"I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength."
I fell in love with photography before I could even remember... Growing up around a mother and grandmother who loved photography & documenting their family.. I guess you could say that it came natural to me. Mom trusted me to take her beloved camera with me (almost) anywhere! Until, I was given a Kodak Easyshare while in grade school, and decided that my friends were my new 'models'. Once in high school, I worked my way up to becoming the Editor in Chief of our yearbook! I attended so many games hoping to get the best shots, as well as, created the image in Photoshop that would be the cover of that year's yearbook. In 2012, I started college at Illinois State University. And in 2016, I received my Bachelor's degree in Small Business Management / Entrepreneurship. I now live in Kearney, NE with my sweet, southern catch. But I often travel back to my hometown, Peoria IL, to visit family and to photograph my loving clients!
My favorite part about being a wedding photographer is hard to choose. But here's a few...
- I adore watching the beginning of a new chapter unfold right in front of my eyes!
- When Dad holds back tears from seeing his little girl all grown up
- To see the bride and groom kiss in secrecy right after the ceremony.
- Being able to relax & encourage the bride and groom throughout the day (& to help them enjoy all the small, sweet moments together)
- When everyone gathers on the dance floor and "hidden talents" start to come out!
- To feel the love that they share for each other and also for their families & friends that are there.
- And cake. Who doesn't love cake?!
Exploring new places and finding all the hidden spots for the best images is such an exciting adventure! I love to jump on a plane with a good book in-hand. And I'm not afraid of the unknown. I get a thrill from getting the shots that I envisioned! **insert happy dance!**
My travel goals include: photographing a wedding on the beach, a wedding on in the mountains, and a couple's session in Iceland!
Experiencing a sunset from an open field, across a lake, or from a sandy beach across the ocean is the most peaceful & stunning scene. It's the ultimate de-stressor, seeing & photographing the sun gradually change the clouds into beautiful colors like a painting just before dipping below the horizon...
There's hardly anything better!
Something about creating something with my hands, and then being able to enjoy it & share it with people I love...
Not only that, but the challenge of mixing things together correctly & with correct timing to create something delicious gets me excited!
My favorite meals to cook:
Parmesan Chicken Carbonara & Great-Grandma's Pot Roast
I've loved dancing as soon as I could walk! I attended Heidi's Dance Connection for about 13 years. And I was able to teach dance to younger girls my last two years!
Even today, dancing brings such joy to my life whether it be line dancing, two stepping with Derrick, or side-by-side with my best girl friends!
I feel strongly called to serve and teach people who are going through what I have gone through or are working in the creative industry alongside me. To learn from each other, to teach them what I know and grow together - even if we have the same clientele - is SO rewarding for me! I have fostered this calling best by starting up a Rising Tide Society chapter in my local town. I am proud to be a part of such an encouraging and supportive creative community around the world & hope to pass that on to any creative-preneur I encounter. "The rising tide lifts all boats." - JFK
If you are reading this and want to know more, please please! reach out to me and I would be happy to share this wonderful community with you!
That's Right! I launched Dear Birdie in July of 2018. Dear Birdie is an online women's clothing boutique named after my Great Grandma Birdie. Who was and still is my biggest role model.
My goal with this boutique is to make young women feel confident, inspired, and most importantly - LOVED.
Every month, we highlight one young, lady-boss to give us a little behind the scenes on their business and why they started! I hope we can inspire other young women to fight for their dreams and goals, and to never loose faith!