+ Christ-follower | wife | friend
+ residing in Spokane, WA
+ actually obsessed with my dog
+ fan of early 2000 alternative rock (who wants to head bang to Panic! at the Disco?)
+ 8 chapsticks in my purse at all times (you must own these)
+ lover of giddy, silly, semi-blurry, authentic, in-the-moment snapshots
+ unhealthy love affair with the midnight hours
+ official advocate for sweat pants & messy bun
+ hopelessly addicted to TacoBell (Crunchwraps & Mt. Dew Freezes)
+ still swooning over my cute hubby, Matt. He is 6'4" with big muscles and a man-bun #goals
+ just want to travel
+ give me a good book at some iced tea
+ Law & Order, Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy, & Gregory House. If you're unfamiliar, I'm sad for you
banner photo by the beautiful Peyton Byford
People ask me how I became a wedding photographer and I'm never quite sure how to explain it. Like all great things, it just sort of happened.
I'm based in Spokane, WA (picture endless Evergreen trees, all four seasons, local restaurants, gorgeous lakes, and way too much road construction in the summer), where my life is filled with lots of prayers, inappropriate jokes, the best family ever, movie references, long nights, and good friends. I could sit and laugh at Facebook videos for HOURS (current favs: one, two, three), and believe life is too short to avoid fast food restaurants in effort to be skinny.
In terms of photography, my work is less about technicality and posing - it's about relationships, friendship, nostalgia, memories, and personality. It’s forgetting about the world while you explore a new location or your heart beating fast as you read your vows for the first time. It’s about uninterrupted time with your person…no cake or bouquet toss’s or family drama to get in the way. Just you, your lover, and a special place.
It's the raw, in-between moments that give me goosebumps and allow my pictures tell your unique story.
Dramatic, long drawn-out poses are not my type and I am strongly opposed to standing around all stiff-like attempting to match a pose off Pinterest. I want to adventure with YOU, so taking direction from bystanders and fighting to get your attention isn't ideal.
Instead, I play music, dance around, make a fool of myself and find fun ways to help you comfortably and easily express your unique style! My sessions feel like a super sappy, love-filled date with a long time friend and professional third-wheel (me) or just a day out with your bestie for portrait sessions. I can almost guarantee you'll be nervous, you "won't know what to do with your hands" and you may be self-conscious of your double-chin. But I will HELP you find comfort in your natural expressions.
Whether it's leading you away from the crowds, finding hidden spots for you two cute newlyweds to make-out and give intimate embraces, or pointing out the food in your teeth - I'm there for you. I hope that this lifelong investment is dear to your heart, just as it is to mine. I know how fast those hours fly by and it makes my insides get all fuzzy knowing I can provide you with proof that lasts generations.
Q & A
How many images do you deliver?
I don’t have a limit for the amount of photos I deliver because that’s just dumb and I can’t stand when people charge extra per photo. It’s a flat rate, with me. I’ll edit and send you every single photo I think looks stellar and you look like a freakin’ babe. (Typically around 50-60 an hour? sometimes more?)
What is your turnaround time?
Depends! Weddings are typically 6-12 weeks and engagements are typically 4-6 weeks. During the off-season it can be much quicker, though.
What’s the booking process?
Head over to my contact form (brag about yourself and your love), and once we decide on a package I require a 30% down-payment (40% for weddings) and a signed contract to officially be on my schedule.
What types of outfits should we wear?
Yesssss the fun part! This is a whole other conversation that I love to have and, rest assured, I’ll be sending tons of tips throughout our communication. It all comes down to what makes you feel confident, comfortable, sentimental, nostalgic, and like a dang rockstar. For me, this is my Blundstone boots, ripped jeans, and Matt’s oversized flannel jacket. For you, it might be totally different!
Do we pick the location, or do you?
OHHH, friend. This is my favorite part. I’m a huge HUGE believer in making engagement photos an experience in themselves. That way, it really is like you and your boo are out adventuring the world and I’m there to capture the fun. If you have a super sentimental place, a bucket list location, or unique ideas…send them my way! We will work together to find a “good” (lighting, open-ness, weather permitting, etc.) location.
Can we bring friends & family on the shoot?
No. No. and No. This is not just for me, but I promise it’s for you, as well. No one likes to smile 8 thousand times LET ALONE make soft/intimate/seductive faces while someone is staring at them. It kills all intimacy, creativity, and freedom. So thanks, but no thanks. (trust me, you’ll be fine. I got you!)
How long will our session last?
Unless we have time constraints, I like to keep it casual and take our time. Engagement sessions typically last 1-1.5 hours, and every now and then up to 2 hours depending on the nature of the shoot, the hiking distance, the weather, etc.
What happens if you can’t make it to our wedding
Well this scenario totally sucks! But if this were to happen and it’s due to something out of my control (illness, death, natural disaster, act of God, etc.) I will do my absolutely very best to find a replacement photographer, even though I’m not legally bound to do so. If I cannot make your wedding, you will be refunded.
Why is wedding photography so expensive?
Trust me, I get it. For my own wedding I went with a friend of a friend and didn’t prioritize my photos AT ALL. Like, so much so we didn’t even do engagement photos. long story short, two years later matt and I escaped to alaska specifically to redo our photos. don’t make my mistake - get it right the first time. I have a specific skillset and style that I truly value - I become friends with my couples and have a unique way of makign them all feel comfortable, confident, and assured. I spend COUNTLESS hours editing, shooting, organizing, culling, and finding new ways to enhance client experience. Trust me, wedding photos you’re obsessed with are 150% worth it.
Can we be best friends?
yes please, I’ll meet you at Taco Bell.