Do you have an "ideal" client?
To be perfectly honest, I realized I do. This is not related to any particular style, or venue, or personality type. I want to work with individuals and brands whose goal is to sincerely and authentically celebrate what is true to them. I am happiest documenting people who are kind, engaging, and creative. People who know who they are, own it, and live it. People with their hearts on their sleeve. Most importantly, people who welcome me into their lives.
Do you travel for commissions?
Absolutely! I've photographed projects across the country (including California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, Montana, Texas, North & South Carolina, Virginia, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts), as well as internationally (Mexico, Philippines, Canada, Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy). I'm always open to the next big adventure.
What is the biggest challenge you face?
The most difficult thing, in my opinion, is keeping things fresh. It's a fine balance between providing what clients seen, but also pushing myself to do something new. I actually find my work most inspired when I'm surrounding myself with other arts: good music, paintings, film, great literature.
Why do you book a limited number of weddings?
I love marriage. So much, in fact, that I want to make sure that a) I always leave enough time in my schedule to nurture my own, and b) I am able to give each couple that I work with the attention that their wedding deserves. Your day means more to me than just a paycheck. I do my best with couples who are connected, trusting, and thoughtful, and I give that in return. The time I dedicate pays off satisfactorily. From preparation, to the vows, to wild moves and stolen kisses on the dance floor–all the fleeting moments throughout the day–I work closely with couples so that I can create art that tells their story.
Are you an LGBT Ally?
Love manifests itself in all shapes and sizes, and they are all equal in my eyes. I am so thrilled to finally live in a time where everyone in our country has the same rights as myself, my husband, and all of the beautiful couples that I photograph every year.
Did you go to school for photography?
Almost... but technically, no. :) I've been composing photographs for as long as I can remember. For science class in elementary school, I built a pinhole camera. In high school I dabbled in fine art and landscape photography in the valleys of Yosemite National Park (just 20 miles north of my hometown), but discovered there that I needed a deeper connection, not just a pretty backdrop. While I chose to study Sociology in college, I never stopped my personal studies and projects as a photographer. I honed my craft through an interest in street photography and portraiture, my interest in observing society moving past my textbooks and term papers, and coming to life through photography. I believe it is the blending of my artistic and academic life that led to my particular style. In addition to personal study, I have pursued additional education with intensive workshops and mentorship under some of the leading photographers in the industry.
Are you aware that you have the cutest dog in the entire world?
Yes. But don't let him hear you say that, we don't want to give him a big head. Frankly, it's already awkwardly large for his body.