Where is home?
Hillsboro, ND. It's a small town 40 miles north of Fargo.
Did you go to school to study photography?
No but I've taken several classes at clickinmoms.com
How long have you been a photographer?
I'd say I've been a "serious" photographer for over a year now.
What or who got you started in photography?
I don't know if I can say exactly what. I love taking pictures, I love dreaming up a session and how I want it to look. I love editing and when I can bring my vision out. I wasn't sure if I was good enough to start a business but a friend of mine bluntly told me to quit piddling around and do it because I knew I wanted to and I was good enough.
How would you describe your style?
Soft, light and airy.
Do you have a few images you can share with us?
These are some favorites from different shoots I've done.
What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I love my Canon 5D classic. It has a film like quality to the pictures that I love.
What is your favorite photography accessory, other than your camera?
I just got an expodisc and love it. I don't have a whole lot of accessories.. (yet!)
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
The 50mm. Since I have a full frame camera I can still use it in my small house and it's great outdoors. It's sharp and Iove the background blur you can get with it.
Photoshop, Lightroom or both?
What is your most used Photoshop tool, plug-in, action set etc.?
I love Emily Lucarz's dream action set. They're perfect for what I like to do.
Are you a MAC or PC lover?
PC. My brother in law just built me a new computer and I love it.
Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes on?
Ooooh yeah. Haha! Not for a little while, I have to save up for them but the 100mm L macro lens is next on my wishlist and of course, I dream of owning the Canon 5D Mark III.
What gives you ideas and inspires you to create your photography?
It can be so many things. Pinterest, movies, an idea that just pops into my head, a certain outfit, a look between two people, a cute little kid, a beautiful spot I find... the list can go on and on I think!
What has been your most memorable assignment and why?
There's two different family shoots I've done that stick out in my mind. One was just a regular family shoot and the other was a newborn lifestyle shoot... you could just see the love and connection with these families. I felt like I was invited to see an intimate part of their lives. It really makes you love your job.
If you could shoot with another photographer who would it be?
Oh boy! SO many people come to mind! First one would be Meg Bitton. Someday I'd love to do one of her in-person workshops. Her pictures and vision is amazing and I've heard she's as wonderful a person as she is photographer. Annie from Paint the Moon, I'd just love to peek into her life. Sarah from My Four Hens, just to name a few.
How many images do you average per portrait shoot and how many do you usually present to your clients?
It depends on the shoot, how much time we have, if there's children involved and their moods. I usually do 15-25 pictures in a gallery, or more. I have a hard time narrowing down pictures when it was a great session so I usually don't!
And the last question, if you had one wish…
I'd wish for a vacation, now.