I studied fine arts at university and took traditional 35 mm photography classes with dark room exposure work.
I’ve always been the girl with the camera ever since I was young. I used it in high school for newspaper and yearbook staff and then studied it in college. I didn’t know until we moved to japan that this was what I needed to be doing with my life. I never could have imagined I would be doing this when I was younger.
I shoot 90% boudoir and about 10% births. I love them both. Since opening my boudoir studio, it has been growing every month and I have been having less and less time for anything else. I have a few births booked but they are much harder to plan for although equally as empowering.
I started shooting boudoir for my clients when we lived in Japan as a way for them to connect with their deployed husbands. I truly love working with women and feel so inspired by them and the female form. I love making women feel beautiful and love this little niche of the photography world. It is not for everyone but I truly feel like I am meant to be here.
If you knew someone who wanted to be a photographer, and could give them one piece of important advice, what would that be?
Go to school or study and take classes. There is so much knowledge and information out there, go out and get it. Soak it all in and then start to practice everyday. Don’t just buy a camera and a website, do the work.
Have you ever done a boudoir session yourself, if you are a female (sorry guys 🙂 ? Do you think it’s something that is important for female boudoir photographers to do?
Yes I have. I feel like its always so important for anyone in this field to know what their clients are feeling. How can you truly connect with them if you have never experienced it?
How do you feel about the male / female debate regarding boudoir photographers?
I feel like we both offer something different. A woman photographer connects to her subject differently than a male. I’ve been photographed by both and loved both experiences.
What do you do to avoid burn-out? Is there ever a time when you just want to throw your camera out the window?
I paint. I am an encaustic painter so I try to balance my photography with my painting. I also offer encaustic photography to my clients so it helps overlap my two passions.
What do you love about the business?
Helping women see themselves as beautiful and strong.
What do you hate about the business?
The business side. I am an artist, I hate business, but love making money.
Are you a member of any professional photo organizations like PPA, WPPI? What benefit do you feel you get by being a member?
Do you compete and do you have any opinions on it? AIBP runs contests regularly. Do you participate? If not, is there a reason you don’t?
I do participate when I have time or remember to get portraits in.
SOME FUN MORE PERSONAL STUFF:
Sushi, proper Japanese Sushi.
One guilty pleasure in life?
Dark chocolate with sea salt paired with red wine.
What is your favorite piece of clothing?
I love my patagonia pull over, I could wear it everyday, or a sundress with pockets, that’s my everyday jam!
What’s one song on your playlist?
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – I don’t wanna pray .
What’s your favorite movie genre? Example?
Favorite shoes to wear?
What are you currently reading?
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would that be?
Africa, I’ve always wanted to travel here. I used to dream of becoming a national geographic photographer. That dream has changed but Hopefully one day we can go explore.
If you could go back and do over anything in your life, what would that be?
Ohhhh I’m not sure, all things lead me to where I am now, I cant imagine a different story for myself because I’m so happy with the person that I have created.
If you could meet and photograph someone famous, who would that be and why?
Frida Kahlo. She was a brilliant and strong female artist. She was never fearful, she lived and created in a world that wasn’t open to women as artist and truly succeeded in it. She was fierce and beautiful.
What do you struggle with the most in life? (not photo related)
Balance and patience.
Are you married, single, have kids, husband? Is life a juggling act for you?
I am married with 2 little girls, Clover -4 and Loda -2 and Rupert our Newfoundland. Everyday is a different act, I try not to drop the balls but you know, life is life. My husband is a Marine Corps F18 Pilot so balancing his schedule and mine along with the kids is a lot of hard work. He is gone a lot and his schedule changes daily.
I am so driven to create, I cant not do it. I find myself frustrated with the domestic tasks the most but I also love my family as well. It is a hard place to balance, but I try to do as much as I can and take each day for what it is.
Who inspires you the most in life? Work?
This is a hard question. My kids inspire me to constantly do better and work harder.
If you could provide one single piece of advice to influence a young person’s direction in life, what would that be
Life is not about finding yourself, its about creating yourself. Don’t be stagnant in your life, always travel, create, and live as much as you can!