I'm a landscape and adventure photographer, artist , and outdoor advocate based in Dover, Delaware. I believe photos and visual communication can be the gateway for people to discover meaningful experiences in the outdoors. I see my job as a way to leverage visual tools such as photos, videos, graphics, and words in order to inspire outdoor adventure, educate others about the outdoors, and lead people to meaningful, outdoor experiences.
I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design and Environmental Science. Everyone asked me how I was going to combine the two things that seemed so different at the time. I’ve come to think they’re not all so different after all. Visual communication is a powerful and important tool in the outdoor industry not only to share information, but to inspire adventure and ultimately cultivate stewardship and conservation of natural resources.
A photo can be someone’s first introduction to a natural resource, and has the power to convince them to learn more or even visit. Once you visit and experience the outdoors, it's hard not to fall in love. And once you love something, you want to protect it.
I started this blog because I believe in the power of visual communication to move people from awareness of the outdoors all the way to stewardship of natural resources.
I don't just talk about the outdoors. I live it. In my free time, I love hiking, kayaking, biking, and traveling.
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio and studied graphic design and environmental science at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana (Go Irish!). After graduating in 2016, I got a job as a naturalist at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware. I bought my first camera and moved to Delaware. While at working at the park, I started taking photos of the landscapes and eventually that led to taking photos of events and then weddings.
After a summer at Cape Henlopen, I was offered a job in the marketing department for Delaware State Parks and moved to Dover, Delaware. In 2018 I became the marketing director for Delaware State Parks, and I still work hold this position full time. I still love landscape photography, and I oversee all photography and videography for Delaware State Parks.
Get to know me better! Here are a few things about me.
I think Delaware is a massively underrated state. You can drive the entire length of the state in a little over 2 hours, and there is only one area code for the state, but there is so much to see here.
Delaware has Atlantic Beaches, the Delaware Bayshore, baldcypress swamps, inland ponds, salt marsh, rolling hills, and even a natural rock wall. Plus Delaware's state parks were voted America's Best. I might be biased, but our parks are pretty great.
I'm from Ohio, but after graduating college, I took an environmental education internship at Cape Henlopen State Parks in Lewes, Delaware. I only intended to stay in Delaware for 13 weeks, but after my internship was over, I was offered a seasonal job in the central office marketing department.
In less than 2 years, I went from internship to Marketing Director for the entire Division, where I still work today.
I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. RA is an autoimmune disorder where your body attacks itself, and causes your joints to swell and hurt. When I was diagnosed, within a few months I went from being a competitive cheerleader to struggling to do simple tasks like open a door or even walk.
I've tried many different medications over the years, from pills to injections, and even though RA still affects me everyday, it is mostly under control.
Did you see see that one coming?
I'm a traveling wedding and elopement photographer specializing in unique, outdoor weddings for those who love adventure. I capture real moments with bright, bold, natural images. My goal is to make your wedding day the best it can be and ensure that you have a meaningful, memorable, FUN wedding day that is the start of a lifelong adventure.
I love kayaking, hiking, biking, traveling, and eating ice cream. I've been to 47/50 states and 27 countries.
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