Many people don't know how I got started in photography. Let me just say, that everything truly happens for a reason. After my divorce, I found a full-time teaching job in a private school, but like many private schools, the enrollment started to drop and my job percentage was cut to 80%. I needed something to bring in more money, and a friend suggested I do something with my photography.
At the time, I was doing mostly landscape photography and some sports photography for my kids' teams. While in Door County, I got up the nerve to ask if a gallery I was in would be willing to carry my work. After seeing what I did, they were thrilled and I walked out with an exclusive contract!
Fast forward to sports season. I was taking pictures of the soccer team Austin was on and made a collage for one of the players who brought Austin to & from school and practice everyday. Soon, other parents were asking if I would design one for their athlete and I was in business! When I would take them to be printed the owner of the shop would always ask me if I was shooting seniors and I would explain that I wasn't a portrait photographer. Well, after getting tired of him asking all the time, I decided to take 3 girls out and do a session. Guess what???? I loved it!!!
So, my job getting cut was actually a blessing in disguise, because it allowed me to do something I was passionate about. I have met so many amazing families throughout the last 10 years and I love every one of the seniors I have the privilege of shooting.
I've photographed a few weddings, but they're just not my thing. I feel most at ease with seniors and sports photography. By doing that, I often have the families come to me for a family portrait before their son or daughter leaves for college.
Today, I work with many high school teams around the Fox Valley designing posters, banners and trading cards to promote their team. I also photograph around 25 seniors each summer/fall and some of their families. I have the best of both worlds. I get to teach physical education AND be a photographer!! I've also done quite a few business portraits, some newborn and maternity sessions, but my passion is my seniors.
I still have my landscape work at the George Burr Gallery, in Ephraim. Getting out into nature is my way to de-stress and relax. Mother Nature is amazing!!