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.