PHOTOGRAPHY HAS ALWAYS HELD A SPECIAL SPOT IN MY LIFE, BUT NOT UNTIL RECENTLY DID I TAKE THE PLUNGE INTO DOING IT PROFESSIONALLY.  I RECEIVED MY FIRST CAMERA FOR CHRISTMAS WHEN I WAS SEVEN YEARS OLD. I IMMEDIATELY STARTED TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF EVERYTHING I COULD. 

TOP THREE REASONS PHOTOGRAPHY MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. 

1. MY CHILDREN.  THEY ARE GROWING UP SO FAST!  THIS IS PROBABLY THE NUMBER ONE REASON I SEE MOST MOTHERS TURN INTO PHOTOGRAPHERS, BUT ITS REALITY.  KIDS GROW UP FAST AND CAPTURING THEM AT EVERY STAGE IN PHOTOS GIVES US SOMETHING TANGIBLE TO HOLD ONTO. "THE DAYS ARE LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT" -GRETCHEN RUBIN. 

2. MY PARENTS.  I LOST MY DAD IN AN ACCIDENT WHEN I WAS 18 YEARS OLD.  AS I RUMMAGED THROUGH YEARS OF PICTURES OF HIM I QUICKLY REALIZED THAT I HAD VERY FEW RECENT PICTURES OF HIM AND NONE WITH HIM WITH ME.  I AM FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO STILL HAVE MY MOM AND I TRY TO GET PICTURES OF HER WITH MY KIDS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. AND NOT POSED PICTURES, BUT PHOTOS OF HER READING STORIES, BUILDING TOWERS AND PUSHING CARS. THIS IS HOW I WANT US TO REMEMBER HER.

3. YOU.  I BELIEVE THAT YOUR LIFE IS IMPORTANT TO DOCUMENT.  YOUR MOMENTS DESERVE A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO VALUES YOUR MEMORIES AS MUCH AS YOU DO. A PERSON WILLING TO STOMACH CRAWL ON A FLOOR COVERED IN CHEERIOS AND LEGOS TO CAPTURE YOUR BABIES TINY FEET LEARNING TO WALK. A PERSON WHO WILL HAPPILY DOCUMENT EVERY MOVE IN YOUR KIDS NEWEST DANCE ROUTINE. A PERSON WHO WANTS TO CAPTURE YOU BEING PERFECTLY YOU.  A PERSON TO CAPTURE WHEN YOUR LIFE HAPPENS.  

 

"To me photography is an observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." - Elliot Erwitt 

 

HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST FACT. 

FIRE AWAY.

1. I WAS BORN ON MOTHERS DAY IN MISSOULA, MT, BUT RAISED IN GLASGOW, MT.  

2.  I HAVE A BACHELORS DEGREE IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND A MASTERS DEGREE IN ELEMENTARY EDUCATION.  

3. I GREW UP SWIMMING COMPETITIVELY FOR THE GLASGOW KIWANIS SWIM TEAM AND SWAM ONE YEAR IN COLLEGE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH DAKOTA.  

4.  I'M OBSESSED WITH FAMILY NAMES.  I'M NAMED AFTER MY GRANDMA MARY LILLIAN AND MY AUNT GLORIA JEAN. MY DAUGHTER IS ALSO NAMED AFTER MY GRANDMA (LILLIAN) AND MY SON HAS MY DADS NAME (LARRY JOSEPH).  

5.  I HAVE LIVED IN EIGHT STATES. (MONTANA, NEW MEXICO, SOUTH DAKOTA, VIRGINIA, MARYLAND, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, AND NORTH DAKOTA)

6.  WATER IS MY BEVERAGE OF CHOICE. SPARKLING WATER IF I'M FEELING BUBBLY. 

7.  TULIPS ARE MY FAVORITE FLOWER. 

8. I HAVE LIVED IN 6 MONTANA "CITIES" (MISSOULA, GLASGOW, BOZEMAN, GLENDIVE, HELENA AND WOLF POINT). 

9.  MICHAEL JORDAN WAS MY CHILDHOOD IDOL.  

 

"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." - Galatians 5:25

(The above photo credit goes to Courtney Carlmark Photography.)

 

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My dad dutifully posing for me on the Christmas I received my first camera.

 

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My mom with her chocolate bar that same Christmas.