behind the lens

Thank you for stopping by to find out who is behind the photos. My family and those who love me call me Hope. I have a sweet, thoughtful + immensely talented husband who owns a landscaping company – Rootstock Landscaping + Design (shameless plug). Yep that’s him and I in the image here. We got married in Savannah, Ga. The place where we spent 3 amazing years while I went to graduate school (Savannah College of Art + Design). We currently reside in Maryland with our 3 amazing boys!

I’ve been an artist for most of my life and started off drawing and painting as a young girl. I took art classes at the local art studio from the age of 9-17 (Staub Art Studio) and I held my first art show at the age of 10  where I made $330. I went on to teach art lessons at the studio to support me through college. I attended Stevenson University where I received my BFA in Graphic Design. It was during these college years that I fell in love with photography in school. After graduating, I left home to attend the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA to pursue another BFA in Fine Art Photography.

I spent most of my years in Savannah photographing and studying studio photography and food. While in my last year at SCAD, I ventured out of the studio and started assisting a wedding photographer. This was a first for me and I quickly fell in love with the action, emotion and all of the little details that the day held. Yep, I’m the one behind the camera with the tear rolling down my cheek as I look over to capture the groom’s face when he first sees his bride. Or the look on dads face as he hands his daughter to the new man in her life. These are the moments. The real life moments that fill my work and my heart.

I have shot over 200+ weddings since opening my doors in 2006 and have been featured in several National Wedding Publications around the world. My goal with all of my images is to bring out and capture the natural beauty, emotion and moment with anything that crosses my lens. I’d love to capture your moments in life. I want to be your photographer. So get in touch and we’ll go from there!

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