I was born in a valley in Southern Oregon and became instantly dependent on the infinite surrounding mountains as a source of inspiration. I am a photographer based in the heart of Oregon -- Bend, Oregon.
I photograph weddings and portrait sessions all over the world. Though, I frequently visit and photograph in the Pacific Northwest, San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego & Santa Barbara Counties, Northern Arizona, and Colorado. I have the heart of a vagabond and the wildest, vivid imagination. If you trust me with creating your images, you won't regret it.
We'll make magic. I promise.
I love my clients way way way too much.
Finalizing this year's weddings and portraits and juggling premed school stuffs is quite the challenge. But I'm grateful for and enjoy them both so much. I'm not just saying that, either. Looking back on my wild life this week, I can't even believe my life has been my life. I feel I have lived 100 of them. For a very long time (the entire whole of my 20s and then some), I didn't stop moving -- all over this county and around the world. From the time I moved my ignorant 19 year old self to Chicago from a small town in southern Oregon, I was meeting new people, battling fears, fighting to meet my basic needs, going through a divorce, digging deeper, observing the wide variety of individuals I met, and discovering myself. The last three years, I have never been more stable and settled. I'm growing roots, raising a dog, fostering a cat, almost done with my bachelor's, one more year to completing my premed studies, cultivating an inspiring home space, traveling more locally, tutoring writing students, and growing roots. Like, roots that run deep. I miss my vagabonding days and I used to feel my worth would be less without them. But, I'm okay (really OKAY) existing in this season of staying. It feels new and different, but I am nonetheless better for them.
Anyway, back to my ever-so-lovely clients that I wouldn't have if I were still gallivanting around the world.
For my birthday last year, my friend gave me a very special gift -- a psychological / astrological teaching. My teacher told me that I need to climb high in order to feel balanced. It's important to set a goal in a high place and move toward it. The walking path facilitates my ultimate existence. It evicts all anxiety and self-doubt taking shelter in the body. It offers a new detached -- no, independent -- perspective. Got it, sage. Thanks!
Then, this summer, I decided to half-ass school, intentionally. I was burned out and needed a break. None of my summer classes were #premed, so I took them pass/fail. I worked just as hard as I normally would and it took more effort to do something half-ass than merely be me. And do me.
I got high As in all my classes, essentially, for nothing. I shot myself in the foot. What a true idiot. So, last week I was reminded of my birthday gift. Setting goals in high places and working toward them is my purest method of existing. Instead of allowing anxiety and doubt to rule my behavior (or lack thereof), I move. I move my body, my mind. I go forward. I go up. I move. I do me. And whatever happens happens.
You can't half-ass being you.
I just adore this girl. She’s the bee’s knees. She’s the sweetest puddin pop in the pack. After our first colorful fall gallivant, we went up to the Dee Wright Observatory via the scenic bypass near Sisters, Oregon. It’s a short drive and totally worth the little, gorgeous detour — but, the road closes off for the winter. There’s no better or more diverse place to live, I’m sure of this.
Senior Portrait Photographer based in Bend, Oregon.
This is my favorite time of year, when I get to photograph my sweet seniors and make pretties in the fall for their senior portraits. Free seniors sessions available for a limited time with limited spots in Bend, Oregon. Super excited. Check out the new wreckless digs.