My name is Haili. I'm a photographer, a writer, a reader, an adventurer, and a Jesus-loving girl who is making things happen.
I enjoy working with couples who like an adventure. Those who will stand in the rain and look at each other with the same amount of love in their eyes as they would if it was dry and sunny. Those who will climb a mountain or a tree to get a beautiful shot. Those who enjoy walking through the woods and aren't afraid to get a little dirty. I've worked with all kinds of couples and I've found that my favorite are those who don't want the normal, behind-the-church, quick-before-we-have-to-be-at-the-reception shots. My favorite are the ones who value the capturing of their memories and want them to be as beautiful and authentic as possible.
If that sounds like something you value, then maybe I'm the right photographer for you. I'd love to chat, so click that button right below here. Want to get to know me a little better before making the plunge into a conversation with me? Jump down and read my story.
While I was growing up, I was often the one holding the camera. I loved taking photos of people. It was more fun for me to walk around with a camera at an event than it was for me to just stand around. The introvert in me loved having something to do when I was surrounded by people. It was my little escape. At one point, I decided that I wanted to be a professional photographer, but that dream was quickly squashed by any conversations about future careers because I didn't think I could actually have a career as a photographer. I proceeded to go after other things.
Fast forward to my first year of college. I went to an art school called Columbia College in Chicago where I studied creative writing, which I still love. Surrounded by creative people, how could I not feel the pull back toward my love of photography? Previously, I had started following a wedding photographer on Instagram because I had met her sister and sister's husband on a missions trip. This photographer, whose business is KariMe Photography, had beautiful work that I admired a lot. I noticed that not only was her work beautiful, but she was actually making money with it. She had made a career with photography. I decided that if she could do it, then I could too. So.
I sold my car and bought my first camera.
After that, I started taking photos of anyone who would stand in front of my camera, trying to build my portfolio and teach myself everything I needed to know. It took awhile to get to where I am now. I did a lot of shooting without pay, shooting for little pay, and doing shoots that I didn't love. Now, I am starting to really get into what I love: weddings and engagements.
I love couples. I love love. I love shooting couples in love. That is my passion and I'm working hard to be able to only shoot things that I'm passionate about.
That's my photography story but as for my personal life, I'll give you a few fun facts. I love both cats and dogs, but especially huskies and golden retrievers. I love to read young adult novels and I'd like to write one. I love nature and I want to live in the mountains someday, but I'm stuck in Ohio for a couple of years. That guy down there is my fiancé and best friend.
That's all for now. Stick around and I'm sure my story will grow. ♡