Hey, there! I look forward to getting to know you. While I specialize in family, senior and engagement portraits, 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 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 and photography, 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 picture it. ;)
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!