Why I Do What I Do

June 30, 2014


I got up this morning, ran out to Seven Eleven to grab coffee (Its my new fave) and came back and sat down in front of my computer. It was time to review the photos from this weekend. I had two very special events this weekend.
My first event took place in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Kim & Tyler Martin were gettin married! Yayy! The Martin family has been a special family and VERY dear to my heart. I was ABSOLUTELY HONORED to be photographing their wedding. After the beautiful wedding (tons more photos to come) Dre & I drove back to Richmond around 10:30. Getting back around 12:30 we hopped in bed because we had to get up at 4:45 to make it to Virginia Beach by 7:15 (crazy huh)? We were going there to shoot the Capernaum 5k Race (blogpost coming soon). I sit here this morning, staring at the photos, listening to music, and I CRY (not because I’m tired haha) but because I am touched.


Lately, I had been asking myself the question, WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO? As my business develops, I want to give people a genuine answer and I don’t want to just say, “I love being a photographer because I like to take photos”. This is true, don’t get me wrong, but its SO MUCH MORE. I FINALLY FIGURED IT OUT THIS MORNING.

I DO WHAT I DO BECAUSE I LOVE TO SEE GOD’S LOVE IN ACTION. I love to be a part of God’s love, I love experiencing it. If I can freeze that moment where God makes an appearence I know I have done my job. I believe Heaven is a place we go but MAN, God gives us GLIMPSES of what its going to be like. ITS NOTHING BUT LOVE because THATS HIS NATURE. I hope I’m making sense. When I get to experience God up close moving around me I am almost brought to my knees, no joke. Its such a beautiful thing.


Dre caught this photo of me and it makes me smiling because I know what I was thinking in that moment. I was touched by Tyler & Kim. Thanks Dre!


As Kim was walking down the isle she was crying, and boy did she create a wave of criers. I looked around and EVERYONE was crying.

I will never know what Kim was thinking when those tears were falling but I sense it was an overwhelming feeling of love for Tyler.

Kim & Tyler were so happy to be married and were so pumped to be walking down the isle as Mr & Mrs. Martin.

The second photo got me worked up because the boy is so happy. It took one selfless act of kindness from this runner to bring a smile to this boys face.

They both experienced joy. THAT JOY made me JOYFUL.

In conclusion, my weekend was fabulous, and there was a lot of happy tears. I do what I do because I love photography and its my passion. I do what I do because it makes others happy & I capture their memories but mostly – I DO WHAT I DO because I WANT TO BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THEN ME AND THAT IS GOD’S LOVE ON EARTH. If I can show that in my photos then I have done my job. I hope you have a great week, and HAPPY MONDAY!

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I see the beauty in imperfect things. As a Christ-follower, faith is central to my life, work, and connections. I am fueled by joy, known for my bubbly and sunny disposition, and always with a warm hug. Imperfect beauty inspires my love for all things vintage, abstract art, and real love stories. I love moments full of grit and emotion; life off the beaten path; stunning views along the shore; and the juxtaposition of New York grunge and laid back Cali-vibe. 

As a mother of two, I am very familiar with how quickly life’s most important moments fly by too quickly. I will calmly and seamlessly guide you through frames that will endure. I strive to capture your memories with one-of-a-kind images full of meaning. I cannot wait to connect with you! 

I bring all of these elements to my time with my couples. With over a decade of experience in the industry, I know how to gently guide you through poses that are natural and beautiful. The transition into this sentence doesn’t make sense. Throughout your day, you will feel the love from those there to celebrate
 you two. 
When I’m not photographing weddings, I enjoy long walks in the neighborhood with my husband, my kiddos Tuxie and Sunny, and my labradoodle Hokie.. Also, I am a huge dog-lover! I’m pretty sure heaven is full of dogs. I can’t wait to connect with you, and yes, your pup is always welcome here! 


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