A little bit about me…

I would love to say that photography has always been an interest of mine, but that would be stretching the truth.  I do remember as a child watching my dad develop film and create photographs in his darkroom in our basement and being amazed at how pictures would emerge from those smelly solutions.  I had an instamatic camera as a teenager, and a nice point and shoot as a young adult, then graduated to a DSLR soon after moving to North Carolina. 

But I wasn’t motivated to start learning how to use the manual settings on my camera until I did a Project 365 (at least one photo a day for an entire year). There was something about picking up my camera every. single. day. that made me want to do something different, learn more, and stretch my skills.

I am self-trained, and have devoted countless hours to learning how to use my equipment, how to compose an image, how to help people look their best in a photograph, and how to capture those special moments that happen when people think I’m done taking their picture — I don’t want to ever stop learning and growing.

I’ve been photographing families professionally since 2011, and in 2018 I started learning to photograph food and home interiors when I began a blog with my bestie! You can check us out over on Simply2Moms.

And now for the really important stuff:

Favorite Color: red (except sometimes, when I am in love with turquoise!)

Beloved Book(s): Harry Potter is definitely high on my list, but as an avid reader I really can’t pick just one. Usually my favorite is the one I happen to be reading at the moment (The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a must read–her skill in painting with words is simply decadent.)

In my cup:  Seltzer water! I love the fizzy, bubbliness that makes me feel like I’m drinking soda when I am actually being healthy and drinking water. I’ve kicked a soda habit thanks to seltzer and have also gone caffeine free.

Favorite Food: I’m a sucker for all things Mexican. And dessert.

On our TV: My family is filled with HGTV junkies. But if Virginia Tech football is on, then we’ll be watching either at home or at the game!

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving – a time to get together with people I love and reflect on the year’s blessings (and eat wonderful food without the pressure of buying gifts or putting up decorations)

Before I was a mom: I worked for a software company training clients at colleges and universities to implement new systems in their financial aid offices. We were super busy getting ready for that scary Y2K bug…