I have worn many hats as a photographer over the years. It all began when I was just 13 years old when my next door neighbor, who was a wedding photographer, asked me if I wanted a summer job. He wanted help sorting through negatives and placing wedding album orders. It certainly seemed to beat the idea of mowing lawns or something of that nature, so I said yes! And there began the seed of my interest in photography. I began exchanging work for photo lessons and remember the enthusiasm of wanting to learn it all right away.
This interest led me to pursue photography in high school and onto college. I finished up my degree, packed my car, and drove from Boston to Portland with a great sense of adventure. I truly did not know what to expect. Within days of arriving in Portland, I was fortunate enough to locate a local commercial photographer who needed an assistant. We worked on projects ranging from hotels and restaurants to cook books and magazine shoots. It was a highly informative time in my career being exposed to so many different facets of photography.
In the circle of life, what is so funny to me is that I ultimately returned back to my roots and became a wedding photographer. I have always done wedding photography sporadically throughout my life but back in 2007 I made it the most significant aspect of the work I create. Well, fast forward to now, where I most recently had the opportunity to work on an assignment for the Oregon Garden. This resort, located in Silverton, OR, is a location I have worked at on a number of occasions including weddings. But most recently, I had the opportunity to shoot some commercial work for them to use to update their website. It was an exhilarating experience to work on this assignment and a lot of fun to work with timelines, shot lists, and models (ahem, employees and guests I mean).
Special thanks to Stephanie with Steph Studios for not only helping as an assistant but even standing in for one of the shots. Thanks Steph!