portrait and wedding photographer

portrait and wedding photographer

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Kathryn; portraits in Elgin

(an intro.)
my heart is pounding stupidly as I type these words. this is my first post, and while it might not be so super exciting to you, to me I feel like Neil Armstrong planting the American flag on the moon.
you see, I didn't ever think I would be a photographer. in fact, I was the one secretly laughing at every homeschool girl and her grandma who thought that owning a camera meant turning it into a business.
to me, saying you wanted to be a professional photographer, was like trying to be the needle in a haystack world full of other artsy people. and the thought of trying to be the best overwhelmed me.
but one day, I rather nonchalantly picked up a camera and started shooting. I sat in front of a candle an entire morning and kept messing with things and pressing buttons and zooming in and out and flipping on lights and flipping off lights until I got it just right.
a few days later, I took my sister outside and moved here, squatted there, tilted the camera a hundred different angles everywhere. light flooded through the lens. light flooded into my sister's eyes.
and so I fell in love.
slowly I began to not even care if I was just another piece of hay in the haystack. at least I was a piece of hay having fun and loving what I was doing.
I dragged friends on shoots, I dragged my family on shoots. and pretty soon, I stopped dragging and people started volunteering, asking.
so now that I have more opportunities to shoot, I thought it was about time to share my little journey through the haystack. I may never be the best. I may never be that Instagram phenomenon that everyone goes googly-eyed over. but I love this. I love learning more about this. I love how someone's character screams so loudly through images. I love how shadows and light work together to make everyday scenes dreamy. I love how a person's passion, love, personality can be frozen in time, passed on to the generations to come. I love how life can be saved and shared.
the pictures below are of my lovely friend Kathryn. who happens to be a good friend of mine and one of my favorite photographers in the world.  (um yeah it's awesome, I know.)
she met me for coffee yesterday morning and answered all the questions I could think up about cameras and capturing more light and posing people.
we trekked through downtown Elgin pretending we were in Europe, her allowing me to practice shooting her!!! (*insert fangirl squeal*)
and Kathryn, I just have to say, you are absolutely stunning. the end.
so without further ado, here is my first post! :)


(thank you for yesterday, Kathryn. you are the best.)


  1. Ahhh! I have NEVER seen so many photos that I liked of myself in one place. That sounds really narcissistic. But seriously. You have a gift. I feel like you completely captured who I am. And that has never happened to me before. I so rarely am on the opposite side of the lens, and when I am it's usually Tara taking a quick snapshot for something. I can't tell you how fun it was to actually experience what I do for my clients (especially since we seem to behave like clones of each other :-). THANK YOU. <3

    And CONGRATS on the blog!! I shall look forward to many more posts to come. :-D

  2. These are so beautiful of Kathryn! Love the fun and creative backdrops you both came up with. =)