It all started when...
I became a photographer in 2009 while getting my art education degree from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
I became a mother for the first time in February 2012 to our daughter Bradie Jolene. Her birth left me feeling abandoned and disconnected, and I struggled as a mother for some time after. Our son, Foster Wade, 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 parents 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, Your Birth Experience and ToLabor and continue to attend various continuing education courses for doulas and birth photographers. I am also a certified birth photographer through Birth Becomes Her! I think my teacher heart is constantly eager to learn more about birth and what ways I can help others feel more confident when making big decisions.
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 parenting ALL FREAKING DAY.
When I'm not at a birth or photo session, you can find me and the kids hanging with our neighbors, helping my husband brew beer, or just vegging out in my big brown chair watching TV.