If it wasn't for my love of shooting weddings and preserving joy filled moments, I'd be a professional cookie eater. I'm not sure if that's a legitimate career but I would find a way to make it happen!
If I'm not photographing weddings or baking something sweet, I'm usually outside on a hike with my family or traveling somewhere to explore a new part of this gorgeous world. I'm always ready to be whisked away on a new adventure, pink suitcase and passport in hand!
I couldn't tell you how many printed pictures I have because there are far too many to count! My family keeps our photographs in shoeboxes, photo albums, and in frames throughout each of our homes. We pull out the tote bins filled to the brim of pictures from our past and remember the moments that have been engraved into our legacy that will live on after we're gone.
This goes hand in hand with my cookie obsession! Growing up I would always want to make the birthday cake or cupcakes for my family. During high school I'd always make treats and bring them in! At one point I worked in a bakery and was in charge of all sugar cookies and decorating cupcakes. I loved that job!
I witnessed an emotion unfold. It was stronger than love, more powerful than appreciation and filled with hope.
IN THAT MOMENT I KNEW.
I walk through the home of the very first wedding I ever shot. The walls covered with photographs from their wedding, the wedding that changed my life’s path.
We sat, gathered around the table where both of their families would come together to create new memories as one. The table that would be the center of new traditions, heart to hearts, and where they would soon show their grandchildren the photographs of their wedding. I opened up their gallery and let the slideshow play. As they saw their wedding day unfold for the second time before their eyes, I watched them. They shared glances that filled each other’s soul with love and happiness.
If I'm not listening to Sugar by Maroon 5, I'm probably working with Mumford & Sons, X Ambassadors, or Sam Smith in the background. Or the Hamilton soundtrack because it's just so good!
I only order chicken wings for take out because I'm the messiest chicken wing eater ever. It's either all over my face or my hands are dripping in sauce. Thank goodness for napkins!
I'd consider myself to be a plant Mom with the countless succulents and plants that fill my home! I never said I was a good plant Mom... but I'm working on it!
I don't go anywhere without bringing snacks. Even when running to the grocery store, you'll still find a granola bar or protein cookie in my center console. I have a special snack pack in my camera bag complete with gummies for hungry flower girls and ring bearers!
My best friend's name is also Nicole. Her family calls me "Dee Dee Dah", a name given to me by her son, so there's never any confusion. I shot her wedding in 2018 and was a bridesmaid! Nicole second shoots and assists me from time to time too!
If given the opportunity to wear sequins it's always a yes! I really need to add more to my wardrobe and wear them on a daily basis. They make any occasion super fancy!
I have an addiction to Bath and Body Works 3 wick candles... I currently have twenty in my home all partially used but ready for any occasion! The scents and ambiance are pure perfection!
I love trying new things! Whether it's a new food, an adventure or something totally different, trying something new is always exciting!
Lacing up my hiking boots and going on an adventure is one of my favorite things to do. It could be a trail at a local state park or hiking up the Flat Irons in Colorado! I'm always up for climbing a mountain and being outside!