What makes me tick (besides photography, of course!)
Travel. Period. I will go anywhere new and exciting.
Red wine with peppery undertones.
Off-the-chart spicy food (because I numbed my tastebuds with endless servings of my Navajo friends' green chili ).
Coffee and dark chocolate.
Yoga keeps me sane. Pilates makes me strong. Hiking and camping keeps me grounded (I am a Colorado girl, after all!).
Over the years I've photographed countless vow renewals. 10 years, 15 years - even 20 years! While I love helping couples record these milestones, I so often hear a story that makes me just plain sad: "We don't have any photos from our wedding that we love." The reasons vary: a) the photographer was just "Meh"; b) they saved on photography in favor of other priorities; c) when selecting a photographer, they didn't understand the difference between Standard Wedding Pictures and Storytelling Photography.
It's so sad for me to hear this. A wedding is a monumental event - truly one of the most significant times in a couple's lives. They deserved more than generic pictures which may have captured the scene but missed the story. They deserved photography that evokes the day's emotions, energy, and memories - even 20 years later.
I've got the skills. I've got the professional equipment. I've got the industry accolades. All of these are needed for sure...BUT...they are not the end-all-be-all.
What's equally important is the passion. The love, the heart and the ability to see - and tell - a love story.
When I started out in this industry over a decade ago, I promised myself that if I ever felt like this was becoming a 'job', I would quit. After all, what couple wants a wedding photographer who feels they are punching in on a job?
Well, I've photographed more than 600 weddings, elopements and vow renewals and I can tell you without a doubt that I am still IN LOVE with my art. Still IN LOVE with storytelling photography. Still IN LOVE with weddings!