ARTISTIC LEANINGS, CREATIVE BEGINNINGS
I received my first camera at age 10 – a Fisher Price 110 I lugged all over the place – pointing it at my friends, the family goats, and the captivating houses in my southern Maine hometown.
I’ve always been artistic: I loved to draw, and also did lots of painting, clay work, collaging, and beadwork. Then at 17 I took my first photography class, and I knew I’d found my calling.
I also had dreams of being a pediatrician and became a biology major in college, but my creative side won over. When I broke the news to my parents that I was switching from pre-med to photography, they didn’t bat an eye – they knew I needed to follow my heart (and that my knack for kids would come in very handy).
A DIFFERENT KIND OF EXTENDED FAMILY
Born into a family where four-legged creatures outnumbered humans, I learned early on to adore the fun and chaos of furry friends – cats walking on my head in the middle of the night, sending in a dog (or three) to wake my siblings, or sharing the sofa with a rabbit. With four kids and lots of furry creatures both inside and outside, there weren’t too many dull moments.
BRIGHTER LIGHTS, BIGGER CITIES
I kick started my career in Chicago and then made the big move to NYC in 2010. And I haven’t looked back since (except to catch perfect lighting or a runaway puppy and toddler during a shoot.)
I live in Brooklyn with my partner Neal and our two kitties: Jasper and Cleo. And when I’m not capturing your magic moments with my camera, you’ll find me on the dance floor – I’m a regular in the swing-dancing scene. It’s such an open, welcoming, and fun environment – a perfect reflection of my work and the type of mood I love to create in my pictures.