I know how busy you are and I really appreciate your taking the time to look around my site. I am a portrait photographer based out of central Florida with a fashion and fine art background. Photography is a great passion for me because of people like you that I can come to know, photograph and gain insight into your wonderful world. I truly love my job - although it seldom feels like a job - and am very blessed to do what I do for a living. This quote pretty much sums up the way I feel about my craft:
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.
What you have caught on film is captured forever.....it remembers
little things, long after you have forgotten everything.
I started my career as an artist when I was a child and was always fascinated with fashion and fashion photography. From an early age, I drew fashion illustrations and studied posing and lighting and how they contribute to the beauty of the images I saw in magazines.
I studied fashion design and illustration at Florida State University and spent the first 15 years of my career as a fashion designer of ski wear, tennis wear and active sportswear in Colorado, Vermont and Los Angeles. Before returning to Florida, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Design from Colorado State University and then enjoyed teaching fashion design classes back at my alma mater, FSU. I bought my first SLR camera right out of college and loved trying to duplicate the great fashion photographers I admired.
The digital age dawned and I traded in my film cameras and began the steep learning curve to master the new equipment as well as editing software. My education continues to this day!
Once I had a family, a love for a new type photography was born - kids and family. My home is filled with photographs of my family including professional photographs of my grandparents, parents and sisters which I treasure. I am so grateful that these images were taken and I encourage all families to capture this time in their lives. I know that your images will become more precious as time goes by.
I've also had turns in my career including jobs as an interior designer and an elementary art education teacher but when I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up, photography checked all the boxes. I have been photographing wonderful weddings, families and high school seniors for 10 years. I have been married for 30 years to my college sweetheart, have two adult children, one adult yellow lab and two grandkids - I think they are all perfect and adorable!