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I received my BS from ETSU (Go Bucs) in 2007.
After graduation, I worked in finance + accounting for over eight years. (crazy, right?!?)
I believe it is safe to say transitioning from accounting to photography; I am great at seeing the details and good with numbers.
Life has a way of throwing curveballs, and for me, it was certain life events. It began when our second child was born with special needs. Our lives stopped for a moment, and we re-evaluated our priorities. I chose to retire from my full-time financial career and spend my time at home. The first year after her birth, I focused on all of her therapies and early intervention only. During that first year, though, I felt like I needed an outlet for myself. Something that I could do to contribute financially, while still being able to manage her therapy schedule and that #momlife.
I soul searched and prayed about this. What could I do to support all my goals and passions? What was I good at outside of the financial world? The answer... photography and crafting!
So it began. A new chapter, creating what is now my thriving and super fun photography business. I took night courses at the “great” University of Tennessee (Go Vols), multiple photography workshops, and interned/second shot for some of the most talented photographers in East Tennessee.
Then, God opened more doors, and I started shooting for a local production company in town. After a lot of hard work, a positive attitude, and a willingness to do any job. The production chapter began. Production shoots include editorial, commercial, and digital content for:
"Gold Rush: The Dirt”
When the production photography chapter took off, it also opened doors for me to expand my other skill sets. I took my love for crafting and power tools to the next level working as an art stylist for HGTV digital series like Trending Topics and Handmade’s Youtube channel. Expanding my creativity and pushing myself out of my comfort zone here was crucial for additional personal growth.
The past few years have been an adventure, and I am so thankful for every opportunity. I mean, I opened my photography business in 2013 as a side hobby. I took photos on weekends “as a creative outlet” for my day job in finance. Never knowing that my life was going to change in 2015 so drastically. Who knew that photography would turn into how I would support my family in so many ways?
God had a plan bigger than me.
He helped us even in the hardest moments of letting go of the dream; I thought I had for myself. He closed one door only to open the most amazing windows that would change all our lives for the better. This small business started with a following of 5 family friends as clients. Now having worked with 100+ clients and still working with some of the largest networks in the industry.
I mainly focus my time on production/commercial/editorial photography.
I still shoot a handful of weddings a year. But, I book up fast, so contact me for rates and availability. Weddings give me that breath of creative, fresh air, capturing love in its purest form within the moments of the day. It is also super fun to celebrate while laughing and cutting loose on the dance floor.
I am currently “Not” taking any family/newborn/headshot sessions.
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