• Tell us a little about your business:
Documenting the beauty of people’s life journeys is the heartbeat of all I do. I have been photographing professionally for over 12 years, have served thousands of clients, been honored with awards and been privileged to do what I love all over the world. ‘Becoming’ Images is all about the beauty and wonder of transformation, growth and celebrating the unfolding of wings.
• What’s your favorite part of the job?
Building genuine relationships with my clients by creating a memorable experience and beautiful imagery to illustrate their stories.
• How would you describe your style?
Lifestyle photography is my style -- it is where fine-art photography meets photo-journalism. I consider myself a curator of the moments my clients give me. I am there to capture the emotion, personality and depth of the moment I’ve been invited to share, but I offer a bit of instruction to allow the moment to unfold visually.
• How would you describe your personality?
I am a hopeless romantic, eternal optimist and closet hippie! I am easy to talk to and I am made to be an encourager and believer in dreams for myself and others.
• What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Hiking, music, wine, reading, and spending time with my true companion (of the past 28 years) and our 5 adult kids and 9 practically perfect grand children.
• Have you ever worked with a celebrity?
Does the governor of Alaska count as a celebrity? How about my twin grand daughters that are totally instagram famous?!
• What trends do you love or would like to see be left behind?
I can get enough of the Boho style and the entire vibe that it encapsulates; it inspires me. I am an I-Product freak along with the rest of the universe! I hope that cosmetic surgery is a trend that dies… we are wonderfully made… just the way we are.
• If you met with a bride and groom and literally had ONE minute to tell them why they should use your company, what would you say?
I am radically in love with love and that is a game changer when I work with couples. I help make you feel relaxed and at ease from day 1 and when I show up to your wedding day -- my couples have expressed that it felt like a friend was there to celebrate with them. I bring over 12 years and 150 weddings of experience to my clients and I give them a beautiful experience along with stunning images.
• Describe the most challenging event you’ve done?
I would say that photographing an outdoor wedding in the rainforests of southeast Alaska on a downpour day was the toughest event I’ve ever photographed. My bride was sobbing. The wedding was off-schedule more than an hour. The wedding planner couldn’t get the tents to stay up in the wind. The tent actually poured a bucket worth of rain water down my back while I was photographing the vows in the center of the aisle. The images turned out beautifully and my sweet couple now has a baby on the way, so I guess challenging events don’t equal long-term struggle. ;)
• What would previous clients say was the main reason they chose your company?
My clients have all expressed that they appreciated the way I made them and their guests feel comfortable, that they loved their images, and that I was easy to work with.
• What tips or advice can you give couples planning their big day?
Keep your focus on building a beautiful friendship that will equal a happy, healthy marriage while you are planning your wedding day. Keep your wedding authentic to who you are as a couple and focus on building in little moments of gratitude to one another and to the people who love you and are there to celebrate your love.