Guys. I LOVE Feather Print. It’s my baby, and it’s what got this train moving. However, I was really feeling stuck in my style, and started feeling boxed into weddings and couples, WHICH I ALSO LOVE. I started to feel that separation was needed. So, I took my family, newborn, and maternity portraiture and brought it here. I also have been doing personal branding for years as a hobby. Now that I have this separation I was able to integrate into my own brand. I truly love everything that I do but this will help me be more efficient, and creative. But what lead me to think that I needed to separate?
Well, it all started when I sunk into a depression last year. It was really hard for me to get motivated about anything. What wasn’t helping was that I was listening to 900 other photographers tell me what to do, what not to do, what to charge, what’s trendy, etc. I’m a natural introvert, and all of the noise and pressure from everyone just made me want to retreat. So that’s what I did.
I went on a little bit of a soul searching journey, and cut out the noise. I found my flow, and my happy place, and started writing on it. Did you know that writing is probably one of my top 5 favorite things to do? So I thought to myself, how can I implement this love of writing into what I do? How can I tell a story through my sessions even better?
Lifestyle and documentary photography, mixed with the love I have of writing. I want to tell your story, not just capture it. I want to get to know you, and what makes your family happy, and what makes you happy. I want to tell the story of your nightly routine, or a trip to your favorite ice cream shop, or maybe even your kids first soccer game. It’s inspiring to me.
Then…. the unthinkable happened to me, and my family. (If you read my about me, you already know this 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. This woman was THE BEST. I don’t say that lightly.
She never had a bad thing to say about anyone, and she was truly always smiling. Whenever she was in our presence she was quiet, giggly, and just loved to be around us. She was fueled by passion. She has a passion for music, and teaching, and she began the bell choir at her church, and directed it until she absolutely couldn’t any longer. Her drive, ambition, passion, and kindness will forever be the traits that I remember her by, but I will always think of her with her warm, amazing, beautiful smile. I never realized how inspiring that was until after she was gone.
So, shortly after I got off the phone with my dad, I drove to my mom’s house to get our photo albums. 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, always smiling…always there. That’s all that mattered.
I recently went through all of the photos that I have of her again, and cried again. I went through albums of my friends, and family that I have, and cried. I wasn’t sad, but completely captivated by the memories.
That’s why I am doing this. To help you, and your family, and friends capture your story. So that like me, you can see your life in a different light and see how beautiful not only the messy, mundane, and crazy days are, but also see how beautiful the quiet, calm, and lazy days are, too. I’m a Crystal Lake photographer just trying to make a difference in people’s lives.