Hey, there! I look forward to getting to know you. While I specialize in portrait and event photography as well as graphic design services, there is a bit more to the story.
I fell in love with photography when I took my first DSLR on its inaugural joyride in Alicante, Spain and throughout Europe for a semester in college. ¡Sí, hablo español! Eventually. I realized I had an eye for nature photography with an exceptional love of macros and portraiture.
Photography is, in a way, my nirvana. Through a lens I am blissfully able to lose track of time and the world around me. I received a Bachelor's of Art and Design in Art Education and Photography with two minors in Spanish and Psychology from Iowa State University's College of Design, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors.
A little more than two years later, I received my master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. When I am not taking photos, I am an art teacher. I also am responsible for all 350+ school photos of my students each year and managing my school’s advertising, graphic design, and social media content. Taking photos of my students has taught me so much about capturing personality through a lens - and I’m grateful to keep doing it every year.
Aside from teaching, photography, and graphic design, I love to play piano, sing intramural karaoke (yes, it’s a thing!), travel and explore the beautiful outdoors. You might find me put-putting around town on my bright blue moped or hanging out at home learning how to play the keytar (recent childhood dream purchase off Ebay) so my friends and I can finally start that 80’s cover band we’ve been talking about. Lastly, I have a a few Red-Eyed Tree Frogs and White’s Tree Frogs that send out an annual holiday card. I know, I know… it sounds weird. What started as an innocent 2nd grade classroom tradition of a froggie class pet holiday card has turned into a tradition my friends and family expect every December. If you head over to the macro page, you can find a few shots so you can get an idea :)
I always aim to capture subjects genuinely and at ease. I prefer natural lighting and find candid moments especially beautiful. I would love to hear your ideas and preferences so I can make your photos best reflect your style and personality. I am totally flexible and open-minded about the location of your shoot - I love trying out new places. I look forward to hearing from you!