For as long as I can remember I have been mentally taking photographs. Not only images of blazing sunsets or calm seas, but images of people. Moments in time when people are who they really are, and not who the world expects them to be. Moments that will be forgotten, unless captured through the lens. I'm an artist, and because I'm an artist, it affects my whole life. It wasn't until later on in life that I was able to learn the art of photography and put the images I was creating mentally on film. I learned to see light and shadow, and fell in love with black and white film. I have since made the move to digital and have enjoyed having creative control over my images from the capture in the lens, to print on paper. I love the rich, bold colors and creamy black and whites I can create in a digital darkroom.
I consider photography to be emotional art. I photograph from my heart. It's not just about what I see through the lens, it's about what I feel. I want the images I create of your wedding to take you back to that day. I want you to relive it every time you look at your album. When I photograph your family, I want the images to reveal who your family is, how they connect, and how they feel about each other. I want to make a connection with the seniors I photograph, and I enjoy getting to know them while I'm shooting. I want them to feel comfortable and trust me. Being open and honest with my subjects helps to draw out their personality and inner beauty, and I feel that's the key to making a great portrait.
I grew up in California, but after living in Moses Lake, Washington for 29 years, I consider this home. I have a wonderful husband, 4 grown children, two son in-laws, two daughter in-laws, and 8 grandchildren. Family is a very important part of my life and plays a big part in who I am and what I enjoy. When I'm not behind the lens or in front of my computer I can be found in the kitchen trying a new recipe or perfecting an old one, attending sports events, or simply hanging out with my children and grandchildren.
"Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual" -Nickolas Muray
I openly admit that I am not an artist on paper, but I believe I am an artist on the computer. I love to take the bits and pieces of things and put them together to come up with something unique. As I have worked for my mother's photography business for the past six and a half years I have grown to have a passion for beautiful pictures; along with those pictures I like to add originality with custom designed cards, announcements, and digital designs that can be displayed throughout the home. I owe a lot to my mom. I hope that one day I will become just as good a photographer as she is.
I have been working with Julie Waites Photography as a digital image editor, second shooter for weddings, and an assistant on photo shoots. So even if you don't have anything you would like me to custom design for you, you might still see me at your photo session or proofing session. I might even be the one behind the scenes that you don't know about because I'm editing your photos!
I grew up in Moses Lake, Washington with two brothers and one sister. Our family is very family oriented and we would spend most evenings at school events, sports events, dance practices, and piano practices. There wasn't ever a dull moment in our busy schedules. My parents worked hard to make sure we all used our talents to full potential and I believe it was for the best. Even when I was young, I knew how important it would be for me to have my own family someday. After high school I took a break from college, since I felt I was already ahead with my associate's degree under my belt as well, and worked. I believe that is when I grew up the most. I met my husband during that period and knew he was the one I wanted to spend eternity with. We will have been married 9 years in April. We have three handsome sons and one beautiful daughter. I received my bachelor's in Business Administration in August 2010.
Please feel free to drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions about my work and how it can help you!