As mentioned in our diary entry last month, the Design Aglow team recently made the brave move from south Florida to the land of Portlandia… and Toto, we’re definitely not even in the same galaxy anymore. From cats on leashes, roller derby marathons and virtually non-stop creative inspiration — not to mention the best food and lattes we’ve ever tasted — we’re falling in love with the hip vibe and inspiring attitude of the Pacific Northwest a little more every day. Once we arrived and began exploring our new home, finding the perfect studio space in Portland proved to be a rather challenging task. Finally, after much searching and frustrating dead ends, we stumbled across D Street Village Office Lofts, an old hippie supermarket-turned-beautifully-renovated-space on SE Division... which just so happens to be one of the most happening neighborhoods in all of Portland’s Eastside. We moved in a few weeks ago and feel right at home in this charming little pocket of culture surrounded by the best that Portland’s food & bev scene has to offer: from the original Pok Pok to Roman Candle Baking Co. (where pizza shears are provided for slicing) to scrumptious and Portland quintessential Bollywood Theater right next door. There’s even a Salt & Straw Ice Cream “farm-to-cone” shop conveniently down the street. Foodie heaven, for sure. The last month has been met with a happy growth spurt in our small company, with fresh faces on our team and some exciting new partnerships and projects ahead. As we hang our frames on the walls and the Ikea desks get assembled, we look forward to the inspiration Portland is sure to spark not only in the day-to-day running of Design Aglow, but in our personal lives as well. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress as our new city becomes our new home. Design Aglow Diaries is a weekly note to our readers from the home offices of Design Aglow in beautiful Portland, OR. Follow along on Instagram at #designaglowdiaries to see the day-to-day stuff. We like keeping in touch but love hearing from you even more… leave a comment below!
I secretly bought a mail-order 35mm camera when I was 15, and took lots of ordinary photos of animals and nature for several years. Although I majored in art and studied photography in college, my career started in marketing and advertising, from the client service end. Then I had the most beautiful baby, found my old camera and realized how much I love photographing people.
Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself. What was your road like to becoming a photographer?
Hello! I am a portrait photographer based south of Boston, MA. My passion is capturing mothers and their growing families. Maternity and newborn portraits are the foundation of my business, and I also capture baby milestones, children, and families. Fun fact: I returned the diamond earrings my husband bought me for our first Christmas as a married couple to buy a digital camera.
When I was in college, I had a friend who was a professional photographer. The first time I went to her home, I walked in to find stunning photographs of her children on the walls.
There was a huge canvas in their living room and a creative photo display in the main hallway. I remember being so moved by the beauty of those images, thinking to myself, “I want to create images like this!” I bought myself a DSLR as a graduation present, learned photography from online courses and started my photography business about a year later.