When I got into photography, it wasn't about art–although I was always a creative at heart.
It wasn't about a hobby or a passion–although it became much more than that.
It wasn't about a career or staying home with my children–at least not at first.
For me, photography was always about savoring the moment. It didn't begin with a camera–it began with the first Kansas City Royals ticket stub I saved. Then it was my very first diary. Soon it was postcards and souvenirs, more ticket stubs, more diaries, and bits and pieces of life I picked up along the way...and yes, eventually a camera.
My husband Eddie and I met at Northwest Nazarene University. He's pretty cool. He likes my favorite sports teams because he loves me! We have one daughter and another baby on the way, hooray! Our cat, Mika, is the sweetest, gentlest cat you've ever met (I say that because I'm her favorite).
More than a name or faith or creed,
Falling in love with Jesus brought the
change in me.
My husband Eddie and I have been married seven years. He is a music pastor, avid skier, and has a huge beard. These three things are not necessarily related.
We have two children, a little four-year-old girl who is VERY excited to be a big sister and, of course, a little one we'll get to meet in March 2018.
Growing up, I always wanted a cat. It wasn't until after Eddie and I got married that we adopted a stray (who eventually ditched us). Later, another neighborhood stray cat had kittens, and one of those kittens was a dopey tortoiseshell and white furball we named Mika.
Is Mika named for former Ottawa Senator Mika Zibanejad? The answer is...sort of.
My first sports allegiance is to the Ottawa Senators of the NHL, but I also cheer for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Mammoth, Denver Outlaws, Kansas City Royals, and when the Senators aren't playing, the Colorado Avalanche. I'm also passionate about Olympics! Do I have an app counting down the days to the next Olympics? Of course!
I did teen Bible quizzing my last three years of high school and loved it! My teammates and I got into all sorts of mischief, but we also grew together spiritually and fell deeper in love with the Word of God.
Now, I help coach quizzing, hoping to pass on that same love for the Bible to the teens at my church.
Who doesn't love to travel?! I also enjoy learning about other countries, cultures, and languages in my free time. Eddie and I had the pleasure of visiting South Korea twice and I CAN'T WAIT to go back someday. Until then, I'll keep working on my Korean...
A few years back, Buzzfeed shared my husband's personal photos of our family. Without our permission. The pictures went viral. It was definitely an interesting experience. Because of it, I decided not to share personal information about my children online until they are older. I also don't share the last names of my clients or even children's first names online or in print.
Some people sing in the shower. I sing in the car, when I'm driving. I just can't help it!
As long as it's not too cold, I'd rather be outside. Sitting in the grass. Barefoot. As an alternative, sitting near a large, preferably open window is nice. Also, I wanted to be a meteorologist when I was younger, and I'm still fascinated by weather.
I'm a recovering perfectionist. I prefer even numbers (like ten) and things aligned just so. I have high standards for myself, which can be a double-edged sword (as any recovering perfectionist can verify).
I'm based in Ontario, Oregon but I travel all over the Treasure Valley and beyond!