I love to capture relationships between people and I've been told I have a gift for putting people at ease and making picture-taking fun. I believe portraits are meant to be framed and cherished and show the relationships between people not sit as digital files on a disc in a drawer.
Over the last 20 years as a professional photographer, I have developed the skills needed to handle difficult situations. No shoot is ever perfect. You want someone that can problem solve…quickly.
I have been published in London's WOMAN Magazine, The New Yorker, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, numerous trade publications, the scientific-renowned magazine, NATURE, and even in a feature film on space.com. I've won several GOLD Aster Awards for my medical photography over several years.
I'm not afraid of heights. I do what I need to do to get the shot (including laying in GOOSE POOP. Yep. True story).
I'm a mom and wife. I have two amazing girls and a husband I adore. I try to get the most out of life and have an adventuresome spirit. I love roller coasters. I've been skydiving. I grew up on a three-wheeler in the sand dunes. I water ski. I get to hang out of a helicopter to take photos! I love art and music and friends and scrapbooking! I love to knit and often make the cute hats that I used in my newborn portraits.
I love photography. I love the constant challenge of making a busy industrial area look sexy. I love meeting new people and learning new things while I'm on a shoot. I love going places most people only see on TV. I've always said my job is like one big field trip after another; it's true.
I’d love to shoot you.
On a winter commercial shoot at the Vitrification Site at Hanford.
That's me. Shooting at the Neurological Resource Center for Kadlec.
Another selfie. I've had this lens for about 15 years. I love that good lenses last an entire career.
Working for WCH with a video crew. Just far enough away from the blast zone to be safe. This time they were blowing up a concrete exhaust stack left over from the peak of Hanford's operation.
A sun-up until sundown time-lapse while shooting marketing shots in between for Infinia Corporation.
It looks like play - but I am actually kayaking my way out to an island in the middle of the Columbia River to shoot for the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau.
At the top of a paper mill in Longview, Washington for Longfibre. I'd always wanted to shoot at a paper plant. Very interesting! I learned a lot.
I'm shooting inside the paper mill in Longview, Washington.
At first, I was completely freaked by the idea of shooting in an Operating Room. I've always hated the site of blood. As long as I was looking through my lens...
I was fine. This was back surgery.
If you need potato processing production shots...I am your gal. I have shot in every Lamb Weston production facility in the U.S. I know more about the making of french-fries than anyone really should.
Working with some of my favorite peeps. Brad Steiner, Nick Bauer, Jenna Coddington, & Dana Whitcomb in a Kadlec Operating room on a commercial shoot.
I love agricultural photography. I've shot on so many farms. I love being outside and putting on my work boots and making beautiful images of growing things. Here I am on a Corn Harvester for Lamb Weston in Paterson, Washington.
Another awesome example of being able to go places most people don't. I'm WAY. WAY, WAY up in the air on a crane above the Vitrification Plant on the Hanford site. Did I mention I am not afraid of heights?
My friends will tell you I have a great love for trains. I would love to actually do a shoot for a railroad company some day. On this shoot I actually got to "drive" one. SUPER cool.
Another corn harvester - this time for National Frozen Foods in Moses Lake, Washington. I got to drive a corn harvester on this shoot. And even dumped the load into the waiting truck. I know. I rock.
Double take. Me in Crocs. On a shoot for Lourdes in Pasco.
This is one of the coolest shoots I have ever been on. First, I got to fly to Monroe, La. on a private Leer jet. THEN I got to spend a week with Brad Steiner, Mick Para, and Marti DeMoss in and around Delhi, La. shooting all things sweet potato. The Lamb Weston plant was brand new and Leed Platinum certified. A truly beautiful production facility. In this shot I am riding a sweet potato harvester with the crew. It was incredible to spend a week in another part of the country and get a feel for the food and the culture...although finding something that wasn't deep fried was difficult.
Potato harvest for Lamb Weston. This is a dirty, dusty job and trying to keep my equipment clean was a challenge.
Working on the Hanford Site. I do this a lot.
Another cool experience. I had to completely suit up to go into this hazardous radiological zone on the Hanford Site. The water below me isn't for swimming...that's for sure. It got a little tricky moving lights and cords around in this facility. I am thankful that I do not work in these conditions every day.
Another shoot in a radiological zone. This shoot was for WRPS in the 300 Area. More decommissioning the Hanford legacy. Aren't my safely glasses awesome?
I am OFTEN on my knees while I work. This time I'm shooting a wedding at Stone Ridge Event Center. Shoes are always optional.
Hanging out with the groom between shots.
Representing Whitman College on my shoot for Washington Closure Hanford (WCH). It was super cool to see the face of a nuclear reactor.
Having fun on a wedding shoot.
See. Whatever it takes to get the shot.
Hard at work. Shooting wedding details.
I really love working with my wedding clients. I believe shoots should be fun.
Another potato processing plant. I've been in so many I can't remember which one. Let's just say I am an expert at shooting through safety glasses. It's an art. Believe me.
On a farm somewhere near Paterson, Washington. Getting my work boots dirty.
By far the most fascinating surgery I have ever photographed. Brain surgery. Not rocket science.
This is me. It's probably my favorite staff photo for imageworks.
On a location shoot for U.S. Linen. Shooting their new fleet vehicles designed by imageworks.
Climbing on a pile of rubble to get the perfect shot on a senior shoot. I totally fell on my rear when I came down. But I didn't drop by camera!
I do this a lot. Senior portrait time.
This was back when I was about 6 months pregnant with my first child and working full-time. Here, I'm shooting with a medium format Hassleblad for Watts Brothers and using slide film.
THIS is what separates the men from the boys. So glad I had my training with film instead of digital. You really have to know what you are doing to get good images with slide film. I think it has made me a much better photographer.
I wish I could get my hands on this beautiful piece of equipment for my own collection.
Shooting for Watts Brothers in Paterson, Washington, using a Hassleblad on location. I believe owning and knowing how to use studio lights is another factor that separates my work from those around me.
I love shooting out of helicopters. Truly one of my favorite things about my job. I've shot aerials for the Washington Wine Commission, Lamb Weston, Kadlec, Lourdes, KGH, the Ports of Morrow, Kennewick, Pasco and Walla Walla, the City of Richland, Leonetti Cellars, and have sold my aerial images to countless other organizations.
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