Being at square one in the stages of wedding planning is extremely exciting and completely overwhelming. If you’re wondering where to begin, then this blog is for you. I have photographed more weddings than I can count over the years, but planning your own is a different experience altogether. There were days when I didn't want to think about the logistics for another second, but for the most part, I just wish I could do it all over again. I loved planning my wedding and I hope you do too! Hopefully, I can impart a little knowledge to help your day be everything you’ve dreamed.Read More
Have you ever felt unqualified?
My entire life has been filled with moment after moment of nerve-wracking situations in which I feel I’m the last person who should be doing what I’m doing. There have been times when I’ve felt too young, too inexperienced, too tall, too shy, too self-conscious, too uneducated, less than, and not as good as.
If only I had a bigger personality, more followers, a better story to tell, better fashion sense, a consistent exercise routine... then maybe I’d be qualified. Then maybe I’d feel like I wasn’t trying to imitate what I’ve already seen.
But guess what?Read More
I’ve found that with editorial photography, it’s what’s going on just outside the frame that tells the real story. You might open up the latest issue of 405 and see a clean, bright kitchen overflowing with fresh flowers and think to yourself, “My kitchen never looks like that.” However, if you could peek just beyond the frame you would find an entire team of people working together to make that one particular photo appear effortless. It’s quite possible there may be empty shopping bags haphazardly strewn around the room, not to mention flower clippings, photography gear, a pile of kid’s toys, and a stylist balancing on a bench to hold up a blanket so that an unwanted reflection can be blocked. My friends, this is how the magic happens.Read More
I first heard about our church planning a mission trip to Rome over a year ago. Since then, my life has changed in more ways than I could have ever anticipated. I quit my job. I got engaged. I’m planning a move across the country. If I had known all these things at the time I probably wouldn’t have signed up to go. It’s funny how God only reveals His plan on a need to know basis, huh? During our time in Rome our group worked alongside some amazing people from Agape Italia. I loved getting to know these missionaries who are devoted to serving in Italy full time. After days of literally walking all over Rome, everything starts to run together.. and since I can’t even begin to recount all the things we did, I would like to share just a few of my favorite moments from the week.Read More
As a photographer, I’m constantly torn between the desire to capture what’s happening around me and simply living in the moment. Sometimes this means I leave my camera at home, but I still use my phone to capture things quickly. Photographer or not, these days we all want to document what we are doing. This isn’t a bad thing! Our generation has a negative stereotype for constantly taking photos; of ourselves, what we’re eating, who we are with, and the places we go. It’s wonderful to have a visual reminder of these things, but it can easily become too much. I believe there’s a fine line between documenting life and becoming consumed with how many likes or comments we receive on our posts. If you didn’t share it, did it happen? Sometimes the answer is to simply put the phone down. But when that’s not the case, here are my tips that help me stay present when it counts.Read More