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enchanté (French):  Nice to meet you, literally: 'enchanted'



One of the sx-70 Polaroid self-portraits featured in an art exhibit in Dijon, France around 2005.

Casually laughing out a window as one does.

Photo cred: Stephanie Wells.

Sometimes I play guitar and write songs and sing them.  

SnapChat.  Yeah, professional photogs use goofy filters sometimes, too.  

“CREATIVITY IS A WILD MIND AND A DISCIPLINED EYE.” - DOROTHY PARKER

Who I Am

Born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was lucky enough to be around a LOT of artists and academics from a relatively early age.  I've had a camera in my hand as far back as I can remember.  I made a pinhole camera out of an Quaker oats canister and developed the prints from it in a  darkroom around age 10 I began second shooting weddings for published wedding photographer, Jen Fariello, around age 17 when I was simultaneously interning and working for musician and film-maker, Shannon Worrell, of Super Duke Music (September 67, Lilith Fair) and Lighthouse Films.  I also did a cornucopia of theater productions (over 30 plays), music making, singing/songwriting and script writing in my childhood, teens, and early twenties at Live Arts.

I moved to the Pittsburgh area in 2004 to attend school to study psychology and neuroscience, minoring in arts and literature.  Life threw me for a bit of a loop and I was unable to finish school, a few credits short of my degree.  Since moving to the Pittsburgh region, I have worked intensively on my own art (mostly oil painting and mixed media) and in the mental health and child development fields (including some private nannying and preschool teaching), while shooting the occasional wedding or portrait on the side and second-shooting for other photographers.  

I also started taking analogue pictures with restored Polaroid cameras (some as old from the 1950s) as part of the Impossible Project with some Austrian friends, and was featured in an exhibit in Dijion, France at age 24, featuring several self-portraits I had taken with a Polaroid sx-70.   Recently I started picking up enough work that I've been able to utilize all my experience in the various arts and translate it into photography full-time.

I love working with people and bringing out their true natures in photographs.  I describe my photographic style as photojournalistic (mostly because I can't think of a better word for it), as I tend to take the "in between" candid shots, when no one thinks I'm looking (ninja/stealth style!).  I truly enjoy this field and everything involved in it.  I shoot the gamut of "niches"---senior portraits, family portraits, headshots, editorial and commercial, food photography , private events, and, of course, weddings.  I am also available to mentor and teach individuals on a case by case basis (please email me for more info on this).

Now that you've made it to the end of my monologue (thanks for taking the time to read it), please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have at all.  No question is too stupid, I promise.

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What I Do

My goal is to make you feel your absolute best in front of the camera (it's not easy, I know!!).  I work with you to make you feel as comfortable as humanly possible while being "shot."  If that includes blasting music or making a fool out of myself behind the lens, trust me, I'll do it!

At weddings and events you probably won't even know I'm there unless I am posing you for a portrait.  I have been taking pictures for over 20 years (I started in my single digits...there is photographic proof somewhere of toddler me with an old SLR) and know what it is like to be on both sides of the camera. I clearly prefer to be behind it. 

A session with me is usually like hanging out with your friend from grade school or an old acquaintance.  I'll find our common ground whatever it is to bring out your best emotion in frame.  I want you to (no, I pretty much neeeeed you to) love the images you're getting for making the decision to invest in me as your photographer.  My favorite part of the job is watching families and relationships grow as I come back to take your pictures, year after year.

Peep My Most Recent Musings and Work Here


"PHOTOGRAPHY IS A WAY OF FEELING, OF TOUCHING, OF LOVING.  WHAT YOU HAVE CAUGHT ON FILM IS CAPTURED FOREVER.  IT REMEMBERS LITTLE THINGS, LONG AFTER YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN EVERYTHING." - AARON SISKIND

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