*Who am I? I am just a girl. (I still think that I’m 14. The wrinkle in my forehead tells me otherwise. Jerk wrinkle.)
*Nothing is more important to me than my family. I am married to a lovely, funny man and we have two weird, interesting, and funny boys, Jack and Charlie.
*I like to write tiny rhyming poems. If you follow my personal instagram (@Slatie) you will have the utter privilege of reading some of these. My poems will make you wonder if I am in fifth grade. I am not.
*I am super passionate about wedding and family photography. We can’t get these days back, people!
*I am empathetic, caring, patient and loving – a lot of times, to a fault. Don’t get me wrong – I can be really fierce when necessary!
*I love traveling so, so much. So far, in my little life, I have been to some pretty great places (England, Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam, Iceland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, France, Peru, Costa Rica, Kauai, etc. In 2008, I spent nine-days on a volunteer vacation in the Grand Canyon where I learned to drink mosquito-larvae-filled water. Super gross. Do not take running water for granted, folks.) I feel like my best travel years are still ahead of me though. I can’t wait to see where life takes me.
*I abhor homework. Why does it really matter in the grand scheme of life? Why can’t my kids just go have fun? I know, I know…
*Funny people are way better than unfunny people. Funny is far more handsome than just plain old handsome.
*I have been known to make really weird noises or sing really badly when I photograph. Especially when the light is killer. Ask my sister, she’ll tell you.
*I’ve been told I dance like Elaine. If you know what I’m talking about, you know that it’s not a compliment. Julia Louis-Dreyfus is pretty cute though, I don’t think she ages.
*I deliver Meals on Wheels every Monday at lunch time. I love my Meals people.
*I only walk on the beach to find sand dollars. Sand dollars are my favorite.
*I am obsessed with making pottery. I am a maker at heart. I go through strange, obsessive periods of making things – like that time I made a wool Donald Trump head.
*I have a degree in Art History from UCONN. I studied abroad in England while in college. I got a D- in photography in high school. Not because I was bad at it, I was just naughty and chose not to do the majority of assignments. (I am currently being punished for this with a high schooler who happens to be a lot like his mother.)
*I love real, true, fierce, loud-but-quiet-at-the-same-time, beautiful, soul-soothing, genuine love. If you don’t have this, I am probably not the right photographer for you.
*Both of our dogs are rescues (I would never have it any other way!) and both of them have a blue right eye.
*I love Lime Tostitos, coffee, Cheez-Its (don’t even tell me you like CheeseNips!), olives, guacamole, and tacos. All at once. Just kidding, that would be gross.
*I feel most alive outside. Especially if I see a snake. That makes me feel really alive. Like super, freaking alive.
*I was so miserable in my past job I would constantly daydream about doing something outside with my hands for work. I thought of landscaping, plumbing (isn’t this mostly inside? and smelly?), carpentry, cabinet making, gardening, etc. With photography, I no longer daydream of doing other things. I am no longer searching.
*I do worry about failure though. It’s always there. Which is good – otherwise I probably wouldn’t care so much about my clients, the people I work with, and what I do.
*I hate cooking and cleaning. I think in a past life I had a personal chef, and a housekeeper. My husband isn’t too pleased about this and wants to know why I didn’t tell him this before we got married.
*I have spent many years trying to be me for others. I try hard not to do this anymore. Now, I am just me. Honestly, that’s the only thing I will ever expect from you, too. Just be you. Show me your most real, authentic, vulnerable you. I promise to take good care of you and show you how beautiful you really are.
*I really like old furniture. Not old couches, but old tables, chairs, dressers, bookshelves and stools. I have a mini-collection of tiny hand-wrought stools around my house.
*I love to sew things but I can’t use a pattern to save my life. Nor do I have any desire to use a pattern. Patterns are like rules. I don’t really like rules either.
*I accept a limited amount of wedding commissions per year as it’s super important to me to be able to connect and serve my clients in the very best, most attentive way that I can. I look forward to meeting you!
*If this sounds good and not too weird for you AND my images sing to your heart, family photography investments begin at $350 and wedding photography begins at $4200.