I began my photography journey very young. Photography always intrigued me. Growing up, my mother always had me in front of a camera and I was surrounded by other photographers in the family. By middle school, I had a few cameras and I was always capturing the life around me. Throughout high school, my main passion was photography. When I began thinking about my future I knew I wanted to be a mother one day. So when considering careers, the question was: can I be _____ and the mother I want to be?
I fell in love with capturing weddingsIn 2010, during my senior year, one of my youth group leaders was getting married, and she asked me to be her wedding photographer. However, I felt inadequate and didn’t even have a DSLR at that time. Despite my hesitation, she was confident in me. And that motivated me to pursue this dream - to do what I needed to do to be the best I could be. I bought a starter Canon DSLR, captured her engagement photos, and a few months later her wedding. I fell in love with capturing weddings! That was the push I needed to know for sure photography was what I wanted to pursue.
I enjoyed the hustle of building a businessWhile in college, I did portrait sessions here and there mostly from word of mouth. I was balancing a full college load, a part-time job, and starting a business. Grit was beginning to build. This continued for the next four years, and along the way, I married my best friend and business partner, Andrew. From the beginning, he assisted me in sessions, and then later, he became my second shooter for weddings. I could not have done it without his support along the way! I enjoyed the hustle of building a business. In 2015, I took the leap of faith to do photography full-time. Of course, there was a fair share of hurdles, but it was finally time to test this dream and move forward.
Do what makes you smile every day.
Motherhood has refocused my priorities and I am grateful to be able to make my children a priority in this joyful and often stressful season. Over the last decade, I have learned that life is always changing - business is always changing. Of course, you can allow it to feel like a race to keep up and to do the next best thing, but I say, do what is true to you. Do what makes you smile every day. And in turn, you’ll make others smile too. Isn’t that our main goal as photographers anyway?
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