I married my hunk of a husband in August of 2017, and we got our golden doodle, Bokeh, a few months later. You'll probably see more pictures of them than anything else I shoot. I'm probably the clumsiest, coffee-loving foodie you'll ever meet, and I'm TERRIBLE with directions. Even finding the car is a daily struggle.
My career in photography isn't like many others I've found. I started photography full time after my fifth year in pharmacy school. I’d travel all over doing medical missions, but I found myself wanting to take pictures more than I did anything else. I couldn’t wait to snag my camera and capture the people and the culture. Most of them never having seen a camera before, I have pictures with some of the biggest smiles. There’s something about a lens that brings light and life to everything on the other side of it. It can be the smallest object, but with the right lighting it makes my heart flutter.
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If there’s one thing I’ve learned this far in life, it’s that we were made to connect. Connecting brings life. One of the most invigorating things for me in life is to capture that somehow. My favorite connections tend to play in my head as snapshots- the elderly woman in India collecting money at the temple gates, the boy I played “monos” with in the Dominican every morning, the school girls I played teeter-totter with in rural Swaziland, or the boat we took to the fisherman’s village in Honduras. When I think back on these times in my life, I see something like a scrapbook, flipping each page until I find the image I’m looking for. That is what I fell in love with. I fell in love with the people I see in my images, and continue to do so when I pull those actual pictures up on my computer.
So why did I decide to make my job running around for eight hours and capturing the most emotionally charged day of someones life? Because that’s how I connect. Capturing that beauty through a lens brings me the same emotion that the client on the other side is feeling. I get to look back through those pictures and see new moms, lovers, families, and great grandparents overjoyed with the love they get to experience in that moment- and I feel it too. There’s a certain level of trust for someone to let you capture that, and I’m privileged that I would be chosen to be let in.