I

'm a storyteller by heart. More than that, I'm an observer and admirer.  I love to look through old photographs, love letters, handwritten notes, the way the clouds are swiveled into the sky at sunset, the sound of the ocean's waves softly kissing the shores. They all tell a story.

I'm guilty of falling  head over heels over love stories in movies. But I truly believe each one of us is living our own beautiful movie.

You could say I'm the girl that believes in all the cliches you could think of... chasing sunsets, walking under the twinkling stars, buying a plane ticket on a whim to seek adventure, kissing in the rain... but most of all I wear my heart out on my sleeve.

I believe Jesus created us uniquely to be a reflection of His love through every ounce of who we are.  

I love the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together. I believe in images that are itching to be printed, placed in beautiful frames and hung on walls for all your loved ones to cherish.

When I was a little girl I would flip through the American Girl magazine, and fall in love with all of the beautiful photographs on each page. Then I'd take my Canon Powershot camera and set up a fan and I'd photoshoot my sister and I in similar poses.

I live to create whether that be photography, writing, cooking, singing, dancing... I love to see the stories come alive in every beautiful way there is. I pour my heart into everything I am blessed to do. 

Whenever I pick up my camera, I strive to create beautiful and emotional images that tell a story and showcase the beauty of both the people in the images and the world around them. 

I hope to create images that will forever move your heart for years to come. 

I find there is beauty intricately woven in every detail of our lives. 

LOVES

my

GET TO KNOW THE GIRL BEHIND THE CAMERA

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This handsome guy walking with me, Danilo.

*p.s. This shot was taken on my 30th birthday after he showed up in Italy and proposed!

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Jesus Christ.  
All that I have, all that I am, and all that I could ever hope for... I owe it all to Him. Through everything I create, I do so to honor the Lord. 

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Traveling to visit my family in Italia. 

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Dancing!
I promise if you play DANZA KUDURO at your wedding... I'll be up there waving my camera in the air on the dancefloor ;)

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Mangiamo!

I love to cook! (and eat) I made a blog entirely dedicated to stories and recipes of my Italian heritage.

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THE HEART

I discovered an old suitcase at my Nonno and Nonna's house in Italy one summer, and found a treasure of old family photographs. Photographs of my mother when she was young, dressed up, being silly, with friends, modeling etc... photographs of special events of lives full of vibrance and beautiful memories before I was born. 

I knew I wanted to forever document my life like this too. I wanted to remember who I was in all my seasons of time. The people I loved, the laughs we shared.

When all is said and done, memories will be the one thing that will take us back to that special moment. God truly gave us a gift to behold when He created memories... like a movie we can replay in our minds. 

My hope is that the photographs I capture will bring you back to that scene in your life. The moment you wish to relive over and over again and is forever embedded in your heart. 

behind the photos

*macchiato, latte, espresso, cappuccino... I LOVE my coffee
*reading... i'm a total book nerd
*there's is something beautiful about all seasons BUT i'm just a bit more of a summer girl
*dark chocolate and dessert...the sweeter, the better ;)
*the colors peach and rose blush
*traveling... my passport is always ready ;)
*chocolate chip croissants!
* tap dancin'!... (growing up dancing on stage has never left me)


a few of my favorite things

follow along my latest stories and adventures up on the blog

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my footprints in the world...

California
Florida
Georgia
South Carolina
Rhode Island


Arizona
New York
Delaware
Italy
Dominican Republic


Ireland
Switzerland
Spain
Corsica, France