love enthusiast & photographer
I got super lucky in 2008 when I was actively searching for something meaningful to do with my life. While bored to death in my then current job, I stumbled across a blog post by a wedding photographer on The Pioneer Woman‘s blog! Even though I had gotten a big, fat D in the only photography course I had ever taken, there was something that was drawing me so magnetically to this career that mixed creativity, nature and LOVE. Being a documentary wedding and family photographer has brought so much richness and delight to my life.
I am the luckiest.
Weird Photos of Me at Work
- Who am I? I am just a girl trying to do her best in the world and I still think that I’m 14. The wrinkle in my forehead tells me otherwise. Jerk wrinkle. I debate getting Botox everyday.
- Nothing is more important to me than my family. I am married to a lovely, funny man who makes me coffee every day and we have two challenging, interesting, and funny boys, Jack and Charlie.
- I like to write tiny rhyming poems, and I am a pretty good haiku-er. My poems will make you wonder if I am in fifth grade. I’m not.
- I am super passionate about wedding and family photography. We can’t get these days back!
- I love my fanny packs. Judge all you want but I will be the first to pull out some Mary Poppins sh$t for you at the drop of a hat. I am always at the ready with all kinds of stuff you might need!
- I am a yoga teacher afraid to teach. I do it anyway. I teach restorative, gentle and recovery yoga.
- I love traveling so much. In my little life, I have been to Belize, England, Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam, Iceland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Peru, Costa Rica, Kauai, Cuba, Mexico, etc. And lots of places throughout the US and Canada too!
- In 2008, I spent nine-days on a volunteer vacation in the Grand Canyon where I learned to drink mosquito-larvae-filled water. Super gross. Do not take running water for granted, folks.
- Funny people are better than unfunny people. Funny is far more handsome than just plain old handsome. I have a crush on John Hamm and George Clooney. Total hilarious dreamboats, right?!
- I have been known to make weird noises or sing badly when I photograph. Especially when the light is killer. Ask my sister, she’ll tell you.
- For the past 10 years, I have delivered Meals on Wheels every Monday.
- I only walk on the beach to find sand dollars. Sand dollars are my favorite.
- I am a pretty avid ‘reader’ – reader in quotes because Audible reads to me almost 100% of the time. Audible allows me to read while I drive, edit, etc! The best!
- I am an obsessive maker. I go through strange periods of making – like that time I needle felted a Donald Trump head and a pheasant in the same week. Right now, I am into sewing and quilting.
- I have a degree in Art History from UCONN. I studied abroad in England while in college.
- I got a D in high school photography. Not because I was bad at it, I was naughty and chose not to do the assignments. (Don’t worry, I was very harshly punished for this with an apple that didn’t fall far from the tree.)
- I love real, true, fierce, loud-but-quiet-at-the-same-time, beautiful, soul-soothing, genuine love. If you don’t have this, I am probably not the right photographer for you.
- I have a thing for rescue dogs. We have had four so far – Annie, Lucy, Fern and Pepper.
- I love Lime Tostitos, coffee, Cheez-Its (don’t even tell me you like CheeseNips!), olives, guacamole, and tacos. All at once. Just kidding, that would be gross.
- I feel most alive outside. Especially if I see a snake. That makes me feel really alive. Like super, freaking, loudest-scream-you’ve-ever-heard alive.
- I was so miserable in my past jobs that I would constantly daydream about doing something outside with my hands for work. I thought of landscaping, plumbing (mostly inside? and smelly?), carpentry, cabinet making, gardening, etc. With photography, I no longer daydream of doing other things. This is my thing.
- I hate cooking and cleaning. I think in a past life I had a chef and housekeeper. My husband isn’t pleased about this and wants to know why I didn’t tell him this before we got married.
- I have spent many years trying to be me for others. I try not to do this anymore. Now, I am just me. Honestly, that’s the only thing I will ever expect from you, too. Just be you. Show me your most real, authentic, vulnerable you. I promise to take good care of you and show you how beautiful you are.
- I really like old furniture. Not old couches, but old tables, chairs, dressers, bookshelves and stools. I have a mini-collection of tiny hand-wrought stools around my house.
- I love to sew things but I can’t use a pattern to save my life (I can sew you up a fanny pack though!!!). Nor do I have any desire to use a pattern. Patterns are like rules. I don’t really like rules.
- I accept a limited amount of wedding commissions per year as it’s super important to me to be able to connect and serve my clients in the most attentive way that I can.
Oh life. Thank you for your beauty.
Thank you for reminding me how lucky we are to be part of something so big.”
-Tyler Knott Gregson
My Reason Why
I do what I do
Chris and I got married before anyone really used the internet for anything other than AIM (I am dating myself here!), and we hired the first photographer name that was handed to us by a family friend. We really didn’t even look at her work when we hired her. We just knew we needed photos of our wedding day. In hindsight, this was definitely one of the worst decisions I have ever made!
I have never gotten over how sad my weddings photos made me. They were horrible. I have made it my life’s goal to not give someone photos that will make them sad for a lifetime. There is so much magic to be captured on a wedding day – between you and your hunny, your family, your grammie, and all of your crazy friends. It is my honor to document the love, fun, tears, and joy and hopefully give you images that will make you happy forever.