Behind the Lens
Flutter By Photography
I fell in love with the arts when I was about two. Well, it might have been before then, but that is when I started creating. I entered my first competition at five and won, which, along with my parents, served as encouragement. Throughout highschool, I focused on the arts, specifically fine art. I got my first film SLR camera from a flea market when I was 18 years old, and soon after started freelance photography, shooting weddings, reunions, and anything else on location. I had my first gallery show when I was 20, mainly displaying my photography. I received my Bachelors in Art from Brescia University, and immediately started teaching highschool at Grayson County. Three of the four classes I taught were photography. When we had our youngest child (who was a HUGE and WONDERFUL surprise), I resigned teaching, and opened a studio.
Living in the Moment!
These days I juggle my beloved family, my appointments, my destroyed house, my cluttered studio, my loyal friends, and my alone time (locking the door and sinking my head in a warm bath:), into my wonderful life. It's impossible for me to keep work separate from my personal life. Clients become friends, we share memories of their walk down the isle, their baby's first smile, rolling over for the first time in the studio, graduation day, and so on. When I stop getting excited about these things, I know it will be time for me to stop what I am doing. I love every aspect of photography. From newborns to brides and all the other ages and groups. Anyone can take a picture of a smile, my goal is to capture a piece of who they are, or what makes a family work. When the dynamics of a person or group show through, I feel I have succeeded. I love life and I want that love for life to shine through in my work.