Ellis & Indigo, the meaning behind the name

My papa, Ellis, the kindest & most hilarious soul, had incredible stories for days. He always knew how to keep a smile on my face. Some of my favorite memories with him were at the beach. Whether Michigan's gorgeous lakes or the southern ocean shores, we soaked in that golden sun & those indigo waves. There are endless shores where you are now papa.

Forever in my heart, my first loves, Ellis & Indigo

My little tribe right here, they're my everything

Avalee, Jhaiden, Jaxon, and my husband, Dylan

I started this business 14 years ago, as a single mother. Stressed out and absolutely exhausted from working two full-time jobs to take care of my daughter.

I knew, with my creative side, love for photography, and a need to be home more, that this would be a perfect fit. It took some time to go full-time. Not being able to afford college, or have the free time, paired with not many offering assistance and mentoring. This was going to be all on me to make or break with this business.

Now 14 years later, I am not only full-time and teaching other photographers. But I am home, 5-7 days out of the week. To homeschool, to snuggle, to raise my children. Because that's all I ever wanted. And those other 1-2 days out of the week, I'm loving on and pouring into you, your love stories, your lives. Capturing moments that fly by so fast.

You've all become family now. I've captured seniors, their proposals, weddings, and now their growing families. I've watched mothers become grandmothers, friends fall in love, and aspiring models make it on billboards in times square.

I am absolutely in the right place & I'm so happy you've decided to join me.

RV traveling

August 6th, 2022, that day changed my life.

Up until that day, I 'had it all', the 1901 victorian home in a neighborhood close to the most adorable elementary school for my littles. I was coming up on year 13 as a self-employed wedding photographer, with the quaintest studio nestled in my front sunroom. My littles were 12, 8, and 2, with the cutest rooms filled with everything they loved.

Sounds like a dream to many, right?

August 6th, I sold it all. The vintage furniture, decorated walls, most of their toys, and that 1901 dream of a space.

But, why?

Because 'having everything' kept me from truly living.

I'll tell you this...

Living in an RV, traveling the country with your family, is a pretty damn good way to spend your 30s.

So here's to just that, our life, with our loves, living everywhere we please. ✌🏻

What's in my bag

A popular question now, which I absolutely love

Two Canon 5D IV's - dual slot and full frame

(it means it's professional and saves two copies of every image for backup)

Canon 16-35mm lens - a wide-angle must-have in my bag

(it honestly rarely leaves my camera; I adore that wide angle)

Sigma Art 50mm - my trusted portrait lens

(I've had her for years and she's so dreamy)

Canon 135mm - those close ups

(for beautiful details and moments, a bit further away)

My two 1972 vintage Polaroid's

(for those instant keepsake prints)

On camera lighting via flash and constant light

Off camera lighting for dark rooms and receptions

Extra batteries & SD cards - always charged and ready to go

Sewing kit, lighters, bobby pins, and more

I also have a posing stool, fabrics, and a backdrop stand available

Other than that, I pack fairly light, you have to when you live in an RV

I trust every ounce of what's in my bag