Tell us a little about yourself - where are you based and what type of photography have you been enjoying lately?
I was born and raised in Washington State and have a passion for shooting adventurous couples in the outdoors! I mostly shoot in Washington, Oregon and California but am always drawn to National Parks and new places. My photography is inspired by nostalgia, and I focus on capturing more candid moments between couples.
In only a couple of words, how would you describe your style of photography?
I would describe my photography as earthy, warm and heartfelt.
Tell us about one of your most memorable photoshoots or perhaps a favourite photo you have taken
One of my more memorable sessions was a styled shoot that I personally curated in Joshua Tree, California. It was my first time to Joshua Tree and my first time planning a styled shoot. I learned so much from that adventure and was so excited to make new connections, meet new friends and be shooting in a new environment, so different from the Pacific Northwest.
As a photographer, nurturing your creativity while trying to balance self employment and life can be a little tricky sometimes. Where do you find the inspiration to continue creating and maintaining consistency?
When I start to feel myself slipping into a creative rut, there are a few ways I work my way back to feeling inspired. Firstly, I accept that I may just be in a season of life when it is more important to focus on other things, and I know that creativity cannot be forced and will come flowing back when the time is right. Some of my go-to's when dealing with a lack of creativity are to take a step back from social media, get back into nature, tune into one of my favourite podcasts, or put together a styled shoot in a place I love!
Having grown as a photographer, is there any piece of advice that you could give yourself when you first started down this path, or wish you had known sooner?
If I could give my beginning photographer self a piece of advice, it'd be to be patient. It all takes time. It takes time to grow, build a business, find your niche and develop your style. I would have told myself to learn how to use manual mode way earlier, because it's so important. I would have also told myself to connect with other photographers more, because there is so much we can learn fro each other!
Is there anything special you have been working on - mentoring, workshops, courses ect. We'd love to let other photographers know!
I have been working on shifting my business to be more adventure elopement focused, because it's something i'm so passionate about! I recently became an official Leave No Trace Aware Photographer and am really looking forward to implementing that into my business in a meaningful way. I've also been working with 3 other amazing photographers to launch Eye to Eye collective, a styled shoot and retreat company. Eye to Eye Collective is hosting really incredible experiences in California in February and March of 2022. I'm really looking forward to capturing unique content in California and meeting so many other photographers!
What gear are you currently using and what would you typically carry in your Kamrette camera bag?
I usually have the Kamrette Lyra Backpack in Tan, my Nikon Z7 II body with an FTZ adapter, a Nikon 85mm f/1.4lens, a Nikon 35mm f/1.4lens, a Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens, as well as lens wipes, memory cards, lens caps, and an air blaster dust removal tool. I may also pack snacks, my tripod, or second Nikon body in there as well, depending on what I'm shooting!
Let's finished it off with a fan favourite - if you could only have one lens, which one would you choose?
If I could only shoot with one lens, I would choose the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 because I use it the most!