meet your hosts
Who We Are
I’ve always been a creative, but it’s taken me most of my life to realize that this is who I was created to be. Using my gift to encourage the hearts of others is what brings me alive. I believe there is beauty in all the seasons of our lives and that truth and authenticity always trump perfection. Photography has been a gift to me in that it’s allowed me to see and hold on to tangible evidence of the beauty of this messy and sometimes chaotic time in my life when I’m knee deep in homeschooling and piles of laundry. It’s taught me to listen and observe and to use my own experience to help tell the stories of others. My hope for you with our retreat is that you’ll begin see the beauty in your ability to use your own unique gifts to see others and tell their stories as well as cultivate an intimate community with other creatives that share your passion.
Feeler – Diet Coke addict and Podcast Lover – Adventure and Light Seeker
Do you remember your childhood dream? The one you still had your whole life to achieve and become anything you wanted? For me that dream was to become a famous singer. I was a good singer, an even better song-writer but soon grew to realize that maybe that was only part of my artistic journey. Since I can remember, I have always been led to create something and use my imagination.
The act of creating and doing is what makes me feel alive and most like myself.
I discovered my love for photographing people and their connections with each other soon after my first son was born. He was my first muse, and like so many mothers, I saw the most beautiful being in front of me and wanted to document every detail of his childhood and our life together. Eight years later, our family has grown into 4. My supportive husband, Mike has always been a huge reason I have found success in this business. My two sons, Jaxon and Asher are always reminding me of what matters most in my life.
I am drawn to create meaningful work with photographs. I love the way it feels when I am able to combine my vision and someone’s story in an artistic way. My work is ever-evolving and I will forever consider myself a life long learner. I will never be done exploring and trying new things. I truly believe when kindred spirits come together to celebrate a similar passion something very powerful takes place. Together we teach each other how to see in a new way. And that my friends, is priceless. I cannot wait to create and explore with you in my big back yard, The Rocky Mountains!
It’s buried in my soul, that California Gold.
Much like sitting on the same side of the booth as your partner, I find about me sections wholly unacceptable for public consumption. This is problematic for me because while I am a woman with many amazing qualities (gorgeous, well read, have never been in an accident deemed by an insurance company to be my own fault-to name a few) I have the online personality of Helen Keller, at best.
Because God is fair, I am not a natural blonde. I am not even in the neighborhood of natural blonde. To maintain this facade, I get my hair done every seven weeks. I love podcasts and boogie Volcano candles from Anthro. I am a reluctant homeschool mom with two kids who fell in love with it…the heart wants what the heart wants. I have been married for 11 years to the best & he’s a fine piece of eye candy who happens to save lives - McDreamy.
From the bottom of my heart I promise this will not be just another workshop. I want to teach you that image making is not disposable. That the family sessions are not about you and your ART, you are the time keepers for generations to come. The truth is that I am about as basic as they come. I love golden hour, I live for connection with families, and I believe in dads drinking one roadie before a shoot. Yet I still stop and take photos with my shitty i-phone of sunsets. BUT HERE’S THE THING GUYS. I know light and I know it well. I know my camera and I know it well. I have learned SO MANY THINGS and I want to share it all with you because it’s time to change our lens, to change our hearts towards family photography, and the joy you can find in gifting these families their memories in tangible form. I hope to teach you to let Instagram’s definition of success go and in that place you will find your greatest voice.