MEET HOPE

Student and big dreamer turned industry-leading business owner.

But, God laid on my heart that maybe something should be different. 

A few years ago, if you had told me I’d have the opportunity to be a full-time photographer and business owner, I would have laughed. Because, you see, a few years ago I was just a high school student with a part-time job at a retail store. My life was a constant race between stocking shelves, studying for AP classes, getting to cheer practices, rushing through the halls and applying for universities. The thought of being an entrepreneur seemed daunting and far off, if not impossible. 

Maybe the college I committed to attending wasn’t where I was supposed to be. Maybe, just maybe, the way I pictured my life was not what He had mapped out for me. So, one morning, I made a big decision: I was revoking my admission to a 4-year business university and pursuing this crazy, seemingly unattainable dream full time. And I was going to chase after those dreams like a freight train. I feel so thankful every day to have the opportunity to do what I love through serving and loving my clients. And while photography is something that I love and adore - creating lasting relationships with my clients is where my heart will always lie. And, in my journey to pursue my purpose and build a business rooted in love, I’ve found an even deeper passion for educating and equipping other photographers to do the same. 

f you’re looking for me, you can typically find me snuggled up under a fuzzy blanket, working hard on my laptop with a candle burning nearby. I'm always eating, 

so I'm sure I have some sort of snack in hand while I hustle hard for these big dreams of mine.

But, enough about how this business of mine got started; let’s get to the important stuff

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My favorites

Target, obvs.

Place to shop

Netflix Series: 

Monogram

Accessory

Pale Blue

Color

Chicken Nuggets

Food

Popcorn, extra butter

movie snack

Gossip Girl

I’m a Southern girl at heart with a deep spiritual connection to buttered popcorn and Christmas-scented candles. Here’s all the important stuff you’ll need to know to see if we’re soul sisters: 

Santorini, Greece

destinatIon

PERSON

White

NAIL color

Brunch (mimosas)

Brunch (bottomless mimosas!)

MEAL

A bit of everything

MUSIC

Frogs (I’m obsessed) 

Animal 

My Momma 

I’m a Southern girl at heart with a deep spiritual connection to buttered popcorn and Christmas-scented candles. Here’s all the important stuff you’ll need to know to see if we’re soul sisters: 

Charleston, SC 

city

chik fil a order

Peonies! 

flower

Strawberry Refresher

Brunch (bottomless mimosas!)

Starbucks

Vodka soda + lime

Adult drink

Marshmallow Fireside

Candle

8 ct. nugget + fries

I’m a Southern girl at heart with a deep spiritual connection to buttered popcorn and Christmas-scented candles. Here’s all the important stuff you’ll need to know to see if we’re soul sisters: 

At age 16, I was working a part time job at a local retail store and stacking AP classes on top of cheer practice. I signed up for a photojournalism class as a way to trick my dad into buying me a nice camera (because it was required).

it all started with junior year

september 2012

I quit my part-time job to pursue photography as more than just a hobby! Still, I was barely making money and still had so much to learn. 

THE LEAP OF FAITH

May 2013

I turned seventeen and made my business officially official! I signed all the documents, filed all the paperwork and started paying taxes. AH! 

sweet seventeen

August 2013:

I began my senior year of high school as a part-time student and full-time photographer. I had enough credits to leave class every day by 10am…and I HUSTLED. 

do THE HUSTLE

september 2013

I began applying to colleges. First to art schools that were out of state…then to schools closer to home to pursue a degree in marketing... 

College dreams

October 2013

I knew so little about photography that I was called out in front of my entire photojournalism class for having the wrong type of camera. OOPS. To Ebay I went! 

...IT WAS A SLOW START

DECEMBER 2012

... with photography! Took photos more often for friends and family. Still working a part-time job. Still hustling through the hardest year of high school. 

FALLING iN LOVE

APRIL 2013

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Acceptance letters starting rolling in. My business was growing. I had 6 schools to choose from, and I committed to the closest school: but still an 8-hour round trip from home (and my business). 

