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About

It's difficult not to feel like a cliché in this saturated industry of photographers. My mother, a painter...and my father, an engineer and hobbyist photographer...I observed their perspective as I grew up. And even though my dad presented me with my first camera when I was 14, I certainly enjoyed it, but a desperate passion was not ignited until...wait for it...I had kids. When my twins were born in 1999, my only goal was that they were never getting a department store portrait and I would do all of that documenting myself. Before the age of Instagram and smartphones, it was not about documenting my every day. It was about never going digital, only shooting film (though a point and shoot), and printing at Kits Cameras since they offered matte photos with that 1/8" border. I wanted a timeless collection of photos and I maybe shot a roll once or twice a quarter.

By the time my boys were 7 and I discovered Flickr...I suddenly was willing to go digital. Enter the Canon 40D...followed by a 50mm f/1.2L...then the 5DMKII, a 24mm f/1.4L and a 70-200mm f/2.8L. And throw in a third child and a dog. Flash forward to now, I am largely self-taught, though my limited time required me to depend on an incredible community of photographers through online forums and workshops. I am fortunate in this day and age, and at this point in my career (I actually have a day job), to have my passion fueled not just by my own desire to make art, but by a community of photographers who both inspire me and cheer me on. I also have the love and support of my husband and my children, the often unwilling subjects, whom without...I wouldn't know what to photograph. I shoot daily now, which means I have a large body of work in my personal photos. I take clients only once a month, from families to individuals. I love to make portraits. I love the human face. I leave you with this...blending my love of music with my love of photography, I'll borrow the lyrics from The Flaming Lips, Do You Realize?, to convey why photography is important...to me:

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize

- The Flaming Lips