I’ll be honest, I think it’s a little strange to write an entire blog post about myself – it kind of feels like an online dating profile, or maybe like an old Myspace page (yeah, I said Myspace, I may be dating myself here…) – but I also am not a huge fan of the tiny little “About Me” section on my website either. I always say you should LIKE the photographer you’re planning on hiring. Like, really like them. But how can you REALLY like someone you don’t know very well? The info that already exists about me on my website is all true, but it’s just so….little. There’s not a lot of content or depth there. So that’s why I’ve decided to do an extended version of the “About” page so that you can get to know a little more about me and why I do what I do. And if you still think you need to know MORE about me after reading this, then we just need to hang out and chat!
I’ll try to keep this interesting, I promise! 😉
If I start at the beginning – I was born and raised in San Diego, California. And I loved spending my summers at the beach! But the Midwest always called to me. Wisconsin, specifically, holds a huge piece of my heart! My brother and I spent a lot of summers and winters there. I’ll take a lake over a beach any day! So I am truly glad God called us out here in the good ole Midwest. In the (outrageously windy) state of Nebraska – seriously, the wind is howling outside my window as I type this!
*Check out my Felix Gray computer glasses – I love them! They make me feel way cooler than I actually am! Hah!
I’ve always had an interest in Photography. Growing up, I was the girl who always had a camera with her. Despite the fact that I knew nothing about the technical side of Photography, I just loved to take pictures of everything. I ended up getting a degree in Photojournalism, and now I use all that knowledge to photograph the real moments of life as they unfold in front of me. That’s why I love love LOVE natural moments, laughter, interaction. You’ll rarely find a posed photo in my portfolios. My goal is to make you laugh, make you remember why you love each other, make you fall in love with this stage of your life. I’m all about embracing the season you’re in, whatever it may be.
I get to do what I love every day. It sounds cliche, but it’s really not. It’s awesome. I get to spend time with my babies and still create art and images I am passionate about. I’ve met some truly amazing people over the years. Plus I love learning about people, their love, their work, their hobbies. I try to learn something new from everyone I meet. I am a collector of random facts, so this part of my job is especially appealing to me!
People always ask me what it’s like being a wedding photographer – it’s pretty amazing! I mean, I get to witness pure love and joy and nervous excitement. I get to hear the heart-felt vows, and watch the sweetest father-daughter dances. Weddings naturally get me teary-eyed because of all the emotions that go into that day. That’s not to say wedding days can’t include a little craziness and a lot of hectic rushing around. But, in the decade that I’ve been photographing weddings, I have learned so much about how the day flows and what people need from me to keep things moving forward smoothly. I always say that I’m there to help make things as easy as possible for my brides and grooms. And I love doing just that.
On the daily, you’ll catch me chasing my two boys around the house – this whole motherhood thing isn’t always easy, but it is always exciting. My guys keep me on my toes, and give me something to look forward to every day. Watching them grow and discover things is such a great thing. I was meant to be a momma, that’s for sure!
I married my love in 2012 and he still gives me butterflies to this day – sorrynotsorry for the mushy romantic stuff! We got married in what is now The Omaha Barn (it has come a long way since it was Ackerhurst Dairy Barn five years ago!). And now I get to photograph weddings there, which is awesome!
Shoutout to my girl, Keri Menage Photography for these outdoor shots! (thanks again for the crazy wind, Nebraska!)
Things that feed my soul:
- craft beers and fine wines – usually paired with a cheese plate or bruschetta! Bruschetta is my weakness!
- one-on-one time with good people <3
- campfires and crisp air (especially mountain air…it’s just so fresh!)
- long drives with the windows rolled down and the music turned up
- toes in the sand and the sound of the ocean
- hot black coffee in my favorite “Hot Stuff” mug – except when I go to Starbucks, then I’ll take a soy vanilla latte please! And I won’t say no to a Carmelicious from Scooter’s!
- people who use the “heart” icon on Facebook
- dad jokes (they always get me, I’m super lame)
- binge watching Netflix shows
- organizing and rearranging furniture, and attempting to practice minimalism as much as possible with a husband, two kids and pets
- any time spent at a cabin in the middle of the woods or on a boat on a lake
If you should walk away with anything, you should know that I’m a true chocoholic, hopeless romantic, and slightly (okay, a lot) obsessed with Fixer Upper. Those are important!
But really, you should leave here knowing that I love what I do, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. <3