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Hey there - I'm Chelsea! A coffee worshiping Hoosier native, who loves to travel and is the proud Momma of one spunky, slightly feral, three year old girl. I absolutely love binge watching Outlander (hell-o Jamie Frasier!) and may or may not also be codependent on midday naps… you know… for me, not the kid
To top it off, I’m also a total Harry Potter nerd, knowing nearly every line in the movies and when it comes to a cocktail hour – oh baby, do I recommend a grand marnier margarita, loaded down with olives.
You know what’s really kind of funny though? I totally
never planned on this... not the mom thing, not the photographer thing. Not even the 'lets run my
own business,' thing...
See, back in 2015, I was a young professional creative working for a Fortune 200, when a romantic trip to Rome left my hunky husband and I expecting. No girl, seriously... we came home with WAY more than olive oil.
But, little did we know how much that sweet baby girl would change our worlds and set our hearts on fire! Then, soon after she was born I opted to become a part time SAHM splitting my world 50/50 between the creative work I loved and the new challenge of keeping this small human alive.
Fast forward a few months and 10k diapers later, I soon found that I needed more. Wanted more. Needed to create more. With all of life’s changes I needed an outlet that was solely mine. I mean, sure, I came out of the womb working on Pinterest-worthy projects and shooting everything insight with a Kodak Crayola, but after a little prompting by a friend, I decided to take the plunge and share my love of life and light with clients.
But girl, let me tell you somthin’, even though this
was never the plan...
I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I LOVE being a mom. I love being photographer. I LOVE connecting with my client’s families, building trust with shy toddlers and winning over nay-sayer dads.
Like in all seriousness, I THRIVE on bribing kiddos to play silly games with me to get "the" shot and I’m passionate about helping our brides capture one of the biggest days of their lives, through storytelling, relationships and the smallest of details.
I firmly believe that little in life can compete with “fresh baby” smell and that too many precious moments, are fleeting in the lulls of life.
So I encourage you, yes you dear friend, if you do nothing else today – even if you don’t choose me to help you preserve these moments or shoot your wedding day, please remeber to slow down. Go somewhere beautiful, unplug from life and make a memory with the ones you love the most.
After all, those are the only hashtag worthy moments. Aren’t they?
Pssst. Curious to know more? Check Out This Blog Post:
Why I Simply Couldn't Stay Any Longer, From Fortune 500
to SMB Owner | My Story
Wild Gardens of Childhood
while saving the memories for a
WHAT MOMS ARE SAYING
"Chelsea's photo shoots are always a blast for everyone present! We all love her & how she has the talent to capture life's real & true moments! She goes above & beyond & makes it look effortless! I have truly never liked any pictures of myself.....until she started doing our pictures!"
Misti | Momma of Three
“It was much less stressful than [our] previous photo shoots. Having a 2 & 4 year old can cause a lot of stress in these situations but Chelsea made it fun for them.
That made it easier for the parents to relax."
Christiane | Mom of Toddlers
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