I have loved photography ever since I can remember.
I was one of those kids who went through whole rolls of Mom's film by taking hundreds of pictures of a single sunflower (at every angle I could, of course). I dressed my kittens in doll clothes and posed them in my makeshift "studio." I was also that little girl rifling through old photographs, enjoying what and who was in them, and studying their composition.
Yes, you could say I was clearly born with this creative passion...that becoming a professional photographer was definitely destined for me.
I have been called a "free spirit." And it's true. I've never been one to "go with the flow," or follow the path of most. I believe the greatest risks often result in the greatest rewards.
I love God...I love people...I love animals...and I love exploring new places. My best little buddy in the
whole wide world is my Corley Joe, my Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I have a cat that I have had since I was 7
years old! She is an old lady but keeps herself young. One of my favorite places to be, besides behind
the camera, is on the back of a good horse. I have been blessed with many of those, most recently my
Pistolero Playgun "Pistol." I really enjoy life itself and all it has to offer. It's a good life!
I grew up on a farm in northwest Kansas, one that has been in our family since 1919. I learned a
strong work ethic from a young age as my brother and I were our mom's only "hired hands." I can
remember, as a kid, comparing muscles with the boys in my class and bragging about how I could
lift a bale feeder all by myself! (insert giggle here)
I lost many beloved family members by the time I was six years old, and some before I was even
born. These included both sets of grandparents and my loving father, among others. Inevitably, from
a young age, I learned a deep appreciation for life, to never take anything or anyone for granted, and
to live each moment to its fullest.
Growing up, in high school, I was involved in nearly every organization and activity possible, competed
in track and field, and was also a cheerleader. I was most involved in 4-H and FFA., the latter for which
I served as Kansas' Northwest District vice president. I was also awarded UCA All Star cheerleader, and I
was a member of Kansas' track and field 2A Girls State Champions team. I was the first leg in one of
the fastest 2A 4x100 meter relay teams in the state. There is nothing quite like running on that
state track--such an exhilarating experience!
I graduated high school as Co-Valedictorian of my class, and went on to pursue my bachelor's degree at
Fort Hays State University.
In 2013, I served as Miss Rodeo Kansas and represented the state of Kansas and the sport of professional rodeo nationwide, even branching out into Canada. It was certainly the ride of a lifetime--one that forever changed me and left an impact on me that I will never forget. I also represented Kansas in the prestigious Miss Rodeo America Pageant. I finished in the Top 10, a humble honor.
Upon completion of my Miss Rodeo Kansas reign,
I was able to return to my studies and complete
my education at Fort Hays State University. I graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts.
I have since been able to fully commit to my photography business while still working on our farm. What a blessing it is to do what you love for a living! My mom always said you'll never work a day in your life if you find a job you love. She couldn't have been more right!
I have a passion for life, and I look forward to capturing those precious moments in your life!
I am so thankful for my passion for photography that God placed in my heart!
Thanks for helping make my dream a reality!
God bless you!