Who am I as a photographer?
I am a lifestyle/portrait photographer located in Ocean Springs, MS. I photograph all along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With anything I photograph, I strive to capture the more natural, raw, relaxed, the real life moments. I’m inspired by light, laughter, emotion, and the moments that happen in between.
Who am I in a nutshell?
I write how I speak. I love travel, music, ice cream, drive through daiquiri shops, flip flops, sunglasses, and all things Mississippi State. My biggest inspiration, my muses, the real lights in my life…my family and my dear friends.
How did photography enter my world again?
I have great compassion for other people; always felt I would have a career in the "helping" field. I have always had a deep love and appreciation for photography, too. Photography had always been a hobby, and never something I thought I would take on as a career. It’s something I never thought I could actually make a living doing, and it was placed on the back burner as I started a different career. I obtained my B.A in Human Services from California State University, and my M.S. in Counseling.Over the past 10 years, I have been an addiction therapist, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). I’m currently an LPC in the local elementary schools.
Photography came back into my life in 2012. I needed something that sparked adventure and joy in my life, something that would challenge me creatively. In February, 2012, my daughter entered the world. Life was no longer monotonous, and my camera started getting more use, and less dust.
It was during this time that I realized how balanced my life seemed to be. That's when I decided that I could have both. I could still have passion for helping people who are suffering and are hurting, but I could also have a passion for capturing such happy times in a persons life. Photography brings balance to my life. I'm blessed to see both sides of the world. The good and the bad. The happy and the sad. The sickness and the healthy.
I'm not sure where all of this will lead me, but I'm excited to find out. For now, I will enjoy this ride!
"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have captured on film is captured forever...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten rverything."