20 something year old
Michigan native, residing in Denver
Living for warm summers & cherishing cozy winter days
Obsessive cat mom
Music over TV gal
Photography is something that’s just always clicked with me. In high school, not only did I take every art class that I possibly could, but I also took all my friends’ senior photos *which are probably so embarrassing now.* When I got out of high school, I started shooting weddings with my friend Shannon & was surprised to find myself enjoying them a lot more than I thought I would. When I moved to Colorado in 2013, I started working on the mountain and dropped photography for a bit. It was freaking amazing, but, as the ski bum life was wearing off, and I was looking for something new, photography started to pick back up again. Working full time in the mountains while trying to run a photography business quickly became too much. Nervous as hell, in 2016, I decided to move to Denver and finally plunge into wedding photography full time, aaahhh!
I’m now going into my third year of shooting weddings full time. To see where it’s taken me already, has me soooo stoked for what’s to come. I think *one* of my favorite things about this career is all the relationships I've built throughout everything. I end up staying in touch with most of my clients, some of which, I see and talk to on a regular basis. It’s pretty rad. It’s a bit ironic that I ended up in the wedding industry, because I personally don’t think I'll ever have a wedding… BUT there's just something about a wedding day that gets me. It's not often that you can be surrounded by that many people, all in a good mood, celebrating love. I most certainly cry at every wedding *usually during the father daughter dance.* I am grateful beyond measure & will never take this crazy, jet setter, photo taking life for granted! *thank you dad for my very first camera & thank you high school friends that let me take really shitty senior photos of you*
Iceland 2016, shooting Kimmy & Seb on some mossy lava
In the words of Tippy Birkholz -
"On the wedding day you’re already super nervous, and then add not wanting to be in front of a camera (I am also not a PDA girl, it’s not my thing), but you made us feel comfortable and have almost a calming presence. You weren’t rushed or nervous about getting the shots and that allowed us to relax a lot. I do like how you incorporate pics of yourself into your Instagram because I felt like I knew your personal style and just knew that you “got it” and were cool haha that sounds so dumb, but I knew you’d capture the shots I was looking for and weren’t old school or traditional...So many girls on Instagram doing photography all do the same thing and have super corny ultra girly captions (also not me, I’m the girl who didn’t want a wedding shower or anything) and you just beat to your own drum - and it shows in your work. There is an aspect of moodiness to your work that is applied in all the right ways. Hard to put into words, I just know it when I see it lol. Basically you aren’t a basic single white female"
From Dana Whisker -
"Oooohhhhh girl, working with you was such a treat. I had fun with you from the beginning! It was so fun to share outfit ideas, location spots, inspiration photos etc for all our photo sessions. I knew when Vince and I chose you to shoot our photos we would be getting a photographer but we didn't realize how helpful you would be along the way - sometimes you need another sounding board and you were just that! You are creative, genuine, and there is no simpler way to put it besides you just love what you do and it shows. Having you be so relaxed and in your element while shooting just let Vince and I be ourselves in front of the camera. So thank you for that, and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the photos: engagement, boudoir, wedding & day after wedding (SO MANY GOODIES). Vince and I will cherish them forever. Love you Girlfriend! - Dana"
My assistant, Lindsay, catching me mowing down on some za while some maids get ready
From Katie Hellrung *that is me eating pizza at her wedding in the photo above* -
"You know the friend who knows what you’re thinking based on the face you make? That’s you for all things wedding. You’re intuitive and helpful without being pushy. You knew what I wanted before I did. And, for anyone who’s planned a wedding, one less decision makes such a difference. You were always on my side and looking out for things I didn’t even realize I needed to think about. You were prepared but also spontaneous. Plus, every vendor was excited to work on my wedding because that meant amazing photos of their work would be taken by you. Even though your photos made me look natural, it certainly wasn’t anything close to normal to play model for the day. Your direction and guidance made me feel comfortable and a lot less anxious about the most nerve wracking day of my life. You reminded me to stay in the moment and that it was my day. You made sure I was breathing and ate. Your job description may say “photographer”, but you do so much more."
& you may or may not get a random selfie in your gallery..
Vince, Dana's husband, wanted to add a male perspective -
"Dana was feverishly searching for the right photographer at the outset of our wedding planning. It might have even been the day after we were engaged. Not just someone who can capture a moment, but someone that we enjoyed spending our time with. I remember Dana being elated that you were available for our date and that she was infatuated with your photos. Being this early on in the wedding planning process, my head was swimming in all the details, however, your skills really jumped out. I did not have the opportunity to meet you until we embarked on our couple hour trek up to Rocky Mountain National Park. During the drive, I felt instantly comfortable and the conversation flowed easily. Our Engagement session was a breeze and day was over before my smile could hurt. Even stumbling down the trail from Dream Lake, in the dark, and each of us falling down a few times was a blast. Fast forward to our Wedding Day, August 20th, and you being the consummate professional. Each moment was well planned - from our first look, to photos with our families and wedding party, to the event itself, you did a phenomenal job making sure to capture each moment while letting us enjoy time with all of the special people on our day. We were even lucky enough to return to RMNP for a day after shoot, which produced some of the most breathtaking photos I have ever seen (I am biased, but they speak for themselves). You come with the most glowing recommendation from Dana and I - at the end of all of this, you are our friend. We cannot wait for more opportunities to take photos with you, as well as watching you continue to thrive as an excellent photographer and human being."
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