About Me


I first became interested in Photography when I was thirteen years old. My dad has always been very creative and loved playing with our film camera. Although I did not always like the fact that my loving father enjoyed this. Every holiday it was the same routine “stand over here, no over there the lighting is better, o.k. now be really still and smile.” as he made silly faces at us to make us laugh. This would proceed for an hour and a half till our faces were so tight that they were permanently stuck in a smile (which if you think about it, it’s not a “bad” thing.) I never understood why he liked doing this and I always wondered “what is artistic about a snap shot?”. A year or so down the road I began to see the light. I started begging for a digital camera. When I was fifteen on Christmas eve my parents gave me my first digital camera a Nikon coolpix 4600 . I am sure like all children on Christmas I thought I was the happiest kid on earth! From that point on the rest was history! The following year my parents noticed that my passion for photography was growing rapidly they knew it was time to step me up to a better camera. That next Christmas they presented me with a Nikon D50! Once again, I thought I was the happiest kid on earth! Since then I have been photo crazy. I take pictures of every thing. I have people ask me “Why are you taking a picture of that?” I explain to them why and they say “Oh that’s neat” and they walk away with a puzzled look on there face. I laugh so often about that, they make the same face and ask the same questions I asked my dad years ago. Who would have ever thought that I would be very soon inflicting the same misery on other families as our dad inflicted on us! ;D
I understand now what my dad sees when he takes a picture. It’s not just a landscape it's God’s beautiful creation captured with one click, held in place exactly as you saw it , to be enjoyed for years to come. 
And a door nob, it’s not just a door nob, when taken in a particular way, it says something. “Unlock your heart .” “Knock and the door shall be open unto you”. Anything. It is all in the way you take the picture. I want to share with others what I have seen.  I found this great quote "Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have someone click the shutter." ~ Ansel Adams. That is more true than you know. He brings me there. I am human and haven't a clue as to what is coming around the next corner. So how am I to know that "how" beautiful and "how" much glory is coming as I round that mountain top? I don't. He brings glory to Himself and He has given me a gift that He has used to allow me to take part in something he could do all on His own. I want to photograph my Father's world and bring Him honor and praise.  I am overwhelmed with this honor to participate!   

A little about me:

  • My current camera is a Nikon D80.
  • My favorite things to photograph would be Children, Nature and I LOVE textures and colors.
  • My favorite photography memory would have to be when we were in the Smokies in Cades Cove. I was sitting in a trailer while waiting in "bear traffic" when all of a sudden out of the tall grass came a big back bear about 30ft from me. I had my camera on and in my hands but due to the  unexpectedness of the moment and in about 3 seconds these thoughts crossed my mind " Box his ears??... Play dead..?? Stop drop and roll??? No that isn't right!! Run?...Yes bail!" So after (what seemed like) I was running for my life (about 5 secs) the bear was gone and had I missed a great photo op..... No one outside my family (who was there and saw the bear too) believes this story because they say "You're the photographer! And you were that close and didn't get a picture....sure...". All I can say is that I shall try to keep my composure next time . ;) 
  • If I could choose anything in history to photograph it would be one of a few things(being I love history and it would be hard for me to choose one) : Moses parting the Red Sea, The birth of Jesus, photo-journal Paul in his travels and preaching.