I live in Corvallis Oregon, which is right smack dab in the center of the Willamette Valley and surrounded by mountain ranges on the east and west. It is a beautiful place to live and work. My dad always called this area God's Country - and it is true - this is beautiful land to call my home.
In 1990 I purchased a small film camera, and with the help of a friend who was a professional photographer I started what has become a deep love of the process of capturing images that tell the story of my life. I began taking photos of everything as I traveled, worked and spent time with my young sons. My friend became my teacher and he taught me the points of composition, light, aperture and just how to use my camera. He also taught me how to develop and print my pictures. I was hooked!
2007 was a turning point for me when after 24 years in Minnesota I returned to Oregon to care for my elderly parents. I fell in love with the Willamette Valley and all the beauty of the surrounding areas. But mostly what I fell in love with were the elders I met while taking care of my parents who were almost 90 years old. At first they were in an Assisted Living facility but first, my father was moved to a Memory Care place before he passed away in 2012, then my mother moved to the same facility in 2014 before she passed away in 2015. What I discovered was the beauty grace and dignity of the elders that lived in the same community. As I got to know and love them I started taking portraits. This has become my passion and now I even work part time as an activities person in the memory care place where my parents lived. Alzheimers and other forms of dementia may rob a person of their memory and ability to function, but I've found that the core of that person is still there. You just have to take the time to look into their eyes. Believe me - it is worth every minute and it feeds my soul to be with them and love them and receive their love as well.
Many years later my portfolio includes senior portraits, family portraits, weddings, engagements, landscapes, macro photography and now most importantly Elder Portraits.
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