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the short version

When I'm not making photos I spend a LOT of time drinking coffee with my friends / talking about spiritual progress. Listening to podcasts and reading about spiritual progress. Decompressing from information/emotion/growth overload with the worst, most mind numbing shows I can find on Netflix [insert gif of Michael Scott].

the long version

I started photographing live music when I was 13. My father was in a band so I grew up going to bars to see him play. My dream was always to be a touring music photographer. Something about figuring out how to take beautiful photos in the WORST lighting conditions has always been so exciting to me. And I did, in fact, become a touring music photographer.

After graduating from college I was lucky enough to do two years of music photography on the road with bands like Modern Baseball, PUP and more. I got to shoot in hundreds of venues I would have otherwise maybe never seen and became very good at making ANYTHING work (often making a photo with one hand and my other hand holding up a crowd surfer while also getting kicked in the head...a wonderful time). It turns out that being in a different state (or country) every day is actually totally not for me, which is fine, great. So, a couple of years ago when I realized my "dream" wasn't actually my dream and decided to move forward (not just because PUP put out a record that year called The Dream is Over).  

Several years ago I started shooting weddings as an intern for another wedding photographer and LOVED it but never committed to it because at that point I still had this vision of me being away from home, living on taco bell (my favorite restaurant) for 8 months out of the year. I continued to shoot weddings as much as I could when I wasn't on tour and then finally realized that this is what I really want to be doing. I'm SO grateful for the experience I got from touring. I got to see so much and learn so much about myself and photography. I'm incredibly grateful that I get to photograph weddings full time now. I really, really love this. I LOVE LOVE. I finally understand what people mean when they say "beyond your wildest dreams."