They Didn’t Teach Me This in Nursing School…

If you would have asked me growing up, or in high school, or in college, or after college if I would ever own my own photography company… I would have said nope. I had my Bachelor of Science in nursing, was working my dream job as a Labor and Delivery nurse at the same hospital I was born at and personally delivering about 100 babies a year…and I knew zero about photography…OR running a business!

Enter September 2010, and my 1st trip to Branson. Point and shoot camera in hand, I captured my mom being sung to on stage and thus began my passion for capturing memories and moments, especially in the magic of a theater. Dozens of trips to Branson and hundreds of images later, the passion only grew. Hours of reading photography blogs and photography articles, investing in my 1st entry level DSLR and learning about this thing called “manual mode”…simply by asking the question “I wonder what this button does?”

I followed other theater photographers in Branson, I reached out, I asked questions, I shot, and I shot, and I shot! Shutter speed, ISO, aperture, white balance! Why are theater lights such funny colors? Why do performers move so fast? Why are spotlights different than other theater lights? How does it look so bright on stage and not in my camera?!

And then one day…someone asked me to take pictures of their family. And it was totally different. I remember planning shoots at noon and moving clients to shoot in open sunlight…because more light is always better, right?! So the learning began alllllllll over again! Shadows? New white balance settings? Aperture really DOES make a difference?! I have to move instead of just sit in a seat and let performers move around me?!

Months, weeks, years later, I was shooting on all my off days, traveling to Branson almost every weekend, I even had my 1st billboard on Hwy 65 at the Branson exit! I left my hometown of Kansas City and moved to Branson: and it was the best decision of my life. I took a part time nursing job at the hospital and thus embarked the official beginning of TGC Photography.

Since moving to Branson, I’ve learned a WHOLE lot (more!) about photography, I’ve learned even MORE about running a business…and I’ve made more friends and had more adventures than I EVER thought possible! I’ve shot in Puerto Rico, New York City, Pigeon Forge, all over the midwest…all because of a camera and a dream. I’ve hung out of airplanes, climbed on ferris wheels, shot on speed boats, shot on rollercoasters, shot leaning out of helicopters and shot on stage during live performances. I’ve learned that if there’s a dream, a willingness to stretch your comfort zone and a determination to work hard for it…you can accomplish more than you ever thought possible!

Can’t wait to see where this journey leads next!

“The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one that you used to be”

The Girl (and the Dog) Behind The Camera

Behind every photography company is a photographer holding the camera. And behind THIS photographer holding a camera…is a very cuddly puppy named Chico, and a whole lot of coffee!

Expresso Branson is my absolute favorite coffee shop in Branson…and Chico likes it a lot too. They spoil him just a little! But he always has to check out Mom’s coffee order as well…

I picked up my 1st DSLR camera in the summer of 2014, and the passion has been real ever since! I have a passion for capturing all the candid moments that lend themselves to lifestyle photography. I love capturing the hugs, the giggles, the smiles and the perfectly-imperfect moments that make family memories unforgettable! I also love capturing the magic that presents itself at live events. Branson shows and the performers are near and dear to my heart and are where I started my photography business. I love the music, lights, special effects and energy that bring the stage to life!

My editing buddy Chico came into my life almost exactly 3 years ago and he’s been my best friend ever since. He’s 7lbs of cuddles, his favorite place to be is taking one of his multiple daily naps in my lap, or sitting on the porch in the sunshine. This is a pretty typical view of my lap during editing sessions…

Chico’s a pretty typical photographer dog…and getting him to pose for the camera is worse than a 2 year old. But when he does let me take his picture…he’s pretty adorable.

Besides Chico snuggles, TGC is fueled by coffee, coffee and more coffee. I LOVE checking out new coffee shops and going on coffee dates with friends. If I’m working and not cuddling with Chico, you can bet that you’ll find me at a coffee shop with my laptop!

One of the things I’ve fallen in love with on my photography journey is all the different places I’ve gotten to take my camera. Puerto Rico, New York City, hanging out of helicopters and airplanes…the adventures are endless!

Chico, Camera, Coffee….my life in 3 words!