When asked as a child, I never knew the answer to what I wanted to do “when I grow up.”
During my teens and early twenties, I worked every single part-time job imaginable – babysitter, ice cream scooper, waitress, college dorm resident assistant, bartender – you name it. I excelled in writing and graphic design, so eventually I gravitated toward journalism. But as much as I loved the news business, it had one major flaw in my opinion – news tends to focus on the negative.
So I found myself daydreaming about making a change. I wanted to do something that continued to push me creatively and artistically. Something that made a difference in the lives of others. Something positive.
Photography turned out to be the perfect fit. When I started my business, it finally felt like all of the puzzle pieces fell into place. My love for people and art and telling stories naturally came together. I left the news industry less than a year later and never looked back.
Now I have the ultimate privilege of capturing and sharing in life’s greatest joys. Whether it’s documenting a couple’s wedding day, celebrating a pregnancy, new parents delighting in their newborn, running around with a young family, or capturing the budding independence of a high school senior – I love giving tangible longevity to the ever-changing human experience.
Photographs really do freeze time. Just for a moment.
As for me, I’d love to hit the pause button once in awhile. I’ve had 12 incredible years with my husband and it was love at first sight. (Yes, I’m married to radio morning show host Jerry Valeri. I get asked that one a lot, so I’ll just cover that first. … And, yes, he’s just as funny as he is on the air.) We have two outgoing, silly, mess-making kids and a sweet little dog who is my constant shadow at home.
I grew up in New York, but if I could live somewhere other than Happy Valley, it would be on the beach. I love watching summer thunderstorms from inside our garage. And I believe in being kind.
I’m also nearing the tenth anniversary of my business. That is going to be quite a humbling milestone. I am so touched that I’m constantly given new opportunities to do this incredible job that I love. Without people like you, it simply wouldn’t be possible.
So thank you for getting to know me a little.
I can’t wait to get to know you and help tell your story.