I am pretty sure that I was born with photography in my blood; both my grandfather and father were avid amateurs. The photography bug bit me at a middle school summer camp and it’s been a part of my life ever since. Through out high school I was the one covering all the events for the yearbook and school newspaper and spent countless hours after school developing my prints in the darkroom. When it came to choosing a college my parents and teachers all encouraged me to pursue photography, but it just seemed like that job would be too much fun to be a real job so I chose to attend Cottey College in Nevada, MO while I contemplated my career path. I earned extra money as a photographer for the local newspaper, as well as our school newspaper and after the encouragement of winning some awards for my photography in the school paper and my own wall in a class gallery show. I was ready to take the next step and moved to Santa Barbara, CA to attend Brooks Institute of photography, where I studied all types of photography from Food, and products to portraiture we photographed on location, in the studio and even in a lab. I graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Professional Photography and moved back to Texas where I began working as a freelance commercial photography assistant where I worked on large production shoots for clients such as Kinkos, AT&T, Chili’s, and Nieman Marcus I even began producing some of the photo shoots. As much as I loved working on the big sets I loved teaching photography more and took a job at Images 4 Kids as their Director of Photographic Support, where I was able to help photographers across the country trouble shoot problems that popped up as they were photographing their clients. Through the years I progressed through the company and became their Vice President of Franchise Development where I became in charge of their complete training program and ongoing support.
Then I met the love of my life and moved to Indianapolis and got married and I am ready for another change of pace. Taking pieces of every stage of my photography education I am happy to present Heartfelt Photography. The style of the studio is carefully crafted candid portrait designs. The precise attention to detail that I learned on commercial photo shoots, the careful anticipation of candid actions from my Newspaper days, and the ability to expect the unexpected from my work as photography support. I am able to provide my clients with a portrait that not only captures the milestone the want to remember but also a piece of art.