Photography has always been a passion of mine- ever since I took a photography class in high school. The darkroom was one of my favorite places to be. I'd always thought about making a career out of it, but kept it in the back of my mind since making it as a landscape photographer was near impossible. After graduating college with Chemistry and Psychology degrees, I worked for a few years in the Environmental field and just found that I was really unhappy in that career path. So in 2012, I began taking photos of friends and family on the side and quickly built my business to the point where I could leave my job to do photography full time. The insecurity of leaving a salaried job was scary, but the idea of not loving what I did every day was much scarier.
Since that first session in 2012, I have photographed about 100 weddings and countless families, gotten married myself, and had an amazing little girl that is the subject of many photo sessions! This is where the idea for native was born. While I absolutely love photographing families outside with gorgeous Fall trees with everyone smiling, my favorite photos of my own daughter are always the ones that are not planned and truly show her personality. I wanted to erase the background and take away the colors so all you are left with is the raw emotion and personality.
I love going on adventures and experiencing new things. Now that my daughter is old enough to comprehend these things, taking her with me on random day trips- hiking, exploring, playing in the ocean- is so much fun. She has so much zest for life and is so fearless. Being her mom is the best thing I've ever done. My husband and I have always loved to travel around the world and the most amazing place we've ever been is South Africa. We've both said that we would live there if we could!