At the age of twelve, my dad was brave enough to allow me to take pictures with his brand-new Canon AE-1. We were standing together looking out at the Grand Canyon and he taught me how to use his camera to capture the light and shadows of the valley. His love for photography was part of our everyday lives; he documents our lives through childhood, every vacation, every adventure, and every new milestone. This inspired me to get my degree in photography from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), which then landed me a dream job at NASA. I enjoyed every minute of my new adventure; from documenting engineers and astronauts on the Zero Gravity Aircraft to working alongside my new NASA family to create beautiful custom displays or just processing tons of documentation imagery for the internal website; it was always fun. In 2001, we lost my sister to a terrible car accident, and I remember going through all the old albums with my cousins, aunts, and uncles. We laughed and cried at all the memories, adventures, and misadventures of our childhood. I found peace in knowing that she was in God's hands, and I had those precious photos to help us remember the great times. I want other families to have those same feeling of peace, joy, happiness, and love when they see their own family portraits displayed in their homes.
A little more about me...
⦁ Blessed – God is amazing! “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
⦁ Baking – this reminds me of my childhood in the kitchen with my mom and sister and I feel a sense of peace and calm
⦁ Fun Graphic T-shirts – the more colorful the better
⦁ Dogs – I will say hi to your dog before you. Sorry, not sorry.
⦁ Age – the older I become, the more comfortable I am in my own skin
cups of espresso
states i've lived in
years behind a camera
years we've been married
PS - My youngest daughter is learning photography and took this photo for me. I'm excited to see where her journey in photography leads her.
Kids laughing, babies cuddling with parents, siblings teasing each other while parents are watching and laughing are what bring me joy. I often catch myself smiling as I'm watching these interactions in public places.
This photo of my niece and her beautiful long eyelashes stopped me in my tracked. She is a strong independent little girl but I could immediately picture her as the strong woman she will grow to become.
I love documenting the world around me by showcasing my feet in different locations with interesting things I find along the way. This photo inspired it all in 2007.