Intimate. Joyful. Emotive.
Personal. Unique. Expressive.
Spontaneous. Romantic. Genuine.
As a portrait photographer, I’m drawn to capturing the personality of the person on the other side of my lens. I love building a relationship with my brides, whether through meetings over coffee or back and forth emails when distance is a factor, so that on their wedding day they can think of me as an extra bridesmaid whose entire job is to make them look good. I believe anyone can be made comfortable in front of a camera, and that a happy and relaxed person will always be photogenic. My blog is full of my late night ramblings, so browse around a bit and I think you’ll get a pretty good idea of who I am. I love what I do, and if my work appeals to your heart, I would love to hear from you! .
I also am the art director and senior graphic designer of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, a job that allows me to combine my love of literature with my love of art and design. As a professional graphic designer, I've developed a strong eye for composition and telling stories visually that carries through to my photography. As an art director, I've honed my ability to execute an artistic work from conception to production. My second home is inside the digital worlds of Photoshop and InDesign, and every photo is edited and retouched by me. Unlike many other photographers, I also personally hand design every album and work directly with my print vendors to ensure that both are of the highest quality possible — no outsourcing!
I majored in photography and painting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but had already succumbed to the art bug long before then. I never really thought of art as a hobby — rather, it was something inside of me that I HAD to do. No lie, I was trying to sell my work on the playground and charging a nickel for art lessons in elementary school. My painted portraits have been displayed nationally in galleries and a museum or two, and there's even a brand of wine floating around out there with one of my works on it. Though trained as a fine art photographer, I've put in the time both in the commercial world of advertising and in the trenches of photojournalism. As a fellow photog once said about me, “I make pretty happen,” and that makes me pretty happy.