Ever since I was little, I always loved taking pictures. When I would hang out with my dad, he would have a new disposable camera waiting for me to create something special with. Once I finished the roll, we would go to Target and get them developed, and then look at the memories we made together. When he passed away in 2009, I was left with the little moments I captured in that little box of plastic. I was able to remember his raspy laugh and the plunk of fishing bob as it hit the lake; the long scenic drives up to my uncle's house in the mountains, and going kayaking with my old dog Scruffy. That's what ultimately made me fall in love with photography – I was given the ability to freeze those moments and hang onto them for the rest of my life. I bring this idea with me into every session and wedding.
I've been described as "literal sunshine" – you can hear my laugh across the room, I give every single person I meet a hug, and you'll have to pull me away from the dance floor at the end of your night. When I'm not busy photographing weddings or in front of my computer editing, you can catch me petting dogs, eating Ike's Sandwiches + drinking champagne, or exploring the city with my boyfriend Brandon (who I've been COMPLETELY obsessed with since the day we met!)
I've done tons of weddings over the last four years, and I only fall more and more in love with them every time. They really are just the best days ever! I'm so lucky that my job is celebrating my couples to the fullest extent, and documenting their days beautifully so they can go back and relive it all over again.
I love to serve my couples by being their friend, not just a vendor. I'll go above and beyond to celebrate with you, grab you a glass of champagne, fix your dress so it looks amazing in the photos, help pin boutonnieres when the guys are getting ready, and just completely be there for you the whole day. I promise to make your wedding way less stressful, because you can trust me to have every single thing handled, and captured beautifully while doing it. You will never have to focus on me, you'll just have to focus on having the most fun you possibly can. Which is what all weddings days should be.
1. I don't like or drink coffee, hate eggs and I've NEVER had a peanut butter + jelly sandwich!
2. I have the same birthday at Taylor Swift! (Speaking of T-Swift, I bought fake tickets to her last concert and had to cry my way in! Thankfully the gate lady was an angel and let me go in anyway!!)
3. I once hid for 3.5 hours during a game of hide and seek! I only came out because I had to go to the bathroom.
4. My favorite numbers are 3 + 13! They show up a lot in my life.
5. If I could live anywhere in the whole world, it would for sure be Oahu! I went for the first time early 2019 and completely fell in love!
100 Layer Cake – Holiday Brunch
100 Layer Cake – Rustic Bohemian Wedding
H&H Weddings – Ely + Nikki
Wedding Chicks – Bridal Shower
Naseem Events – Besties & Bubbly
Modeled in (; – Boho Succulent Garden Wedding
Something Turquoise – Nadia + Eddie
June Bug Weddings – Crystal Inspired Spring Inspo
SD Voyager Magazine Interview – Life and Work with Shannon
You aren't a professional model – but you're a professional at your relationship. You know how to make your babe laugh, where their tickle spot is, and can lovingly tease them until no end. You're world champs at cuddling on the couch, have perfected forehead kisses, and your fingers fit together perfectly, because that's where they belong. I don't need you to be models, I just need you, to be you.
I create a safe space for my couples to be 100% comfortable in front of my camera, because that's when the true magic happens. I strive to capture your relationship and love – just the way it is. I'm not going to pose you into things that you feel awkward. That's not what I'm about. Instead I gently guide you into something that feels natural, with lots and lots of movement. We'll play games, I'll tell horrible jokes, and we'll have the best time together. Pinky swear.
– Stiff and overly posed images
– Dark churches and artificial light
– Super traditional weddings that follow everything by the books
– People who are just "looking for someone with a camera to take pictures"
– Over the top weddings that lack warmth and personality
– Couple's who don't want to be friends with their photographer
– Anyone who says "I hate dogs" (??????)
– Copying a Pinterest board pose for pose
+ Natural light and golden hours
+ Travel, everywhere and anywhere with sun
+ Bride & Grooms who want to do their wedding, their way
+ People who know how to party, and will dance the night away
+ Couples who love the details but won't agonize over them
+ Lovers who are obsessed with each other
+ Dogs, dogs, and more dogs
+ First looks