I’m a Raleigh newborn and wedding photographer, but you’re an intelligent person, so I’m going to go ahead and assume you already knew that if you’ve made it this far. Sense the sarcasm? Hold on tight, friend. There’s more where that came from.
When I’m not cuddling newborn babies (and secretly inhaling that newborn scent), I’m most likely spending some QT with my husband and two sons, dancing like no one's watching or trying to figure out how I can live inside of a J.Crew catalog - maybe even all three if I'm feeling crazy.
I'm laid back but fiercely passionate about what I do. Before having my first baby over four years ago, I made the embarrassing mistake of thinking I would capture his newborn photos myself. And I did... when he was three weeks old and I could finally maneuver my body somewhat normally again. But at that point, he had already changed so much. And not only that, I have no professional photos of my husband, my son and myself from that season of life.
It breaks my heart knowing I can never go back in time, get a redo and have his perfect little newborn face captured as beautifully as my mind's eye remembers it. And so it's my wish to keep anyone else from living with the regret that I live with.
I’ll make sure your photos are gorgeous, but I’ll also make sure that they’re an accurate representation of you and your life. I’ll give you direction, but I’ll also let those natural candid moments happen, because I want to capture YOU - not a perfectly posed version of you! Because twenty years from now, I want you to look back at your photographs and be immediately brought back to that moment. I want you to remember who you were in that moment. I want you to feel the emotions you felt - the happiness, the love, the overwhelming joy that brought you to tears. I want you to be able to come as close as you can to reliving it.
I believe in waiting for the kind of love that sets your soul on fire. It has been said that when you find the person you want to spend the rest of your life with, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. That person who makes you want to urgently start the rest of your life? Wait for them. Wait for that kind of love.
I believe that we are our truest selves in the moments in between. Grand gestures of love and affection are beautiful, but it's the day to day interactions that most heavily influence and form our relationships.
I believe that moments are meant to be relived over and over - and not through your computer screen. I believe in adorning the walls of your home and the surface of your coffee table with memories and moments, so that you can relive them every single day.
I believe in the importance of family - both the one you came from and the one that you'll grow. They're the people who have seen you at your best and your absolute worst, from diapers and tantrums to your engagement and wedding day, and they love you unconditionally. That's something that shouldn't be taken for granted.
I believe in having FUN! Whether it's chatting with a friend over a glass of wine or dancing the night away at a wedding reception, I believe there's joy to be found and fun to be had in nearly every situation. I believe in letting the little things go, focusing on the positive and finding the best in all circumstances. Life is way too short not to!
I believe that your wedding day is about more than sparkly details and red velvet cake. It represents a lifetime of love and shared experiences to come. It represents a promise to love one another when it's easy and when it's not; through the best days and through the darkest ones. It represents the foundation that your family will be built upon. It's about a lifetime of loving, growing and learning together.
...close family bonds, dancing like no one's watching, Christmas, renovated old homes with gorgeous character, city life, simplicity, J.Crew, red wine, and open-mindedness.