My love for photography started when I was just twelve years old. My first camera was a Polaroid, and I would mow lawns 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 classes) developing film and making prints.
When I was nineteen, I started working at a ski resort in Maine taking family portraits and action photos. That experience led to a summer job in New Hampshire taking photos for a dinner cruise ship on Lake Winnipesaukee. At age 21, 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 major 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 action sports 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 in Utah, 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 country 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 special moments in your life. Whether during the first dance at your wedding, or a simple portrait at an age you will never be again. My job is to let you feel comfortable in front of the lens, and offer some coaching if you’re like me, and don’t love having your photo taken. I look for techniques to allow continuous improvement in my work, while building onto 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 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 is a process, and a great opportunity for growth. This profession is always changing, and as I invest in growing my business, and networking with other artists, I’m feeling a new sense of excitement for what lies ahead.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little! I’m so honored to be your photographer, and I look forward to working with you!
For bookings or more info click the contact tab at the top of the page, or call me at:
621 S. Lake Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84102