PHOTOGRAPHER, MOTHER AND WIFE...
PHOTOGRAPHER, MOTHER AND WIFE...
I've been a storyteller since I was a little girl, so it was no surprise I chose a degree in broadcast journalism. It turned into a local news career that led me from Montana to Arizona to California. I spent years in front of a camera telling stories, but these days there's a lot of negative news out there. I can't count the number of sad stories I told standing in front of fires, crime scenes and car crashes. It wasn't fun! Every once in awhile though, I discovered an amazing and heartwarming story. That's what kept me going back day after day. The good people and the good deeds captured my heart.
Then I had my daughter, Laken, and my heart melted. She filled my life with new excitement, laughter and true happiness. Instead of chasing big news, my best days were spent just hanging out with her and my husband enjoying little milestones. She quickly became the story of my life and I became obsessed with taking her picture. I had to capture every single moment and share it with the world!
When the time came for me to start thinking about going back to work, I shut it out of my brain. I wasn't ready to go back into news, but I didn't want to give up on storytelling. How could I be a mother and a reporter? Photography seemed like the perfect solution! With every baby, every family and every picture there's a wonderful, beautiful and positive story to share. Maybe it was fate when I unexpectedly got an opportunity to buy a Canon camera? Whatever it was, it changed my life from the very first click!
With a lot of support and encouragement from my husband, I took the plunge into the photography business. That was more than four years ago and another kid later and I couldn't be happier! It brings me so much joy to take photos of new babies, happy kids, proud parents and couples just starting their lives together. I feel so lucky to share in those big moments. So in the end, the good deeds and good people are still capturing my heart. I'm just telling their stories from behind the camera.
1. I'm from Montana and proud of it! I grew up in a small town called Glasgow with a population of about 3,500.
2. I graduated high school in the top 10 of my class...but we only had 69 students...and our mascot was a scottie dog.
3. I love animals and throughout my life have had many pets, including dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, a guinea pig, a field mouse, (until it escaped and my mom found it) fish and cattle.
4. I know how to fly an airplane and took my first solo flight on my 15th birthday. My instructor and I also crash landed the plane into a field during a lesson. We were ok!
5. In college I was on the University of Montana Equestrian team.
6. I worked in local news for seven years and covered it all from reporting to anchoring to weather and even sports. I also shot and edited my own video!
7. As a reporter I interviewed Barack Obama on the phone during his first Presidential campaign. It was what one might expect. I was super nervous and he was on point, but I also remember how exhausted he sounded.
8. My typical Starbucks order is a tall, double shot breve latte, a warm chocolate croissant and a to-go ice water for my toddler.
9. Speaking of my daughter, when I was 15 weeks pregnant, I got appendicitis and underwent surgery. It was super scary, but we learned that our daughter is very strong early in her life.
10. My favorite movie is The Notebook, my favorite actress is Julia Roberts and my celebrity crush is Brad Pitt. (no matter how old he gets!)
11. My favorite TV shows are Grey's Anatomy, Modern Family, Survivor, New Girl, Parks & Rec. and Cougar Town. (I'm so sad some of them are no longer playing!)
12. My food and drink weaknesses are Alaskan king crab with butter, lobster mac and cheese, salmon sushi, smoked oysters, brownies, cookie dough, chocolate lava cake, a cold glass of milk, coffee with whipping cream (YES, whipping cream!) and champagne.
13. Sometimes my favorite midnight snack is butter on saltine crackers. (My husband thinks this is so weird!)