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I’ve always been drawn to a creative lifestyle. Even when I was a child, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up… I just knew I didn’t want to be stuck behind a nine to five desk job. So after college when I found myself doing just that – sitting behind a desk Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 3:30pm (okay, so I at least had unique hours)… I knew something was just off. Everything happens for a reason though, and I am so thankful for my previous job as a Web Designer. I learned invaluable lessons in both my professional and personal life over those few years. I met great people, worked under an inspiring mentor, and without those experiences I would not be where I am today. I was comfortable, but I knew I needed more.

When it came to designing graphics, I was always good at taking pieces that exist and either improving or adding to them. I struggled with creating art from nothing. And unfortunately for a few years I took that as a lack of creativity on my part. I thought, “I’m not as good as everyone else,” and constantly wondered why my brain didn’t think that way. I struggled with finding my place in the professional world. And then I found photography.

I’ve always loved taking pictures. There’s something about capturing a moment, making that moment last forever, and remembering it in a beautiful way. Creating a photograph, a scene, a frame… it has always come natural to me.  My art is in my subjects. And I now realize what I thought was my tragic downfall is actually the strength that has propelled my business into fruition. That strength has allowed me to do what I love every single day of my life. And that’s all a girl can ask for.

Outside of photography, I am an adventure loving, tomboy girly girl who loves live music, good food, and playing sports. My absolute favorite thing to do is laugh. When I don’t have a camera around my neck, you can find a bright scarf or a gold gemini necklace. For me, living life means always saying yes to the unknown, being an unofficial foodie, loving with all my heart, traveling as much as possible, and making good friends along the way.

Photography isn’t just business for me. It’s a way of life. I photograph everything I do, most of what I eat, and anything I want to remember. If you want to learn more about my day-to-day life, both in and out of the photography world, check out my blog. I promise it’s full of exciting adventures, photography do’s and don’ts, and a few things that’ll just make you smile.