My Journey in short

The Early Years

I will continue to look for some of my FIRST photos I ever took.  I know I have them somewhere.  It's a picture of my care bears lined up on a couch I believe their heads might have been cut off...the tops at least. I was probably 7.

My mom got me my first FILM SLR camera when I was 16-17. And I took it everywhere I went.  I played soccer but was often sidelined due to knee issues and surgeries.  I still wanted to be part of the team so I took pictures...LOTS of pictures. 

I graduated Merrimack High School, in Merrimack NH and moved to Belleville IL where my mom decided to move. I went to college at SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville) for not Photography....but Pscyhology.  I didn't think my mom would approve of a photography degree.  Though she would have supported it, because she has always been my biggest supporter.  But psychology has actually helped in my photography career.  It's taught me understanding and how to listen during my shoots, how to read a group of people and best photograph their needs.

 

Love & Marriage

I met my husband in 2002 and we married in 2004.  I never worked in the psychology field but I think every job I have held has some use for my degree.  I held mainly office type jobs from working at the St.Clair County Court house and Home Decorators Collection to French Gerleman and Data Unlimted.  Through most of those jobs I did photography on the side, after work and on the weekends. 

In 2008 I had gotten so busy with my side business I quit and opened up my first location in New Town in St.Charles, MO.  I had a small 200ish sq/ft free standing structure in the theater district there.  It was a great place to meet with clients and get work done.  New Town provided lots of great places to take pictures, and there was always something going on.

 

New town office

I left this cute little office in July of 2010 and moved my little business to St.Peters, MO.  I moved to a bigger space that I was able to use to do some studio shooting in.  A week after I signed my lease in St.Peters we found out we were pregnant with our first born, Jack.  I stayed in that location just a year and I was spending more time working from home and taking care of Jack than I was taking care of Jack from the office.  So I closed that shop and since I have been working from home.

Working from home is great, but not so great.  More on that another day.

We had our daughter on New Years eve 2013.  And we moved to Smithton, IL in July of 2016.  My photography continues to grow and I love what I do.  I have a fiercely loyal clients that have turned into friends. I love my job, the highs and the lows...those lows often come in winter when the world hibernates.

That me in a quick of a nutshell as I can manage.  I am going to try and blog once a week.  They will be about photography, my life, crazy kids stories, recent and past sessions.  Might even throw a giveaway or two in the mix just see who is reading!