My love for photography started when I was just twelve years old. My first camera was a Polaroid Onestep, and I would mow lawns and shovel driveways in order to buy film. In high school, I took every art, music, and photography class I could, and practically lived in the dark room after school (and through most of my senior biology class) developing film and making prints.
When I was nineteen, I started working at a ski resort in Maine taking family portraits and action photos. I ended up doing that for three winter seasons. That experience led to a summer job in New Hampshire taking photos for a dinner cruise ship on Lake Winnipesaukee. The following summer, I moved to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to work as a full-time photographer at a major whitewater rafting company. There, I would shoot the action on the Nantahala River every day, and also photograph special events, like triathlons and mountain bike races. I then found a winter job as a traveling portrait photographer, which allowed me to drive my tiny car (full of studio lights and camera gear) all over the country photographing fraternities and sororities at colleges and universities. I have all sorts of stories from that experience, but I’ll spare you here. Needless to say, one winter was enough of that… The following winter, I traveled to Southeast Asia for fun, and to photograph the street scenes and people of Thailand and Laos. After my fifth summer shooting whitewater in North Carolina, I decided to spend a winter in Utah working as a ski photographer at Alta Ski Area. I immediately fell in love with the Wasatch Mountains, and one winter season doing that turned into five. I then studied Art Teaching at the University of Utah, and got involved in the local art and music scene in Salt Lake City. After fourteen years, this is now the place I call home.
In 2007, I started my own wedding photography business, Lovejoy Imaging LLC. I flew all over the place photographing weddings. I have currently been to 45 US states, and I have photography to thank for that. I feel very honored every time someone hires me as their photographer. I understand the responsibility involved in freezing these special moments in people’s lives. Whether during the first dance at their wedding, or a simple portrait at an age they will never be again. My job is to make people feel comfortable being themselves, so their true self can shine in an image. I am always learning new ways to achieve this, and I look for techniques to allow continuous improvement in my work, while building on my current experience.
A few years ago, my computer hard drive crashed, and I lost thousands of images and the majority of my portfolio. I’ll admit, I almost let that experience crush me. I sold all of my camera gear, and only shot a few weddings for close friends during that time with rented equipment. I’m only telling you this, because that experience was a major tipping point in my career as a photographer. Rebuilding takes some time, and a lot can be learned during the process. This profession is always changing, and as I’m now investing in new equipment and updating myself on what’s happening in the industry, I’m feeling a new sense of excitement for what lies ahead. I want the work that I produce every year to be better than the previous year, and I plan to work very hard to ensure this will happen.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little! I look forward to working with you, and I’m so honored you have chosen me as your photographer.
621 S. Lake Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84102