You can’t keep them little forever and yes….they grow so fast. All those little details that change so quickly on your little are what you want to remember most! I’ve always loved babies and children, but once I had my own, the camera that was always with me was suddenly always in my hand! Even though the quality of digital pictures 10 years ago were terrible, I never regret one click to look back on.
I was born and raised as the middle child in the Chicago suburbs. It was a great place to grow up, play outside and we always had a neighborhood full of kids and babies. I would pretend to be a teacher to the neighborhood kids and play school, babysit and decided by second grade that I wanted to be a teacher when I grew up. After finishing my early childhood major in college and teaching preschool, I switched my major to nursing. Although I loved teaching, my heart was to live my childhood dream of delivering babies! I have pictures of my sister and me at 4 years old pretending to deliver her “baby” which was a doll stuffed under her shirt. I followed my heart and become a Registered Nurse knowing obstetrics was the only place I wanted to practice. Once I finished what I think may be one of the hardest programs ever, I was so proud to be a nurse! The first interview I had in 2003, I was hired to work in Labor and Delivery. I have been filled with joy to be able to fulfill my calling and bring new life into the world.
As the years passed and my family grew, so did my hobby of photography. I loved practicing medicine, but needed to expand my creative mind with an artistic outlet. Since the film days, everyone could count on me to get a picture at any event-my camera was always with me.Then Christmas 2010, I was completely surprised when I got my first DSLR, a Canon Rebel. I had NO IDEA what to do with it, but it looked super cool and soon I figured ouyt how to turn it on! But soon, I was being asked to do photoshoots and so it began.
From that point on, I taught myself everything I know today. It was a huge challenge for me and luckily, I met some pretty awesome people along the way to help me. In After years of practice, I attended a newborn photography workshop with Amy Cook Photography. I learned all the things I could to improve my skills. After building a home studio, upgrading equipment and being a part of a wonderful photography community, I finally feel I am able to call myself a professional photographer. It took me years to be able to call myself this, but I am fully confident in my skill, and my craft. As my 3rd career, I am so happy to be where I am, thankful to all who have helped me get here, especially friends that let me practice on their kids! It took me a few years to figure out my artistic style, but I love the simple, natural, organic feel of my work and seeing growth and improvement each year.
I am a mother to 3 beautiful daughters. We are an old school family and enjoy game nights, doing endless arts and crafts, bike rides and walks, and making sure we all respect and take care of each other. I am a Yogi, love summer, beaches and colorful sunsets, gardening, traveling, listening to music, playing guitar, I could easily survive on coffee and ice cream, going to the movies, and of course…shopping on Amazon Prime. I have the perfect blend of all things I love in my life and my passion is nspired by them all.