I get asked often, ‘how did you get interested in being a photographer?’ Well, it was a kind of natural progression. I went to college for respiratory therapy after high school and continued to live and work in South Dakota after college. Then I found out that I could become a ‘traveling’ respiratory therapist. This was intriguing. I had really never been anywhere outside of ‘middle America’ and I was itching for an adventure. This sounded like an amazing opportunity for a small town girl with big dreams. Anyway, I ended up LOVING the lifestyle of being a traveling Respiratory Therapist. I was like a professional tourist. I’d move to a new location, put in my days at the hospital, then inevitably meet up with other travelers and explore the area. It was SO much fun. I met some of the most incredible people and lived in some amazing locations and there are so many stories from this time in my life that I’d love to share here, but that’s a whole other post…. back to how I became a photographer…….
So, I really felt like a professional tourist. We would road trip everyday we had off and take so many pictures of our adventures. I actually finished my scrapbooks from back then..lol The point is, I took ALOT of pictures, was having fun and my ‘vacation photos’ were getting better. And that’s when I first thought, maybe someday I’ll be a portrait photographer but I really had NO idea how to use a camera that wasn’t in the auto mode. It was in 2002 that I decided to go back to college for photography and that was life changing.
I focus my business on high school senior photography because I really love these ‘kids’. I say kids, but these humans are moments away from adulthood and this is such an important time in their life. It’s a big transition that they are about to undertake. I’m in awe of their determination, open mindedness and confidence. I get inspired hearing their thoughts of how they’d like their senior portraits to look; how they want their story to be told. Its always something new and different with seniors and that gets me excited. It gets me motivated to be creative. I’m thankful they give me the adventure this small town girl needs.