INSPIRED BY LIFE, INSPIRED BY YOU. I love to capture beautiful images of people that represent the people and things they love, authentic and share-worthy moments, and the dreams they chase!
After growing up in West Virginia and running a studio there for over 10 years, I made a HUGE life decision to relocate to the Myrtle Beach area in March 2017. The beach and southern hospitality were beckoning me. Since childhood I have always felt a deep need to create pretty things. I've dabbled in many art forms, from painting and sketching, to poetry and writing. I discovered my love for photography while studying Journalism and Graphic Design in college. Once I had a camera in my hands I never really put it down. Since I began this journey I have experienced so much, met so many amazing people, and have had the honor of having my work hanging in homes all over the country. I love to create art for people and artistically document lives. As of 2019, I have been doing photography for a total of 16 years with 12 of those being full time.
Am I the right photographer for you?
There are a million photographers out there. You have a lot of choices. Endless choices. I always say find a photographer who's work you really connect with. You need to love how they compose, how they light, how they edit, and you should enjoy the experience.
If you look up the meaning of the word photography, it is defined as the process of creating images through chemical action of light. Without light, you can't make a photograph. Without good light you can't get flattering images and color. I've spent many years learning the craft of professional photography, practicing and experimenting with light sources, taking classes and workshops, learning from peers in the industry. I've invested a lot into the cameras, lenses, and lighting gear I use to make sure that I give my clients amazing results. I also see things with an artistic eye and edit my images in an artistic way. Your final images are perfected for the best possible color, contrast and sharpness. I don't outsource my editing so you are getting my artistry from start to finish.
During a shoot with a client, I am asking questions not only to get to know you, but also to get a feel for your lifestyle and what is most important to you. This helps me to artistically capture imagery that means something to you. I am there to tell your story.
My Shooting Style
I approach Wedding photography with the mindset of a storyteller. You can call it photojournalism if you like. Being a wedding photographer and a portrait artist, I mix both into my wedding work. I strive to capture all of the fleeting moments of the day from start to finish. The small details, the quiet moments, the big moments, all of it. I also love to set up beautiful shots of the couple throughout the day to create stunning wedding portraits. My goal as a Wedding photographer is to deliver my clients a set of images that truly have them reliving their wedding day. I want my clients to look at their images and feel that all of the planning, stress, and money spent was worth it. :)
When photographing a portrait of a family or a person, my goal is always to show personality and to capture that person or group of people in the best possible manner. This includes close attention to lighting, posing, background, and all small details in the shot.
I love family portrait sessions! I get to meet so many AMAZING families from all over while they are vacationing in Myrtle Beach. A family session with me generally goes like this: First we photograph all of you together, then we do smaller family groupings, then we let the kids play! Your images will be a mix of posed and playful.
Helping professionals, business owners, artists and performers present themselves to the world with professional headshot portraits and unique branding imagery is something I truly enjoy.
In studio or on location I offer headshots on clean solid backdrops with flattering lighting. Outdoors the world is our studio and I love to brainstorm with clients to come up with settings and poses that represent the message and image they wish to convey.
EVENTS AND COMMERCIAL WORK
Event photography is something I really enjoy. I've shot company parties, conferences, award ceremonies, birthday and anniversary parties. My journalism background and passion for storytelling come into play here.
I've shot for many magazines and companies. The work I have created has been used for websites, billboards, marketing materials, and more. Whether the location is in an office setting, on a construction site, in a warehouse, or outside on location, I love the challenge of showing up to a job site and creating amazing images with what is available. My wide range of equipment allows me to be mobile and set up a makeshift studio anywhere.
I love to travel and explore new places, attend events around my area, chase sunsets, have great conversations with friends, browse antique stores, hang out by the pool or ocean, love on my dog and cat, collect seashells, make crafts, spoil my niece and nephew, and dream. Lots of dreaming. My feet are firmly planted but my head is definitely in the clouds. I believe that life really is beautiful and I try to soak up and give out all of the good that I can.
I also enjoy teaching workshops at Coastal Bohemian art studio in Myrtle Beach and creating handmade art and crafts.
Voted BEST PHOTOGRAPHER in the 2018 South Carolina Women's Magazine Gold Metal Awards!!!