Who I Am

I’ve had a love for photography since elementary school, but high school is when I really learned the technique. I fell in love with black and white film photography – everything from the quiet time in the darkroom, to developing film and making prints. After graduating from Miami University, I made the switch to digital photography and it opened up so many more options for creativity in photography.

Let’s see…other than that, I am married to the most amazing man in the world and blessed with 2 little girls that melt my heart (even when they are driving me crazy!). I hate to brag, but I also have the best family ever, and some pretty awesome girlfriends.

After growing up in Canton, Ohio, I graduated from Miami University, and still love heading back to campus a few times each year.

What I Do

I like images that show who people really are…an unexpected reaction, sweet innocence, and down right ornery little ones! Some of my favorite pictures are pouting and crying faces. I also believe you can see a glimpse of a person’s soul by looking into their eyes, and I try to catch that in photographs.

I often struggle when asked to describe my style of photography. I feel stuffy using the term custom portraiture, and I feel unplanned using the term photojournalism. Because the fact is, I’m far from stuffy, yet I demand the excellent quality associated with upscale, custom portraiture. And I shoot with a purpose, yet I’m ready to capture the moment like a photojournalist.

So to sum it up, I would say this:
I offer an artistic perspective that captures natural expressions and true personalities. My style combines the patience and quality of custom portraiture with the spontaneity and emotion of photojournalism.

I want the best of both worlds, so that is what I’ll give you. I provide personalized customer service and high quality photographs and keepsakes, while maintaining a very fun, casual approach. From the session planning to the ordering process, it’s my goal to keep the experience enjoyable! You’ll see right away that I’m very relaxed and easy going. I love to laugh and have fun.

Once you schedule your session, you will have access to the Client Information Site. There you will find advice on clothing, how you can help your child cooperate for the session, and the answers to other commonly asked questions. There is also a separate Client Information Site for TK Seniors to help parents and students prepare.

Working with Children
I may try to pose a shot, but if it doesn’t work, we’ll move on to something else. If you see me sitting and waiting – that’s what I’m doing – waiting for the moment, rather than forcing it to happen. Most importantly, I put kids of any age at ease so they can be themselves. You will see a combination of spontaneous pictures mixed with planned portraits when viewing your online gallery.

Working with High School Seniors
I make sessions painless for those that dread being photographed, and I make sessions a blast for those that love to show off! Really, I love meeting new people, so I enjoy hearing about what you do for fun, what you goals are, and what you are all about! I’m always up for trying new things and I hope you will be, too!

Please let me know of any questions you may have. I look forward to working with you!