What do you love about your job?
I love sitting with a client for the first time and custom building their very own special photography and/or video production wedding package, as well as explaining all the things we can do to make their day as memorable as possible. Bridal couples get so excited at all the options I present them. Planning their day with me is a wonderful experience.
What or who inspired you to start your own business?
I studied Fine Art Photography at The University of Iowa. There were always students needing an experienced photographer for something. One day, someone asked if I would photograph their wedding day, I said yes. Next thing I knew, someone else asked, and this person referred someone else. It just grew and grew until I reached where I am today. I also studied Motion Picture Film at Iowa, so it wasn't long before I offered video along with photography to my clients.
Describe your most memorable project.
I remember back when a bride came to my home to look through her wedding photographs (I was shooting film in the 1990s). She looked through about 200 images, and when she closed the book, I noticed she was crying. I thought I must have done something wrong to make her cry, and I was very upset. She looked at me, wiped away the tears, and said, "We've seen photos other people took at our wedding, but we've never seen anything as beautiful as these. These as so wonderful." I remember her words to this day. I almost started crying myself. It's amazing to bring so much joy to a person who was a perfect stranger just six months earlier.