When I was fourteen, I came across a book about Ansel Adams and fell in love. Not in the way I fell in love with my musician husband, of course. I fell in love with the way Ansel Adams saw things through the viewfinder, the patience he showed waiting for just the right light to fall across Half Dome in Yosemite and his impeccable sense of perspective and composition. He processed film in the darkroom (no digital cameras back then), and so did I when I first started shooting. I actually had a darkroom in my little apartment
I am drawn to wedding and lifestyle photography because it is so personal and allows me to tell the unique story of each client, many of whom have become friends. I look for people who are adventurous, free spirited and who love the outdoors and nature and choose me because they truly appreciate my art, as opposed to those who are shopping around for the cheapest deal.
I prefer to shoot outdoors and in natural light because of the organic connection to nature and the vibe it creates. There is a moody and dark, vintage film feel to an outdoor image captured in just the right light that unveils a subtle grain and warm tone. Shooting this way has allowed me to establish a unique identity. When clients comment upon viewing their photos that they feel beautiful and empowered seeing themselves captured in such a different way, it is a thrilling and uplifting experience.
Being a photographer allows me to be constantly evolving and learning. I look back to when I first started and was so concerned about getting just the right poses and making sure the shot was perfectly staged. Now it’s all about capturing special moments and the experience of being authentic and allowing my subjects to just be themselves. I capture for them a time in their lives that will last forever.