Tell us about yourself and your company.
I’m originally from small town Indiana, and moved out east for college. I majored in International Studies and Public Relations, but quickly realized while studying abroad that my true passion was capturing special moments in the lives of people. I began photographing weddings and events as a junior in college and officially started my business as a senior. I fell in love with capturing the story of a wedding, from the beginning to the end.
After graduation, I began my very short career with the government as a media consultant. However, I decided she didn’t like having a boss and that working in a cubicle was for the birds. In 2008, I stepped out on my own.
I live in downtown Frederick, Maryland with my husband Joe and our three (yes, three!) dogs. I have a small office in downtown Frederick- come visit!
How did you find yourself in the wedding industry?
While in college in DC, I needed to work. I found myself second shooting for several wedding photographers. While I enjoyed the time I spent working under some talented photographers, I knew I wanted to start my own business.
What inspires you or your work?
I am deeply inspired by photojournalistic teachnniqu and capturing what Henri Cartier-Bresson called, “the decisive moment.” There are so many during a wedding day- the couple locking eyes for the first time, tears during vows and toasts, flower girls doing something totally unexpected. I love being on my toes all day, searching for the next moment to capture.
What do you love about working weddings?
I love being able to tell the story of the day and the personality of the couple through my images. Documenting such an important day for a family is my passion.
What’s your favorite part about a wedding?
That’s so tough! A few of my favorite moments that sometimes happen at weddings- when a father sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time, a funny moment during the ceremony, a sentimental toast, or a crazy dance party. Every wedding is different, and I’ve come to expect the unexpected!
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your field?
Everyone is connected! I am always amazed how couples and guests are connected to others I know. Maryland is a small place, and it’s fun to see previous clients at weddings, and then see them again when they start families and have other big events.
A good piece of advice for brides and/or grooms to be.
The wedding day will not happen exactly as you had planned. No matter how many timelines you make, or how far you plan things out, something is going to go differently. Go with it, enjoy it, and remember to take it all in- it’s such an incredible day!