so Why do I do what I do?
To answer this question without being cliche is more difficult than I thought it would be.
When I was 5 I got a Barbie camera for Christmas. Growing up I would take my mom's 35mm film camera + stage photoshoots with my friends. When I was about 14 my mom got a point + shoot Canon camera. I took photos of anything + everything. Our animals, selfies before selfies were cool, my kid brother- you name it, I took pictures of it. For my 16th Christmas mom gifted me with a Canon Rebel- my first DSLR camera. A few days later I was taking pictures of my best friend in her backyard. December 21, 2009- my sophomore year of high school.
I started taking pictures at all the sporting events at school, bribing all of my friends to 'model' for me. I joined the yearbook staff. I interned with KD Photography throughout high school. She taught me more than I could imagine.
I worked my way through high school + college with photography. The growth of my business was very slow + organic. I always said photography would only be my hobby + never my career but after graduation from the University of Arkansas I decided it was time to go full-time. It just made sense for me. What a blessing it has been. I have photographed the Miss Rodeo America pageant, Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo + the Cinch Timed Events Rodeo. I have photographed nearly 100 weddings + too many photoshoots to count.
I have always enjoyed looking through old family photos + genuinely want to preserve moments for families to look back on for the rest of times. I want my work to be timeless, not trendy. I want my work to tell stories. I want to advocate for the agricultural industry + the western way of life. I want my client-friends to feel comfortable in front of my camera + when I'm around.
I genuinely LOVE meeting new people. I love working with folks from their senior pictures to their wedding images then their family pictures.
I honestly can't imagine having any other career. Thank you for making this career possible for me.