When I was 10-years-old my main subjects were my dog Mandy and cat Sarah and I used a purple Kodak 110 camera. I preferred still life and landscapes to people. I was shy, introverted and got nervous talking to people. (I’m still a little awkward and make weird jokes when I don’t know what else to say!)
When I turned 22, I packed my old red BMW and drove for 6 days to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It probably should have taken only 3 or 4, but I’ve never seen this country with the exception of a little bit of Oregon, California and Wyoming, so I decided to take my time. The diversity of our country’s landscape and people blew my mind. I loved it!
When I reached Disney World, I worked in the attractions and then as a vacation and portrait photographer with Photo Pass. Disney helped me develop a way to capture the magical moments between loved ones and the connection of families. I was hooked. I love photographing people!
But something was calling me home to Washington. When I returned, I second shot weddings for the Yuen Lui wedding photographers which gave me great experience. And I’ve had several images published in newspapers and magazines. But do you know what really freaks me out (in a good way)? My photo of Karen O. from The Yeah Yeah Yeahs is on the jacket of a book by Lizzy Goodman!
I wasn’t finished with Disney quite yet. I became a seasonal Cast Member and traveled to Florida 2 times a year. But on one of my trips back from Florida in 2010, my best friend proposed to me in the airport surrounded by 5 of our friends and a family dog. It couldn’t have been more perfect of a proposal. I ended my career at Disney because I had a wedding to plan! And just over a year later I married Joey at an old cobbler-shop-turned-wedding-venue on Capitol Hill in Seattle. We served breakfast for dinner and maple bacon cupcakes paired with our favorite coffee from the shop in Tacoma where we met. We tried to waltz for our first dance and failed miserably and high-fived for our unity celebration. It was perfect!
A little more about me:
❤ I have two amazing daughters who teach me more about myself than I have ever learned. They’re beautiful, goofy, frustrating and intelligent. Their middle names coincidentally correspond with two Star Wars characters from A Force Awakens. They were both born before the movie came out.
❤ My dog is named after the character in Robocop: Murphy. He has heterochromia – one brown eye and one blue eye.
❤ I LOVE LOVE LOVE finding new music. Especially local, PNW music. When I was living in Florida I missed the alternative radio stations. I lend my urge to move back to Washington to Death Cab for Cutie.
❤ I appreciate the effort people put into things they love.
❤ I NEED coffee… but I can’t have it… So for now I’m living with iced almond milk chai. It sorta does the job.
❤ I’ve driven across America three times without kids. I am looking forward to taking my girls out on the highway to show them how big, beautiful and diverse this country really is.
❤ Avocado + tomato + mayo + a little salt and pepper = BEST. SANDWICH. EVER.
❤ If you smile I’ll take your photo. If you frown, furrow, cringe, laugh, cry, spit, hiccup, gush, yell, jump, pout, run, punch, kiss, dance, play, call me and I’ll take your photo. This is life!
❤ I do not accept or endorse any type of racism, sexism, religious discrimination, homophobia, transphobia, or any other form of discrimination. I also consider myself body positive! My business and home are safe places and I will love and accept you as long as your ideals do not discriminate against others.
Photography is more than a picture. If you would like to know more about me or my photography philosophy, don’t hesitate to reach out!