I was so jazzed about being a graphic designer. It was a great job for someone who equally loves art and science. And naturally, I had a decent camera for product photos and the occasional headshot. So when my friend asked me to shoot her wedding as a favor, I’ll admit I was a bit nervous but knew I could do enough internet sleuthing to at least not screw it up royally.
At the end of her wedding day, I’ll never forget looking up from my laptop while the photos were uploading and feeling this almost cosmic shift in my soul. I thought it’d be fun to shoot a wedding but I literally felt high with how much I enjoyed it. Every sunlit portrait and happy moment with family and friends that I managed to capture felt like a bolt of lightning in my brain.I was officially hooked.
I’m blissfully living my best life as a full-time wedding photographer based just outside of Harrisburg, PA. When I’m not at weddings or editing, I’m usually cuddled up with my hubby and our three fluffy rescue kitties watching the latest and greatest TV. Or reading the types of romance novels I’d be embarrassed to show my mom. My Hogwarts house is Gryffindor (mostly because I would also like to be besties with Ron Weasley) with a touch of Slytherin ambition.
I married my junior high (yes you read that right) sweetheart, Mike. We’ve been together since 1999 – which is bananas – but he’s just the chillest, smartest person I know. And he’s the best cat daddy on the entire planet.
When I show up on your wedding day, please feel free to take in my carefully styled hair and makeup, cute jumpsuit and then stop before looking at my shoes. I have very high arches and my feet are big babies so I’ve become an avid orthopedic shoe shopper. Ask me what brands to buy for the best arch support, and I’ll talk your ear off.
I love the UK so, so much. I grew up with Mr. Bean and James Bond and then discovered Monty Python and of course Harry Potter in my teens. I watch pretty much every British TV show so if you’ve ever seen the IT Crowd, Peep Show, the Inbetweeners, Catastrophe, Fleabag, Game of Thrones, or Outlander (good lord I need to stop now), we’re going to become best friends.
If I could choose, it would be an owl. I’ve been inexplicably obsessed with owls since I was two years old and used to dress up stuffed ones like baby dolls. My mother was, and still is, very confused. But when my husband and I arrived at our wedding reception, my mom had my old stuffed owls sitting on the guestbook table wearing a gown and a suit. That’s love right there.