I'm a wedding and elopement photographer based in Boulder, Colorado. I specialize in capturing real moments with bright, bold, natural images. My goal is to make your wedding day the best it can be and ensure that you have a meaningful, memorable, FUN wedding day that is the start of a lifelong adventure. Being a wedding photographer is the best job ever, but when I'm not working, you can usually find me outside doing something like hiking, kayaking, camping, traveling, or taking landscape photos.
I believe a wedding day is a deeply important day in your life. It's the day that you promise to commit yourself to your partner and they promise the same to you. It's the very beginning of a lifelong adventure together, and I believe the start of that adventure is worth celebrating and capturing. As a photographer, I always make sure to get the classic smile-at-the-camera photos and the big epic celebratory photos. But I'm also committed to capturing small in-between moments, the real moments, and the moments of genuine emotion.
I also believe your wedding day should be meaningful, memorable, and fun. I believe your wedding day should represent who you are and bring you joy. Do you love hiking? Let's go hiking. Do you love the beach? Let's go there. Would you rather elope than have a large wedding? Great. Want to get married in a National Park? I'm there.
It's not just about photos. My goal is to create a photography experience to make your wedding is the best it can be every step of the way. I build a relationship with my couples and get to know them so that when the wedding day comes, I can serve you even better.
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I grew up in Dayton, Ohio then studied graphic design and environmental science at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana (Go Irish!). After graduating in 2016, I got a job as a naturalist at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware. I bought my first camera, moved to Delaware, and started taking photos of the landscapes. Eventually I started taking photos of events and then weddings. I photographed my first wedding in 2017. In 2018, I became the marketing director for Delaware State Parks where I oversaw all photography for the state park system.
After living in Delaware for 5.5 years, I moved to Colorado in 2021. Now I'm now a full-time wedding and elopement photographer in Boulder, Colorado and I get to travel all over the country and meet amazing people. I love my job, and it's a true honor to be part of some of the most important days of people's lives.
Leave No Trace (LNT) is a set of ethics & best practices we should follow to enjoy and protect the outdoors at the same time. I took a entire course specifically for photographers about how I can practice LNT and help my clients do the same.
I've made a commitment to do my best to protect and conserve public lands, and I'm so proud to be a Leave No Trace Aware Photographer!
Learn more about being a Leave No Trace Aware Photographer
What do I do in my free time? It looks a little like this! I love kayaking, hiking, biking, traveling, and eating ice cream. I've been to 47/50 states and 27 countries.
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