It’s never easy to write about myself and the details of how old I was when I picked up a camera, where I grew up, and other such info. Instead, I’ll tell you about what I love. Because if you ask me, what we love and treasure tells more about us than factual biographies ever will…
TJ. He is all of my firsts—first boyfriend, first kiss, first love. I am incredibly blessed to be loved so deeply, sacrificially, and selflessly by this man. He shows me the love of Christ daily. He puts up with all of my quirks and oddities, my obsessions and perfectionisms. He is my husband, my best friend, my biggest supporter, my favorite. I never thought I could love another person as much as I love him.
Buddy & Rydell. My fur-kids. Buddy the black Lab has been with me for almost half of my life. He is my most loyal friend. While he can’t hear or walk very well anymore, he managed to walk down the aisle at our wedding and bark throughout the ceremony. He means more to me than I can ever express. Rydell is the fulfillment of my childhood dreams of bonding with a horse and riding off into the sunset. He is a fantastic partner and teacher, and his willingness to fearlessly go anywhere inspires the tiny spirit of adventure inside of me.
Love. I love love. Cliche, I know. But it’s true, and I have marriage to thank for it. When I started my business 2008, I only wanted to photograph pets. It was just one of the little boxes I locked myself into. Meeting and loving and marrying TJ has unlocked so many of those boxes. I have fallen in love with capturing love in it’s many forms—pets and their people, husband and wife, tiny miracle babies, growing families. To love and be loved and capture love… what a gift.
Nature. City life has it’s conveniences and perks, but give me fresh air, open spaces, moss-covered oaks, snow-capped mountains. The poetic beauty of nature is inspiring and refreshing. I dream of living on a farm in the boonies someday, where I can see innumerable stars every night.
Christ. Love incarnate. Giver of life. Savior of my sinful soul. Who I am, where I am, what I will become, is all because of Christ. I am entirely undeserving of God’s grace and mercy in my life, of His faithfulness that is new every morning. Oh for grace to love and trust Him more!
Randomness. Those are the big things, these are the smaller things. Old movies (like black and white, Jimmy Stewart old). Piano. Mugs (I have way too many). Dark chocolate. Date nights. Burgers. Books, books and more books. Cleaning and organizing. Frank Sinatra. Writing (it’s way easier than talking).
photo of TJ and I courtesy Lindsey Cassidy Photography, our fabulous wedding photographer