What are three words that would describe both your personality and your photographic style? Authentic, light-hearted, and personal.
Can you tell us about your absolute dream session would be? I love to travel! I’ve been lucky enough to visit some awesome places. I just love immersing myself in new cultures and seeing how different people live. So, it’s not really a specific place or a specific thing I’m looking for. I’d love to be in a faraway place, with a couple, where we would simply immerse ourselves in the surroundings while we capture it through the lens of my camera.
What do you find most challenging to shoot? It can definitely be challenging when my subjects get caught up trying to look perfect for the camera, instead of just living the moment. Don’t worry about where your hair is! Don’t worry if your smile is right! Laugh and your smile will come out. Move where your heart takes you and I promise you, your hair will look beautiful.
Tell us a bit about your experience so far using the Show Me Your You prompts. The prompts are wonderful to loosen up the camera shy folks, but it’s much deeper than that. It gives them something to focus on and transports them into a different time, moment, and emotional space. When they start to relive a memory, or create a new one – that’s when the magic begins.
What’s one of the most emotional experiences you’ve ever had in a session? I particularly remember this one beautiful rustic lakeside wedding I did a few years back. At around the time of the wedding, the bride had recently found out that her father had been diagnosed with brain cancer. I ended up staying a little bit later that night and captured a few moments of just the bride and her father, including the father-daughter dance. It was a bittersweet moment that still stays with me… experiencing the highs and lows of life all at the same time.
What’s your favourite image you’ve ever taken? This is one of my favourites because it’s all body language here. These two exhaled and melted into each other and the room filled with their love. It was one of those moments when I knew they had left our space together and went into their own. It’s a reminder to us all that capturing emotion is not just about facial expressions.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to achieve more authentic moments, expressions and connections in their sessions? Give your subjects some time to warm up. I always start from further away and let them do easy things like walking back and forth and holding hands. As the shoot progresses, I get in a little closer and start prompting them a bit more to give me more personality and connection in the shots.
If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be? Well, I am also a physical therapist… and being mom to my 1-year-old keeps me pretty busy, so it would probably be a combination of those two things!