Perry started pursuing photography her senior year of high school. She IS THE NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR TEAM, AND ONE WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE GOTTEN! HER STYE AND TALENT clearly SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. If you're looking for a unique yet classic perspective, and an easygoing human behind her camera... Perry's your girl!
Perry loves her puppies and kitties, coffee, long car rides, gigantic comfy sweaters, and the northwest.
1) Favorite food, color, musician, tv show?
Food wise, I’m actually quite a picky eater. This is one of the traits of myself that I genuinely wish I could change. I’d say that I typically default to either Italian or Mexican food.
My favorite color is and will always be yellow! Yellow is such a happy color and every time I see something yellow, I feel as though the sun is beating down on me, even when it’s a gross day outside. I actually have yellow tinted glasses that I specifically wear, especially on those days, that make everything look sunnier!
My music taste is extremely diverse. If you name an artist, I have most likely heard a song by them. And if I haven’t, PLEASE SHOW ME. I have two top musicians that will always be no. 1 in my heart, and that’s Fleetwood Mac + Daniela Andrade. My favorite vibe for music is something upbeat, but also chill as well.
As for tv show… I’m really not much of a tv person! I much prefer movies. I can name my favorite movies off the top of my head, but tv shows I have to think a bit more. I like dramatic and cheesy, it’s kinda my thing. Like do I still binge watch the Twilight movies to this day? Absolutely. I feel like with television I go through stages throughout the year. I almost always have a fantasy phase which include shows like The Witcher and the Vampire Diaries or True Blood. Then I’ll have an anime phase. I also really enjoy thrillers and horror—The Haunting of Hill House, yes please. Butttt with all of that being said I’m really actually a sucker for period pieces. Which by definition is “an object or work that is set in or strongly reminiscent of an earlier historical period.” The only example I can think of that people will actually know is Bridgerton. Which I have seen, but there are also so many other amazing ones! I recommend Anne with an E if you haven’t seen it!
2) There are a lot of professions out there… why photography?
I've been a photographer for seven years, but originally, I was a writer. Art has always been a significant part of my life. I wrote my first novel at the age of thirteen (not that it was very good!) and I always believed I would be an author someday. I still believe I might. Because of this, I feel photography is an extension of my love of storytelling. Being able to tell someone's story through photographs and purely capture their essence, there is something so raw about it. At a young age I became obsessed with the ability to connect with sentiment living deep inside someone and a deeper meaning in life. I feel as though photography has brought me closer to that.
3) What does it mean to “take pictures”?
Being able to create and capture somebody’s essence and personality at the same time is so cool, especially when you get to watch yourself grow overtime. It’s the satisfaction of seeing the passion or vulnerability behind your subjects eyes and knowing you really captured who that person is.
4) WHAT ARE SOME OTHER PASSIONS YOU HAVE?
I STARTED WRITING POETRY WHEN I WAS 6 AND WAS WRITING NOVELS BY THE TIME I WAS 12. SO BEFORE I DISCOVERED PHOTOGRAPHY I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WAS A GOING TO BE A WRITER. MY WRITING HAS BEEN ON THE BACK BURNER FOR A WHILE NOW, BUT IT’S SOMETHING I LOVE AND I WILL CONTINUE TO BE PASSIONATE ABOUT FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. I’M ALSO A BIG TRAVEL FIEND. I HAVEN’T GONE MANY PLACES IN MY LIFE, BUT IT’S SOMETHING I CAN’T WAIT TO START. ANY TIME I GET THE CHANCE TO GO ON A LONG CAR RIDE TO A NEW PLACE, I TAKE IT.
5) What’s your morning routine like?
Normally my day begins with trying to navigate to my phone without my puppo noticing, because the second she does she will literally lay on top of me until I get out of bed. Most days I try to dress my best to give ensure motivation for a productive day and confidence, but let’s be honest, a lot of the time I end up staying in sweats. After making this very hard decision and feeding a very hungry pup, we head out the door to get some coffee and go on a drive. Yes, I do this most every day. I feel it’s important for me to get out of the house and have time to myself first thing in the morning. I normally plan out my day during this time as well, and when I get home, I hop right into work! Or take a nap if it’s my day off. Lol.
6) What was your childhood like? How did that play
a part in your photography?
My father is in the golf business and my mother is in sales, so coming from a fairly professional background I’m kind of the black sheep. I may have been a bit different or considered more “creative” than the rest of my family, but I’ve always been loved fiercely and therefore love fiercely as a result. I was definitely a bit quirky and independent growing up. With that definitely came some struggles, mostly pertaining to mental health and I’ve actually since been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (yayyyy). But if I hadn’t gone through that, then there’s no way that I would be as passionate about what I do today. I’ve come a long way, and I want to help others do the same. Whether that’s by building confidence in others through photographs, or guiding people through my words.
7) WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO PHOTOGRAPH?
So, I’m actually also a wedding, family + boudoir photographer. I’ve done it all! It’s so hard for me to choose a favorite because each of them have their own appeals. But if I took away the categories, I’d have to say women. Seeing their face light up as they say, “I’ve never had a photo I’ve liked of myself before” or, “I can’t believe that’s what I look like” makes my heart swell. Women are secretive, mysterious creatures so the fact that I get a peek into that feels honoring.
8) What influences your creativity?
I LOVE this question, because the answer is everything. I could probably see a piece of trash on the street and think, “huh, that gives me an idea.” A majority of my inspiration comes from culture and various forms of artisanal outlets. This includes everything from music to movies to dance. I feel so passionately and so hard which I think is why these things affect to me so intensely.
9) What’s the best purchase under $50 you’ve ever made?
I’ve begun to delve deep into my spirituality quite a bit in the past year, and it’s something that I feel as though has changed my life in such a positive way. The best purchase I’ve made under fifty dollars was the day I decided to get a journal purely for this purpose. I use it to manifest, study tarot and connect with myself in ways I haven’t experienced in anything else.
10) What does a typical session with Perry look like?
I want your shoot to reflect who YOU are, so I take personalization very seriously. Before the shoot even begins, we’ll brainstorm ideas together and get to the root of what you want for your session. Then I’ll go ahead and make you a vision board. This will reflect more-so on the feeling that you want for your shoot. From a color scheme, if necessary, to what kind of images you’re really drawn to—and no I don’t mean poses. I mean how do you want your session to feel?
Throughout your shoot, you’ll find I’m more of a director than a poser. Senior photos are purely representative of who you are at this time in your life, so whatever that may be, I’m going to capture that in a way that shows the beauty in it. You feel awkward? Girl same. But guess what, awkward is freaking adorable. So we’re gonna own it. Feeling like a badass? Well good, cause you are. Whatever is you is going to reflect back on your photos. But don’t worry, I’m here to guide you every step of the way.
Oh, and if you fake smile, I will call you out. (Seriously, ask any of my past clients).