HOW I GOT STARTED IN MY PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS
The first time I ever picked up a camera I was 14. Okay that’s actually a lie, I used to have one of those little point and shoot cameras and it was pink and I took the ultimate selfies with that thing in 7th grade. Can you relate? LOLs
But the first time I ever used a “professional” camera I was 14, and it was my moms that I stole all the time to take pictures of my horse and make these really weird little youtube videos with background music that are super cheesy and embarrassing but I also still kinda love them… so yeah. That’s cool.
It was totally just for fun, I really didn’t see it going anywhere until my junior year of high school when I took a photography elective class and really fell in love with it. I continued to take these classes going into my senior year and then onto college.
Which note to future self: don’t major in photography in college… you will never do anything with that degree but YOLO I guess. I also majored in equine studies at another college a few years later, so basically, I was destined to own my own business cause’ otherwise I am screwed on the education part. Whoops.
After college I was full swing an entrepreneur, and loving every minute of it. I photographed everything when I first began, from family sessions, to seniors, to couples and beyond. But the one thing I was terrified of was weddings. It seemed like a lot of pressure and I was not down to accidentally ruin the best day of someone’s life… I mean can you blame me? But after second shooting for a few photographers at their weddings, I realized it was not as scary as I made it out to be. I shot my very first solo wedding in 2017 and from there I was absolutely hooked on the wedding train.
I wish I could sit here and say that my passion for photography thrives through my blood and my skin and I wouldn't be who I am today without it, but that's not necessarily true. I fell in love with this career because I love being a part of people's special life moments. I love weddings. I always have. I loved getting to be a little fly on the wall when two people commit their lives to each other and to capture those tiny moments in between that I know they are going to cherish forever. I'm pretty sentimental when it comes to photos and life. I was the teenager who had photos of all my friends plastered across my bedroom walls.
I had a box under my bed that I would keep special photos in, and I even still have one to this day.
I love documenting things, saving moments, reliving the best ones over and over and the thought of passing them down to my future children.
Photography is not my life, but it is how I capture my life. It is how I remember things and how I hold on to memories and loved ones. I think becoming a photographer has allowed me to appreciate all of the little details in life. All of the tiny moments not everyone gets to see. I am approaching my 6th year as a photographer, and that feels crazy! This journey has been such a fun one, and allowed me to travel the country, meet some pretty amazing people and give me financial freedom.
To this day it still blows my mind that people trust in me to document the best day of their lives, and while when I think back on all of my experiences there are so many things I could have changed or done differently, they helped me grow and learn so that I could thrive. If you know me, you know how determined I am to achieve the things that I want in life, but I would be lying if I said that did not sometimes scare the absolute heck out of me. Sometimes I faked it until I made it, and that may not be the best piece of advice for everyone, it sure worked for me. It was a wild and bumpy start, but hey... it was a start. I am blessed beyond measure that I get to wake up and do what I love every single day, and I would highly recommend it to literally anyone!