Hi there! And welcome to my home on the Internet.
As you poke around here, you’ll find out more about me, such as my philosophy about photography, how I share my talents with those in need, and where I call home IRL (in real life). But as a jumping off point, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a wife of 18 years and a mom to six children — three girls and three boys. I’m originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but I’ve moved all over the Midwest, following the man I love from one job transfer to another. Picking up, starting over, saying goodbye and then hello every three or four years… it taught me a lot and grew me as a wife and mother and friend. We moved to Portage, WI in 2011 and I’m happy to say we finally feel settled here in southern Wisconsin and I know this is my home.
I had an interest in photography my whole life, but that interest renewed when my children were very young and I was creating scrapbooks for them. I knew in my heart if a picture was being taken, it needed to be the best it can be.
That interest grew into a passion and a renewal of my love of learning when I taught myself (with the help of LOTS of library books!) how to shoot a camera that wasn’t a simple point-and-shoot. Finally, after many years of giving myself to my family, I was rediscovering my own interests. After a quick dusting-off of the cobwebs, my brain felt so alive to be learning new skills and techniques; I found and quickly admired the work of artists whom I’d never seen before. Photography has become, for me, a creative outlet and a way for me to carve out a little bit of individuality in our hurried world.
I want my legacy to reflect I was a loving mother, a unique woman with her own interests, and someone my children are proud to call mom. I hope that I can be a better partner to my husband by having interests that are completely my own; in that way I can share with him a part of myself that is continually evolving. Any skills or talents that I have are a gift from God, so I aspire to use my photography in some way that will glorify Him, and I will continue to keep my eyes open to new possibilities.
I’m proud to say that I’ve studied photography with all my heart and soul for years now. I am confident shooting in a wide variety of settings — outside or indoors, low light or bright light, formal or casual. I’m glad to be past the point of feeling nervous before a photo session; instead I get excited to work with my new clients and to capture images that I know they will love.
As I write this, I am 44 years old. But I feel like I could just as easily be 22…so much is ahead of me to learn, to experience, and to share with the world. I’m pretty excited!