I don’t have a degree in photography; in fact, my degree is in Early Childhood Education. I was an elementary school teacher before I had my first child. I decided to stay at home with my daughter, and it was then that my passion for photography took off. I began documenting our lives through photos. Through practice, research and photography classes, I gained valuable experience and began shooting professionally in 2005.
Being a photographer allows me to make so many new friends. I also get the chance to play with babies and children and to spend hours outdoors. What I love most about my job is that I have all of these opportunities and am still able to spend quality time with my own family. I never dreamed I would have a career that would bring me so much joy; I truly love what I do! My approach to photography is relaxed and fun. I really believe that children should be free to be who they are.
Having three children of my own, I know how important it is to look back at photos and see who they were at that moment. Nothing is more precious than seeing my children smile, hearing them laugh, or watching them snuggle their daddy. It warms my heart to see those tiny fingers and toes, their sneaky little smiles, and the bumps and bruises on their knees. It seems that time passes so quickly when children are small, and memories sometimes fade. My goal in taking pictures of my children and the families of my clients is to capture the spirit of who they are at that moment and to be able to preserve memories forever in photographs.