Behind the Lens

I fell in love with photography as a child. I took every class I could find, and went through roll after roll of film. I soon discovered the joy of developing my own work. The darkroom was my second home.

I continued to pursue photography in college. I had eventually taken every class that was offered, so the director of the Art Department created new classes just for me. When we could no longer justify creating new classes, they offered me a job.

I eventually decided to start my own business, and have loved every minute.


I’ve compiled a list of the questions I get asked most often.  

Where are you located?

I am based in Grayling, MI, but have traveled all over the country.

Nikon or Canon?

Nikon.  I have shot with both, but prefer Nikon.  When I went back to Nikon, my husband adopted my Canon gear.  I have also shot with Mamiya, Sony, Fuji, tin can (yep, a homemade pinhole camera) and the list goes on.

RAW or Jpeg?

RAW all the way.

How long have you been a photographer?

For myself: 22 years

Professionally: 16 years

For those of you keeping track, that was way back in the film days.  Yep, I’m a dinosaur.

Did you go to school for photography?

Yes.  I took so many photography courses in college that I started teaching!  My education and experience are two of my most valuable assets.  I would not be the photographer I am today without them.

What’s in your bag?

This is what I carry most often, but I do change it up occasionally.

-Nikon D800

-20-35mm 2.8

-50mm 1.4

-28-105mm Macro

-80-200mm 2.8

-200mm 2


What software do you use?

Photoshop CS6, Lightroom 4, Photomatix, and a few other fun ones.

Do you use actions?

I like to edit each image individually by hand to make sure it is a piece of art

Coffee or Tea?

I can’t choose!  I am a huge chai tea fan!