On your day, the most common piece of advice that anyone will give you will be to remember every detail; on how the day goes by so quickly and you'll be left with two things: the memories... and the photographs to help re-live those memories. I savor those little details that make your day different than any other day. From the most intricate details on your bouquet, the precise look on your partner's face as you walk down the aisle, even the crazy dance moves that you begged Uncle Bob not to pull on the dance floor but he just couldn't help himself. All of your moments documented so that all you have to do is simply live your moment and enjoy every second.
Like any other little girl, I grew up wearing my mother's high heels and playing dress up in her old bridesmaids dresses. One day while rummaging through her cabinet of goodies (I.e., office supplies mostly - anyone else an office supply freak?) I found an old Nikon film camera. I remember walking around the house pretending to take pictures with a camera that didn't have any film in it documenting every time we cooked dinner, went outside, or went shopping.
In high school, my boyfriend got me my very own Nikon camera for Christmas one year and I was HOOKED. I took pictures of anyone and everyone that would let me. I signed up for all the photography classes through high school and college that I could and eventually, started my own business.
Things really took off when my own photographer for my wedding allowed me to complete an apprenticeship under her. I purchased her old camera, my first real lens, and haven't put down my camera since.
I'm the wife to a wonderful U.S. Navy Veteran and the mom to two perfect little gentlemen. I am truly living my dream. My sons enjoy outdoor adventures while my husband enjoys quiet nights in. So between photography and family, I live the best of both worlds.
In addition to photography and family, I have a few other interests:
1. Disney - I am the BIGGEST Disney freak. My husband's side of the family goes to Disney at least once a year. Within the next five years, I would love to become a member of the DVC family. My own son had his first Disney trip at 2 months old!
2. Breakfast food - One of my main cravings while I was pregnant was maple syrup. Turns out my son is also a breakfast person, as is my husband. I'm all about breakfast all the time. We even served "breakfast for dinner" at our wedding! Want to meet up to discuss photography plans? Suggest meeting for breakfast and I will be the happiest girl alive.
3. Coffee - What mama doesn't love coffee? But I love more than just the taste of coffee. I love the history of it, the story behind it, the processing of the beans, and all the itty bitty details that usually get pushed aside when getting the perfect cup of joe. I work very part-time at a local coffeeshop simply because I enjoy being a part of the coffee community and dabbling into my latte art.
the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.