Hello! I'm so happy you're taking the time to read this. Looking back, I could have guessed that photography would play an important role in my future, but I didn't realize this out until about 6 years ago. You could say being a photographer is in my DNA. When my grandfather was young and came to America from England to escape World War 2, he was an apprentice diamond cutter and a film photographer. He would go door-to-door with portraits he'd taken, offering folks the opportunity to have their portraits taken for a small fee. This was only for a short time to help pay the bills, but I'm pretty sure he never actually put a camera down until a few years ago, he's 87 now. All my life growing up, he was there photographing his children and grandchildren. He rarely, if ever, asked us to pose for pictures so most of the time he went unnoticed to me. In my grandparent's home, there is a long hallway leading to the back of the house and both sides are completely lined with beautiful portraits and family photos that my grandfather took over the years. The feeling I get when I walk down that hallway is so profound to me. I look at the photos of myself and extended family members and I feel joy, I see the authenticity of the portraits, the simplicity of life at that time, a time we can never go back to, before we all grew up and didn't come around as often, or at all. These photos are heirlooms to me. What I didn't think anything of at the time, I can now appreciate more than he will ever know.
Being able to call this passion my job is truly a blessing. It has taken countless hours and long nights of experimenting and self-teaching and workshops through the years to get to the point I am at today with my work. I specialize in photographing weddings and engagements, but I also love lifestyle portraiture. Lifestyle refers to what I mentioned earlier about my grandfather not asking us to "pose" for photos. A lifestyle photographer aims to capture portraits/people in situations, real-life events or milestones in an artistic manner and in the art of the everyday.
When I'm not out shooting or home planning my next photo adventure, I enjoy spending time with my family, husband and our two fluffy poms Simba & Nala. I also assistant teach Kindergarten Monday - Thursday until 1pm during the school year. I really enjoy teaching and I love working with kids. I plan to finish my degree very soon and continue teaching for a long time to come! I'm so thankful to have found not one but TWO areas of work that I am extremely passionate about. Photography allows me to be creative, work with amazing people and travel to beautiful places. Teaching young children is something I cannot sum up in one sentence but I feel very privileged that I can contribute to society, just a little bit, by helping mold young hearts and minds. Having "summer vacation" is also very convenient for my wedding seasons!
My husband and I purchased our second home last year and have been busy completely remodeling the entire thing. We may have taken the saying "buy the worst house in the best neighborhood" a little too seriously. It hasn't been updated since it was build in 1985 so as you might imagine, this is a big undertaking but I know it will all be worth it in a few years.
A few random things about me:
If I could stay in sweatpants all day every day, I would.
All my life I have not been a coffee drinker, but I recently discovered "white coffee" and now I'm addicted!
My last name is now Massa, but I kept my maiden name for my business.
I'm a night owl and will likely be replying to your emails in the middle of the night, sorry in advance. ;)
I still get giddy when new film scans from a recent shoot show up in my inbox. I hope that never changes!
I'm located in Southern Oregon, but I'm always happy to travel for photo opportunities as well.