEDDING COMMISSIONS WE ACCEPT IN ONE YEAR
CUPS OF COFFEE THAT FUEL US WEEKLY
STATES WE'VE VISITED FOR WEDDINGS
AVERAGE MILES TRAVELED PER YEAR
THE DROPS OF OILS DIFFUSED PER DAY
A hybrid photographer is one who works with both traditional film format and modern digital format cameras. I shoot both mediums at portrait sessions and weddings, and I love the beautiful aesthetic it creates. All of my digital images are edited to match the film scans. Here's what I use!
+ Contax 645 medium format film camera body
+ 80mm Zeiss Planar f/2.0 lens
+ Fuji 400H, Portra 400 and Portra 800 120 film
+ Sekonic L-358 light meter
+ Nikon D3 & Nikon D750 digital camera bodies (with Nikon D700 backup)
+ Nikkor 50mm 1.4
+ Nikkor 85mm 1.8
+ Nikkor 105mm 2.8 Macro
+ Nikkor 70-200 2.8
+ Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8
+ Nikon SB-910 and SB-700 speedlights
+ ThinkTank Airport roller case & Holdfast Moneymaker holster
Our clients' weddings and events have been featured in national and local publications, and we're honored to have been a part of that. We're also grateful for the teams of vendors who've helped make those days beautiful. Here's a small selection of our recent features: