I was introduced to photography during high school by my dad. Using his film SLR camera, I started to understand composition and exposure. We developed photographs in a make-shift darkroom in our small basement (I don’t recommend this as the chemicals are very dangerous and disposal is tricky). I liked photographing “things, not people,” and this obsession continued into college when I went to Carnegie Mellon University to study engineering. At age 19, I knew I wanted to be a professional photographer, but also wanted to finish engineering school.
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, I practiced civil engineering for over five years as a Construction Manager and Water Resources Engineer. I started my photography business just after college when I got my first Digital-SLR, and along the way also began finding enjoyment in photographing people! I started shooting weddings in 2006, and in the summer of 2009, I was able to transition into a full-time photography career and couldn’t be happier!
I live in the Allegheny Valley area in a renovated American Foursquare with my husband, Ryan. I am a vegetarian and enjoy cooking ethnic foods and treats from websites and blogs like Make it Naked and books like Plenty and River Cottage Veg Everyday. My family is important to me and I like to spend a lot of time with them. When I’m not taking pictures, I enjoy traveling (this usually involves picture-taking), visiting with friends, learning German, and reading.