Photography is the greatest and only job I’ve ever had. Yet if you asked me if I would wind up in Flagstaff, Arizona building a boutique photography studio, I would’ve said, “Where?” Before moving here in 2003, I was a photojournalist at a newspaper in Athens, Georgia. I relocated to Flagstaff with my husband because I always wanted to return to the west. Admittedly, I thought I’d spend half the year shooting weddings and half the year working on documentary photography projects. Then, something unexpected and wonderful happened: LIFE! Lots of mountain biking, traveling, and two kids later, my documentary work took a back seat to my growing wedding business and endless western adventures. And I was happy to discover how my photojournalism roots made me a fantastic “people photographer.” In fact, I owe my career to my first wedding clients, Amber and Dave, for being so emotional when they first saw their wedding images. I had never experienced such a personal connection with my documentary work; that’s why wedding emotions still keep me motivated. There is something truly touching about being part of someone’s wedding day. Two hundred weddings and ten years later, I am still here chasing “people photography,” with perfect moments and perfect composition. Yet it’s often the moments in between that are most memorable – perfectly imperfect and always real. I live in downtown Flagstaff with my husband, Matt, and our kids Owen and Harper. I couldn’t ask for a more ideal place to raise children. Being so close to the studio means I can ride bikes or ski with my kids on Fridays, but still spend my Mondays through Thursdays in our studio, serving clients all over the world.