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  • Hello there…

    Thanks for stopping by! I started my business in 2007 shortly after the birth of my daughter, it felt like time was slipping away like a thief in the night. There were so many moments I wanted to hold on to. For me, photography isn't about a staged moment with manufactured, on cue smiles. It's about freezing time to capture a feeling in a fleeting moment. I've found that behind my camera I could see life unfolding and it seemed magical. And I Ioved it. My camera is a conduit of my quest for beauty and connections that I want to preserve. Years from now I want to remember how I felt, provoking emotions and memories that have long past... and I think you will too. I pour my heart and soul into each session. Everyone has a unique story to tell, and I would be honored to tell yours. This is my art and passion, I can't imagine doing anything else. I'm inspired by films, music, and fashion. Amy Poehler is my alter ego. Life is weird, unpredictable, adventurous, sentimental, and so much fun! It's quite a ride... let's go somewhere.

    I encourage all potential clients to shop around. Compare photographer portfolios. There are a ton of photographers out there- one for every budget. See what you like... and what you don't. Photography isn't a brand, it's about finding someone that connects with you... a shared vision and style. Anyone can take a picture, especially with technology today. Not everyone can tell a story.

    Here I share personal projects, client work, amongst other things that inspire me. I try to blog at least once a week. So come back soon!

    Technical details: I am a film and digital photographer incorporating video in all of my sessions. I want you to truly have the finest experience and the greatest memories. Film creates a look that cannot be digitally replicated, digital is perfect for immediate gratification, and video tells a story of its own. I attend several workshops throughout the year all across the country with the industry's top photographers from around the world because I truly believe there is always more to learn, especially in this ever-changing industry... this keeps me inspired and humbled, while giving you the very best.

The Shaws // At home

Home is real.

Vulnerability tucked in crevices.

Your safe haven, where you, the real YOU resides.

Worldly walls vanish, opening the door to the sweet spot of your life.

The tenderness of family so ripe, its aroma infectious.

Smiles and laughter swell.

Flooding the frame with the pure joy of you.

This is the story of your life.

 London did not find me amusing. At. All.  But look at that flower in her hair…  9 rescue dogs, 2 kids, and all the feels.

Africa / Part I

Out of Africa… literally.
That time I fell in love with Africa and her people. Songs have been written about your beauty… your joy is infectious. My emotions have swallowed my words whole. This time I’ll let the photos tell the story, my words are inadequate.

Alexandra // Bloomington Illinois High School Senior 2017

Go against the grain.

Stray from the crowd.

Hold your head up high.

Make your parents proud.

There’s a voice inside of you, listen closely.

Ignore the lusty opinions of others,

what you think of you counts, mostly.

Be different, use your voice, help others always.

This— the right direction.

It’s not always easy, prepare to make mistakes—

big ones, I should mention.

Some will leave scars, others will groom you,

it’s just the pain of diffusing your youth.

If you can laugh at yourself, you’ll be just fine.

Okay, not yet? Give it time.