Inspirare; “my breath is my inspiration.”
Photography; my passion, my muse, my life. I have found my true calling.
As a true native of Colorado, I have always been fascinated with the beauty of life around me. Even as a child, I always knew I wanted to somehow work with people. Having grown up in and around my Mother’s beauty salon, I became very familiar with and fond of the fashion and beauty business. I loved to watch people achieve their dream look at my Mom’s salon and bring away with them a feeling about themselves that words could not describe. So being a hopeless romantic, this too is exactly what I wanted people to feel like while working with me. At the age of 6, I started sketching clothing, from wedding dresses to swimsuits. I would clip fashion ads and try to design new looks from photographs of people who looked happy wearing them. Growing older, I began to study traditional film photography and, despite my assignments, always found myself taking pictures of people to capture their emotions, individuality and character. I started a company for my photography work at age 17 and soon began studying business at CU Boulder. While at CU, I began working for a wedding photographer, helping her with her company and shooting as an assistant at all of her events.
A few years later, I decided to pursue photography to the fullest and headed to Los Angeles, eventually settling in Hollywood (which was where all the artsy people and things were happening). My hard work and tenacity led me to Sean Murphy, a well-known and respected figure in the photography industry whose clients include Rolling Stone Magazine, Billabong Surfboards, and Weezer. While learning all I could from Sean, I also applied for a prestigious internship with Art Strieber, a fantastic mentor who only accepts two interns from an enormous pool of applicants. I was one of two accepted and can attest that working with Art was nothing short of life-changing. My photography skills increased dramatically from working with him both in the studio and out on location. Art’s work can be seen on movie posters, magazines and advertisements that we encounter every day. His lighting techniques have been written about in books, and he travels the world teaching seminars on various photography subjects. I truly owe my lighting techniques to the infamous Art Strieber. Continuing to progress in the business and create a name for myself, I spent a year with a wedding photography company, often shooting multiple times per week. I soon fell in love with photographing people who are in love, despite my fashion portraiture emphasis.
Even though I am so grateful for earning my stripes in California, my place to “shine my light” is Colorado. I specialize in fashion portraiture, weddings, and boudoir. These all go hand-hand for me as I follow my life’s passion, incorporating all of what I have learned and feel into my photos. I love people, I love my job and I Love Life!