It all started when...
I became a photographer in 2009 while getting my art education degree from Northeastern State university.
I became a mother for the first time in February 2012 to my daughter Bradie Jolene. Her birth left me feeling abandoned and disconnected, and I struggled as a mother for a few months after. My son was born 2 years later, and I had a much more connected and loving experience. I think both births helped fuel my devotion to helping women during this vulnerable time in their lives.
I photographed my first birth in 2014 and shortly after became a certified doula through Stillbirthday. I have since trained through DONA and ToLabor and continue to attend various continuing education courses for doulas and birth photographers. I think my teacher heart is constantly eager to learn more about birth and what ways I can help others surrounding their childbearing years.
After 5 years of teaching photography to high school students while cultivating my own photography and doula skills. In 2016 I left teaching to pursue my true calling. I never imagined I'd be so lucky as to get to have a career I love this much.
I could talk about birth and motherhood ALL DAY.
When I'm not at a birth or photo session, you can find me on my back deck yelling at my kids or in my big brown chair watching crap TV and drinking pinot noir or one of the beers my husband has brewed.