As a child, I remember missing what the teachers were saying in class because I was far off in a fairy tale in my mind while gazing out the window or into space. I was most interested in socializing, drawing, painting, and working with my hands. While I learned to make it through school, I was eventually able to put my imagination to work. In high school, I gave up my drawings and paintings for photography, as I decided I could express myself and make art with my camera. My new found passion kept my imagination active and much later, in my mid 30's I found a place to express my creativity through what I call Deeper Image photography.
My earliest inspiration for photography came from a place of wanting to express and make visible to others, the way in which I see the world, in all it's beautiful, real, raw detail. Initially, I photographed landscapes, wildlife, sunsets, and close-ups of flowers. I learned that my photos became far more interesting when I photographed people among the scenes in nature. Click hereto see examples of people in nature.
I see details without even trying: the way the sun catches the underbellies of dark rain clouds, the way a subjects cheekbone is outlined by the shadow of her hair. I see all the constantly changing and shifting intricate details in nature. My passion for photography grew into more than an artistic expression; it became an opportunity to work closely with people, and I now see my work as a three-way collaboration between, myself, the subject, and the natural world.
I received formal training in photojournalism at Southern Oregon University, graduating in 2000. Using the world as my studio, I use natural light and natural settings as my backgrounds for portraits, outdoor weddings and for Deeper Imagephoto sessions.
I live in the lovely town of Ashland, Oregon with my14-year daughter Nadia and our cat Sassafras. We spend as much time in the natural world as possible skiing, hiking, rafting, swimming, traveling and taking photos. I also enjoy tending to my vegetable and flower gardens and spending time with friends and family.