I received my BFA in photography at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005. I primarily studied film while in college and am self taught in regards to the digital era. I built a darkroom in several of my apartments while in school. I've been through about 7 different digital SLR cameras, upgrading as the technology advanced. I still often shoot film for the joy of it. I used the skills I learned in undergrad and applied them to learning everything I could about digital photography and lighting. I discovered that I loved the crisp image that only a prime lens can lend to an image, though I do love my 70-200mm for it's dynamic range. After college I worked as a darkroom technician, developing and printing large format prints and working with historic negatives. I moved to Charlottesville for a year and worked as a product photographer for an online retailer at Music Today. I started 2nd shooting for a local wedding photographer and fell in love with the raw documentary nature of the work. I moved back to Richmond and started my business, focusing primarily on Wedding photography. I've also done portraits, editorial and corporate work and hope to do more of this work, diversifying myself as a photographer.
The main thing I love about photography will always be capturing that magic moment. Out of a thousand beautiful images there is usually one that sticks with me because it touches me in a certain way, perhaps bringing about a sense of nostalgia or simply relating to the subjects in a very real way. And of course the light! It's so lovely and ever changing.
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I have primarily photographed weddings, engagement and bridal shoots. I have enjoyed doing some editorial work including food and product photography. The key to making any photograph special is to get the lighting right. I like to play with light when it's bright and dynamic and when it's subtle on a cloudy day (nature's softbox so to speak). The 2nd key when photographing people, which I primarily do, is to capture them when they least expect it. Talk to them, make them at ease, and get authentic moments. Creatively speaking I've done engagement shoots in ice cream shops and vintage theaters with fun attire and props and brought additional strobe photography on set to add some unexpected drama.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
BFA in Fine Arts in Photography
A fun fact about this photographer
I love all things D.I.Y. I also consider myself a bit of a handyman (lady that is)...I fixed my oven when it broke and have done some home plumping around my house. I always thought I would love flipping a house, from demolition to D.I.Y decorating.