And in case pronouncing my last name is throwing you for a loop, (is it bean? bien? ben? buyin?) it rhymes with "nine." (Our wedding hashtag was #oncloudbien for this very reason, haha!)
I have been a photographer since I graduated high school in 2012, and I'm also a third grade teacher! My husband, Jordon, just graduated from Tarleton State University and will soon be a High School Agriculture Teacher, and we're furparents to a super-sweet mini goldendoodle pup named Zooey and an old-soul mixed breed named Duke. (We have a cat named Mia, too, but she's not very sweet. Lol!) I'm a believer in Jesus Christ, and I couldn't possibly have gotten to where I am today without Him. Elevation Worship and Taylor Swift are my jams, New Girl is our favorite Netflix binge, Kristen Bell is my spirit animal, Target is my kryptonite, and as much as I love to travel and dream of seeing the world, I'm also very much a homebody!
I am very much a people person. One of the best parts of being a photographer is the connections I get to make with everyone who steps in front of my camera. It makes my heart so happy to see how people interact with each other and be able to capture that through my lens! When we work together, I want to get to know the real you and let you get to know the real me in return. That's when the real magic happens and it becomes so much more than just another photoshoot!
true to life
EXPERIENCE OVER PRODUCTION
Sure, clothes make a difference, and of course, I'll tell you what to do with your hands. But when we come together for your shoot, I want it to be so much more than that for you! I want you to have a truly enjoyable and memorable experience that allows you to feel confident in who you are + the chapter of life you're in. I want you to feel free to be exactly who you are, so that your photos are as authentic + genuine as possible.
One of my favorite things to do is look back through old photographs. Pictures of my family at Christmastime when I was younger, pictures from disposable cameras that my best friends and I took awful selfies with in Junior High, black-and-white age-worn photographs of my great-grandparents when they were just married, pictures of my parents when they were growing up (bad 80s hair and all). There's just something about seeing those images that fills my heart with joy. It takes me to that moment in time, makes me feel the emotions from those memories, reminds me of such special times that may have otherwise been forgotten. Photography will always hold a special place in my heart because long after the moments have passed and the memories have faded, those photos will still be there, as a lifelong reminder of love well-spent and a life well-lived with my favorite people in the whole world.
The fact that people trust me with their most raw, intimate, meaningful moments - their once-in-a-lifetime occasions, their can't-get-these-days-back-memories, the moments that they'll look back on with their children and grandchildren one day as I have done with my own grandparents' photos - it makes me feel like I have a purpose much bigger than myself. For me, it's more than a beautiful image. It's your story told through my lens, and I can't possibly think of a more fulfilling passion than this.