More than anything,
I love to make art.

from photos to videos to illustrations to songs
A BIT AOBUT ART and LIFE AND LOVE

I drink an absurd amount of tea and I make videos occasionally. I adore art museums and dabble on the ukulele. I graduated with honors when I received my BFA in Photography from Shepherd University (a degree I was pretty sure people would care about when I was 18. So young. So naive).

My entire life, I’ve loved sharing my perspective; illustrating life as I saw it and taking photos of things I thought may be overlooked. And I even wrote a journal entry at the age of 7 stating I would someday be an artist. In a black and white composition notebook, I poorly scribbled the words:

“I don’t want to be famous, but I want people to want my art.”

As profound as my literary self-realizations were at 7 years old (to be honest, I mostly wrote about how much I love dogs, which is still totally accurate), it’s admittedly a little difficult to write about myself here. Not to mention it’s much more interesting to tell stories using photographs, which thankfully, is exactly what I’ve been doing for the past 10 years shooting weddings full time. I narrate the families and friends and love using captivating light and a series of photos that tell the story about you. Together, we create images that draw you back into those moments, that make you feel light and love and that say exactly who you are.

Getting to work with you on your wedding day is so much more than just photojournalism — there’s the “getting to know you” bits and the “getting to share the things you love” bits that we’ll share. Everything from weddings to editorial and lifestyle portraits to working at a newspaper has taught me to see beauty and adoration through the lens of a camera, and I would love to tell your story.

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Residence
Baltimore MD
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Originally from West Virginia, I've lived in Austin TX, PA, DC, and am happily planted in my triangle shaped house in Baltimore MD
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Family
dog, cat, human, etc.
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I have a beautiful cat who won’t let me pet her named Pickles, a mini dachshund named Popcorn that won’t leave my side, and a talented boyfriend, Sam Hurd, who also happens to be an awesome wedding photographer.
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Skills
Dilettante
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It feels embarrassing to list off my hobbies at times. Almost like I’m pompously stating I’m an “actress/model/author” like playing the ukulele poorly is anything to be a braggart about. But I watch a lot of art films (Amelie, Wes Anderson, French 60's new wave are my favorites), I illustrate on a near daily basis, make silly videos, travel the world every few months, and kill indoor plants (that one is not a hobby so much, but it's more about who I am, apparently). And I'm a terrible cook, but I try. Really really hard.
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Video
love in motion
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I also do personal art videos on occasions. I love exploring the place I live in like it's new to me and not just being a tourist when I'm traveling. Plus, if you always look at the tops of buildings from the sidewalk, no one ever asks you for directions.
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Illustration
freelance
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Fun fact: when I say I love making art, I'm not exaggerating. I typically get to sit down at draw once a day and my illustration portfolio can be found here. I do commission work on occasion, but mostly sell prints and cards through Etsy.