Behind the Camera
('Cause I like to pretend I have a life beyond editing on my computer all day).
I'm really bad at talking about myself, but you should probably know a little bit about the person who's going to potentially be with you during some of the most important moments of your life, right? Transplanted from San Diego, my husband Shawn and I currently live on Oahu thanks to his military career, along with our rescue pup Sadie. When I'm not working or hanging with the fam, you can find me beach combing for shells or at the thrift store finding deals.
If you can't already tell, I'm a true romantic at heart. I love Love and everything that comes with it. I'm a typical Pisces, and pour 100% of my heart and soul into everything I do (which can quickly lead to burn out.) I'm also a natural introvert, so after a big wedding you can usually find me locked inside my quite house for 3 days. The most notorious trait of mine is that I have a very very big sweet tooth (which means there's ALWAYS room for dessert.)
From the Beginning
My photography journey started in elementary school, when I began obsessing over disposal film cameras and taking photos of EVERYTHING. My favorite thing was going to Long's Drugs and getting the images developed, and patiently waiting all week for the prints. I self taught myself throughout middle and high school on a variety of digital point and shoots and 35mm film cameras, was always learning something new. I was your typical Tumblr hipster girl that always had a camera attached to her hand. I did countless photoshoots for friends and family, worked for a local newspaper, and even did a couple of small weddings. It wasn't until getting married and moving away from home that I started to think about photography as a career (although I always dreamed of being a National Geographic photographer). I started advertising on Facebook and over the course of almost 5 years I've worked my butt off to build this dream business of mine! It took a lot of trial and error, some really bad photoshop jobs (rip sepia filters), and a limitless amount of support from my friends, family, and clients. 2019 was my first year going full time, and although it was one of the scariest things I've ever done, it was the best decision of my life. I remind myself every day how lucky I am to run my own business doing what I am most passionate about.
One of my favorite spots on Maui
My Partner in Crime
So much of who I am today is owed to this guy right here. I'm lucky to call this goofy, 80's movie loving, handsome dude my high school sweetheart. He's my #1 supporter and one of the main reasons I took myself seriously when it came to starting a photography business. He's always believed in me, and constantly pushes me to be the best that I can be. Don't let the tattoos fool you, under all that ink is an ooey gooey center. One of these days I'll convince him to leave the Army and come work for me, but for now his ego is still too big for that.
Our wedding at my grandparents ranch - December 27th, 2015
Our first embrace after a 9 month deployment
I used to be a Cat person
I really did... if you look close enough you can even see the scars under my arm from a dog bite when I was 5. I always liked cats and their shared understanding of personal space. Hyper, too-friendly dogs would intimidate the crap out of me. I was also raised with cats, and didn't have one dog in the family. But all it took was one text from Shawn saying "come to this address, I have something to show you" to turn my heart. Sadie is the sweetest and most lovable little mutt you will ever meet. Although she was born an island pup, she hates the sound of rushing water or waves. But she does love playing fetch, and having all the dogs at the park chase her (to this day, not one dog can catch her when she has the zoomies). She also has the straightest, whitest smile that puts the Dentastix dogs to shame. And yes, saying she's spoiled is a big understatement.
Sadie's last day at Paws of Hawaii
The goodest assistant