BIG DECISIONS

JANUary 2014

I went to orientation at the college I had committed to. I met my roommate. Signed up for classes. Said hi to my professors. Paid all the fees and started shopping for my dorm! But, something didn’t feel right. 

ORIENTATION.

July 2014

I photographed my very first SOLO wedding!!! 

THE FIRST

April 2014

I celebrated 5 years as a full-time business owner! 


ANNIVERSARY

August 2018

I graduated high school at age 17 with an advanced degree…and a full-blown, full-time business as a wedding photographer. I almost skipped graduation to photograph a wedding instead! 

skip graduation? 

JUNE 2014

After weeks of tearful praying and feeling unsettled…I made a huge decision. I revoked my admission to a four-year university to go full-time as a photographer! 

path, chosen

AUGUST 2014

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At age 16, I was working a part time job at a local retail store and stacking AP classes on top of cheer practice. I signed up for a photojournalism class as a way to trick my dad into buying me a nice camera (because it was required).

it all started with junior year

september 2012

I knew so little about photography that I was called out in front of my entire photojournalism class for having the wrong type of camera. OOPS. To Ebay I went! 

It was a slow start

DECEMBER 2012

... with photography! Took photos more often for friends and family. Still working a part-time job. Still hustling through the hardest year of high school. 

the leap of faith

April 2013

I quit my part-time job to pursue photography as more than just a hobby! Still, I was barely making money and still had so much to learn. 

THE LEAP OF FAITH

may 2013

I turned seventeen and made my business officially official! I signed all the documents, filed all the paperwork and started paying taxes. AH! 

SWEET SEVENTEEN

August 2013

I began my senior year of high school as a part-time student and full-time photographer. I had enough credits to leave class every day by 10am…and I HUSTLED. 

DO THE HUSTLE

SEPTEMBER 2013

I began applying to colleges. First to art schools that were out of state…then to schools closer to home to pursue a degree in marketing... 

College dreams

OCTOBER 2013

Acceptance letters starting rolling in. My business was growing. I had 6 schools to choose from, and I committed to the closest school: but still an 8-hour round trip from home (and my business). 

BIG DECISIONS

JANUARY 2014

I graduated high school at age 17 with an advanced degree…and a full-blown, full-time business as a wedding photographer. I almost skipped graduation to photograph a wedding instead! 

skip graduation

June 2014

I went to orientation at the college I had committed to. I met my roommate. Signed up for classes. Said hi to my professors. Paid all the fees and started shopping for my dorm! But, something didn’t feel right. 

ORIENTATION

July 2014

After weeks of tearful praying and feeling unsettled…I made a huge decision. I revoked my admission to a four-year university to go full-time as a photographer! 

PATH, CHOSEN

AUgust 2014

I photographed my very first SOLO wedding!!! 

THE FIRST

APRIL 2014

I celebrated 5 years as a full-time business owner! 

ANNIVERSARY

AUGUST 2018

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I have a slight (major) obsession with coffee mugs. You should see the stack on my desk! 

ACTUAL COFFEE

But, the catch? I don’t actually drink coffee. Like, ever. Ice water in pretty mugs, it is! 

CoffeE
mugs

Picky eaters, unite!? Chicken tenders and French fries is my go-to order at any fancy restaurant…you can never go wrong!

Chicken Tenders 

ANYTHING GREEN

About that picky eating thing…I don’t actually eat most green things. Oops! 

I LOVE traveling! Traveling is a huge source of inspiration for my business and I can’t get enough of exploring

Traveling

STAYING PUT

I’m not very good at staying in one place. I want to stamp my passport as many times as I can in one lifetime

The Food Network and Cooking Channel are my weaknesses! I absolutely love to bake sweets in the kitchen with my family.

BAKING

 Cooking

But, if we’re being honest…I’m not very good at anything else domestic. Cooking actual food is not my forte.

Can I just get an “amen” on this?

YOGA PANTS

ANY OTHER PANTS

Is there anyone that LIKES jeans? I mean, really?

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