People ask me all the time how I learned and how I became a photographer. I guess you could say I fell in love with photography as a little girl. It all started with a little red, Panasonic Lumix camera. It was a simple little point and shoot my parents bought for trips, but I loved it. I loved it so much they ended up getting me my own and I remember taking an embarrassing amount of “photoshoots” with it. This mostly involved doing crazy makeup on myself and setting up the self timer to get some blurry, terribly lit photos. When I got into High School, I signed up to take a digital imaging class, which really wasn’t so much about photography as much as it was about using Photoshop. I again used my little point and shoot camera and won a little award in the art show, and it was then that I decided I had to get a “real deal” camera. My photo teacher helped me pick out an Olympus D-SLR that came with two kit lenses, and after saving up babysitting money for a couple months (and a little help from my parents) I bought it. I remember taking it to Mexico on a family trip a week or two after getting it, and I was obsessed with focusing on random subjects. I took photos of EVERYTHING. Family, friends, random strangers, my pets, grass, flowers, BLINDS. Seriously. I was obsessed. I had no idea what I was doing but it felt right, and I completely loved it so on I went. I started taking photos of friends that were graduating high school, and put together several “styled” sessions with my friends. That was my favorite girls night – doing each other’s hair and make up and getting them to pose for me.
When I graduated from High School in 2010, my parents made all my dreams come true by getting me a shiny new upgraded camera – a Nikon D90. This was when I really started to get serious about wanting to become a photographer. Some extremely trusting couples asked me to shoot their weddings, and it just kept growing from there. I kept wanting to learn more and more (and still do!) I read photography blogs and books, stalked all the local photographers, took a couple online courses, and mostly just practiced A TON. It has now been 6 years of shooting weddings and being completely obsessed with capturing love and relationships through my lens. I’m still learning and trying new things, and I feel so lucky that the hunger and obsession I felt in the very beginning still hasn’t gone away.
People inspire me. Love inspires me. I am fascinated with capturing all of the little details that make you who you are. Send me an email and let’s meet up and get to know each other!
A few things about me :
- I’m a HUGE dog person. I love when clients bring their dogs to their sessions to let them in on the action. My little dog Sawyer is my best friend! He’s a fluffy, ten pound shih-poo and you can bet he’s following me everywhere I go when I’m home editing.
- I have a problem when it comes to candy, chocolate, and sweets. Swedish fish and Twix are my favorites, but I’ve never met a junk food or dessert that I didn’t like.
- I have a license in Cosmetology. I worked for a few years in a children’s hair salon and loved it, but found that photography was where my passion was. It does come in handy on wedding days however – I’ve been known to step in and help braid a bride’s hair, fix loose bobby pins, and pin in the veil.
- My favorite color is Gold. Is that an option?
- I love the desert. Cactus, sunshine… love it. The only problem is I’m deathly afraid of snakes, so I just tell myself they aren’t there as I’m scouting out locations, haha!
- I own my own house and I love decorating and fixing it up. I love finding DIY projects to do in my spare time – the more money it saves me the more exciting it is!
Photo by Rebecca Masters