I am so proud to be a member of the CANON family and the Canon Explorers of Light, a program created by Canon for the purpose of educating photographers. This is an elite group of 62 of the USA's best EOS photographers united in their love and passion for photographic excellence. I am also a proud member of the APPLE Aperture Advisory Board.
I'm not a newcomer to the photographic industry. I've been a professional photographer for over 25 years. It was obvious to me at an early age that being a photographer was what I wanted to do with my life!
My passion for photography began back in high school when I became the editor of my newspaper. I then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year. With this came a full time job at a daily newspaper in Chicago and then on to a full time position for 14 years at the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.
My cameras have always been like a passport into history. I am continually honored when doors open and people invite me in to document their life. While at the paper, I had covered countless amazing events, such as presidential elections, Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls, every religious faith, and many tent revivals. I've traveled around the world to places such as El Salvador, Taiwan, Lithuania, Romania, Moldova and Kenya for human interest stories. I've even had the pleasure of riding to South Dakota on a Harley with the Hells Henchmen for the 50th Anniversary of Sturgis.
I have since moved on from the newspaper industry. Today, I have the privilege of photographing the most important events in my client's lives and I couldn't be more happy to have this honor. Photography... It's what I'm passionate about.
What can I say? I'm a blessed girl. If you would have told me back in April of 2005 that I would quit my job as an Accountant and become the Creative Director of a business with my husband, and that we would have the most amazing clients that make "ME" cry when they look at the work we've created for them, I would have thought you were crazy!
Well, that all happened and I never thought I could love my job so much. Meeting new people is one of my favorite things to do. And having the honor to design a fine art book from one of the most important days of their lives makes me so happy! Seeing their reaction inevitably brings a tear to my eye.
I have sat in Oprah Winfrey's kitchen looking over my designs from a 3 day event we had the privilege to photograph for her. I have been to Paris to photograph the wedding of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker. I have designed some of the most incredible books for Forest Whitaker, Maya Angelou, Tyler Perry, and of course Oprah and Eva. I pinch myself everyday. Every single day!
I love working with all our clients and getting to know them. I love hearing their stories of how they met, or what their vision is for their book.
It's keeping it real and being authentic. It's all about building relationships! I love what I do and I am so grateful to God for blessing me with the most incredible family. Bob is my soul mate and our two kiddos, Bobby and Alli, are the firecrackers of our lives. What more can a girl want?