There was a time when the prospect of photographing people terrified me.
When I was in photo school I was 100% interested in product photography . I loved using my creativity to bring to life still, inanimate objects, and I couldn’t imagine photographing people. I was too shy.
I graduated with a degree in commercial photography, with a focus on product photography in 2005 and started working freelance in a large commercial studio in Seattle that photographs primarily product and models for a major local clothing company. I realized pretty quickly that, while I love product photography, having to work in a windowless studio didn’t sit well. Moving away from product photography, I started assisting on the fashion side of the studio and really loved my time there.
A couple of weddings fell in my lap in that first year, and I was completely and utterly shocked by how much I enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the day, and the emotions and moments I was able to capture. The fact that I connected with the couples and could document such an important moment in their lives, helped bring me out of my shell.
In the fashion industry, the way a model fits and interacts with the clothing you are selling is very important. It really makes a difference on how well our day went on set depending on how the model worked and how they fit the clothes. If they had eaten a bit too much pasta in the week before the shoot and was a couple pounds more than we were expecting, it would take a dramatic toll on the way the day went, and the feel of everyone on set (I can only imagine how the models feel).
I found myself more and more dissatisfied with working in fashion because it was causing me to judge people who were 95% physically perfect for not being 100% perfect.
Since I am no where near even that 95% perfect mold that the fashion industry forces these models into (I love my Oreos, WAY too much for that!) I was disliking more and more feeling this way about these beautiful girls, and my job.
While I was coming to this realization, I was working on the weekends photographing weddings helping capture these amazing days in the lives of “ordinary” people.
With photographing weddings, I was falling in love with allowing people who didn’t necessarily consider themselves beautiful or photogenic to realize how beautiful and photogenic they truly are.
I was capturing these life changing moments. Moments that will live on in the minds of my clients because of the images that I capture. Moments that will be shared and enjoyed by friends and family for literally generations to come.
I was coming to realize that for a lasting impact, photographing real people during momentous times in their lives is what I truly loved doing.
These were the moments in life that matter, and because of my eye, understanding of light and composing, and my ability to sense what will come next, I could make a true difference in my clients lives.
I was hooked. I stepped away from the commercial photography industry and jumped head first into the world of weddings and I haven’t felt more fulfilled since.
In 2009 I expanded to portraiture in addition to my full summer loads of weddings. I chose to pay closer attention to maternity and newborn photography as it speaks to my passion for documenting the pivotal moments in ones life. There truly is nothing more life changing than joining your hand in marriage, and welcoming a child into your life!
Today, I get to enjoy the knowledge of how important my job is every time a client is moved to tears from the images I captured of their wedding, maternity or brand new baby, and it’s utterly amazing.
In short, I photograph love, life and all the little things…
If you would like to talk to me about photographing the pivotal moments in your life, I would love to meet and find out how I can make this time truly everlasting for you and your family.
To chat more about your wedding or portrait needs, just contact me here.
special thanks to Barbie Hull for the family photo!