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I DIDN’T KNOW I WAS GOING TO BE A PHOTOGRAPHER.

I didn’t know I was going to be a photographer. Photography was something that I gradually developed a love for (get it? A pun! Developed! I already did it! In the first paragraph!) but ever since the early days of editing on built-in Microsoft applications in middle school, I learned that I loved polishing and perfecting photos to display the most magnificent version of what they were - which was raw, laughing, sometimes blurry, beautiful life.

I’m all about breaking the rules - I’ve realized that the unexpected is often what makes our lives more rich and our photos more authentic. I want to encourage my models to interact with their environment, to create lines with their bodies, and to distort the vision of what is considered “aesthetically pleasing” whenever possible. Posed can be beautiful. Rigid can be fashion. Laughter can be wild. Messy hair can be relatable. A kiss can bring forth a tear.

It’s all real. It’s all life. What I’ve set out to capture is that every moment - the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, or somewhere in the middle - are moments to cherish. They make us, well, us. The human life is a constant learning experience, a never-ending cycle of ups and downs, of laughter, of tears, of heartbreak, of happiness, and everything in-between. And as a photographer, I want to capture it in the most honorable and beautiful way that I know how - as you felt it.

I’ve realized that if we’re looking - really looking - beauty can be found anywhere. If you can see pain and sadness and happiness and bliss from a single photo, I think I’ve done my job. I’ve set out to explore the exquisite reality of all things, to encourage unique takes on everyday settings and people, and to draw attention to the creative capacity of others in our community. I strive to take unconventional photos that highlight the emotion and individuality of the human story and all that we create, all while working to reflect the magnificent beauty of our Creator.

So - black, white, brown, gay, straight, happy, sad, male, female, or some combination of all - your story is important. Your life is important. Your feelings are important. Let’s capture them together.

P.S. - A few more things, just in case you were wondering - that’s me in the gallery below. I graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with degrees in Organizational Communications and Film and Media Studies. I love Michael Bublé, jars of tiny pickles, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I’m an Enneagram 6 and have recently been trying out a center part (still not sure how I feel about it). The mountains are my daydream, but the Great Lakes are my home. And I can’t wait to get to know you.

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