I’m tove (it rhymes with nova)
I’d love to hang out with you and your family.
I’m a mama to three humans and a bulldog which has made me immune to slobber, loud noises, and extreme outbursts of emotion (see also: funky smells). I promise your family isn’t too loud, crazy, wild, boring, insert any adjective here... I’m right there in the trenches with you and I will not judge!
I never planned to have children yet somehow find tiny feet and bony knees lodged into my back each night. I’ve also been pregnant or breastfeeding since 2010 and love to encourage other mamas in their own journey of growing and raising little humans. It’s the toughest job in the world - monotonous, unrelenting, and rewarding in every way except financially.
In the years BC (before children), I earned Bachelor’s degrees in Fine Arts and Norwegian Language & Literature, which led to me working as a Graphic Designer and Art Director for nearly a decade. Small disclaimer - the Norwegian Language & Lit degree has really only been utilized when singing nursery rhymes to my children. However, I am happy to bring those skills to our session if you fancy hearing me sound like the Ikea spokesman.
If that doesn’t earn me nerd status, perhaps this will: I once attended band camp. I’m a classically trained violinist of nearly 30 years and have performed everywhere from the county fair to Carnegie Hall and Wembley Arena. I started teaching while in high school, working mostly with children under six. Many of the tricks I used to keep my little musicians happy I now use in family sessions. In a nutshell: let the kids be kids. It will make for a more enjoyable experience all around and you’ll avoid the dreaded “picture face” they all pull when asked to pose and smile.
So can we hang out? Excellent! You can find all the important info on my FAQ page above.