There are days when I struggle to put pen to paper or fingers to my laptop. I am drawn to be creative, to do something that will mean something to others. I don’t need recognition at all. Its that look people have/get when I am working on something whether it be a book or in my photographs. I feel truly inspired and blessed by both of these creative outputs.
My first love is writing but I am lucky enough to have two first loves. Photography is my second. Last year around this time I left my job of seven years where I had spent those years using my cameras (I have four) whether it be a farmer in his crop, photos of the the way a certain crop is harvest, or portraits that my job required. I am passionate about agriculture photography because it is so important to Oregon and my home is surrounded by at least 10 different crops. We as farmers and individuals must take care of our soil and crops to feed the world. I am passionate about that as our population continues to grow!
I have been taking photographs for almost 10 years. I was given my first Nikon D90 by my dad for Christmas. Every chance I had I would take his camera and start shooting so I guess it seemed fitting to get me a camera of my own.
Right away, I started taking photos. I started with people, portraits, families, weddings, candid’s and natural landscapes. Candid’s are so beautiful because if I can catch a glimpse into someone’s life without them knowing the moment I capture is full of hope and truth.
My dad and I started shooting weddings together about eight years ago. It was an amazing experience-two things I loved all wrapped up in someone else’s day filled with love. Although those days were long and we had some demanding couples and brides – I spent the entire day laughing with my dad and taking photos. Those were some amazing days I will never forget.
I started to do more family, individual, anniversary, bridal showers, babies on my own time. Call me stupid but I didn’t do it for the money (I rarely charged people), I did it for the love of photography. I would have a lot more money if I would have changed more or at least half what most photographers charge.
I am so passionate about photography and on rare days my camera trumps my writing if I can’t find the words but taking off by foot or in my car with my camera always leads me back to my writing. So, my passion for writing and photographs are deeply rooted and wrap around each other. Writing is my first love!
“Writing allows me to taste life twice.”