When I was 25, my very beloved grandfather passed away, and somehow I ended up with his camera. It was a Minolta, a film camera, completely and totally manual. I had fond memories of my dad being a really great hobby photographer when I was very little — turned out dad and Pawpaw had gotten cameras at the same time — and I started playing around with it. Soon I was spending every spare minute of my days driving across the Virginia countryside photographing everything, staying up late at night reading photography guides, and falling in love with the lens.
In the years since then, I’ve done several crazy things:
1) Left my job and ran off to photography school.
2) Started a photography business from scratch while working (sometimes more than one) other job to pay the bills.
3) Fell in love and moved to Washington DC.
4) Got married and had a baby.
5) Knit a sweater for my husband that was an epic failure and could have fit Paul Bunyan.
6) Quit the day job and plunged head first into the life of a working-from-home-mom-professional-photographer.
I don’t regret a single thing.
Now I am the photographer I always wanted to be. Not that I am perfect – there is always a new direction to grow – but I trust my camera and my eye and my rapport with the children and families who are my clients.
My work is very real and immediate. I come to you or meet you in real places and photograph not just the portraits but also the moments between – you and your family and all the details you want to remember forever. I see beauty in the spontaneous and can find those magical moments in just about any setting.
My business is small and personal. Most of my clients come to me through referrals, so I value deeply the connections I make to my clients and my community. You’ll have my full creative attention in our session and afterward as we find the perfect way to share and display the images we create together.
Browse my portfolio and be inspired. See what my clients have to say.
I invite you to embrace the beauty in yourself, your child, your family, and let me capture that for you, in images that will please you for years to come. Call me today to begin.
Red Turtle Photography