A bit about me....when I am not behind the camera, I enjoy getting snail mail, eating great local food, tasting what the local breweries are making, going to the beach, hiking, biking, running, and would never pass up a chance to get on a plane to anywhere.
I've always been a documenter...at family events, during high school, and even those college parties. I never expected it would become my career. I studied politics in college and I thought I would be a lawyer. Life has a funny way of working out. I consider myself extremely lucky to spend my weekends with amazing people in beautiful places documenting moments.
One of my favorite parts of summer is going to the local farmers market in downtown Portland, Maine on Wednesday mornings and buying farm fresh treats...always finishing with some locally grown flowers!
As beautiful as lakes and rivers are there is something magical about the ocean. I have always been interested in "sea creatures" and in the "off season" I can often be found collecting sand dollars on the beach. There is something so calming about the waves and the feeling of sand below your feet.
Italy is truly the most wonderful place in the world. I love the culture. I love that meals take 2-3 hours and no one is in a hurry. I love the wine and the pasta. I adore the romantic language and locations. I love that everything is locally grown and not overly pasteurized or processed. With my European roots it just feels like home.
Campfires and wood stoves both bring people together. After spending the day out hiking or biking returning to the campfire to have a delicious meal and just chat about all the random things that is what life is all about. There is laughter and camaraderie around these warm places and since I am always cold it is the perfect place for me.
I probably have a magazine addiction and as I already mentioned I have a secret love for teen fiction. Some of my all time favorites include the True Blood Series, Throne of Glass Series, and the House of Night novels. Fav mags include Magnolia Rouge, Kinfolk, The Atlantic, Dear Gray, and National Geographic. Reading is one of my favorite things to do on a cold winter day.
Pictured Left is the "Studio Manager" and the "Intern" affectionately named Resc and Nugs. Resc is the resident greeter....and can commonly be found in one of the office chairs "working" at the computer. Nugs is more commonly found chasing anything and everything around the house. Once exhausted he prefers to lay on the top of whatever paper goods you have on the desk. Resc likes food of all types and random boxes.
Enough enough about me and my "staff" lets talk about why my business is named Kivalo. I wanted to use something particularly meaningful something that captured exactly who I am and how I work.
My dad, who came to the United States from Hungary suggested “kivalo,” which is the Hungarian word for “outstanding” or “excellent.” He also shared with me the family tradition of marking a project with the symbol of a tulip, something he did when he worked on projects with his own father. I learned later that tulips are a traditional Hungarian folk symbol for love and good luck. Being a "daddy's girl" makes Kivalo particularly meaningful.