Everyone needs beautiful pictures to share their stories, whether it's of places they visit, people they love, or their pets. All those remember-whens come back to life in the pages of our scrapbooks and albums. All those times we almost forgot, except that the pictures bring it all back to savor. That's what I do--help you to be able to savor every minute of those moments, whether it's portraits you've hired me to take, those that I've retouched for you, or the ones that you were able to get because of the educational part of my blog or the resources I've listed. I welcome any questions you may have in order to help you reach your goals or find a work-around for some problem you're having. Who am I? I'm the mom of 2 active boys, and I've spent a lot of film and data chips preserving their childhoods, so I know how important it is to hold those memories in your hands. (And I've gotten really good at action shots as they zoom by, too!) They grow up too fast! I live near a very small town nestled in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Cascade mountains of the Pacific Northwest with my husband and sons, who are complete gearheads. I, on the other hand, enjoy the (quieter) four-legged variety of horse power on the wonderful trails wending through the hills and along the rivers here, accompanied by my Corgi and Lab. I am an avid reader, I love to cook but not to clean up, and all you have to do to talk me into something is tell me I can't. My very first camera was a Kodak Instamatic 110 that I bought myself from money earned on one of the many jobs I had. I was that kid, the strawberry picker, sorting cherries, picking apples, the one vacuuming new construction clean-up, cleaning offices, or shoveling stalls, back in the days when folks could still hire kids. I was so proud of that little camera, and it was the start of a long friendship with lenses. In years to come I moved on to a little Voigtlander that I took everywhere. I was a big girl now, with 35mm! Then an old manual Canon AT1... I was heartbroken when it was stolen at a car show in Tacoma. Minoltas came next and remained my fast friends for many years, and now Nikon and the digital frontier is challenging me onward. As long as I can remember I've been seeing in pictures, looking for the beauty in every moment and around every corner. Sometimes what I find isn't so much beautiful as engaging, interesting, or just kinda funny. I like sharing that too, because we all need moments to enjoy, to think, and to have a little giggle. For me it's not enough to enjoy those things alone, they need to be shared with loved ones, and friends I don't know yet. So friend, this is what I see. Hope you like it too.