When I took my first photography class in high school, I acquired my first SLR camera that had once belonged to my great-grandmother, a Canon TX (circa 1975 and older than me), which I was quite fond of. It was during this time that I developed my skills as a photographer, learning the techniques of developing film and printing photos in a dark room and nurturing my eye for design. I was passionate about photography and spent endless hours in the darkroom that my step-dad created in a small room in the basement. Going against the advice of my high school photography teacher, I followed a completely different career path. In college, I tried out mechanical engineering (long story!) but eventually majored in Spanish, and soon after, completed a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction so that I could teach Spanish. I love children and am passionate about teaching. I love that each day, I can be making a difference in the life of a child and opening up their world to new experiences through language and culture.
However, I never stopped taking photos and I have always loved the way creating art through photography makes me feel.
When I moved to Milwaukee, I began taking photos of friends and their families as favors, simply because I loved to do it and perhaps because they thought I had the “eye” for it. The more I nurtured that eye the more I began to look at everything around me as if I were taking a photo. I love watching the way light dances at dusk and shadows fall under the treetops. I am always looking at the world through my lens, contemplating how I can compose and capture each moment. After having my own children it seemed my camera lived in my hands, and I also began to practice the technical side of digital photography and photo editing. I stayed up until all hours, studying and practicing, until I arrived at the point where I feel like I can proudly share my artistic vision with others. I would be so honored to photograph your family and share my artistic vision with you.