Photography has been in my family for over a hundred years. In 1905, my great- grandfather Thomas Birkeland opened up his first photography studio in North Dakota. What he didn't know then was that he had created a legacy that would inspire and shape the next three generations of our family to come.
I first fell in love with photography when I was 15. At first it was landscapes, followed by self-portraits, but I found that what I loved most was taking pictures of people, just like my great-grandfather! Capturing the very heart and soul of someone in a photograph is my driving force. In 2010, I was invited to shoot my first wedding, and since then wedding photography has become a major part of my life. There is nothing quite like holding witness to the joining of two people who love each other. To be entrusted to photograph that kind of unconditional love is a privilege, and something that I am absolutely honored to do.
Nothing inspires me more than being able share the gift my great-grandfather passed down to me, the opportunity to capture the most beautiful and genuine moments of a person’s life.