MY STORY AS A PHOTOGRAPHER
I find it hard to put down my camera for even just a second in moments that make me feel like I'm dreaming, moments that bring out emotions and especially those that leave me with no words, which I believe comes as a side-effect of being an artist (and an enneagram four). I experienced this jaw-dropping, dreamlike sensation back in 2018 during my first ever art residency in Iceland, and since then, I've been more in love with photography than ever before.
I was living in the rural fishing village of Skagastrond during a harsh, Icelandic winter, and it was in this village where I first saw the northern lights. The aurora are this spectacular phenomena of moving light and color in the night sky, and are so unpredictable that seeing them becomes this otherworldly experience I like to describe as "childlike wonder", each time as sacred as the last. These once-in-a-lifetime moments have radically shaped who I am as an artist today - my style, purpose for creating, and even the way I create. However, I have to also pay tribute to the simple, mundane moments I live through here in the USA. I'm powered by fog-filled mornings and winter sunsets that leave my eyes hurting from staring for too long, and tend to photograph these most often when I'm not shooting weddings.
Following my first residency, I edited and released a series titled "Utopia", displaying those otherworldly experiences and the in-between moments of life in that small village of Iceland, which is still my favorite set of images I've created to date. Recently, I traveled back to Iceland to participate in my second art residency in the winter of 2019, creating two new photo series titled "A Trip To The Grocery Store" and "My Eyes Hurt From Staring At The Sun". Both series embody the direction I am taking with my work, in style and in meaning. They speak to the value of the mundane, of living in the present and letting our surroundings take us to a different realm. I take photos, packed with as much emotion as possible, so I can revive part of what it felt like to be in moments passed and give others a chance to think and experience what I see and feel. This translates to everything I photograph, from weddings to landscapes. I am a storyteller, using natural light to my advantage, and most everyone describes my style as intimate and cinematic.
I grew up Indiana most of my life, aside from the 4 years I studied Fine Art at a small university in Illinois. A few years ago, I shot one of my first weddings in the mountains of Montana, and I’ve not stopped thinking about that day since. I like to say that it “sparked” my desire to continue shooting weddings. First and foremost, I was + always will be a landscape photographer—landscapes (nature specifically) are what got me into photography, and I’ve always loved combining wedding photography with the fine art, dream-like style I’ve shot in various landscapes and national parks. My home base is now Bend, Oregon, but I specialize in weddings with natural settings and would love to travel anywhere in the world to capture your love story!
My wedding + engagement photos have been featured on Wedding Day Magazine and The Knot: How They Asked, and my fine-art, landscape images have been featured in galleries and coffee shops in the USA, Germany, and Iceland. I also recently won the award for Best Of Weddings 2021 on The Knot.
music is one of my favorite things in life, so I've linked album that inspires me below.