I have loved photography ever since I can remember.
If you ever wonder why I love photography so much, just take a look at my family history.
I once read, "if you don't think photos are important, wait until they are all you have left."
My paternal grandparents, their dog, and their 10-year-old granddaughter were tragically killed in a head-on collision when a semi went left-of-center in 1979.
My maternal grandpa died of pancreatic cancer in 1995.
My maternal grandma died of lung cancer in September 1997.
And a month later, we lost my dad to colon cancer.
By the time that I was 6 years old, I had lost four grandparents and my dad.
For most of my life, all I've had are photos (and memories, of course).
So I've always valued their importance.
And the more I've reflected on my why, the more I've realized how much my passion stems from these experiences.
Photos are truly priceless!
It's an honor to capture memories for others that can be cherished for lifetimes!
This is why my style of photography centers on true-to-life colors, regardless of stylistic trends. I want my photos to be timeless. I do edit, of course; however, I use editing as "photo makeup," to enhance an image's beauty.
I have been professionally photographing weddings since 2010 and shooting a variety of photos for years before that. I actually started my business as a rodeo photographer! Fun fact: I competed in rodeo pageants for 10 years, and held multiple titles, including those of Miss Teen Rodeo Kansas 2009 and Miss Rodeo Kansas 2013! I competed at Miss Rodeo America in Las Vegas, Nev., and finished in the Top 10.
I thrive on variety, and that's probably why I don't focus on one particular category of photography. If you need photos taken, reach out! I also love scanning positive film slides.
That passion is a result of my Grandpa Hackney's slides. He wasn't a photographer by trade, but he sure knew how to take good pictures.
My favorite places to be are wide open ones. I most frequent those in Kansas, New Mexico, and Colorado. My roots run deepest in the first two. I love any outdoor activity, especially hiking and camping. My best friend is my corgi named Starley. She has her own Instagram. :)
I'm a lot better at writing other people's stories than I am at talking about myself (did you know I majored in journalism in college?). If you want to learn more, feel free to reach out!