It’s a funny thing trying to sit down and write a few words about myself that will hopefully tell you exactly who I am. I have three main titles: photographer, wife & mama. If we have the opportunity to meet, I’ll probably ask a few too many questions to try and learn more about you. I love hearing people’s stories. Since we are meeting with this virtual handshake how about I go first?
On August 30, 2015 I married my high school sweetheart on top of a mountain in San Diego. We invited 100 of our closest friends and family to take part in “Camp Hickerson.” Thinking back to that weekend still makes my heart want to explode and if I could do it again, I would! Three years before Sam and I got married, I started my photography business. I was 19 and going to college in Arizona when I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue my dream career. In my first year as a wedding photographer, my work was published in two of the most prestigious wedding blogs: Green Wedding Shoes and Style Me Pretty. Since then I have photographed my couples from the cliffs in Big Sur, to a beach in Maui, under the shade of a Joshua Tree, and a campground in the middle of the Arizona mountains. I really love outdoor, adventurous weddings but I’m just as thrilled to shoot weddings in my little home town in the South Bay, LA.
I’ve danced under hundreds of string lights with as many guests and I’ve been the only witness (and signed the marriage license!) + everything in between. But my proudest moments have been when a brides grandmother called me after seeing the photos with happy tears, or hugging the parents goodbye after the best night of dancing, or piecing together my brides hair seconds before the grand entrance. Or that one time the florist cancelled so I sat on the floor with the bridesmaids and handmade their bouquets!! For me this isn’t just a career. Its two people inviting me to take part in their story and asking me to capture it the best way I know how; because it will be the one you tell a hundred times as you flip through the photos I took with your grandkids .
Phew. That got deep. I’m kind of passionate about what I do – can you tell?
When I’m not photographing weddings & families I’ve been busy figuring out this whole motherhood thing. My daughter Dylan Bailey showed up to the party in June 2017 and life has never been so FUN. I could talk about her all day long but instead you should just go see the cuteness on my Instagram. We have two rescue pups named Jackson + Lauren and a vintage trailer named Lucille, I constantly re-watch The Office, I’m always barefoot and find myself at the beach at least every other day, and I firmly believe it is never too cold for ice cream or too late for cereal.
>> See our own wedding from August 2015 “Camp Hickerson“
>> Read about Dylan Bailey’s birth story
>> See more of our little 1920’s home on Instagram at #thelittlecottageproject
I value the relationships I build with my clients throughout the planning process more than anything. They let me into their story and share amazing ideas to make their wedding day unique. Occasionally all of that hard work gets recognized by a publication or industry award. I am proud to share a handful of those features here: