I grew up ruining carpets with chemistry sets, feeding my ant farm, putting together models of the five senses, and posing for my mom’s huge black and silver camera. I remember licking Snoopy snow cones in the summer and slurping my mom’s Snowy Day top secret stew. At age eight, I received my first purple film camera and never looked back.
While I loved wearing purple and black M.C. Hammer pants as a kid, I completely avoid that look today. It was when I decided to try a themed self-portrait-a-day project back in 2008 that my spark for real photography lit up.
I am obsessed with fashion, but always ended up a fashion disaster in my self portraits. That’s when I realized how much easier it would be to take portraits of others.
On weekends, you’ll find me running wooded trails with my son Miles, catching up on Modern Family, experimenting with homemade potions, or digging around pinterest to create the weekly meal plan.
My glasses should be worn for distance, but most of the time I like to live in the present and avoid looking too far into the future.
My husband, Chris, loves to tell jokes that make me gasp with laughter, Miles will always be my baby guy, and my chi-ter, Ruby, likes to snuggle under blankets with me all.the.time.
I love experiments. Whether it’s homemade laundry detergent or a bridal party of nineteen, it’s the wonder to my woman.
I might be called "crunchy granola" but I don't really like to eat it.
I haven't always been an avid runner.
Back in high school, I always wondered why anyone would run for the sake of running. You know, not to chase a ball or go around a field? Then I ran a mile for the first time in 2002 and was hooked.
They call it "runners high".
My first 5k was April 27, 2003 and I've never looked back. I have been running and racing distances up to 13.1 miles and plan to one day *gasp* complete an ultra-marathon (anything over 26.2 miles).
I'm still trying to convince Chris to become a runner, but Miles is on par to be an Olympian. I already gave him a good name for it, right?
I am a life-long learner. I have attended universities to study a variety of subjects, completing two Bachelor degree programs as well as earning a Masters degree.
My younger years started out with working in television for NBC, but I wanted a little bit more out of my work. That's when I decided to get a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science. From there, my work began.
Starting out, I worked with young adults in the public library, moved into a technology librarian position running county-wide websites, and finally won the amazing reward of working with comical young adults in a high school.
I give my heart to others, my energy to charity, and my knowledge to students.