Collaborate and Create

It's almost the New Year and I wanted to reflect back on all the things that have happened.  This year I decided to pull back on traveling and video.  "Why?" you ask. The last few years have been amazing traveling around creating brand films for photographers. But the behind the scenes wasn't looking so good.  And not the BTS of the family.  

While I was gone almost once a month, my family wasn't doing so well. And although I absolutely love what I do, I needed to find a way to do it closer to home.  So 2017 was the year that I took on way less and started teaching more so I could be closer to my family and less distracted while I was with them. Finding that balance of happy family/successful business is NOT easy. And I am still trying to find it.

Also this year, after a 5 year break, I started photographing again!  I had been a portrait photographer for 13 years before I went into video. What I found through video though was my style. Romantic, Simple, Moody and Dramatic. I had always had a hard time after I left portraiture photographing what I could capture with film.  For some reason I couldn't get my old style out of my head. But with the right people helping me along the way, things just clicked.  

So 2018, What will you bring? My goal for this year is to marry my two passions of photography and video and offer both to clothing brands, fashion bloggers, bridal boutiques and designers. I'm working out the specifics as we speak but I have faith that something great will come of it.

Mostly, I want to continue to work with great people that will share their passions and creative energy with me.  I want to meet up with more models, photographers, filmmakers and creatives to support each other. I want to share the love that so many other people have shared with me. I encourage you to do the same. Happy 2018!


Louiza Babouryan

Taking a chance on someone you don't know takes a lot of trust doesn't it? Will they take advantage of you? Will they steal from you? Will they do as they promised they will do?  It's not always easy to take that leap of faith.  That is one of the reasons why I cried when the dresses from Louiza arrived. 

I had an idea. I wanted an amazing dress for a video shoot and I had no idea where to get it. Personal projects don't often come with a huge budget. Let's be honest, there is no budget haha. I was looking on IG a couple weeks before our shoot date, dreaming about what would be my ideal for this film when I came across Louiza's feed. And there it was...the perfect dress. It was the color I wanted, was really flowy and sheer. I nervously sent her a DM (knowing I probably wouldn't hear back as usual) and you know what?  SHE SAID YES!  SHE SAID YES!

When the dresses arrived; I carefully opened the box, pulled them out and held them up to the light...and the tears just started flowing. The realization that someone took a chance on me overwhlemed me more than I expected. Now some of you may just think...It's just a dress.  But to me it was much more than that. It was a beginning. It was a foot in the door. It was someone seeing my work and thinking..YES!  Thank you Louiza, for taking that chance. 


Farm House Bridal

I have wanted to shoot at on old house for so long but it's not easy finding one.  I'm not the kind of person that can go on private property to an abandoned property and shoot.  I get too nervous and can't create.  So following the rules makes you wait until the right place comes along. Sometimes that means waiting 10 years.  So when my friend Michael and his family invited me over to their new/old farm house and barn I about died. This is exactly what I have been wanting for all these years.  The light, the colors, the pealing wallpaper.  UGH I'm in heaven.

I've done two shoots in this house, and two shoots in the barn and all of them have been stunning. It's magical. It really is.

I want to thank Spring Sweet for letting me borrow the Ivy & Aster gown and Ashley for modeling and collaborting. These images would not be the same with out you girls.