I studied photojournalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia, worked full-time as a newspaper photographer right out of college, and have since worked as a freelance writer and photographer. My editorial work has appeared in newspapers and magazines in the US and Australia, and I'm a member of the Wedding Photojournalist Association and the Fort Atkinson Arts Council.
My work as a newspaper photographer was great preparation for portraiture and weddings: I learned to anticipate the perfect moment, compose my images creatively, and -- perhaps most importantly -- how to use and supplement natural light.
My husband, Eric, is a geography professor at the UW-Whitewater and we have two kids, Tom and Anna, whose unique sense of fun inspired me to begin photographing children and families. We also have a young dog, Sadie, and our house is full of plants, bikes, boats, and quasi-scientific experiments. Life is good :-)
Some Frequently Asked Questions...
Are you willing to travel to photograph our wedding or do a portrait session?
Sure -- let me know your plans and we'll work something out. I would particularly love to photograph weddings or other events in Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, or Washington because we have family in those areas and it would be great to combine business with a trip to see them.
Wow, you have some really amazing testimonials! Do you pay people to say such nice things about you? Do you give them free photos?
No, I never pay people or give anything in exchange for testimonials. The kind words you see on the testimonials page were given freely, with no compensation of any kind (except my heartfelt gratitude!).
Do you need an intern or assistant? Are you looking for a second shooter?
We are fully staffed so I'm not looking for assistants or second shooters at this time.
Why did you choose this career?
Once both our kids were in elementary school, I had more time to spend working outside the home. I did a bit of soul-searching and decided I wanted the following from my professional life:
I think I've made the right choice, and I hope you'll agree :-)
Any more questions? Feel free to send me an e-mail!