I believe that the best photos are the ones that truly capture the spirit of a moment. It's my goal to document you and your loved ones exactly as you are...your natural expressions, environment, and reactions create the most meaningful images, and I see it as my job to make you feel comfortable in front of the camera in a way that produces an image that truly feels like you.
I let my intuition and my artistic vision drive me to create something truly beautiful and totally unique for you. I favor following the essence of my subject to forcing something inauthentic + truly could not appreciate my clients enough for trusting my aesthetic. I know how vulnerable it can feel to be in front of a camera--it's incredibly important to me to build a bond with a client that allows me to know exactly what they are looking for in a photograph.
In a world inundated with iPhone photography, easily accessible digital cameras and attractive filters, it's easy to think "a photo is just a photo" and avoid the expense of hiring a photographer. I couldn't disagree more. I grew up in a pre-digital photo world, and am incredibly grateful for all of the time and effort my mother put into photographing every moment of my sister and me as we grew up. (After all, it is she who instilled in me the principle of the importance of preserving our memories from basically my birth.) The problem is that she, my beautiful mother, is absent from many of those photos because she was the one taking them. In addition to me wishing she could be in so many of those photos with the rest of my family, the photos I'm most grateful for in my life are the ones captured intentionally, by someone who understood the sensitivity or joy of a moment, and knew just how to capture them on film. That's my goal as your photographer during every type of session.
A little about me...
I’m an East Tennessee native + have a love/hate relationship with the South. I love to travel, but I am always happy to come home to my Knoxville community.
I’m an extroverted introvert—I love meeting new people + spending time with friends, but I definitely need my alone time to keep myself balanced. I’m an Enneagram Type 4 + INFJ + Aquarius + my love language is Acts of Service.
I spend most of my days with my husband, Zack + our 2 very spoiled cats, Leo + Rosie, in the new-to-us 100-year-old home we are renovating.
I love + miss live music + even play some of my own—I studied Old-Time music in college + still break out my banjo every so often. I listen to a variety of music, but especially love the 70's rock + folk music I grew up listening to with my parents + early 2000's indie music that I fell in love with in high school.
I am a lover of all things nostalgic, from vinyl records to vintage furniture to polaroids. I was often described as an "old soul" as a child + I have pretty much lived up to that description into my adulthood.
A little glimpse into my life...
Zack + I have been together almost 6 years now! Our cats are the center of attention in our home nearly all of the time. We bought our first house last year + I have overly-ambitious plans for home projects. I have a background in merchandising, so I really enjoy making things beautiful + orderly. I also have plans to transform our garage into a photo studio! I love the idea of having an indoor space of my own where I can take beautiful photos in all kinds of weather.
Travel + Outdoors
A sense of adventure...
It's so lucky that two things I love so much go hand in hand with photography. I absolutely LOVE to travel + have an enormous bucket list of places I'd like to see. I also love spending time outdoors + of COURSE I love a good view. Sometimes I underestimate how beautiful it is right at home + do my best to appreciate all that East Tennessee has to offer.
Let's Get Personal
Zack + I planned to marry in October of 2020. Of course, like so many others, our plans were derailed by the pandemic so we opted to elope with a few loved ones. It ended up being the absolute perfect way for us to start our married life + really gave me a newfound love of elopements + intimate weddings.
My elopement in the woods...
It was so lovely to spend this day with only our closest friends + family, who went out of their ways to make this day so memorable for us.
Friends + Family
I can't stress enough to my clients how important it is that your wedding day be true to you as a couple rather than doing things just because you are "supposed to". I learned this firsthand when we had to scale back our wedding plans + just focus on us + what was really important!