PHOTOGRAPHER. FORMER INTERIOR DESIGNER. MOTHER. OPTIMIST.
I am a photographer based in Northern VA, specializing in Interiors, Brands, and capturing the love of a family on medium format film. Having earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and being a photographer for 9 years, I’ve been able to blend my love for capturing a feeling through an image with my love for spaces, people, and stories. Whether it’s the feeling of being inside a beautifully designed place, the feeling of a brand’s story and how it draws people in, or the feeling of a 3 year old’s tiny arms wrapped around their parent and the impossible joy felt at hearing their sweet giggle, my heart connects with each one of these and translates it into imagery that has soul and evokes emotion. I believe in telling a story, beautiful light, gratitude, and always seeing the beauty in life and in others.
“Ooooomygoodness the images are amazing! You captured the light so beautifully, and I couldn't be happier with everything! Thank you so much!”
—Alison Giese, Designer
Having a Master's Degree and background in Interior Design, I love working with Designers, Architects, Builders, and those in the industry to capture projects in a way that makes their vision sing. With a style that is warm, inviting, and true to life, I tell the story of a space that invites the viewer in and makes them want to linger. I love highlighting the tiniest of details, showcasing the thoughtfulness and originality, and evoking the feeling and essence of a place. I achieve this through a highly detailed eye, interesting use of light, storytelling, top-notch collaboration and communication skills on set, and a team-player mentality. I work to understand the goals of the imagery and ensure a comprehensive gallery is delivered that maximizes usage for print, portfolio, social media, and the like. I also offer styling assistance that ranges from pre-photoshoot planning to styling items the day of the shoot. And if a project calls for it, I also work with some of the top photo and interiors stylists in the area. I shoot tethered, always ensuring the vision that is to be conveyed in the space and image is translating well through the lens. I also ensure we are discussing, collaborating, and achieving the goals during the shoot. Post photoshoot the images are edited to the finest detail, including removal of all distracting and unnecessary elements and are delivered magazine ready. I value building a lasting relationship with my clients and want to serve as a true partner to your business, and I bring a positive, warm, enthusiastic, flexible and professional presence to every project.
My mama heart - full of love, gratitude, compassion, understanding, and appreciation - bursts when I get to photograph families. Whether it's the welcoming of your first child, the pitter patter of pairs of small feet running around your house, or the freezing of time as you savor the final years before your kids leave the nest, every single stage is a treasure, and these images will mean even more to you as the years pass. First and foremost, I live to capture the love, the emotion, the joy, the REAL. I prioritize nothing over this. However, I also understand that being in front of the camera can feel intimating and that we all want to feel (and look) good, so I weave a balance between letting the love and beauty magically unfold, and also gently guiding families. It's a delicate dance, but it's one that results in authentic imagery, beautiful use of light, mama feeling so gorgeous when she gets those images back, and all the wonderful things about your family coming to life in imagery that you get to keep and cherish for a lifetime. I shoot medium-format film for each session, and I bring a relaxed and encouraging energy and flow with me. I never rush sessions, but I also use what my husband calls my 'super-power' - my gut and ability to read the situation - to know the natural timing and flow of things. I help advise on attire if needed, but I always encourage families to dress authentically to them. My goal isn't 'perfect' images through style and clothes, it's perfect, heartful, images through love, emotion, and authenticity.
Brand & Editorial
Let's tell your brand story and translate it into sales! Through understanding your brand, target client, campaign message, and goals (and through an extensive questionnaire and communication), a cohesive story is crafted that results in unique, profitable brand imagery. I especially love working with small businesses and makers, and creating imagery that allows potential clients to connect with their message, mission, and story. I work to understand what makes you unique and how to translate that into imagery. I have amazing in-house stylists that collaborate on larger projects, so you have a team of talented and caring professionals executing for you. We want you to feel understood, empowered, and to turn your message into beautiful imagery that brings your brand to life.
WHAT INSPIRES ME:
natural light, texture, layered elements, pieces with meaning collected throughout life and travel, clean lines, unique art, timelessness, interesting finishes, originality, a connection to nature, not conforming to trends, comfort in design
Families & Couples
joy, honesty, love, vulnerability, movement, laughter, emotion, realness, imperfection
Brands & Editorials
passion, heart, story, purpose, mission, uniqueness, honesty, individuality, commitment