I’m working hard over here and switching up the way I do some things, so in the spirit of new beginnings I thought it was only best to do a quick introduction with some “fun facts” about me. =) It’s so much easier to feel comfortable during your portrait session (and your wedding, for sure!) when you know a little bit about your photographer as a person! So, here you go!
I’ve lived in Vancouver, WA for a little over three years. We’re right on the cusp of Camas, though, and, since about 50% of my life is spent at Costco, I feel that I should have dual-residency between the two towns! We moved up here from Portland, OR (where we lived since 2009) for my husband’s job, at which point I decided to stay home with my two rugrats… and ultimately open my photography business.
While I’ve technically been in business in Washington since August 2017, I’ve been photographing families, seniors, and events for MUCH longer. My first SLR camera (no “digital” back then!) was a 13th birthday present from my parents. I haven’t been without a camera since! Throughout middle and high school I was involved with student publications (newspaper and yearbook), and contributed to a couple of different local newspapers as a freelancer. I started taking senior photos when I was a junior in high school, and photographed my first wedding in 2016!
I, myself, married my husband back in 2010. We were on a SUPER tight budget, paying for the shindig ourselves. We were married barefoot on the beach in Waldport, OR at Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site. The rain held off -just- long enough for my brother to pronounce us husband and wife, and for everyone to get inside to the reception venue!
The beach is my happy place. If you’re getting married on the beach, or wanting family photos done out there, you may become my favorite person. When I was a kid, I used to sit in the bleachers at the high school, next to a busy road, with my eyes closed, and pretend that the traffic sounds were actually crashing waves.
As I mentioned, I’ve got two little ones… which makes life all kinds of crazy and fun! My daughter is in the 1st grade, and her current catch phrase is, “oh COME ON!” when she’s not satisfied with something. My son, a preschooler, is all about building “vehicles” and other structures. He’s downstairs right now building giant communities out of Dixie cups.
Wine, chocolate, and pizza. If you want me to do something, these are the things to bribe me with.
I’m a runner. I started running via the Couch to 5k program back when my son was an infant. My goal was to lose the brownie weight (baby weight came off right away… it was the lbs from the chocolate, wine, and pizza that were sticking around…). I dropped the weight, and then some! I also found a physical outlet that I really enjoyed, and, an amazing community of female runners in the process! (Seriously, these guys are AH-mazing! If you’re in Camas/Vancouver and looking for your running tribe, hit me up! I’ll get you connected!)