I’ve always loved photography.
I remember growing up with my older brother who regularly transformed the small bathroom we shared into his very own darkroom. The photos he printed included ones he took during our outing across an overgrown field to photograph an abandoned shed. Or the ones he took of me by the fireplace in our Mississippi home. I really believe it was this first introduction to photography that stuck with me and finally grew into more than a hobby over the years.
I attended college in Memphis and received a Master of Arts Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in photojournalism. This led to jobs working as a reporter and photographer at local newspapers during the “darkroom days” before digital and as a freelance photographer at a major metropolitan newspaper. It was there where I learned how to capture “real life moments.” Because of that experience, opening my business as a contemporary, lifestyle photographer was a perfect fit.
So why should you hire me?
I hate to say this but digital photography has unfortunately opened the door to hundreds of so-called photographers who bought a camera and decided to go into business selling an entire session of images for $75 on a CD. If this is what you had in mind, I’m not the photographer for you.
Good photography is an investment.
A great amount of time and energy is spent photographing and editing those images. It’s not a simple “point, shoot and burn to CD” process. It’s about creating images based on years of experience and education. As a professional Asheville photographer, I continue to study and learn as any artist should. I also consider it an honor to be selected to photograph your family. I take that job seriously and hope you’ll give me the chance.
Now enough of the boring, ramble! Here’s the fun stuff…
1. My husband Brent and I have two crazy boys who keep us on our toes with their jokes, ninja moves, smelly shoes and constant movement.
2. I’m obsessed with my Standard Poodle Patrick who I know is the coolest pet on the planet. He really is. Trust me.
3. My family and I moved to Asheville from Arkansas a few years ago and couldn’t be happier. I can’t believe it took us this long to get here! What an amazing city!
4. And the cheesy stuff… I love chocolate, LOVE chocolate, black coffee, guacamole, I’m getting hungry…, swimming, hiking, boating, did I mention chocolate?, riding bikes…okay just eating and being outdoors! Oh and I hate laundry. Hate it. It won’t go away. Ever. Hence…the self-portrait!