We joke that my photography income keeps us in plants because I am frequently replacing ones that don’t survive the desert heat. My first job in Tucson was at a nursery, and despite my sometimes brown thumb, I am an avid gardener. I have an ever-growing collection of plants and my fingers are crossed with each purchase that we will have a long relationship together!
My photography is shaped by so many things I hold dear. Born and raised in Oregon, my move to the Tucson desert coaxed me into exploring this region to find spaces that were wet and green like the area I grew up in. While I still dread the heat of an Arizona summer, it is also the time of year I feel most at home (hello monsoons!) when the desert turns a lush green and the smell of wet earth fills the air.
Besides going to college at Oregon State University (go beavs!) for seven years , to get my Masters of Science in civil and environmental engineering, I also named my first born daughter after my MMORPG video game character (a kickass mage named June) that I played in college with my husband. Where my WoW fans at?
My first born, Lincoln, was born with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC). Within weeks of his birth, I was thrust into the world of caring for a child with special needs. As a mother of five, I can say that each milestone is precious, but the unexpected breakthroughs of a child who is trying to beat the odds? Well, there is nothing more joyful than that.
My mother had a passion for road tripping, and over the course of my childhood, we made a family goal of visiting all the National Parks and Monuments in the United States. During those long summer weeks on the road, my love for photography blossomed, fed by the realization of how valuable images were to storytelling, preserving history, and memories.