I am the eyes behind the camera. I am a natural light photographer specializing in family, newborn, maternity, engagement and, boudoir photography based out of King George, Virginia. I am willing to travel outside that local area. I am a wife and a mother of three beautiful children, Ava, Mya and Ian. I'm a huge animal lover! I own fish and I have four fur babies, Mr. Snugglesworth, my fancy cat; Peppermint Patty, my sweet little ferret; Tiny, my not so "tiny" English Mastiff, and our newest addition Sparkle Butt, my pound puppy I adopted this year. I also am bilingual. I speak both English and Spanish.
Before pursuing a career in photography, I was a soldier in the U.S. Army. I proudly served 6 years in the Veterinary Corps. I traveled quite a bit during my time in the service. It's absolutely one of my favorite things to do. The idea of being a wanderlust is so thrilling and exciting. I only wish I could travel and explore the world more.
After leaving the military, I completed my degree in Human Services through Old Dominion University. I graduated with Honors and became a Social Worker through our local city. I specialized working with families and children in need. I also spent some time working with the elderly, but nothing was more fulfilling to me than working with families and children. Knowing that I could help make a difference and help enrich the lives of people truly was fascinating and rewarding.
As long as I can remember, I felt a calling to work with families and children in some type of capacity. My father was a Community Nurse when I was a child in Brooklyn, New York. He was also a Pastor in his church and as a Pastor, he worked within the prisons, hospitals, communities, and with families in need sharing his ministry and his love for God. I would say he is my inspiration in why I pursued my career as a Social Worker and desire to work with families. I felt a calling of helping people in need, especially children.
After the birth of my second daughter, Mya, I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life. That was whether to continue working full time as a Social Worker, and as a mother of two or dedicate my time fully as a stay at home mother. I wish I could have it all, but I had to make the decision that was in the best interest of my family. I decided to stay home with my two daughters. I do not regret a second of my choice, although, at times, I do miss being a Social Worker.
I would say my taste for photography grew when I was a teenager throughout adulthood during my travels from state to state and while vacationing abroad in places like Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Mexico, and Spain. I seemed to look at architecture, old city streets and people differently than most. I believe I see the beauty in things when some people believe there is no beauty there.
I remember, about 16 years ago, taking my husband's film camera and laying on the ground in front of Cruceta del Vigía in Ponce, Puerto Rico trying to capture this beautiful landmark in it's entirety and my husband standing behind me laughing while taking a picture of me on the ground telling me how crazy I looked and how I should become a photographer. We joke and laugh about that memory every now and again and realize how life has a funny way of turning out.
In Fall 2014, after much encouragement and convincing from my husband, I decided to open my own business doing what I love and have been nothing, but pleased by the support and love I am receiving from friends, family and other business owners and photographers. My journey is far from over. I know there is so much more in store for my business and I. I want to be the best I can be. I continue to educate myself in all aspects of photography through photography workshops, seminars, and collaborating with other photographers.
I want to give my clients the best of me and give them a product they can be proud of. It is important to me to be able to work side by side with my clients to capture portraits that reflect who they are today and to create memories that last a lifetime. I hope you give me a chance to share my love of photography by helping you document your life's story through portrait photography.