I love knitting, puppies, and photographing life in its most precious moments.
I am a Columbus-based wedding and family photographer. Things I love include my husband of 12 years, our furry household of 3 dogs and 2 cats, and traveling across the country with my husband to visit race tracks and oceans. I feel lost without my camera at my side, and am rarely without it.
You don’t make a photograph with just a camera.
You bring to the act of photography, all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.
In 2002, I met the love of my life, Nathan(DH) and married him in 2004. I brought a huge 4-legged family into our marriage as well as my love of photography. We have two dogs, and three cats, I am an avid knitter and love fantasy books. I frequently can be found puttering through local yarn stores, fabric stores, and flea markets looking for just the right prop. I have been photographing weddings since 2006. I volunteer for PetPromise.org to help dogs and cats find their Furr-Ever homes.
My life behind the camera
As a child, I watched my family document our lives with cameras. I was always fascinated by the huge photo albums in my Grandparents basement, and the albums my dad had in our home. I never questioned why he did it, all I could imagine was looking at the newest albums and seeing whoever’s perspective it was coming from. In high school that bug hit me even harder, so I took photography classes and learned how to develop film. I always dreamed of having a darkroom of my own; one day I might still do it.
As I grew older and the costs of owning a nice camera quickly became a lower priority to me. I stepped away from it and was sated with whatever little basic digital camera I could swindle from my Dad (thanks, Dad!). When I met my DH, we started planning our lives together and knew that it would include children.
The Fates had other ideas as they usually do, and we found out that I have PCOS and it would be difficult and expensive to sire a child. Throughout the whole process, I became increasingly depressed, and in an attempt to help me heal, DH decided to help me get the camera I had been eyeing on Amazon to give me something to focus on and help me mourn.
“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.”
― Oprah Winfrey
I started helping a friend on fashion shoots, I tried my hand at Model work, but I just didn’t get it. It wasn’t for me. I needed emotions, Capturing people in love on their wedding days, babies being born and held, children, and families. The need to fill that hole, that not having my own family had created, so I started offering more services as newborn and birth, as well as, pet photography.
After I finally settled into my studio in Franklinton in the arts district, I quickly added photographing pets for rescues to my skillset as well, because at heart I am a caregiver and want to help as much as I can in helping rescue dogs find their fur-ever homes.
Your wedding day is special. I work closely with you to produce striking images that capture the events of the day in a way that is unique to your personality and wedding. The heart of your wedding is caught with your interactions with each other, your family and friends and the emotions of the day.
Photography is a way of life for me, I bring enthusiasm, creativity, and fun to each session. I enjoy watching family members interacting with each other, being creative, and bouncing ideas off of each other, as well as me.
Ohio State University Academic Advisors, Upper Albany West Community, PetPromise.org
Columbus Dispatch, Quorum Magazine
Whats my in my bag
I shoot with Nikon’s full frame system and Sigma Art lenses. Lighting wise, I have been very happy with Paul Buff’s Alienbee line and use the ultra affordable and truly impressive lights and remote system from Yongnuo.
When shooting outdoors, I like to work in the very early hours of they day to achieve the best light of the day, as well as about an hour before sunset, please.