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My Authentic Style

My style and intention with each photography session is probably a little different than you’re used to. My sessions aren’t cookie-cutter, and I think it’s great! Someone looking for a traditionally posed photoshoot might not get what they’re expecting. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something uniquely YOU, you might just find yourself right at home with me.

I capture people’s most authentic emotions and relationships. 

omg HEART EYES EMOJI

To love and connect with people and the world around us is what being human is all about. Honoring and celebrating those connections in life is so worth while, and I love creating a way for people to actually see — with a still photo in front of them of a moment in time — how unique and special each relationship is in our lives, and how happy they make us. This is the root of why I do what I do :)

A photo session with me involves spending time with your partner and loved ones, your family, or even yourself or friends, exploring your relationships and life, talking, thinking, feeling, and honoring your connections — Basically just having a good time :D

I’ve formed my sessions to be very interactive, and different than a typical photo session that involves posing and backdrops.  This session is about YOU, so I mostly want you to physically interact with your loved ones like you normally would. I want to catch you doing what you normally do, acting together how you normally act. I help you look your best in tiny ways and compose a lovely photo, while you think about what’s most important to you.

I prompt you to talk or think about certain things, and snap away as you laugh, think, maybe cry ;) and remember why you love the person you’re standing next to. I don’t usually ask you to smile for the camera; you’ll never be asked to give the camera “your serious face,” or to look away into the distance for no reason.

Your smiles are genuine, and your photos will be too. Your emotions are authentic, because you are actually experiencing something.

I usually expect to come away with photos of my clients laughing with each other, cuddling, and even kissing; there are photos of hands being held and faces processing a bunch of emotions — emotions that you feel when in the presence of your loved ones.

I aspire to be a discoverer of what is already there, instead of a creator of something I perceive should be there.

Photo sessions with young children tend to be relaxed and organic, with time given to allow kids to be themselves. I love it when kids can participate in how a session flows by choosing what we do, how we play, or who they sit next to. The natural signs of affection they show when comfortable makes my heart turn to mush! <3

I tailor my sessions to be a comfortable blend of candid, lifestyle, and traditional styles — based on you. 

Now, granted, some people want a little “traditional photo shoot” mixed in (you know, a photo where everyone in your family is looking at the camera all at the same time), and that’s a-okay with me. It’s a group effort to get what’s comfortable for you.

My roots have led me to where I am today.

I began photographing people in 2009. I started off taking pictures of my nieces, nephews, and wide open Utah/Idaho landscapes on trips to visit family. When I began to build my portfolio in 2010 I realized I have a passion for photographing couples in love most.

I followed some photographers who became very influential to my work and I owe a lot of my style to how bits and pieces of their work and their willingness to educate the masses fit in with my goals. Brooke Snow taught me how to photograph telling a story, and how to be patient while documenting life so that I can witness authenticity unfold in front of me. I became aware of Jesh de Rox and the Beloved Collective and spent a couple of years incorporating his Invitations and suggestions in to my work. As an amateur, I mimicked him, in a way I now hope is flattering to well-established artists (crossy fingers). Now as a professional, his Beloved and Moment Design techniques are still a huge inspiration for me; they’ve taught me to be a discoverer and observer of emotion and the relationships in front of me, rather than a simple creator. I’ve spent years finding my niche and my style, and I’m honored to share it with you all.

I photograph with blurry backgrounds and lots of light!

I love wide open apertures and lots of exposure! That means I usually go for a blurry background, shallow depth of field, and a kind of cinematic feeling. I often have very specific points of focus or blur, or crop my images to create a sense of motion, story, and perspective.

Everyone has something to celebrate <3 

I find my style fits most people who are open to being genuinely themselves and a little vulnerable in front of a camera. My favorite is my work with couples because of the ooey gooey mush, but I work with all people who have something to feel:  one-on-one, couples, small families, large families, and all sorts of groupings and events.

A session with me is for people in love and who love. If that sounds like you, I look forward to meeting you :)

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