For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to have a camera in my hand, to capture a special moment, a beautiful view, or maybe even something small that no one else seemed to notice.
Growing up, I was the child who had three or four disposable cameras for a five-day stay at camp. I was also the "family photographer" on vacations, holding hostage the camera my parents had brought along. It was in high school, when I first started to study photography, and I was lucky enough to continue studying in college. It was in school that my interest in photography became a passion, and that passion has continued to grow.
Since then, I have been privileged to take my camera around the world, from my life in Columbus, Ohio to a destination wedding in Nashville, trips to Colorado, Florida, France, London, Mexico, and my semester abroad in Italy (where I continued my photography education). This portfolio captures my photographs not only from weddings and other projects, but from my everyday life and my travels as well. I'm always excited to see what the future has in store!
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(Photo by Somerset Photography)
About Family Portraits
Before I went full-time into photography, I had the privilege of running after school program ...
every day weekday ... for 4 years ... with 80+ kids...
I can say with a decent amount of certainty, I've basically seen it all when it comes to school-age children.
So if you're a parent wondering how your children will ever behave for family photos, don't worry!!
Sometimes, all it takes is a bin of toys (I'll have a full bin in my car), and bit of playing (for a few minutes), or getting to know the kids, to warm them up! Other times, it's great to go to a location near a park, so we can get more candid images of the family together after some more formal portraits. And who doesn't love candids of their loved ones?
It can be difficult to break into the wedding industry.
How can you book your first wedding, if you don't have images to show?
I had that question for a LONG time. I knew I wanted to photograph weddings, but I had no idea how I would be able to start. Luckily for me, I was hired by an established wedding photographer as her second shooter for an entire season. By September of that year, I had already photographed 16 weddings, and I began photographing on my own, while still having a handful of weddings to second shoot. By the time I captured my first wedding on my own, I had gained the necessary confidence from photographing an entire season of weddings already! I am so grateful to her for teaching me the "ins and outs" of wedding photography.