I've always been one of those creative, "crafty" people. A high school obsession with scrapbooking (my life goal was a feature in a scrapbooking magazine) first led me to photography as a hobby. I felt this burden to preserve my family story for future generations, just as I had learned about my family through the crunchy old black and white images that sat in boxes in my parent's basement. In photography, I had discovered a medium that could stop beautiful moments in time – moments telling the story of God’s goodness, true love, encouraging joy, heartfelt laughter, and real tears. I eagerly pursued photography knowledge and took hundreds of images with my little Canon point and shoot.
During my senior year of high school I briefly dreamt of owning my own photography business, but I couldn't figure out how to convince people to pay me for what I did, so I headed off to college to major in Graphic Design (which soon changed to Interior Design when I realized that I really loved playing with fabric and detested drawing.)
Over the next few years, college gave me more opportunities to photograph as I worked for my school newspaper and photographed my first couple of weddings. One of the amazing things about God is that He has a way of changing our well planned plans for the better. I met this guy named Brian the summer after sophomore year. We started dating long distance and within 3 months, realized that we wanted to love each other for the rest of our lives. After I graduated in 2013, Brian and I got married moved to Madison, Wisconsin where I started searching for interior design related careers.
Since bringing us to Madison, God has blessed us with an incredible church family and cherished friendships. Through those relationships, I realized that what I really wanted to pursue was photography and over the last few years I have sharpened my eye and honed my storytelling, which led me to start my business in 2015. It's been 11 years since I first picked up a camera. The tool in my hand has changed, but my passion for telling family and marriage stories through beautiful moments has only grown. Photography and blogging about my photographs let me tell stories in ways more powerful than words alone. They let me shine a light on beautiful stories and share that light with others.
1) I was home educated grades K-12 and hope to home educate my own children someday!
2) Popcorn is my favorite snack of all time - usually air popped with lots of butter and salt, but I will consume it in any way possible. Unless you ruin it with spicy stuff.
3) I fully intended on being single for the rest of my life, right up until I started dating my husband! I even told him that to his face when we met, but he took it as a challenge!
4) Once a New England girl, always a New England girl. I'm a seafood snob and I sometimes have a craving for lobster rolls that the Midwest just cannot satisfy! I also say wicked a lot and I didn't even realize until my husband pointed it out!
5) I started learning to ski when I was 3 years old. It's the only sport I can even pretend to be graceful at!
6) I may be a New England girl, but cheese curds, Chik-fil-A, and carbs in general make me super happy. Thankfully, Wisconsin believes in carbs.
7) I have a love for old things. In my free time you'll find me hunting down awesome pieces of old furniture and dreaming of the old house I'm going to fix up someday.
8) I'm obsessed with the color blue - all of them! I have a blue floral sofa and I gravitate towards greens and blues for pretty much everything from clothes to decor.
I believe in……
THE POWER OF SIGHT TO OPEN EYES
Visual images have profoundly impacted each society that views them. From crude cave drawings recounting history to graphics encouraging enlistment during World War II, images have repeatedly moved hearts and minds. And that power has only increased. Today, large corporations acknowledge the power of the visual by slapping down millions for 30 second TV spots and full page magazine ads. Meanwhile, today’s technology generates visual images in seconds, flooding our world minute after minute, click after click. We can’t stop seeing it all.
THE POWER OF TRUTH TO SET CAPTIVES FREE
What we see matters. From the Instagram selfie begging for affirmation to the heart-rending
photograph of a young boy suffering in war, images have different subjects, serve different purposes, and evoke different emotions. One image moves me to give and to love. Another to envy and to despair.
THE POWER OF A MOMENT TO UNCOVER LIFE
This power creates some big responsibilities. Viewers better be careful what and how they see. Artists better be careful too. Visual images do not appear from nowhere. The how and why of each image is determined by the individual who chooses to capture it. That is why I try to bond with my clients on a personal level, to serve my clients in the best way possible, and to capture true love and joy for my clients and their families. These goals help me to achieve my primary goal, which is to use my artistic ability to create images that shine a light on God’s goodness.
THE POWER OF IMAGES TO MOLD MINDS
You see, I’m not just a photographer. I’m a born again Christian. Because God created me, loved me, and has forgiven my many failures through His Son, everything I have is His. Everything I do should be for Him. As a visual artist and a follower of Jesus Christ, I have a responsibility to wield the power I’ve been given to shine a light on God and the masterful beauty of His creation. Because my art is a reflection of what I believe about God, myself, and others, my art must reflect and honor God. Let’s rephrase this obligation using Biblical language (Philippians 4:8 to be precise): Whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, photograph and blog about these things. That’s why I will photograph weddings, to show God’s love between Him and His bride. That’s why I will photograph for churches, to show God’s love at work in community. That’s why I will photograph for pregnancy health clinics, to show God’s love in the sanctity of new life. In all these things, I want to shine a light on God and the beauty of His creation.
THE POWER OF LIGHT TO OVERCOME DARKNESS
Now if there are things that I strive to portray, it stands to reason there are things I can’t portray
either. My photographs and words can’t contradict my beliefs. For example, I will not photograph and post items (like a shirt with a marijuana leaf) that normalize drug use. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). I will not photograph and post for organizations (like Planned Parenthood or the Democratic Party) that promote abortion. "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb." (Psalm 139:13). I will not photograph and post about events (like same-sex wedding ceremonies) that beatify any marriage besides marriage between one man and one woman. "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." (Genesis 2:24). While not an exhaustive list, these are some things I can’t portray with my camera or promote with my pen without violating my conscience.
THE POWER OF BEAUTY TO CAPTURE HEARTS
Now many of you may disagree with these beliefs. That’s ok. Our country is better off if we can
disagree and still respect each other. I respect the right of each of you to hold and promote different views. That’s why you deserve to know upfront what I’m about and what my photography promotes. That way, you get the best photographs you can. And that is my prayer. That you get true, honest images that shine a light on what’s really worth seeing.