let’s get to know one another.
A LITTLE ABOUT ME
I’m wife to my amazing husband Cody and mama of four sweet boys: Elijah, Gabriel, Lucas and Jonah.
We live in Wahoo, Nebraska which is about 25 minutes north of Lincoln and west of Omaha.
My favorites: spending time with family, traveling, baking, reading, playing board games, hunting for mid-century furniture, and decorating/updating my 1920s craftsman style home.
I also work full time as a nurse. It is an amazing thing to care for people at some of the most challenging moments in their life. So must trust is built there. I try to tie my nursing experiences into my photography; living in the moment, capturing real emotion, and telling a story through your eyes. I have to say, I'm honored and privileged to get to do what I do.
What was the inspiration behind your logo? I got the pleasure of working with Daniel Neuman on my logo design. The anatomical heart fit so well with my nursing background (cardiac and vascular ICU), however, I was also born on Valentine’s Day. Hearts have always had a special significance in my life. “Heartfelt” is defined as: of a feeling or its expression: sincere; deeply and strongly felt and synonyms include sincere, genuine, and unfeigned. This fit so well with the idea of creating emotion in my photography. I am so pleased with how it all came together!
MBTI: ENTP (Extrovert, Intuition, Thinking, Perceiving)
Enneagram: 2 (Helper), 9 (Peacemaker)
Character Strengths: Curiosity, Judgement, Spirituality, Hope, Gratitude (Take the free survey HERE.).
A LITTLE DEEPER
Cody and I were married in 2010. He is my best friend, most avid supporter, and the most humble person. He serves and leads our family with a quiet grace and I am honored to be his wife. We have been blessed with four beautiful boys, but like with any marriage, there have been ups and downs. I’m going to tell you about three of our most impactful events, how they have shaped our lives, and why they matter to me as a photographer.
#1 - Our oldest son, Elijah, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on his second birthday. This chronic and seemingly invisible disease dictates our every day. Insulin is given in 2-3 hour increments. All sorts of external factors can affect Elijah’s blood sugar, but modern technology has made it more easy to manage. I say that it is invisible, because he looks (and is) healthy, but it can change very quickly. Furthermore, the expense of this chronic disease is staggering. As an example, one vial of insulin (the drug which literally sustains his life) cost about $70/vial in 2013. Now it costs around $350/vial; each vial expires every 28 days. This is one of many costs to his diabetes care. While diabetes can cause sleep deprivation and frustration, there are a lot of positives. We are all more in-tune with our health and able to help Elijah cope. Cody and I are always trying to teach him to be independent and not let diabetes dictate his life. It’s something he has to deal with, but it doesn’t define him.
#2 - We have also have had four miscarriages. I sometimes hear that people are surprised to hear that since we have a large family. All I can say is that life is a precious gift. This is one of my highest drivers of why I feel so drawn to shooting newborns and families.
#3 - In 2016 (I was 29 years old at the time), I decided to go in for a skin check as I had never had one. I’m covered in moles but had a few questionable ones sent for testing. I’m very fair-skinned and growing up, sunscreen was always a must. About three weeks after my biopsies were sent out, I received a call that I needed to see a specialist as soon as possible. I was diagnosed with invasive malignant melanoma (stage 2). I had an extensive surgery to the affected area on my back as well as a sentinel lymph node biopsy (16 nodes were taken from both sides of my neck). Thankfully the cancer had not spread and I am now cancer-free. PSA: go and get a skin check if you haven’t had one.
My hope is that by telling you a little more about me, you feel like you know me better. These things have shaped who I am. They remind me what is truly important in life: our relationships with others. As your photographer, I want to capture the fleeting moments - the connection between a husband a wife, the bond between a mother and her young child, the sweet, little features of a new baby. You never know when things will change, so let’s capture where you are at in your journey right now. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting my family with your business. I hope you are able to share your story with me too.
IN MY BAG
I am a Canon girl through and through. My main camera is my 5D Mark III. Fixed lenses are my favorite, and my 35 mm f 1.4 L rarely leaves my camera body. I also use a 50 mm f 1.8, 85 mm f 1.8 and 100 mm Macro for portraits and details. As far as post-processing goes, I alway shoot in RAW and manual mode. I cull my images using Adobe Bridge, tweak in ACR to get a basic edit, then finalize with actions in Photoshop CC.
I’m now offering limited mentoring sessions for family and newborns. Please fill out the contact form if you would like to learn more.