My very first camera was a kodak disposable film camera. The kind you'd use to drop off at CVS just to pick up the prints a few hours later. I enjoyed making scrapbooks out of my photos and bringing those scrapbooks everywhere I went.
In high school, I took photos of my friends any time they came over. We dressed up, went hiking for a pretty scene, took photos, and edited them. Then we posted them on myspace and tumblr (lol). I also took photos for the school’s theater department.
Throughout college I held an internship with the Colorado College communications department, which led me to cover campus events for newsletters, take hero images for the college website, and more. At the same time, I occasionally took photos for the student led newspaper, The Catalyst. At my part time job at a NY style deli, I was tasked with taking their photos for their takeout menus and social media. All the while, I was determined to focus on my major in psychology.
After graduating with a B.A. in Psychology in 2015, I had my first child and pursued photography as a hobby. I was newly motivated to learn the technical side of photography, so I delved into free educational workshops and facebook groups, and surrounded myself with people who shared an interest in photography. I launched my page on facebook to post my progress for friends and family to follow along. When a friend asked me to shoot her elopement, I made the decision to legally register as a business.
A few months later, I was contacted by a large company to shoot the brands that hired them to manage their content. In shooting dozens of brands, I learned that commercial storytelling and headshots were my thing! Small businesses and entrepreneurs began to reach out to me directly for photoshoots for their book covers, websites, social media, and more.
Now I’m a storyteller specializing in headshots and branding images. And that’s my story!
Headshots and branding are dear to me for several reasons. Not the least of which is that I have the honor of facilitating authentic storytelling for each client I work with. Whether I'm capturing a simple headshot or a full library of brand imagery for a website launch, I'm going to find and tell the story along the way about who is in front of the camera, what their strengths are, what their goals are moving forward, and what their role looks like to the rest of the world. It's a task that I never take lightly.