Who am I?
I caught the shutter bug when I was just a kid and have been taking pictures with a passion ever since. In high school and college, I acquired training in traditional darkroom photography. While expecting my first child, I made the switch to digital photography and have loved the additional freedom and opportunities for creativity. I started up my portrait photography business in Redmond, Washington in 2006 and enjoyed taking the plunge into professional work for a couple of years. A big move, a second baby, and a few years later, I am excited to be back in business here at my new location in beautiful Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
I have a well-rounded background in the visual arts. Of particular strength are drawing, print-making, ceramics, and, of course, photography. Studying art history and creating art in multiple media has taught me what makes an image beautiful and powerful. I strive for both of these qualities in my art.
I have a degree in Art Education from Brigham Young University (one of the best Art Ed programs) and I teach some awesome art programs at the Friendship Center including Beginning Photography, an after school art program for youth 10-15. I love working with children and inspiring excellence in others. Perhaps, it’s that oldest child syndrome, but I am pretty comfortable being in charge, a good quality when teaching or directing a wedding party for a group photo.
My favorite, most challenging, and important role listed here so far. I love being a mother, and my children have undoubtedly persuaded me that people are the absolute most fascinating and beautiful subjects to photograph. Photographing children well is challenging, no doubt, but is one of my favorite challenges. I love to capture the innocence, beauty, and wonder of little ones. I am looking forward to photographing my own little baby #3 in March of 2013.
Supporting me with all of the above is my sweet hubby. I have a lot of faith in marriage and family and believe that communities need to celebrate and support both for the benefit of all. Being a romantic and a believer that marriages can make it today in spite of the challenges ahead, I love weddings, the optimism, passion, and beauty of the beginning of something so precious and worth cherishing and protecting. There is no one more radiant than a bride on her wedding day.
I am proud to add to my list of roles that I am now a volunteer with Inspiration through Art, an organization of photographers who donate free photo shoots to families of children who are fighting a potentially terminal illness.