At the age of 6 (many decades ago), I picked up my first camera, which was my mother’s from her college years. I was hooked. I still remember the thrill of the moment, when I would frame the image in the viewfinder, and the excitement over picking up the prints at the local lab, once they had been developed. This passion grew through the years , and was further sharpened through high school and college courses. I moved through multiple cameras, until I purchased my first 35 millimeter, a Minolta X570. It eventually gave way to my first Canon EOS Rebel (film), which has now been replaced with multiple digital Canon professional bodies.
Due to the change to a digital format, I no longer use only a darkroom to process my images, but instead also utilize Adobe Camera Raw and Bridge, along with the rest of the Adobe Design Premium Suite, to fine tune each image to its full potential.
I prefer to utilize natural light whenever possible, as I feel it brings out the subject’s true potential to its best capacity. Living where we do, I am blessed with the opportunity to photograph the incredible variety of wildlife which calls the Pacific Northwest home (or at least a resting point during migration). I have photographed school sports (typically night and indoor gym events, with no flash permitted) for many years; which has given me the opportunity to perfect my skill at shooting in low light situations, with fast moving action. I LOVE portrait photography-people and wildlife. It is all about bringing the subject’s personality, spark and individualism to the forefront, with a portrait that truly captures the essence of who they are. Weddings are the ultimate portrait experience, as they allow me the further option of using a photojournalistic style to capture the events as they occur, and also formal portraits as the day progresses. I am happiest when I am outdoors, and whenever possible you will find me hiking, riding, camping and otherwise exploring our amazing area; and NEVER without a camera (or two) by my side.
Although the medium I utilized to capture the images changed through the years, the one thing which has not only
remained, but actually has grown, is my passion for the images I am able to capture, the moment it clicks. For me,
it is all about capturing life as it happens. I feel so blessed to have been given this gift for capturing those
moments in time that we will treasure forever, and so fortunate to be able to share it with those around me.
Mission of the Sacred Heart in Cataldo, Idaho. Idaho's oldest standing structure. (taken with an infrared camera)
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