Because real life matters. My business started in 2010 as a family photography business but I quickly became disenchanted by it. I didn’t find joy from bribing kids to smile for the “picture perfect” photo. It’s a stressful process. Parents have expectations of what they want the photos to look like, and children – especially young children – tend to have minimal patience for anything other than being themselves. It’s not particularly glamorous or fun for anyone involved.
A couple of years into my business I started photographing weddings and fell in love with all of the beauty and emotion of couples’ photography. As time went on, I grew both personally and as an artist and I discovered a love for nuance… the little moments, the small gestures, and I realized that I was doing it all wrong. Weddings aren’t just about the couple – they’re about their family and friends too. Every single person that’s invited to your wedding is someone who helped shape the person that you are. There’s an insane amount of love in one room. It became my mission to show people not just the love between them and their new spouse, but how loved they are by everyone in their lives.
It’s the most fulfilling thing in the world… and I knew it didn’t have to stop at weddings. In our short time on this beautiful planet, the thing that matters the most is connection. There’s nothing more beautiful to me than being able to give you tangible proof of the love in your life.
I want your kids to see these photos and not think back to the day that they posed for a stranger, bribed by whatever candy or snacks were on hand, wearing coordinating outfits in a place they’d never been before and never visited again. I want them to be able to look back and remember what it felt like to be youthful, happy and loved… as they are.