The Eiffel Tower, Pt. 2

Read part one first!

My team’s entire time in Paris was riddled with moments of awe. It’s one thing to see the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre in a book; it’s an entirely different experience to stand inches from them and look up. History becomes tangible in aged cities like Paris. Every cobblestone, cafe and curving alleyway tells a story.

When I stood beneath the Eiffel Tower on that warm Wednesday afternoon, I was overwhelmed by its stark beauty. Mr. Eiffel managed to capture the stately beauty of Paris in a single, upright, towering piece of metal. No wonder it was the crown jewel of the World’s Fair; no wonder Chicago felt the need to build the world’s first Ferris wheel. (For all you history lovers, read this to learn more!)

I immediately started snapping pictures. Just a few images in, a young man approached me with a cautious, “Bonjour!” I was taken aback; in France, it’s uncommon to be approached by a stranger. But I smiled and nodded like a polite American. He rattled off a string of French words, miming taking a photograph with his phone. I understood: He wanted me to take a picture of him in front of the tower.

When I returned the phone, I tried to explain that the tower was too big, I couldn’t get the whole thing in the frame. He nodded vaguely, grasping only part of what I was saying. Then, clearly on sudden inspiration, he rattled off another string of words. I understood only one: selfie. After an embarrassed pause, I agreed.

So, on some Frenchman’s phone, there is a picture of me with the Eiffel Tower looming in the background. As if being at one of the most well-known structures in the world wasn’t enough, I also got to have a sweet interaction with the country it symbolizes.

That wasn’t end of the adventure, though. Check the blog for more stories this week!

The Eiffel Tower, Pt. 1

We left the metro in a rush of cold air, greeted immediately by the noisy chaos of a typical Parisian intersection. Taxi drivers leaning on their horns; cyclists weaving through traffic; well-dressed pedestrians marching quickly toward their destinations; scents of street food, rotting trash and the river, enhanced by springtime showers. And all of this hemmed in by stately buildings with shuttered windows and established trees.

Sensory overload; but what writer ever complained of too much to observe?

As we rounded a street corner, I caught my first glimpse of the historical monument. It peeked from between the branches of a few trees, climbing vertically, glinting dully in the post-rainstorm sunlight. The engineering marvel, first erected in 1889 for the World’s Fair, is the touchstone of the Paris skyline. And there I was, standing beneath it: the Eiffel Tower.

Visit the blog tomorrow for part two!

Why I Provide a Portrait

The most basic photography pose is a portrait: a head-and-shoulders, close-up look at the model that capitalizes on their smile. It’s my most-requested image, something all mothers and grandmothers mention. And with good reason! The basic portrait is made for the fridge or a gallery of photos on the mantel. It showcases their child or grandchild and is something they can refer guests to.

Since portraits are so often requested, it’s my policy to capture at least two per session. Artistic shots are important, but not like traditional portraits.

Why “Capture the Details” Matters to You

The tagline of my business, “Capture the Details,” is about delight. It’s also creating high-quality photos that are valuable to you!

Photography has a unique way of seeing beyond the big picture. It snags and freezes small moments, the special blips in time that might otherwise be missed. (An infant’s smile, an unplanned moment between siblings or an engaged couple, the details on a dress or wrinkles on a hand.)

It’s those pieces that compile the whole. In addition to the big picture, I am committed to capturing each special detail so your memories can be sharper.

So if I ask to take a picture of your shoes or the bracelets on your wrist, don’t be surprised! I’m capturing moments for you to remember later on.

5 Helpful Tips for Family Sessions

Ever wonder how to prepare for your family photo shoot? There are several steps you can take to ensure your photos look their best.

  1. Choose outfits that match… but aren’t identical! Pick complementing patterns or colors that look great on everyone.
  2. Bring objects that have personal significance. Items include: a kitchen chair, books, framed pictures and quilts. Not only will they will help set you at ease, items like these will create memories for years to come!
  3. Think about posing ahead of time. Is there a particular angle or grouping you like? Saw something cute on Pinterest? Be sure to save these ideas and suggest them to your photographer.
  4. The camera doesn’t bite! The best photos are the ones you’re laughing in– so be yourself! Tell inside jokes, tickle each other and have normal conversations right in front of the camera.
  5. Get to know your photographer’s style. If you don’t like what you see on their website, don’t hire them! Your photographer will take pictures according to their style. Make sure you like what they do.


Hello, friends!

As you may have noticed, this website is incomplete. Due to a virus, my previous site had to be removed. All content was deleted.

So, what you’re seeing now is the start of something new: a website dedicated solely to beautiful images and a professional profile.

Please be patient as I load fresh content! You can still view samples of my photography here. Thanks for your loyalty.