I watched “The Wedding Planner” when I was 12 years old and fell in love with the idea of being a career woman. Or as my sister still affectionally calls me, “wedding woman.” I didn’t know exactly that I wanted to be a photographer but I knew I’d like to create and be my own boss. I tried college and “stability” but it wasn’t for me. I met my husband in 2009 and he bought me my first dslr. That was it! I’m a photographer. Self taught, still learning. I love business owning and I love making art with people. I especially love messy, imperfect shots and almost always have to crop in post because I’m a little off-kilter in my shooting style, which is very reflective of my personality.
I’m a fast talking, Gilmore Girls loving, coffee enthusiast who loves books and thrifting and dating my husband. I also loved being pregnant and became a mama this last year to our sweet Jack Truman. I love everything marriage. Being a wife is my greatest joy and I love using my experience to minister to newlywed wives. I write and share all about this on my personal blog. Whether you want me to photograph your wedding or talk about your marriage, I’m all here for that.
If my wife never became a photographer it is likely that I wouldn’t have become one either. I am systems oriented. I like creating structures and protocols and regiments. Sexy, right? Well, it’s because the world is so chaotic that I enjoy having these things in place in response to that chaos; of course being flexible when systems fail. I’m not sure if it is ironic that I married a magical creature of chaotic creativity and spirit. Bethany has definitely given me plenty of opportunity at collaborating with different types of people.
I recently became the father to the mighty Jack Truman; a magnificent boy capable of weakening the stoutest of defenses. This has certainly added motivation to remain more local for work so I can only be minutes away from my boy. Though, I will travel if I can bring him with.
I am a disciple to the King.
I am a photographer.
I am a lover of marriage (mine and the sacrament in general), deep relationships, books, coffee, risky adventures, and fried chicken.
& Together …
Being husband and wife is our greatest earthly passion. We wanted a job where we can build a lifestyle of living and working together 100% of the time. We now have our first boy, Jack Truman and we very much enjoy the work life we’ve been able to build for entering into family days. We hope to grow and build a family through biological, foster and adoption. We will work hard to maintain our work life/ home life and we are in AWE and AMAZEMENT every passing year that we continue to book weddings with incredible couples. We feel like through this vocation, we’ve collected some of the finest friends on earth. And we have several homes that are just open to us and vice versa. What other kind of job provides that kind of connection!? We have been blown away by what God has done through photography. Just two crazy love birds (or love Burts ;)) with no degrees and minimal talent, just some passion and creativity and here we are today. God is good. Photography is special. We do not take this opportunity lightly.