My love affair with the camera began when my second child was born and I was looking for a part time seasonal holiday job. I got a job working for a retail photography company in a mall, it was the first time picking up the camera and within 3 months I became full- time managing my own studio. That came to an end though as my husband joined the military after his brother had been KIA in Iraq. But I didn’t stop being behind the lens.
My husband was stationed at Fort Campbell, KY and that is where my outdoor photography adventure began. Soldiers were getting deployed constantly and families wanted family photos. So that’s when I first went outdoors and taught myself. Although, I will say, my skills then were definitely not what they are now. But being a soldier’s wife, and also a gold star family member, photographing soldiers before they deployed with their families was definitely a passion for me. I knew how important family photos were, as I took my own brother-in-law’s last family photos before he deployed and then was later killed in Iraq in 2006. So it definitely fueled the fire to say the least.