About Me - Gilded Light Photography
  • About Me

Hello!

Photography has always been my creative outlet. I feel fortunate to live in a state as diverse as Missouri - and am often outdoors photographing its natural beauty. Growing up in a cabin in the woods created within me a deep appreciation for nature and wildlife. I love shooting in outdoor natural light, so a session with me will typically be held outdoors during those beautiful, gilded hours of evening light.

Genuine emotion requires a bit of chemistry. I truly believe that creating incredible images relies heavily on making personal connections - knowing and trusting your photographer is an important ingredient to creating genuine photographs. I strive to create a fun and comfortable experience and love to get creative input from my clients for a personalized touch. It is my mission to provide a mix traditional, journalistic, candid and artistic photography styles to my clients. My business model strives to not only provide beautiful imagery, but also provide excellent service and above all - I want my clients to have fun!

Random Notes About Me : My daily vice is espresso or mocha lattes. I am a minimalist at heart - aesthetics are very important to me. I prefer odd numbers for symmetrical reasons. I love drusy quartz and rough-cut gemstones. I love to travel and see new places. I am an avid aquarist and love animals of all kinds. I enjoy learning about and photographing native Missouri plants and am a member of the Missouri Mycological Society, where I serve as the graphic designer for their quarterly newsletter. Continuing my education is important to me. During the off season, I spend a lot of time furthering my photography education & skills by attending seminars and hands-on courses. Thank you for visiting my site and for reviewing my work. I would love to help you tell your story.

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Where I've Been Featured

Also featured on the following online publications : The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Woman's Day Magazine, ABC News, NY Daily Blog, NetMoms & Wedding Paper Divas


33 Series - Finalist

MySLART.org and The Old Orchard Gallery Presents

"33November Series"

November 2013

I was honored to be selected to showcase some of my favorite floral photography work at the 2013 33November Series, hosted by MySLART.org and the Old Orchard Gallery in Webster Groves.


SEEN 2015 - Winner

Studio Altius Art Gallery Presents 

"SEEN 2015"

March 2015

I am again honored to be participating in a local art competition! After submitting two of my favorite recent images, I was awarded as a finalist in the Landscape and Motorsports/Vehicles categories and ultimately won first place for my motorsports submission. I am very proud for the opportunity to showcase my photography along with so many other talented local artists. The 2015 SEEN 8 Art Competition will be held on March 14 through March 28, 2015.


I'm A Rescuer - Contributing Photographer

The Motley Dog Rescue Presents

I'm A Rescuer

2015, 2016

Alongside some extremely talented local photographers, I am so proud to be participating in the 2015 and 2016 "I'm A Rescuer" local animal rescue fundraiser presented by The Motley Dog and hosted by the SOHA Studio & Gallery. As a participating photographer, I was welcomed into the homes of families with adopted pets to photograph their new family members in their forever homes! 

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Webster Arts - Small Works I

Webster Arts and The Webster Public Library Presents : 

"Small Works I"

March 2016

I am honored to have been selected to showcase some of my favorite floral photography work at the inaugural Webster Arts Small Works I, hosted by the Webster Public Library in Webster Groves.


FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: What is your photography style?
A: I like to incorporate a blend of traditional and photo journalistic photography. I love creating traditional photographs with a mixture of detail, candid and artistic photography.

Q: Do you offer printing services and other products?
A: My packages include digital files, but I am happy to provide printing services. I currently offer digital images of  your session through an online download gallery. I also offer various products. Please email me for pricing information.

Q: When is the best time of day to hold our outdoor session?
A: I prefer to shoot during the “Golden Hours”, the few hours after sunrise or even better - the few hours before sunset. If the weather is overcast, typically any time of day will be a good time for outdoor photography. The cloud cover will act as a natural diffuser, providing even light throughout a scene. Consult this website for sunrise/sunset times: http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/usa/st-louis

Q: Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
A: We certainly do! Because we offer print releases with my packages, we have several vendors we like to recommend. These businesses have a proven track record of producing a consistent quality that is important to us. While there are many retailers that offer cheap pricing on prints - you often get what you pay for. We encourage you to select a printing lab that has a great reputation for consistent colors, quality and professional-grade paper. Please inquire. 

Q: Do you offer a copyright release on your images?
A: I do not extend a copyright release on my images. I do, however, extend limited printing rights for all of my digital collections.

Q: How long will it take to receive my finished images?
A: My post processing timeline depends on my current work load, and I will give you an approximation after our session. I personally retouch and edit every photograph I take - I do not outsource my editing work. Typically, for a mini or standard session, your proof gallery will be available within three to four weeks from your session date. For weddings, final image delivery will be completed in 10-12 weeks. I know waiting for your images is hard - I'll provide ample sneak peeks along the way!

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