Ever since I can remember, design and art have been a part of my life. With my dad being a graphic designer, I was introduced to Photoshop early on and would spend hours playing and creating. I was drawn to composition, unique perspectives and piecing together images to evoke feeling and emotion.
Fast forward to years of finding my way through several retail jobs and a short cosmetology career and coming to realize the things I loved about graphic design growing up translated so beautifully to photography.
From there—I was hooked.
Though my work has evolved and transformed over the years, my love for photos being more than just something to see—but something to feel and experience—has been a constant.
My passion is documenting those real, everyday moments and interactions that seem ordinary and uncovering the beauty in them.
Apart from playing outside, making quirky home videos with my siblings and constructing whatever was in the recycling into art...a significant part of my childhood was spent enjoying shit-ton of old films.
I loved that there were varieties of cinematic moments from ordinary to over-the-top that evoked all ranges of emotions. They told different stories with the use of colors, grain, shadows and interesting perspectives. Those films are still living rent free in my mind, inspiring me to always seek light in all forms, find creative perspectives to tell your story and make space for intentional, emotive moments.
Since becoming a mama to three little ones, I've also been inspired to see everyday moments in a fresh way. My kids are growing up fast and as much as I try to remember every little glance, detail and mannerism—I just can't. Capturing them through photos—who they truly are—will always inspire me to keep documenting others in the same way. Life is precious, seasons come and go and all we really have is now. Everything doesn't have to be perfect, just give it space to be. It will be enough, I promise.
I'm so visually and creatively inspired by all of his films and think the world is so much more whimsical through his use of perspectives and color!
Currently I'm living in the Midwest with my husband Noel and our three kids—Cohen, Ames and Nova. They are a big part of my world. Along with taking care of our little ones, you can find me adventuring around our city, enjoying wine with friends, or on the hunt for my next croissant and coffee. Now that I say that I realize a lot of what I do revolves around eating and drinking—and yes, I’m very ok with that.
We also love traveling and exploring when we can. I'm so affected by my environment and can't help but be inspired by the places we visit. Whether it's mountains in Colorado, the cool crisp lakes in Michigan or the energy of New York City...I really do love it all.
That’s a little sneak peek into my life and a few of my favorite things. No matter who and where we are, we’re all souls wandering this beautiful earth, with a different story to share. No tale is one and the same. And that’s why I love documenting stories of all kinds!
My approach when shooting is to make sure that anyone in front of my lens feels like their story has been captured in a beautiful, honest and artful way.
So, having photos taken is not really a normal everyday occurrence. I know from my own experiences that it can feel nerve racking or even bring out annoying insecurities, but I promise that you don't have to resign to feeling that way!
Whether it's a FaceTime call, meeting up before for coffee or having some before-shoot wine to calm nerves, I got you. My hope is that you not only feel comfortable throughout the process of working with me, but truly seen.
Here's the thing though—It’s super important to feel like your vibe is in sync with your photographer and not forced. If you value real, simple moments, honest connection and unique details and are already wondering how we are not friends IRL, I have a feeling we will be an amazing fit.
And if not, that’s ok too. Really!
I’m not about convincing anyone that they need to book with me. Everyone deserves to find a photographer that is best suited for them. It’s about getting the experience you want!
From high school photo class to setting up impromptu editorial shoots with friends, I've always loved to capture people in not only an artful and creative way, but one where they truly felt comfortable. Seen.
That continues to be my hope for everyone who steps in front of my lens. I want it to feel like we're just hanging out and your good friend is snapping photos instead of a high pressure situation with a stranger.
We'll stream some music, chat, explore and make space for everyone to exhale and get comfortable while highlighting all the connection and love you share!
"GAH - I'm dying over here! You did such a fantastic job, Ro. I love them all and I'm not sure how I am going to choose what to get printed and AH! Just so excited."
"Oh my gosh! These are so sweet and beautiful and perfectly what I had hoped for!! You’re the best, Ro!! Can’t wait to sit down with a huge glass of wine and go through these one by one. Can you just take our pictures quarterly?"
"We are so happy we found you!! Meeting you and seeing the special shots you captured--we know we struck gold! You have such a gentle spirit and completely ooze coolness."
"You're a wizard. it's real life and it's us and that's what drew me to your work in the first place. as the years pass and it's hard for me to remember exactly what her little hands and face looked like at this exact moment in time, I can at these photos and immediately be transported back."