At one point or another, I'm sure you've wondered, who is this girl anyway? I mean, you are trusting some of your most precious little bitty's to my care. I could be any old crazy lady (spoiler alert; I am a little crazy...)! But for real, I'm sure you've wondered.
Well, dear friends, as I don't have a formal "Meet the Artist", this will have to do.
I grew up local, in a teeny tiny town called Barrington. I went through grade school getting teased for my glasses, causing a little ruckus my self, and figuring out all the teenager things most kids do. Skated into Dover High (insert highly awkward phase here) and, like most kids at 17, pretty much thought I knew the world. I wanted to be an Emergency Room Nurse, casually have a booming photography business, and live happily ever after. No one told me my 20's would get in the way!!
I picked up my first camera when I was 16, and shot everything I could. There was something so empowering about being this award little teenager, not really knowing much of anything, but really loving the images I took. It was so COOL. I did senior portraits for my friends, and basically for anyone who would sit infant of my camera for long enough.
Fast forward to maybe the most humiliating and empowering moment of my buying photography passion; my own senior photos. I won a contest from a local photographer and got a chance to be in front of the camera for a change. While I was in the midst of my glam sash, I casually mentioned to the photographer that I was really interested in photography, and took my own senior photo. I was really proud of it! I had set my tripod, tried a million different things, and got one that actually looked like me (why is that so hard?!?!). And you know what he did?
He put his camera down, laughed at me, and said, "did you take a selfie?"
I. was. furious.
That put the fire in my belly. I was so angry! How terrible of this older man to demean me? How could someone be so blatantly rude? I was appalled, and totally turned off to that attitude. It was at that point the I decided I never ever wanted to make people like they weren't "good enough" for photography. Not only aspiring photographers, but anyone who wanted to enjoy it. You want to look at cool photos? Cool, me too. You want to be in pretty pictures? Cool! I'll totally take them. Design the set? Heck yeah! My creative eye only gets me so far after all.... ;)
I spent the next 4 years in nursing school. Surprise! I passed, and am proud to say that I am not only your photographer, but a Registered Nurse on Post Surgical Orthopedic floor. I have worked just about everywhere I can in my hospital and adore the people I work with. Fun fact; that "selfie" that mister big shot photographer ridiculed me for turned into a business that supported my college education.
Jump to 2015, when what I thought was already a booming business basically tripled overnight. I took more online classes than I though existed. I learned something new every hour. I met and worked with some of the sweetest people, but also with people that made me learn about who I am and how I want to run my business. Every interaction, no matter how small, was a learning experience. Then in November, I signed on my first EVER studio space!! It was one of the most liberating things I have ever done. I was finally doing this (for real) !
A lot of cool stuff happened after college but all of the highlights for me somehow come back to photography. I saw a dad cry seeing his little girl walk down the isle, watched another hold his baby boy for the first time. I was witness to two proposals, best friends say " I do", and babies first smile. I fell in love with all things baby and found my home in this crazy photography world. I can say, and firmly believe, that I was put here on this beautiful earth to give you joy through the memories you share with your family. I am your family photographer.
I'm settling into the mill building studio and sometimes get wrapped up in the normalcy of it. It feels so natural to walk in, set up for your babies to come in, choose their sets and props. Or to plan out how I'm going to run your session. Or to just throw it to the wind and let your kids be KIDS. I want you babies to look like they do when you see them; I just want you to then be able to hold onto that memory for a lifetime.