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A bit about me, my anxieties and of course my dogs

At times in my life I’ve struggled with anxiety and dealing with the pressures of the world. I have felt the familiar feeling of not being good enough or not living up to someone else’s expectations. Now I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, this is sad why am I reading about this from my photographer, well don’t worry it gets better. These feelings like many things in life contain a silver lining. Having experienced this has allowed me to better relate to my clients and believe it or not better run my business. For example I know what it's like to think to myself, 😱I can’t have my photo taken! I don’t look like those other girls on Instagram. I know how to combat these feelings and I never want anyone, especially my clients and friends, to feel that way. For me I’ve decided it's my job to put my clients at ease and make them see and feel they are good enough, because they are, and we all are! So I can’t promise you everything, but I can promise you I will do my very best to leave you feeling like a million bucks at the end of every session. My hope is that by working with me I’m able to help rid you of some of the stresses of the world so you can feel some pure joy and freedom.

Now with the sappy rant out of the way there are actually a lot of other things that have led me to a love of photography and pushed me to pursue my passion. Relationships and people are what really drive me. As a person I’m very committed to the important individuals in my life. I’m loyal almost to a fault, but it keeps me committed and working hard for both my friends and my clients. I also don’t take life too seriously. Most of my time is spent joking and exchanging sly remarks with friends. I love to observe the people I work with, in a non-creepy way, and occasionally that means a sarcastic remark, but most of the time it means taking photos that feel more realistic and natural. If nothing else I just want to spread a little good in the world, share lots of dog pics, and eat a lot of mac and cheese.

Now it’s time to learn the basics about me. I'm based out of Oakland, California and have lived in the Bay Area since 2013. Since Northern California is absolutely ideal for outdoor activities, you'll often find me out on the trails or on the coast most days. I also love a good urban hike, and with the hills here they really make it feel like you're hiking! Walking is also a very big part of my life and how I like to deal with stress or anxiety. My dog Birch is my faithful companion most days, and on weekends my husband Ryan joins us on our adventures. We recently added a second dog to our family, Lemon, who just like Birch will hopefully learn to love sitting in front of the camera. As I mentioned before spending time with those you love is what matters most to me and hopefully that shows. So whether that's sitting on the sofa chatting, going to Target (#basic), or enjoying some time outside I just love to be with my people (and dogs).

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I have always believed that it's okay to be boring sometimes. Some days are slow and some aren't. I think as a generation we've got that 'go, go, go' attitude where we always have to be busy and drowning in work, but I make an effort to enjoy the slow moments too. This has contributed to my love of capturing moments with photography no matter how big or small.

So if you're a little bit weird, like to explore, and you love dogs then we will probably be great friends. If you're looking for a wedding photographer that focuses on the people, loves experimenting with light, and likes to get goofy then I'm your girl.

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