... and this is my everyday.
My story is emotional, ridiculous and above all, chaotically beautiful.
**Disclaimer- this is the real me. Not the fancy, professional artist bio that I use for publication. You can read that here. **
I am best described as an introverted extrovert. In case you are wondering what that means, it comes down to this- I love being near people. I need interaction with other adult humans to make my soul feel good, but too much of it- or when I have to initiate conversation and run the show, exhausts me completely.
My social anxiety leads me to being embarrassingly awkward, but also creates a "I need to be liked by everyone" mentality that I am working on. As I get older I learn that the only thing that really matters in life is honesty, authenticity and love. Having the ability to be authentically myself has been the best medicine for my anxiety that anything else.
I am an artist. I am a soul seeker. My laugh is loud and obnoxious and sometimes I snort. (I also tend to laugh and tell jokes at the most inappropriate times.) I swear probably more than the average person really should. I pull no punches but I hate confrontation. I am an open book. I rearrange the furniture almost monthly. I am obsessed with yoga. Music is a very emotional experience for me. I am a coffee addict, as well as a social media addict. Most people would describe me as stubborn, or hard headed. Once I find something I am passionate about, there is no stopping me. (My husband has learned this the hard way.) I am a hugger.
I am up for pretty much anything, especially the crazy ideas that really stir my creativity. I prefer to work with my clients planning out sessions, rather than running the show for them.
I am a mental health advocate. I am a safe place to go to and talk. I am a big believer in breaking the stigma of mental health disorders. It’s a diagnosis, not a label. I am honest about my diagnosis and journey through of Bi-polar II disorder, General Anxiety Disorder, and Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. To read about my story and stories of others, click here.
My To-Shoot Bucket List
Newborn Puppy Shoot
- Surprise Engagement
- LGBTQ+ couple and/or wedding
- Vacation Session (Yes, I want to travel with you!)
- Dudeoir Session (come on guys, you know you want to!)
- Outdoor Boudoir
- Best Friends Shoot
Protests and Marches
- Weddings from other cultures
- Shooting outside the US
- Branding Photos
- Storm Chasing Adventure
Milky Way Photos
- Metro Session
Underwater Sessions Star Photography Town Fair Session
- 30th/40th/50th Smash Cake Session
2 Things I Love
I love stories. Stories about the past, stories about the now, stories about where we want to be in life, ones about the monotonous every day, ones that evoke the strongest emotions, and the stories that highlight the incredible. I believe these stories are important to our society. I believe that capturing these stories on camera ensures that they will live on long after us. After all, words can change over time; and image is frozen forever. These images will allow the next generation to learn from our successes, our shortcomings, our mistakes and our love. I am committed to capturing these stories, not only with honesty and integrity but with beauty. Even the most mundane story is beautiful and deserves to be told. I invite you to tell me your story, and in return all me to capture it in all it's beauty- no matter how calm or chaotic that beauty may be. Your story is important to me. Your story is worthy. Your story makes a difference. Your story is beautiful.
I love inspiration. Finding inspiration, seeing others find their own inspiration, being an inspiration, seeing others realize they are an inspiration. I believe in community over competition. Keeping secrets and isolation never helps anyone. As a photographer, I am part of a community- a very, very large one at that. Without this community, I know I would not be where I am at today in my journey. As a mom, woman, business owner, mental illness survivor- I am part of even more communities. All of these communities have lifted me up, provided me support and cheered me on when I needed it. I am committed to giving back to all my communities. Give love to get love, together we all succeed, and all the other cheesy cliche lines about working together. I am committed to living it and embracing it everyday. So join me. Fellow photographer or not. Let's celebrate our communities- big and small- that have applauded our successes and helped us up after our failures. Let's be more open to sharing, co-working and giving back. I'm a giver. What's mine is yours. (Except my coffee. Don't touch that.)