This past week I had the distinct pleasure of shooting Senior Portraits for two very special guys. One being my dear friend’s son, Chad. The other being our own son, Alan — so TALK about a tear jerker! Still dealing with the anxiety and denial of having a child who will graduate next spring, I am still struggling with the mindset that I am shooting our own child’s Senior Portraits. We travel every year with our best friends and their children and every vacation gets better and better. This year the eight of us traveled to San Francisco, CA, Lake Tahoe [California side – although Nevada was directly across the street] and Sedona, AZ. Spectacular vistas and numerous great opportunities for photographs were constant. At times we felt a little guilty [not really] stopping the boys for photo ops. By the time we got to the airport to head home, we were making jokes about stopping for a few last photos. Not to leave out our other boys (four boys – two from each family in all) we got some real stunning shots of them too. It just goes to show that photos are so important! They help us re-live moments and take us to memories we hold dear in our hearts. This trip was definitely photographed plenty and I am so thankful! A big shout-out to our friends the Hensleys for once again helping us create awesome family memories not only for us, but for our children as well. Enjoy a few of the Senior Portraits we shot while on our trip!
What do you want to be when you grow up? "Photographer" was at the top of my list. I love the fact that my career is exactly where I want to be. Creating, learning, meeting awesome people and hearing everyone's story - and becoming part of YOUR story by preserving precious memories that will be cherished for a lifetime. I love animals, Starbucks, the beach and beautiful things. (Not necessarily in that order!) What's pretty sweet though, is that I find beauty in things that others may not even notice.
I still cry at every wedding we shoot. I'm passionate, emotional, outgoing and eager. I'm also a little bit OCD but that's not such a bad thing... You are not just another "job" for us. From the moment we meet you you are considered family and we treat you as such.
Being a photographer begins with passion. That passion is followed by talent and the true love of viewing life as art and capturing it in an image that will tell the story that makes a great photographer an exceptional artist.
My husband, Jeff, is my assistant and people often joke with him about "working for his wife." His response? He loves it - we have FUN together and really enjoy what we do. My response? We are a team and I couldn't do what I do without him. What I love about the way we work together is that no words are necessary. We truly know each other that well! Our family consists of two awesome sons, two Golden Retrievers named Napoleon and Dynamite, and a cat named Petey.
Did I mention I'm doing what I wanted to do when I grow up?
If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life - and if you're even luckier, you'll gain some wonderful friends along the way too.
We want to invite you to our boutique studio where we can chat about creating the perfect experience for your wedding, event or high school senior session. Call me, text me or send me a Facebook message - let's collaborate and create!