Hello there and welcome!
I am a photographer living in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I moved here in 2011 to follow a dream of living on a farm and raising our fantastic Llewellin Setters in a healthier environment and in a place where hunting upland game with them was easier.
I travel between our farm in Bruce Crossing (Ontonagon County) and our home in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.
My love of photography began as an early teen and in the days of film and dark rooms as photography editor of the yearbook and continued through my early 20s when my good camera broke and we, with 5 little ones, were too broke to fix it or get another camera. My love of photography never died, but purchasing new equipment to pursue it was put on the back burner for many years to raise our family.
Digital photography grew quickly and we went through the myriad of pocket digitals. I was never satisfied with my results. Finally, as our kennel business grew, I took the plunge and purchased a used Canon 10D. Heavenly! My passion was reignited and the obsession grew through our dogs and puppies. I eventually needed another camera and plunged for a used 30D. Amazing! However, within a year, the 30D failed and needed a very costly repair so the 60D it was and through a fluke, I also quickly obtained my beloved, full-frame 6D.
Now, there rarely goes one day that I am not photographing something or someone. I can’t imagine my life without my cameras ever again. I actually usually carry both the 60D and the 6D. First, because one of my favorite wide-angle lenses will only fit the 6oD, but I prefer the more quiet shutter of the 6D and love the wi-fi capabilities, among a dozen other features. I still have and occasionally use the 10D, too! It no longer has autofocus capabilities, but some days I grab it just for the heck of it. I still miss that 30D, too.
I love photographing our dogs and the heavenly landscapes and night skis of the U.P., but I also have a passion for humans–young and old–and pet, portrait, and event photography are my obsession and I want nothing more than to capture beautiful memories of beautiful people.
I am very ambitious and will do just about anything it takes to keep our farm, and to get the shot. I drive my family, but mostly my husband that has to put up with me the most, a little crazy because I am always trying to shoot something somewhere. I have been known to get mad when hubby uses my “photography car” and runs the gas out or gets it dirty inside because I like to keep it fueled up, clean, and ready to take off to catch the perfect light somewhere! There is nothing worse than jumping in my buggy to rush off somewhere for a shoot and having to try to find gas at 2:00 AM (when nothing here is open) and then to go to take a shot and have a dog hair in the picture because it was on the lens but I didn’t see it in the darkness… Anyway, I love nature, the outdoors (except when it is hot and humid) and especially winter. I am a coffee snob and must work to fuel the habit for excellent coffee, organic and grass-fed food, and quality boots! Yep, I love, love, love a good boot and protect my LeChameus, coffee, and camera equipment like a momma bear! 😉 I love to hunt upland game over our beautiful and talented Llewellin Setters during my absolute favorite time of year, Autumn (and our first daughter’s name).
I look forward to meeting and working with you to get beautiful memories of you, your precious newborn, your toddlers, teens, or your next event.
“Art is what we call…the thing an artist does.
It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes it art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human.
Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.”
― Seth Godin