I spent most of Middle School & High School in Manila, Philippines as a Missionary kid. It’s where I ate a bat (yes, you heard that right), when I learned how to drive a manual transmission, and where I tried balut for the last time (look it up if you don’t know what that is, but not if you have a weak stomach).
I’ve traveled to more than 20 countries, lived on 3 continents, and would quickly jump at any chance to get outside and explore a new place. I’d rather go camping in the woods or be outside hiking than lounging at all-inclusive resort or catching rides at Disneyland (sorry to all my CA friends). If you feel the same way, we’re gonna get along VERY well! There’s nothing I love more than photographing people in beautiful places around the world. You’ll find me outside, with mud on my boots, snarls in my wind whipped hair and camera in hand – let’s go explore together!
My approach to a wedding day is shaped from my personal experience as a bride and continues to develop with every wedding and couple I have the honor of photographing. The way I respond to things on a wedding day are because I’ve been on the other side of the camera. I know what it’s like to have my dad walk me down the aisle or how special those vowed words are to hear. I know about the nerves, anticipation and joy you experience when getting married. And outside of the memories, photographs are the only thing that tells the story of those experiences and in-between moments. That’s why I’m so passionate about weddings and capturing your day well.
That guy making me smile is my husband Kory. We met at Bible college in Chicago, and I knew I was going to marry him just 2 months after I met him. Now we have been married nearly 6 years and have a 1 ½ year old child named Xena who has four legs and loves to play fetch (and no, she is not named after the 1990’s comic). Kory is one of those people who is so good at everything that it’s almost annoying (but really it’s great). He is a pastor, a chaplain, a mountain biker, a surfer, a builder and fixer of anything and the most caring person to ever walk the planet. But more importantly, he is my best friend and a huge part of me. He brings so much love, joy, encouragement and adventure to my life, and our marriage has shaped the way I photograph love.
The moment I picked up my first camera was the moment I began telling stories. For me, that was the point of it. I knew that my experiences would far out match the words I could use to describe them, and I didn’t want to forget one moment. So I photographed them, and I haven’t stopped since. I’m passionate about moments, and I believe that photographs are a timeless way to hold onto the memories we never want to forget. Photographs tell a narrative of our lives, from the small in-between moments to the big life changing ones – like your wedding day.