Heart - Centered Wedding Photography,
Soulful Brand Photography & Intuitive Coaching, Yoga, Sacred Sound Ceremony, and Retreats
New Website Coming Soon! Now Booking Branding Sessions in Tampa/St. Pete and Chicago. Live weekly classes and monthly sound ceremonies @ The Collective St. Pete!
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by self discovery, personal growth, and connecting with others by sharing our stories. My childhood best friend and I would spend hours on personality quizzes, and when we’d share our results, we were amazed at our vast differences mixed in with peculiar similarities. We’d excitedly ask our other friends how they think and feel about life and indulge in these conversations for hours. It was this curiosity about the world around me and how others view life that led to me into the arts, music, travel, and then to photography...and eventually to wellness and yoga.
Although I had always been involved in the arts, it wasn’t until after college that I began to discover how photography could be a means in which my creative, sensitive soul could connect with others. To photograph someone - an individual, a couple, a family - is such a personal and intimate experience. As I learned to create an environment for others to just be themselves and share their hearts, the resulting images were such genuine reflections of their personalities and relationships. For me, light, composition and texture became a medium of art to bring out the beauty, strength, and dignity of those I photographed. It was then that I realized I do what I do because I love people and value relationships. And I’m inspired by authentic moments and visual storytelling.
In the past 15 years I have been invited to photograph over 250 weddings across the U.S. and around the world to places such as New York, California, Vermont, Florida, Colorado, Mexico, India, and the Dominican Republic. I've had the opportunity to do personal branding work for some of Chicago's most impressive small businesses such as The Everygirl, Windy City Live, Corri McFadden, Jayna Cooke, Nate Berkus Associates, Chicago Q, Land of Nod, Bright Pink, Skirt PR, Two Penny Blue, Coach, Vineyard Vines, The Park Hyatt, Jayson Home + Garden, AIR Aerial Fitness, Sat Nam Yoga, and many others.
In 2020, I moved from Chicago to Tampa to be with my Beloved. Most often we're out for a walk enjoying nature, planning our next adventure, experimenting in the kitchen, or sitting around the table, which we lovingly call our altar, talking about ideas late into the night. Otherwise you'll find me in my office sanctuary creating beauty, editing images, playing guitar or crystal bowls, singing, practicing yoga, and holding space for my amazing clients in sound and cacao ceremony, yoga, and soulful photo sessions.
WHAT I HOLD DEAR
Video footage on site + portraits of me created by Creating Light Studio, White Quill Creative, and Rebecca Marie Art.
I believe that traveling often, seeking adventures, surrounding myself with nature and beauty, and discovering new things keeps me inspired, passionate, sensitive, and curious about the world around me.
I believe that art, music, and sound are forms of play that are also deeply healing. When we choose to feel deep gratitude and joy, we open our hearts to goodness and allow the flow of creativity into our lives.
I believe that magic happens around tables full of laughter, open hearts, family style dishes, and authentic conversation, and that there is nothing better than doing life with your soul family.
I believe when we use our voices to stand for justice and truth, honor one another's humanity, reclaim our joy and wholeness, amplify those whose voices have been silenced, and seek the divine in each other, we participate in collective healing and transformation and we add more love, peace, and grace to the world.
"Transformative Justice" and "Pleasure Activism" are ideas learned from adrienne maree brown
I believe that stories are medicine, that photographs help us remember what’s most important in life, that language can unlock joy in your heart, and that a compelling image has the power to change the world.
•Usui Holy Fire Reiki Level 1 Attunement | Inner Sense Healing Arts, 2019
•Usui Holy Fire Reiki Level 2 Attunement | Sat Nam Yoga Chicago, 2019
•100 Hour Sound Ceremony Training | Kula Collective, Guatemala, 2020
•Women’s Circle Leader Training | Wild Woman Project, 2020
•200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training | Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health, 2020
•Skill In Action Social Justice & Yoga Intensive | Michelle C. Johnson, 2020
•16 Hour Trauma-Sensitive Restorative Yoga Teacher Certification | Manasa
Kanithi, 500-ERYT, The Lotus Pond Center for Yoga and Health, 2021
•Smarana: 15 Hour Yoga Nidra Facilitator Training | Sam Bianchini, 500 ERYT,
Sacred Paths Yoga, 2021
•30 Hour Cacao Ceremonialist Facilitator Training | Tata Izaias and Isabel
Mendoza, LavaLove Cacao, 2021
•50 Hour Sacred Space Ceremony Facilitator Training | Kula Collective,
•Nourish: Trauma-Sensitive 50 Hour Restorative & Yin Yoga Teacher Training | Sam Bianchini, 500
ERYT, Portugal, 2022
•In progress: Healing Trauma E-Course, Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI, 2022
*In Progress: Learning from Trauma, Naropa University, 2022