First let me tell you a story… In June 2017, I received a call just moments after I woke up. The call was from my father, and his shaky voice told me that my grandmother had passed. We talked in wavering, tear-filled mumbles, and hung up. I got out of bed, took my dogs for a walk, and got in my car to drive to my Mom’s house.
I grabbed every photo album I could find and brought them home. I dove into the albums knowing that every memory, every little piece of my grandmother’s legacy lived on.
The photos were fun. They were candid. They were timeless. A warm blanket of nostalgia covered me, and I was comforted by these gifts. Who knows who even took the photos, but the important part is that she was in them. That’s all that mattered.
So I encourage you to embrace the messy, and mundane, and see the beauty in what’s there. You’ll be so thankful that these memories are YOUR memories. Life is too short to have boring, posed, Pinterest perfect lives. Let me capture you in all of your realness, thats what lifestyle photography is all about.
In the end, what makes you feel happy, and nostalgic is important. It’s what you value. If you fall to photos and family movies for comfort, and if they bring you tears of joy, and comfort you in times of sadness, then this is why you get your photos made.
Behind the Lens
I graduated in May 2012 from Northern Illinois University with a BA in English. I also taught after school art classes during college for elementary students, which was something I felt very passionate about. Children deserve to express their creative minds, and I enjoyed that I was there to help inspire them.
So let’s get a little more personal. I was married in April of 2014 to my handsome husband, Zac. You will probably hear me reference my wedding a few times, just because having my own wedding opened my eyes even more to all of the details that I need to capture on a wedding day. We love dogs. We have a side business, which when we have time we create and refinish custom furniture.
I am inspired by the simplicity of the world around me. I am drawn toward big open fields at dusk. I love interior design, and always have the itch to rearrange something in my home. I love flea markets and antique shops. My vice is chocolate ice cream and binge watching Netflix with my dogs and husband. I like to workout, do yoga, and run.
I really like to volunteer for Flashes of Hope, Pioneer Center in Crystal Lake, and Alexander Leigh Center for Autism. Volunteering is what inspired me to do a monthly donation to a charity.