And thanks for stopping by! My work reflects my desire to add some whimsy, enchantment and beauty to the world. It is my way of sharing a bit of my heart. I love the laughter and smiles, but I am also drawn to the quiet, intimate moments that are filled with emotion. My goal is to capture the essence of your wedding day, all the little things that come together to paint the big picture.
I realized it’s been a while since I have shared any of my self portraits in dramatic light on here! I always try to take some self portraits with Sam (especially when we are traveling!) and I have shared quite a few of them here like the one from sunrise on Jeju Island or our photos from our picnic on Russian Ridge. But I also love taking self portraits by myself and I tend to be more creative with light when it is just me. When I first started getting really into photography, self portraiture was my big thing. I needed a subject to practice on, and I hated asking for favors, so I pretty much practiced on myself! It was through self portraiture that I learned how to see light and use it to create an emotional impact in photographs. And it is still with self portraiture that I try out most new techniques or lighting situations on. Earlier this month, my ebook + videos (breakout) with Melina Nastazia went live. It is called Composing Boldly with Light and is now available in the Click & Co store. I have been working on this breakout for months and one of the things I did was have mini-photoshoots in places where I saw beautiful light. The reason I came up with the idea for this breakout was I wanted to encourage photographers to see beyond golden hour, to be comfortable shooting at all hours I truly believe there is beautiful light to be found at any time of day. I pushed myself to photograph in more unusual types of light, such as dappled light, artificial light and full sun, creating some of my favorite pictures to date. I have a huge love for self portraits in dramatic light and I can’t imagine that I am ever going to stop looking for beautiful, dramatic light! Here are some of the self portraits I created for Composing Boldly with Light.
Feel free to ask me any questions about the details behind the lighting on any of these self portraits!