What would you say you do?
When I say that I’m a photographer, I mean that yes I take photos, but more importantly my art helps people see how beautiful they are. I truly believe that every person is wonderfully made and carries beauty in their spirit. More often than not, I hear people trash themselves at photoshoots and quite honestly it's disheartening. These people that I take photos with don’t see their own beauty and I’ve made it my own creative and personal mission to help others feel
good about who they are. As someone who struggles with this, I know how hard it can be to get to that point, but I want to be a person that helps someone see how beautiful and worthy they are.
When and how did you start?
I’ve been taking photos since 3rd grade and would even enter photos of neighborhood cats, blue skies, and my backyard in local 4-H photography contests. It’s hard to think of a time when I didn’t have a camera handy. I started my business my senior year of HS with a friend who did videography and that's when I really fell in love with photographing people in their element.
What has been your favorite part of the journey?
This journey would not have taken the amazing path that it has, had I not connected with other creatives and truly built a community. To be human is to connect and when you can connect with others that share similar passions AND support each other it’s such an amazing feeling. My work has blossomed not because of any tips or techniques that were shared within my community, but rather because my community challenged me to shoot further than I had ever imagined I could. My confidence has skyrocketed and it’s because I have creatives in my corner rooting for me and pushing me to reach excellence. This community has been my favorite part of the journey.
What has been the most challenging part?
The most challenging part is feeling like you’re enough. Comparison kills and it’s almost killed my passion for photography time and time again. It’s awesome to see your colleagues or other photographers take off but often it leaves me feeling like “man, I guess my stuff isn’t good enough.” I’ve had to really change my thinking to tell myself that just because sometimes you don’t get as many bookings as you’d like it doesn’t mean that your art is insignificant. This is for
all artists. Your art is enough even when you feel like no one wants it, because it was made with your passion and unique creativity. This is something that I have to remind myself constantly to keep my head up.
What is your definition of success?
To me, success isn’t driven by the amount of money I make or how many likes I get on Instagram, but rather how many personal connections I make with my clients. There are some of my clients that have been with me for years and have honestly become like family. That’s what success looks like to me. It’s all about building relationships and making people feel their best. Albert Einstein said it best, “strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” I want to be valuable to my community and that to me is worth more than success.
What are your dreams?
My dreams are to do exactly what I’m doing, but full time and overseas. I have a sense of adventure and I want to photograph people all over the world!