Owning a photography business was my high school dream. I know, I know! Most people aren’t thinking of that kind of thing in high school…but I was.
I started working at a Sears Portrait Studio as a Junior in high school and I knew I’d found my passion. I’d taken a few photography classes, so when my aunt told me the studio was hiring, I decided to give it a shot (it couldn’t be worse than working in at a dog kennel, right?!?). I loved working in photography, so I stayed at the studio for almost 3 years, until I joined the Navy in 2007.
In 2009, I received my first dSLR camera for Christmas. Nick and I were just starting to live together and he knew I loved photography, so he surprised me with a Canon Rebel XS. I used it occasionally over the next few years, but in 2012 I decided to follow my dream and start my own photography business. I was so excited and I shot these awesome pictures, like this:
😂 I know! Super amazing and professional, right?!! 😆 I needed some work, and over the next 3 years I learned as much as I could about taking beautiful, amazing photos. I read books, went to shootouts to learn from other photographers, attended mentoring sessions and practiced what learned as much as possible. In 2015, I was pregnant with our second child when I took this photo at a shoot-out, were a bunch of photographers got together to take pictures:
I was completely stoked when I saw this image and I honestly wasn’t even sure how I took it. I never changed my setting as the sun was setting because I was so wrapped up in shooting and sweet this mom and baby were. It was a lucky shoot and I swore I would learn to repeat it.
It’s been over 4 years since I took that photo and I’ve continued to learn as much as I can. I got more comfortable with my camera and shooting in manual. I learned how to edit in Lightroom—without relying on other people’s presets. I take my camera everywhere with me and capture my kids exploring and being themselves and the beauty around us.
My quest to capture memories for families and make women feel amazing in their skin has only intensified over the years. We’ve moved over an ocean 3 times since I started my business and I’m determined to continue working for this dream. The last 2 years have been a hiatus from taking sessions, but I’m more than ready to be back behind my camera and help families capture their time here in Stuttgart, Germany.
I can’t wait to share our adventures and the beauty of Europe over the next few years! If you’re here in Germany, whether for a visit or to stay, I would love to be your photographer and help you capture your family’s memories here. You can head over to my website here for more information.