A former high school English teacher, instead of organizing lesson plans, I now help the sweetest couples plan their weddings. Then I have the honor of photographing it all.
You see, I consider it an incredible honor to capture the most special moments of my couples’ lives. When your fiancé finally sees you during your First Look. When your bridal party rushes out to celebrate you. When you have just kissed your husband and you realize—We did it!!!
So you can relive those moments over and over again. And be reminded of the incredible happiness you felt with your future husband on your wedding day.
Teaching was my first vocation, but I could not ignore the excitement and energy I felt when photographing people. I am blessed and so very thankful to share something I love so much with others.
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my love story took me around the world and back
After a flight halfway across the globe, I arrived in Japan eager for the adventure that awaited me. Instantly, when I walked in to my new job where I would teach conversational English, a frenzied (but cute) guy came towards me. In an accent that seemed so foreign at the time–but that’d I’d soon grow accustomed to–he exclaimed how his student was absolutely nuts!!
I was a bit shell-shocked by this whirlwind of energy from Northern Ireland named Phil, and I immediately was at a loss for words. I thought he was so very, very cute, and when I was near him I got so nervous I couldn’t speak! I stared at his bright green eyes and giant smile trying to find the right thing to say. Basically, I resorted to just being awkwardly silent.
The relationship had extremely uncertain beginnings. Right away, he was headed to a vacation in Australia he’d been saving up time and money for, and soon after that, he was headed to Durham, England to complete a teaching course (sort of the equivalent of a master’s course here). I could hardly talk to the guy anyway, so I thought there was no potential there.
However, when Phil came back from his trip from Australia, I casually mentioned I had not yet been on the Ferris wheel that sat atop the Takashimaya department store, and he casually mentioned that I should go and he agreed to take me. It took a few dates to wear him down, but I eventually got him to realize I liked him. We had our first kiss under a full moon on the balcony of my apartment.
The timing was so totally wrong. He was leaving in mere months. We were apart for a year until we met up over Christmas and took a romantic trip to Prague and Vienna. Once his teaching course finished, he headed back to Japan where he had to find a job and readjust to life there all over again.
Eventually, we decided we wanted to make Austin home, and after a proposal on my birthday, we went through the arduous visa process before moving here.
We worked as high school teachers together until we had our first daughter, Chloe. It was at this time that Phil bought me my first dslr camera. The rest, as they say, is history.
While I taught high school English part time and raised our daughter, I also built up a photography business, capturing mostly families and learned my craft and developed my style. Three years ago, I began specializing in weddings which I have been lucky enough to make my full time career. In September of 2015, we were blessed by the birth of our second daughter, Summer.
From the beginning, Phil encouraged me to go full time into my photography business and had complete faith it would go well. Raising children and balancing work and life is challenging– it is challenging for all couples with young children. But I have my best friend by my side (who happens to be ridiculously cute). I just had to go halfway across the globe to find him.
Give me all the fluffy, romantic florals! It is so incredibly FUN to photograph all the pretty wedding things!
I met my husband while working in Japan, and two children haven’t stopped us from our adventures abroad. We head to my husband’s hometown in Northern Ireland nearly every year, and hit a few destinations along the way. Next up—Croatia!
I love planning, organizing, and setting goals for myself. One of my favorite parts about teaching high school was planning lessons! Now I plan wedding timelines!
Dogs at engagement sessions—and even weddings—are my favorite!
I am a sucker for romantic lighting and beautiful ambient light. My husband buys me candles for every holiday!