If you’ve met me in person, you know I love to talk. I come from a long line of talkers, and let’s just say the gene is a strong one.
But as a business owner, I’m often reluctant to talk about myself and my personal life too much here. I see other photographers posting frequently about their wardrobe, their breakfast, their vacations, what movie they saw last weekend… and while I love reading it, I tend to like to keep my professional and my personal lives separate. I have a separate blog for my family and a third for my teaching. I don’t even really like keeping up with three blogs, but it doesn’t always feel right to mix the content.
Anyway, I just had some new headshots done by the great Christina Wolfe, but since every photo needs a few (or 1000) words to go with it, I figured I’d debut them here with a little extra info about me. I don’t get to meet a lot of my clients prior to their wedding days or portrait sessions, so consider this a virtual introduction, complete with awkward “hello, is that you?” glances across a crowded coffee shop. (I’m the one with the multiple heavy bags. Always.)
Ten Things You Might Not Know About Me
1. I love to write. This is probably because I love to talk, and also because writing has always been easy for me. Ever noticed how long my blog posts get, especially when I’m explaining something? You should’ve seen my master’s thesis.
2. I’m on a real diet for the first time in my life. I’m on day 3 and it’s definitely not fun.
3. I have two children, James and Caroline. You already knew that, right? But you want to see another photo, right? Here they are!
4. I’ve been hooked on the show “Parenthood” all summer. I’ve tried to take my time with it, but I’m now finally on the last season, and I do not want it to end. Also, I am so excited to see what’s next for Claire Underwood on “House of Cards.”
5. I’m trying to simplify my closet into sort of a capsule wardrobe. My friend Becca told me to get rid of anything that doesn’t “bring me joy,” with the idea that I would love whatever is left. And you know what? It worked this summer. After I post this, I’m running out to add a few specific items to my back-to-school wardrobe, and I’m hoping I can keep this going… forever. I don’t need 30 outfits that I sort of love. I need 7 that I LOVE.
6. I love to sing, but I get embarrassed singing in casual settings. On stage or in front of my classroom: no problem. In a living room surrounding by friends and family, or even just my husband: no way.
7. My favorite books growing up were “Matilda” and “Anne of Green Gables” (I still kind of want a green dress with puffy sleeves). In high school I loved “Jane Eyre” and “Fair and Tender Ladies.” In college my favorites were “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “The Little Prince,” “Wide Sargasso Sea” (my husband’s first gift to me was a hardback copy), and “The Bone People.” I don’t read too much anymore, mostly because I get too exhausted editing photos late into the evening and can’t get through the books quickly enough to stay interested. But I did really enjoy “The Night Circus” last year, and although it’s weird, I got totally into this book called “The Shining Girls” about a time-traveling serial killer. (I know, I know. It’s better than it sounds.)
8. I love, love, love, love, love playing the ukulele. I even have a 4th and 5th grade ukulele club at my school. It’s a big deal and we’re going to be performing as an opening act for the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain this fall.
9. I didn’t have a professional wedding photographer. When I got married, I didn’t even think about hiring a photographer. It never occurred to me. My grandfather is talented with a camera and we asked him to take the photos. He did a beautiful job. We’ve been married 11 years this month and I’m really hoping I can take some time to pull out those photos and make us a new album.
10. I’m constantly on the lookout for an older 4-square style home with a sidewalk and a big tree and a fenced-in yard near downtown Christiansburg. So, if you see one for under $200K, let me know. Keep in mind we’re staying put until daycare is over (4 years). Children are the most expensive, most wonderful things, aren’t they?