Oh man, it’s kinda hard for me to say where it all started, really. I grew up in rural eastern Oregon and was lucky enough to have access to one of the last functioning high school dark rooms in the state. I took years of (and sometimes failed) college photography courses as well, but the funny thing about photography is that it really doesn’t matter if your education is formal or self-led; the journey is deeply personal and always evolving. Cue the recession in 2008 + a jobless, pregnant me, and I decided to give the whole ‘starving artist’ thing a shot, mostly because I had no other choice. As it turns out, the more extensive my skills became, the more gratifying the creative process was, and within a few months I was in it for the long haul; hook, line + sinker.
These days I find a deep joy and fulfillment from shooting things I may have scowled about several years ago, as I learn to push the limits of my own lil’ comfort bubble. I love shooting families, births + newborns most of all. I went from a kid who shunned barbie dolls for baby dolls, to an adult who has an always-present soft spot for the tiniest and freshest among us…go figure.
While this is indeed my business, it’s also an outlet. I’m doing it because I really *want* to, and it never escapes me how lucky I am to have found that thing that makes my heart sing AND get to gift it to other people.
my oldest daughter told me the other day as I scrolled through a family session readying to edit the files “It’s cute how you smile so big when you’re looking at the photos you took, mom”
and that, my friends, is what it’s all about.
I live in a strange + ancient house (Instagram Link) in downtown Vancouver, filled with plants and rescue dogs and cats that were free off Craigslist (did you know free Craigslist cats are always the best?). I’m baaaasically pretty into interior design and thrifting as well, but that’s a song for another time. 😉