1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I would say one thing people don’t know about me is that I’m from a small, Amish community called Yoder, Kansas (No, I am not Amish). The town itself consists of 200-300 people, so I had tons of free time on my hands when I was younger. I would spend way too much time in forests, and come up with creative things to do on my own. I feel like this helped me out so much later on in life. If you ever get the chance, take a break for a week and go somewhere that’s pretty isolated. You’ll find out that your brain is way more creative than you ever knew!
2. What are your biggest passions and hobbies?
I love to sing and play guitar. I’ve been singing since I was three, and it all started with a karaoke machine in my parents’ basement that played Olivia Newton John’s “Hopelessly Devoted to You”. At this point in my life, I feel like that’s all it would ever play because my parents had me sing it each time any one came over. It always makes me grin every time I think about it. My mom and dad bought me my first guitar when I was 12, and I taught myself from that point on. To be your own music machine is probably the most invigorating experience you could ever witness. Along with that, I also draw portraits whenever my hands don’t want to stop moving and I have nothing else to work on!
3. What are your goals for the future?
My biggest goal for the future is being a full-time photographer and drowning myself in creativity each and every day. That, to me, is the definition of freedom. Along with that, I want to eventually kick start some photography support groups. I just really want to teach the art of photography to anyone that wants to learn. I want to mentor, empower, and push other creatives. That alone, would bring me so much happiness, and at the end of the day, happiness is the biggest goal.
4. What is your definition of success?
My definition of success is being able to wake up in the morning to a huge sigh of relief because I know I’m doing what I love to do for a living…Creating. Whenever I’m with a client or out and about with my camera, I am literally filled to the brim with joy, and I normally cannot wait to get home and start editing! Whatever makes your heart flutter, do that, and then you will find success.
5. Tell us something about the projects you’re working on.
My biggest project right now is my launch of Light & Time which is a photography support group on Facebook that just launched on 4/13! It definitely wouldn’t be possible to have done it without my other lovely admins, Cassie Plummer, Kelsey Admire-Kenny, and Cassidy Drury. They’re incredible women who possess the same passion for photography as I do. They’re all local to Kansas City as well which is really convenient! Another project is my photography resources blog that will soon be up and running on my website. I have a few posts already, but it will be growing pretty rapidly in the months to come! I’m also working on topics for a photography YouTube Channel, so I can set that off into the world and people can witness how truly awkward I am. Support. Empower. Create. That’s what I’m all about!
Featured: Jake Haas