I did not go to school for photography but over the years I have realized that if you want to do something, you have to immerse yourself fully in it. I decided to get a nice camera when I booked my first trip to Europe. I wanted to have nice photos vs random souvenirs. Ever since that trip ended, it seems like I haven't put my camera down.
I formally started my photography career when I got an offer from a travel company in New Zealand to photograph and blog my experiences there. I quit my full time marketing job and internship to do this. As scary as it was to leave everything and everyone I knew, it was one of the best decisions I made in my life. For the first time in my life, I didn't have a huge to do list or deadlines. I finally had time to figure myself out. NZ was the best place to do this, instead of everyone I met there judging me about quitting school and my job - they were encouraging and supportive of my choice to pursue something I was passionate about. The problem was narrowing down what exact that passion was. I fell in love with the diverse landscapes through the country but also realized how lucky I was to experience this untouched landscape. I knew then I also wanted to pursue a career in environmental conservation - specifically ocean conservation.
After I came back from NZ, I started another corporate job and realized how uninspired and unmotivated I was while working there. Two months later I quit, started going to school for Marine Biology at UNH. While going to school, I was still photographing whenever I could. But it was mostly landscapes and as much as I tried I knew becoming the next Ansel Adams wasn't an easy task. It was then I decided to email one of my favorite musicians, Frank Turner, to ask if I could photograph him. I never really expected him to write back, but a few days later there was a message in my inbox saying I indeed would be able to photograph his next live show. I was so stoked. After that, I kept photographing musicians, working at festivals such as Boston Calling, and started photographing at high end night clubs in Boston. These jobs taught me how to photograph people candidly, how to adapt to light changing quickly (in a night club one minute it go from ambient uplights, to bright strobes, to bubbles or fog), and it also taught me how to get peoples' attention while they are drinking and dancing with their friends.
About 6 months after I started in that industry, I was introduced to a wedding DJ who nonchalantly suggested that I start photographing weddings. I didn't think much of it because I thought I would really suck at it. About a month later, one of my good friends decided to get married and asked if I would shoot her wedding. I didn't have any shows or events scheduled for that night, so I agreed to do it. Fast forward to 5 years and 70 weddings later, I am so thankful I decided to pursue this career! My photography is rooted in capturing those candid moments, in posing my couples in beautiful light and using the landscape around me to create an epic picture. I love being creative and try to avoid cheesy posing. Half of the time you can find me in a photographing you from inside a bush or laying next to a puddle in the rain. I like to push the boundaries with my photography and give my couples images that not only tell their wedding day story but are unique for them and their venue.
As your wedding photographer, I want to get to know you and I want you to get to know me.
First off, I have a daily battle with wanting to start my morning with a fresh donut from a local coffee shop vs having a cup of green tea and going to the gym. I love unique jewelry and have a hard time not spending all of my money whenever I pass by a TJ MAXX. Sushi as well as tacos have a huge place in my heart (PS if you haven’t tried Loco Coco’s in Kittery Maine I suggest you make a trip!). I do love to travel - and when I splurge - I splurge on traveling. That being said, I love to hear about other people’s travels and experiences. Surprising people with random small gifts makes me happy. I am one of those people who pulls over on the side of the road to take a photo of a sunset. My degree is in Marine Biology and I am fascinated by the cuttlefish and it’s ability to adapt both visually and texturally to it’s environment. Taking long drives in the summer is how I relax during the week. I don’t have a dog due to my work schedule but I do want to pet yours. I sometimes get overly excited describing things I like or want to do. I want to live life to the fullest