Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
I know that anyone who agrees with the APW philosophy is someone who I could without hesitation say “Yes!” to if they asked me to document their day. I’ve visited this site as a bride and later now as business owner, and since the beginning I’ve loved the conversations and amazing community that’s constantly evolved. APW couples are a different caliber of people; they’re grounded, intelligent, honest, caring, crazy in love, and they know a wedding is most importantly a celebration of their marriage and the community that supports them. When someone gets that and trusts me to document a piece of their story, I’m genuinely honored and can’t wait to celebrate their day with them.
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
I grew up in the wilderness of Alaska with a camera glued to my face documenting the raw beauty around me. It taught me to slow down and watch for the little things, to not rush or force images to happen. I learned when to take a step back and quietly observe the world around me, and when to step forward and make an image I envisioned come to life. I carry the same philosophy into my wedding photography. I try to look at every new wedding with a fresh set of eyes, seeing the couple’s day for what it is: a unique celebration of their love, different than anything I’ve ever shot before. I focus on capturing the real moments, the people they love, the things that will be cherished most when the day is over and done. When the time comes for portraits I’ll help create comfortable, beautiful images, but for the rest I’m just there to unobtrusively document the story of their day.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
Sitting around a campfire, exploring new places, getting lost in a good song, being in/on/or near the ocean, going home to Alaska, meeting new friends, dates with my husband, and mid-day movie time with my dog. He doesn’t make fun of me when I cry.
What’s your favorite book?
Anything featuring the poems of Mary Oliver. This woman writes words about nature and life that go straight into my heart and bury themselves in there. I was never much for poetry, but ever since I discovered her work I’ve changed my ways.
What’s your favorite movie?
Pretty much any BBC Masterpiece production. Lame? I’m totally okay with that. I had a very romantic imagination growing up, I’m still secretly in love with Mr. Darcy (or Mr. Thornton, it’s really a tie) and was definitely born at least a few decades too late.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Rock That Body by the Black Eyed Peas. Go ahead, you can judge me. It’s worth the joy.
Explain your travel policy?
No travel fees are charged within an 80 mile radius of Portland, Oregon. For anything beyond, a gas fee and overnight charge may apply depending on location. Discounted travel rates apply to the Mountain and Pacific West. I love shooting unique weddings all around the world and make our travel fees as small as possible to help make that happen!